ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award

Paris / Munich, September 2022: New digital technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence are leading to a major transformation in Earth observation and opening a wealth of opportunities for science and business alike. Global challenges such as water resources, climate change and others require even more scientific predictive information and scientific work. Embracing this new era, European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) have opened the 2nd round of the Call for Earth Observation Excellence Award.

This ESA–EGU joint award sets out to recognise, encourage, support, and promote the scientific excellence of individual scientists and teams for their contributions in addressing the challenges of our changing planet.

ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Simonetta Cheli, noted: “Earth observation has become an indispensable tool for a range of geoscience disciplines. It contributes to greater scientific understanding and plays a crucial role in taking the pulse of our planet. Additionally, it has also become a source of timely and relevant information to guide sustainable development, to mitigate environmental risks, and to build a better informed and more resilient society.”

“I am thrilled to announce this latest call for nominations for the ESA–EGU Earth Observation Award, and that the ESSC has agreed to carry out the evaluation.”

The EGU President, Helen Glaves, also noted, “EGU is delighted to once again partner with ESA to make a joint award for excellence in Earth observation. Earth observation plays a key role in understanding many aspects of the Earth system. As the leading geosciences organisation in Europe, we know that many of our members rely on European Earth observation and satellite data for their work. EGU is delighted to celebrate the success of this work in partnership with ESA and the ESSC.”

ESA and EGU will again recognise and honour an individual Early Career Scientist and Team that has contributed to the innovative use of Earth Observations (EO). The nominee’s achievements should focus on science and applications based on Earth observations made by European satellites.

Nominators have the chance to give young scientists and researchers, whom their highest degree no later than 10 years, a recognition of their early-stage scientific work. This once-in-a-lifetime award honours the importance of research and scientific work behind the extraordinary importance of Earth observation solutions.

The call for nominations and submissions for this joint ESA-EGU Earth Observation Award is open from 7 September until 7 December 2022. The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation will carry out the evaluation.

Following the nomination at and the independent selection process by ESSC, the awardees will receive their award at a dedicated ceremony during the EGU General Assembly in April 2023 in Vienna, Austria. The prize includes free entry to the event, travel cost, plus recognitions of their work by a wider community.

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