The GEO XIII Plenary in St. Petersburg enjoyed a huge interest and support from many member governments, agencies and networks with around 400 registered participants this year.
Having taken place from 7-10 November 2016, the event featured a plenary, a number of side events and exhibition to give a chance to participants to meet up and discuss ideas and progress.
Left: The EU BON booth at the GEO exhibition – F. Wetzel, Ch. Häuser, H. Saarenmaa; Right: Director General J.E. Smits and Christoph Häuser; Credits: F. Wetzel
On the sidelines of the Plenary the Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Robert-Jan Smits, personally informed himself in a conversation with Dr. Christoph Häuser, project lead of EU BON on the success and performance of the EU BON project.
At the GEO Exhibition 45 participating organizations and agencies presented their current achievements in the realm of earth observation products. EU BON was part of the European Commission’s area where GEO-related projects were shown. The project showcased its latest products as well as provided live demonstrations by Dr. Hannu Saarenmaa of the beta-version of the European Biodiversity Portal.
Taking place just before the plenary, around 20 side events gave an interesting overview of current GEO-related projects and topics. One of the side events was targeted on citizen science and EU-funded projects, where EU BON’s coordinator Christoph Häuser presented the developments of the network with regards to its citizen science activities, particularly its developments of mobile apps for collecting citizen science data.
Christoph Häuser presenting citizen science related activities of EU BON; Credit: F. Wetzel.