Future Cities

The presentations for this workshop are available in the MATERIAL section (in the top menu).

You can find photos of the event at this link (password: 4741).


Objective: The workshop intends to explore how the Copernicus programme can support now and in the future a number of applications for cities and urban developments, with reference to the Urban agenda for the EU.

In particular, the workshop will:

  • Explore the user needs in terms of data and information requirements for future cities at international, EU, and National/Local level
  • Summarise the current and planned Copernicus offer, together with an overview of promising use cases as well as existing gaps in terms of data and information to be addressed in the future by Copernicus
  • Discuss potential Copernicus evolutions to address these identified gaps



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This event is open and free to registered participants. Please go to “Register now” to sign up.

The registration will close on 5 November 2018.

Note that in case the number of participants reaches the maximum capacity of the venue, registration might close at an earlier date.




Date:               Friday 09/11/2018

Language:      English

Cost:               Free of charge


Venue:           Breydel Auditorium, DG GROW

Address:       Avenue d'Auderghem 45, Belgium

City:              1049 Brussels





Draft Agenda

09:00 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 - 09:40
Welcome by Mauro Facchini, Head of the Copernicus Unit at DG GROW


Moderator: Thomas Kemper, DG JRC

09:40 - 10:40
Session I Setting the scene


09:40 Urban Agenda and the importance of evidence-based policy making and green urban infrastructure - Hugo Poelman, DG REGIO

09:55 Cities & future cities within the Urban Agenda for the EU - Benjamin Caspar, DG ENV

10:10 Impacts of climate change in European cities, the Climate-ADAPT perspective - Sandro Nieto-Silleras, DG CLIMA

10:25 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) - Piotr Rapacz, DG MOVE

10:40 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:15
Session II - The Copernicus offer for future cities


11:00 Offer and use cases of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) Pan-European and Local components - Hans Dufourmont, EEA

11:30 Offer and use cases of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) Global Land component & The Global Human Settlement Layer – Michael Cherlet and Thomas Kemper, DG JRC

11:45 Offer and use cases of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) – Juan Garcés de Marcilla, ECMWF

12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:45
Session III Cities challenges, user needs and innovation paths


13:30 The potential of Earth Observation: the ESA perspective – Marc Paganini, ESA

13:45 Use of Copernicus air quality data in smart cities – Leonor Tarrasón, NILU

14:00 Contributions of HR and VHR satellite imagery for urban issues – Anne Puissant, University of Strasbourg

14:15 Observing changes in the urban thermal environment from space – Prof. John Remedios, University of Leicester

14:30 European Health Service – Filip Lefebre, VITO

14:45 - 15:15
15:15 - 15:40
Coffee break
15:40 - 16:40
Session III - Cities challenges, user needs and innovation paths


15:40 Earth Observation for urban energy exchanges monitoring at local scale – Nektarios Chrysoulakis, FORTH

15:55 Space for Cities: challenges and opportunities of using EO in cities – Grazia Fiore, Eurisy

16:10 Smart Urban Solutions for air quality, disasters and city growth (SMURBS) Evangelos Gerasopoulos, NOA

16:25 A Detailed Outline of The Future That We Don't Want – Markus Berensson, C40 Cities

16:40 - 17:20
Concluding discussion
Concluding remarks by DG GROW
End of meeting


The workshop venue is walking distance (5 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes. To check timetables and book tickets please click here.

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Further information

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