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EO for Agriculture under Pressure


EO for Agriculture under Pressure online event will be live streamed and open for viewing to everyone. The live stream link will be accessible from the home page.

Registered participants will have access to the sessions, content, interactions and functionalities.

As a registered participant, you will be able to:

  • participate in all five sessions with the possibility of commenting, asking questions and responding to polls in real-time;
  • provide your inputs and discuss in the virtual recommendations booths which will stay open from Monday morning to Friday evening.


There will be one virtual booth for each of the five session topics. In the booths participants will be able to state and discuss their views on what should be priority issues to address by scientific and development activities in the years to come, and also recommendations to EC and ESA on how to address these issues via their respective programmes (i.e. Horizon Europe and FutureEO).

After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with the details to access the virtual event on Brella, which is the official event platform for the EO for Agriculture under Pressure 2020 online event.

Online event program

The online event will be hosted on BRELLA

Monday 5 October 14:00-16:00

Environmental impact in the context of the European Green Deal and its Farm to Fork Strategy

Innovative agricultural practices with low environmental impact, CAP implementation and national reporting, reducing GHG emissions and pollution

Tuesday 6 October 14:00-16:00

Climate adaptation

Monitoring stressors, supporting increased resilience and risk management: changing growing conditions, extreme events and agro-insurance (flood monitoring, damage characterisation)

Wednesday 7 October 14:00-16:00

Water resource management and productivity

Irrigation, drought monitoring and early warning

Thursday 8 October 14:00-16:00

Food security and SDG 2, sustainable agricultural production and yield prediction

National statistics, supporting small-holder farming, soil and crop monitoring, yield estimation and prediction

Friday 9 October 14:00-16:00

Future Agricultural Research Questions in EO: Possible actions in Horizon Europe / FutureEO - What and how?

Interactive session debating which scientific issues joint EC-ESA activities should address and in what way

Scientific Objectives

The overall goal of the event is to identify main EO research challenges in monitoring agriculture and will be pursued by addressing a number of scientific objectives:

  • Discuss the role of EO for supporting evidence-based decisions for improving food security at national to global scale
  • Explore novel EO observation capabilities to advance the scientific basis to support resilience of agricultural productivity to climate change
  • Discuss how to transfer EO science results into mitigation measures and alternative management tools for a sustainable, climate-neutral agriculture
  • Exchange on latest developments of innovative algorithms and applications for agricultural monitoring including integration of in-situ data and modelling approaches
  • Discuss EO applications for monitoring of agricultural practices, irrigation management, water productivity, fertilizer and crop protection optimization, impact assessment of crop diseases and natural hazards, crop yield estimations and forecasts and pasture monitoring
  • Demonstrate the use of EO for policy relevant reporting and monitoring obligations such as the UN 2030 SDGs, the EU’s Green Deal, the Area Monitoring System of the CAP and national agricultural statistics
  • Integrate innovative technologies such as Big data analysis, digital platforms, Artificial Intelligence, drones, crowd-sourcing and Internet of Things in agricultural monitoring
  • Explore the potential of planned and future missions for food security and agriculture, e.g. the expansion and the next generation of the Sentinels, FLEX, new space and commercial satellite constellations
  • Provide inputs to guide ESA scientific agenda in the agricultural sector including ESA’s FutureEO program and collaboration with RTD on Food Systems and climate adaptation


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the guidance by relevant authorities and ESA, the Organising Committee decided to replace the workshop foreseen to take place in ESRIN, Frascati 25-29 May 2020 by the following two events:

  1. Online event 5-9 October 2020
  2. Workshop in ESRIN, Frascati mid-2021 (dates still to be decided)

The online event aims at identifying main EO research challenges in monitoring agriculture. It will consist of five sessions of two hours each and will allow only a limited number of presentations based on the abstracts submitted in February (see Programme).
Presenters will be informed by 8 September.

For the 2021 workshop there will be a new call for abstracts.

Language and fees

No participation fees will be charged.
The official language of the workshop is English.

Contact info

Targeted Audience

  • Experts in EO for agriculture (science, commercial Service Providers, institutions)
  • End-users and stakeholders (International Organisations, food agencies, NGOs, agro-insurance, agro-industry, ...)

Schedule and Deadlines

Abstract submission opening 13 January 2020
Abstract submission closure 21 February 2020
Issue of overall programme 30 July 2020
Notification to presenters 8 September 2020
Issue of detailed programme 16 September 2020

Abstract Submission

Prepare your abstract

Abstracts shall be selected on the basis of the one-page abstracts (max 500 words).
Abstracts should contain the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • Authors full name and affiliations
  • Name, address, e-mail, telephone of the main author
  • Proposed topic for the paper
  • Presentation preference (oral or poster)
Submit your abstract

We kindly invite you to submit your abstract/s by using the ConfTool login page available here, within 21 February 2020 (hard deadline)

Modify your abstract

For changes to your abstract after the submission, please use your personal login and password to access your overview page.

Waiting for approval

Authors shall be notified of the Scientific Committee review process outcome by 24 March 2020. Upon the notification of acceptance, the authors shall be informed of the acceptation type, whether oral or poster presentation.

Submit your abstract

Organising Committee

Espen Volden


Benjamin Koetz


Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer


Anica Huck


Marjan van Meerloo


Sabrina Lodadio


Scientific Committee

Clement Atzberger


Heike Bach


Bettina Baruth


Rogerio Bonifacio


Sophie Bontemps


Luca Brocca


Marco Celesti

University of Milano-Bicocca

Raphaël d’Andrimont


Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska


Wouter Dorigo


Matthias Drusch


Belen Franch

Univ. Maryland / NASA

Ferran Gascon


Sven Gilliams


Ola Gråbak


Patrick Griffiths


Juan Guerschman


Jippe Hoogeveen


Ian Jarvis


Thuy Le Toan


Wolfram Mauser

Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. München

Jose Moreno

Univ. Valencia

Andy Nelson

Univ. Twente

Mark Noort


Felix Rembold


Inbal Reshef


Jose Sobrino

Univ. Valencia

Paolo Cosmo Silvestro


Mariette Vreugdenhil


Tamme van Wal


Marie Weiss


Alyssa K. Whitcraft


Mario Zappacosta