EU LAC ResInfra – Kick-out Meeting 

EU LAC RESINFRA kick-out meeting

Madrid, Spain, 27–28 February 2023.

The EU LAC ResInfra project Kick-out Meeting will take place in Madrid at the end of February. The project consortium will discuss and analyse project progress and updates, and in particular, LifeWatch ERIC will present its final conclusions and recommendations to the Sustainability Plan as part of WP4. Future actions will also be decided.

Visit the project website.

Small Satellites & Services International Forum

Satellite forum

Malaga, Spain, 21–23 February 2023.

The SMALL SATELLITES & SERVICES INTERNATIONAL FORUM is a workshop for small satellite designers, technicians, developers and launchers. The forum provides the perfect opportunity for experience and knowledge sharing of current and cutting-edge space and small satellite technologies. Over the course of three days the forum will present panels and sessions that will provide answers and insights from the experts, by examining evolving technologies and industry trends that can impact small satellites.

Jaime Lobo, LifeWatch ERIC Satellite & HAPS Operations Manager, will participate on Wednesday 22 February at 2:30 pm in the panel ‘Satellite Constellation & International Cooperation’, as coordinator of the operation of the AGAPA1 satellite. The AGAPA1 satellite has been commissioned by the Andalusian Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency (AGAPA), along with the Junta de Andalucía, in the framework of the SmartFood project, which is one of the projects led by LifeWatch ERIC. It will monitor the effects of farming on the territory and its natural resources, to underpin future policies on preserving the environment and enabling sustainable farming in the Andalusian region. Now that the satellite has passed its Critical Design Review milestone, it will start assembly and readiness tests, which upon passing will allow it to launch in 2023 on a Falcon 9 from SpaceX (United States). The new AGAPA1 satellite will combine EO technologies with an IoT, radio which can communicate with sensors on the ground that are performing activities such as monitoring soil moisture or crops water content. The IoT radio can then take this information and make automatic decisions based on pre-agreed metrics, such as commanding the sensor to alter the percentage of water in the soil by watering it. This edge computing takes place in real-time, removing the process of manual decision-making on the ground, and could have significant impacts on agricultural territory management on a large scale.

Combining EO data with IoT increases the effectiveness of small satellites by making sense of the huge reams of data produced by the satellite and making it more actionable. The AGAPA1 satellite is planned to be part of OpenConstellation, a global shared satellite infrastructure built and managed by Open Cosmos, which encourages countries, institutions and companies to contribute their own satellites, which will create the world’s biggest mutualised constellation.

LifeWatch ERIC BEeS Biodiversity and Ecosystem eScience Conference

Bees Conference

Seville, Spain, 22–24 May 2023.

This Biodiversity Day, don’t miss out on the LifeWatch ERIC BEes Biodiversity and Ecosystem eScience Conference “Threats and challenges to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation from an eScience perspective”.

Submit your abstracts until 30 April on the following topics: major threats to the Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem health, Macroecological and biogeographical approaches to biodiversity conservation, Ecosystem and habitat mapping, Animal biology and behavioral traits, “System of systems” biodiversity observation, Biodiversity and ecosystem responses to climate change, and finally, Natural capital and the “One Health” approach. There will also be a round table on the theme of World Biodiversity Day, moderated by LifeWatch ERIC and keynote speakers.

Visit the conference minisite to sign up and/or submit your abstract.

“FAIR environmental data for EOSC and the World: Engineering the ENVRI-Hub”, an RDA co-located event

Engineering the ENVRI-Hub

Gothenburg and online, 20 March 2023.

The power of FAIRness

Good-quality data is essential to enable successful global climate action. The European Environmental Research Infrastructures, organised in the ENVRI Community, hold a wealth of data on Earth systems critical to tackling global climate challenges. Within the ENVRI-FAIR, a Horizon 2020 project in which LifeWatch ERIC is partner, the ENVRI Community created the ENVRI-Hub, a portal of services to ensure the availability, accessibility and interoperability of this trove of European environmental data.

Meet the ENVRI-Hub

The ENVRI Community is proud to introduce the ‘ENVRI-Hub’ concept and its achievements during this co-located event. The ENVRI-Hub is the central gateway to FAIR environmental data and services the European environmental research infrastructures offer. It offers a community-built platform that combines a service catalogue, a knowledge base, information on training resources that support service providers and users, and a virtual research environment with several initial science demonstrators, all accessible through a single access interface. Through the ENVRI-Hub, the ENVRI Community directly contributes to the European Open Science Cloud, opening up this wealth of data for exploitation to all scientific users, policymakers, and private partners.

Real cases for real users

This event will demonstrate several aspects of the technical and data architecture behind the ENVRI-Hub, from assessing the FAIRness of the ENVRIs and identifying the gaps to harmonising technical implementations across different infrastructures. It will also illustrate its value in various real-world science demonstrators. Discussions will follow with a panel of experts about the integration into EOSC, the current strengths and limitations of the ENVRI-Hub and possible future developments.


Presentation of the components of the ENVRIhub by ENVRI experts

  • ENVRIhub concept and architecture (Anca Hienola, ENVRI co-coordinator, FMI)
  • Catalogue of services and AAI (Keith Jeffery, ENVRI-FAIR Lead in Common FAIR Policies, EPOS, UKRI)
  • Knowledge base and search engine of ENVRI Hub (Zhiming Zhao, ENVRI-FAIR Lead in Common implementation and support, UvA, LifeWatch ERIC)
  • Key data aspects and choices (Maggie Helström, ENVRI-FAIR Co-lead in Training and capacity building, ICOS Carbon Portal, Lund University)
  • Science Demonstrators – which science case (Damien Boulanger, ENVRI-FAIR Co-lead in Implementation Atmospheric Subdomain, IAGOS, CNRS)

Q&A and discussion on the technology, ICT aspects and data

Panel discussion with the ENVRI-FAIR experts, the invited stakeholders and the audience

  • Improving FAIRness of data and service to attempt convergence at the ENVRI level
  • Future needs of the hub for ENVRI, Europe and the World
  • Integration into EOSC, consequences, opportunities, needs for collaboration and co-development
  • Relevance for science, consequences for data FAIRness
  • Interoperability of variable descriptions
  • Sustainability of the hub from the technical point of view

Panel members: ENVRI-FAIR presenters, Barbara Magagna (GO FAIR), Mark van de Sanden (SURF, EOSC Future), Ville Tenhunen (EGI)

Moderators: Angeliki Adamaki (Co-lead in WP5 of ENVRI-FAIR, Common requirements and testbed for (meta)data services, community standards and cataloguing, ICOS Carbon Portal, Lund University), Jacco Konijn (Part of ENVRI-FAIR communications strategies and tools, UvA, LifeWatch ERIC)

Practical info

“FAIR environmental data for EOSC and the World: Engineering the ENVRI-Hub”, an RDA co-located event

20.3.23, from 14:00-17:00 CET / 13:00-16:00 UTC
Pascal room, Lindholmen Conference Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

This event is open to all.
You don’t need to be registered for the 20th RDA General Assembly to attend this event.

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Vienna, Austria, 23–28 April 2023.

The General Assembly 2023 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria and online, from 23–28 April 2023. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. The EGU General Assembly 2023 brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. Register here.

ENVRI at EGU2023

As most years, ENVRI community will be present at the EGU23 in Vienna on 23–28 April 2023. In adition to the ENVRI booth, below is the list of session proposals that are organised by the ENVRI scientific community. Please consider submitting your abstracts to one of these sessions. The abstract submission deadline is 10 January 2023, 13:00 CET. More information and guidelines on how to submit an abstract can be found on the EGU23 website.

Sessions from the ENVRI community

Air-Land Interactions (General Session)
Co-sponsored by iLEAPS and ICOS
Convener: Natascha Kljun | Co-conveners: Anne Klosterhalfen, Matthias Mauder, Christoph Thomas

Science-based, measurement-based greenhouse gas monitoring and emission estimates in support of national, sub-national and industrial climate change mitigation
Convener: Phil DeCola | Co-conveners: Beata Bukosa, Werner Leo Kutsch, Oksana Tarasova

Gas exchange and emission mitigation options in agricultural ecosystems
Convener: Christof Ammann | Co-conveners: Christian Brümmer, Eliza Harris, Alexander Moravek, Alex Valach

Novel methods for bridging modelling and understanding of carbon, energy, and water fluxes from leaf to continental scales
Convener: Mana Gharun | Co-conveners: Alexander J. Winkler, Gregory Duveiller, M. Piles, Rossella Guerrieri

Soil gases: production, consumption and transport processes | PICO
Convener: Jukka Pumpanen | Co-conveners: Bernard Longdoz, Martin Maier, Anna Walkiewicz, Nicholas Nickerson

Long-term flux observation and ecosystem research networks – benefits for science and society
Convener: Andreas Ibrom | Co-conveners: Marilyn Roland, Dario Papale, Natalia Kowalska

Reconciling process-based modelling and machine learning in biogeochemistry
Co-organised by CL5/NP4
Convener: Holger Lange | Co-conveners: Christina Bogner, Sebastian Sippel

Open Interoperability Frameworks Built by Scientists for Scientists to Meet Global Societal Challenges
Co-sponsored by AGU
Convener: Angeliki AdamakiECS | Co-conveners: Anca Hienola, Kirsten Elger, Lesley Wyborn, Jacco Konijn

In-situ Earth observation and geospatial data sharing and management as key basis for the climate emergency understanding
Convener: Ivette Serral | Co-conveners: Alba Brobia, Joan Masó, Marie-Francoise Voidrot, José Miguel Rubio Iglesias

Airborne observations in multidisciplinary environmental research using European Research Infrastructures; observations, campaigns and future plans
Co-organized by AS4 /ESSI4/PS1
Convener: Thomas Ruhtz | Co-conveners: Kristine Dannenberg, Hannah Clark, Shridhar Jawak, Philip Brown

Estimates of evapotranspiration from in-situ measurements – uncertainties in comparison and scaling
Co-organized by BG3
Convener: Sibylle K. Hassler | Co-conveners: Jannis Groh, Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen, Corinna Rebmann

Agroecology Living Labs & Research Infrastructures in Europe – experiences from ALL-Ready & AE4EUALL-Ready final conference


Brussles, Belgium, 27 September 2023.

ALL-Ready, in collaboration with AE4EU, is organising its final event in Brussels on 27 September 2023. The conference will be hosted by the Committee of the Regions.

The one-day conference will shed light on how the two projects paved the way for a European Network of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures. Experiences from involved Living Labs and Research Infrastructures will give practical insights and a focus will be on how Regions can best support the agroecology transition with the help of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures and what role the future European partnership “Accelerating farming systems transition: agroecology living labs and research infrastructures” will play.

More information and registration will follow soon.

International Forum on Agroecosystem Living Labs


Montréal, Canada, 2–6 October 2023.

Co-hosted by ALL-Ready partners Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and INRAE, this will be a side event within the Adaptation Futures 2023 conference in Montréal, Canada, from October 2 to 6, 2023. 

The Forum will feature discussion panels and parallel sessions of scientific papers to establish state-of-the-art practices, share lessons learned from case studies and address challenges facing the international agroecosystem living lab community.

Call for Papers coming soon! More information here.

Transfiere 2023

Transfiere 2023

Malaga, Spain, 15–17 February 2023.

Transfiere, the European Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation, will be taking place at the FYCMA – Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga, Avda Ortega y Gasset, 201, 29006, from 15–17 February 2023. It is a key professional and multisectorial forum for the transfer of knowledge, the improvement of competitiveness in the business sector and the generation of business and networking opportunities. Every year in Malaga, Transfiere becomes an unmissable event for Ecosystem Agents where they can establish new B2B contacts, network, find new partners, establish strategic alliances and synergies, as well as publicise new products, services and innovative projects.

LifeWatch ERIC will be represented at Transfiere 2023 by members of its ICT-Core & Federtech team, and will have a stand.

More information is availabe on the event website.

Training: Citizen Science across LTSER platforms


Online, 1 February 2023.

The joint online programme for Citizen Science (CS) across LTSER platforms, presented in the 3rd SPF, aims to have an impact on eLTER network at a local scale, by strengthening the relationship between citizens living in LTSER areas and the researchers and managers who operate them, and at an European scale, by strengthening the interaction between platforms.

Individual projects are being created for each LTSER platform within the eLTSER umbrella project on iNaturalist and all platforms are welcome.

To help platforms joining the umbrella project, a training session for platform managers/scientists/others to develop their own projects within iNaturalist will be given on the 1st of February (from 10am to1pm).

This session will allow participants interested in developing citizen science projects to create their own projects on iNaturalist and join the eLTSER umbrella project. Besides learning to use iNaturalist, the basics of citizen science, the motivations to use citizen science within the eLTER network and the main results obtained with the umbrella project are going to be addressed.

Don’t miss this highly interactive session, where several hands-on activities will take place! You can register here.

Preliminary Agenda:

  • Introduction and presentations
    – Goals and content of the training session.
    – Presentation of the participants
  • Basics of Citizen Science at LTSER platforms
    – What is citizen science
    – Citizen Science main areas
    – Citizen Science and biodiversity
  • Why use Citizen Science at LTSER platforms
    – Why use Citizen Science at eLTSER
    – Engaging different stakeholders/citizens
    – Exploring own platform challenges
  • Joining iNaturalist
    – Sign in to iNaturalis
    – Register your first observations (App and site)
    – Projects (examples, creating own projects and areas, etc)
  • LTSER Umbrella
    – Presenting the results of the project
    – Discussion in the context of the eLTER network

Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2023

Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2023

Bolzano, Italy, 4–8 September 2023.

Organised by OpenGeoHub foundation in collaboration with Eurac Research, the Open-Earth-Monitor Global Workshop 2023: Connecting open EO solutions to boost European and global goals, will bring together European and global actors in the field of open-source Earth Observation applications in policy, business, research and for society.

This international event will connect project partners, including data and environmental researchers, public and private sector developers, EU decision- and policymakers, representatives from global institutions, the business sector and civil society to discuss and test solutions to the greatest challenges in geospatial applications.

Through five days featuring international keynote speakers, scientific presentations, discussions, and demonstrative workshops, the participants of the OEMC Global Workshop 2023 will explore valuable opportunities and establish tangible collaborations to improve geospatial research and application products in open-source.


Open Earth Observation and Machine Learning technology to support the European Green Deal

Earth Observations and geospatial data —and their derived information— play crucial roles in monitoring regional, national and global environmental and climate targets proposed by the ambitious European Green Deal. Practitioners and decision-makers are therefore in need of accessible, science-based tools for timely and informed decisions as well as for long-term planning, progress tracking and transparent evaluation processes. 

Open-Earth-Monitor project’s main aim is to directly support the implementation of the European Green Deal, and the European Digital Transition, the EuroGEO (Europe’s part of the Group on Earth Observations) and overall the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How? By producing and integrating a range of open-source, data-based and user-friendly tools to monitor European and global environmental trends, and for ecosystem services accounting in constant collaboration with user communities.

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