About EO4GEO 2019-05-16T13:05:08+00:00

About EO4GEO

An innovative strategy for skills development and capacity building in the EO/GI field

EO4GEO is an Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance gathering 26 partners from 13 EU countries, most of which are part of the Copernicus Academy Network. Be they from academia, public or private sector, they are all active in the education and training fields of the space / geospatial sectors.

Technological progress and globalisation offer tremendous opportunities for innovation, job creation and growth. This also requires people to acquire new skills in order to drive and support change.

But which skills are they, and how can we build and shape the workforce of the future? This is where EO4GEO steps in.

EO4GEO aims to bridge the skills gap between the supply and demand of education and training in the space/geospatial sectors, fostering the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in a broad range of application domains.

EO4GEO will work in a multi and interdisciplinary way and apply innovative solutions for its education and training actions: case-based and collaborative learning scenarios; learning-while-doing in a living lab environment; on-the-job training and co-creation of knowledge, skills and competencies.

The project started on January 1st, 2018; it will run for 4 years, closely collaborating with DG GROW (Copernicus) and DG EMPLOYMENT to reach its strategic objectives.

Fostering Copernicus user uptake

Copernicus, Europe’s ambitious Earth Observation programme, is a huge leap forward in terms of technological progress. Its entry in the stage of operability is enabling the production of a huge wealth of data: With six Copernicus Sentinel satellites in orbit, the Contributing missions and in situ sensors, over 12 TB of Earth Observation (EO) data is available every day. With more Sentinels to come and the launch of 5 DIAS platforms to allow an easier access to Copernicus data, we can expect impacts in terms of innovation, growth and jobs.

Technological progress and globalisation offer tremendous opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs. However, these developments require specific skills for people who are able to drive and support change. The EO4GEO Sector Skills Alliance aims at supporting the use of Copernicus data and services and unleash the programme full potential in terms of benefits for the EU economy and for its citizens.

“The collaboration between the public and private sectors on the one hand (demand) as well as the education system on the other (offer) is a key enabler of the mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the sector. The EO4GEO objectives align with the spirit of the Copernicus programme as it puts users in the driver seat.”

Emanuele Barreca, Copernicus skills programme responsible. DG GROW.

“The cooperation resulting from EO4GEO should lead to gathering skills intelligence on the sector, to translating the sectoral growth strategy into a sectoral skills strategy, to developing European ‘core’ occupational profiles and related curricula, and to promoting relevant sectoral qualifications and certifications and their recognition.”

Felix Rohn, Policy Officer. DG EMPLOYMENT.

EO4GEO Results

EO4GEO will offer a series of tangible results that are usable for the broader space/geospatial education/training community

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