African mosaic as part of ESA’s Climate Change Initiative Land Cover project
(C) contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by Brockmann Consult/ Université Catholique de Louvain


27 June 2017
14:00 – 15:00  Opening of the first day

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Welcome address, J. Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman, MCST 
Address of Hon. S. Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation 
Address of Hon. C. Abela, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion 
Enhanced space solutions for emerging policy challenges, J. Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA 
15:00 – 16:30  Addressing root causes of migration through sustainable development.
Chair: Prof. E. Bussoletti Univ. Parthenope 
Refugees and economic migrants: the regulatory framework, observed trends, action of the EU, M. Cassar, Maltese Commissioner for Refugees 
The Agenda 2030 and the SDG’s: indicators, indices, statistics, J. McGlade, UNEP Chief Scientist 
Building resilience to disasters and conflicts: a science perspective, T. de Groeve, DG JRC 
EO as tool to achieve SDGs, B. Ryan, Director of GEO secretariat 
Indicators and EO, C. Agius, UNGGIM: Europe secretariat 
17:00 – 18:30  Supporting economic development in partner countries.
Chair: P. Zeil, Spatial Services 
Exploring the nexus between humanitarian and development policies, N. Aquilina, Director General, Global Issues, International Development & Economic Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 
GMES & Africa as an opportunity for more prosperous and integrated Africa: key innovative benefits from Copernicus data use, T. Ouattara, GMES & Africa, African Union Commission 
Forests in the Mediterranean for rural development, N. Picard, Silva Mediterranean secretariat, FAO 
EO in support of economic investments in developing countries, S. Coulson, Head of Industry Section, ESA and N. Telahigue, Country Programme Manager, International Fund for Agricultural Development 
18:30 Adjourn 
28 June 2017
 08:30  –  9:00  Opening of the second day

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EU policies for preserving our environment and space solutions, J. Drake, Deputy Director General Environment, EC 
The EU Global Strategy, resilience and space, F. Rivasseau, Special Envoy for Space, European External Action Service 
The regional dimension of European policies. A. Jaadla, Committee of the Regions 
 9:30   – 11:30  Neighbourhood and Security policies.
Chair: X. Pasco, FRS 
Space-based support to European Coast Guard functions in the Mediterranean, L. Bal, EMSA  
Copernicus & Frontex Fusion Services: a situational picture, D. Vande Ryse, Head of Unit, Situation Centre, FRONTEX 
Copernicus Service for External Action, P. Legai, Director of EU SatCen 
Contribution of space capabilities to security and defence – an EDA perspective, C. Stace, Head of Unit Information Superiority, EDA  
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A proposal for an EU Defence Research, P. Brunet, Director Space and Defence, EC  
Technology Developments for Security Observations, J. Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA  
Space contribution to Maritime Security: from existing services to the very next future, Brigadier General (ret.) J.P. Serra, Airbus VP for Security and Defense; O. Lemaitre, Director EU Affairs Thales Alenia Space; F. Mastracci, Vice-President of e-GEOS 
12:00 – 13:30  Maritime sector and blue growth.
Chair: S. Ekwall, DG MARE
Untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy, M. Dalli, Member of the European Parliament 
Towards a Western Mediterranean Strategy, D. Aquilina, Chairman of Malta Marittima  
Solutions to Prevent and Respond to Marine Pollution from Ships and Offshore Installations, G. Gonzalez Deogracia, Head of Office, REMPEC 
Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, P. Bahurel, CEO of MERCATOR Ocean  
14:30 – 16:00  Data revolution and innovation.
Chair: M. Facchini, DG GROW
A common vision on EO in a Digital Economy, C. Martinez, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology 
Opportunities for Downstream Applications and SME’s, C. Hoffmann, Managing Director, Geoville 
The EOinnovation Europe Strategy, H. Laur, Head of Mission Management and Product Quality Division, ESA 
How Earth Observation can empower digital leaders, C. Linz, Global Head of Center for Digital Leadership, SAP  
Business opportunities from the data revolution: a viewpoint from Kenya , E. Khamala, Managing Director, LocateIt 
16:00 – 16:30  Conclusions
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Plans for the future, J. Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, ESA
Closing speech, J. Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman, MCS
 16:30 End of conference 
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