AMERIGEO, EUROGEO, and AFRIGEO Week Announcements!

AmeriGEO Week 2024 is almost here!

This year’s event will be held from 26 to 30 August in Quito, Ecuador. Its theme is “Adaptándonos para un futuro resiliente, con inteligencia terrestre” or “Adapting for a resilient future with Earth Intelligence.”

In addition to the six plenary keynote sessions below, there will be a disaster risk management fair highlighting local efforts, a variety of side events and training offered, and a regional Americas Caucus meeting.

The plenary sessions for this year’s event includes:

Session 1: Disasters and Risk Management
Session 2: Achieving the Aguascalientes Commitments
Session 3: Marine and Ocean Health
Session 4: Implementation of the Post 2025 GEO Strategic Plan
Session 5: Looking toward COP28: One Health Partnerships to Accelerate Climate Action
Session 6: Security for Development

Register now via the AmeriGEO Week 2024 website and keep an eye out for more information as we get closer to the event. Already registered and can’t wait for August, check out the video our colleagues at GEO Ecuador made for a preview!

Kindly reach out to the secretariat (secretariat@amerigeo.org) with any questions.


Invitation to the EuroGEO Workshop 2024: 

We are pleased to inform you that the 2024 edition of the EuroGEO Workshop will take place in Krakow Poland, from 8 to 10 October 2024, at the Holiday INN, an IHG Hotel.

The EuroGEO Workshop 2024 is jointly organised by the European Commission and the EuroGEO Secretariat with the support of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA).  The Key message is“COMBINE, COORDINATE, COOPERATE: Welcome to the new era of EuroGEO”  

Register here.

EGW24 will:

Mobilise and revitalise the EuroGEO Action Groups and harness synergies across research and EO industry around strategic focus areas.

Foster the maximisation of research & innovation impact for the benefit of end users, engaging academia and the industry.

Engage with national GEO activities, showcasing the EO expertise and synergies contributing to EuroGEO and GEO.

Facilitate peer exchanges highlighting the European contribution to GEO

Build a consensus on the adoption of a revised EuroGEO implementation plan as a contribution to GEO post-25 strategy.

On the EuroGEO workshop 2024 webpage you can find the outline of the programme (draft) as well as a list of the suggested hotels and transport means for travel from the airport to the venue.

The registrations are NOW open.  Important Note! Registrations close on September 13, 2024


AFRIGEO Symposium

AfriGEO invites you to the 8th AfriGEO Symposium which will be held from 12th to 15th of August at RCMRD in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the symposium is, “Earth Intelligence for Africa.”

 

The AfriGEO symposia have been held annually since 2016. They are an opportunity for the AfriGEO Community to network, share and build meaningful collaboration and partnerships that support and address varied developmental challenges on the continent using earth observation.

 

The symposium will have 10 key sessions: Session 1: EO in supporting National Priorities, Session 2: EO for Disaster Risk Reduction, Session 3: EO for Agriculture and Food Security, Session 4: Post 2025 GEO Strategy, Session 5: Strengthening National Coordination, Session 6: Data and Infrastructure, Session 7: EO for Sustainable Land and Forest Management, Session 8: Africa Connect , Session 9: Innovation Lounge and Youth Session, Session 10: EO AfriGEO capacity building Fund Setup.

 

The AfriGEO Symposium will focus on AfriGEO’s thematic areas:

  • Agriculture, Food Security, Soil Moisture and Agricultural Outreach Support
  • Biodiversity, Land degradation and Sustainable Forest Management
  • Land Cover for Africa, Land administration, Sustainable Urban Development
  • Blue Economy and Water Resource Management
  • Climate Services and Adaptation.
  • Health, Air Quality and Disaster Management.
  • Innovation, Data and Infrastructure

Register now through this link to attend, participate or submit your abstract (max 300 words) for the session you would like to contribute to.

Abstracts submission deadline was 30th June.

Webinar: Contributions of Indigenous People’s EO to Water Quality Monitoring

Announcement flyer with photos of moderator and speaker on an AI generated image of a waterbody and the title Contributions of Indigenous Peoples Observations in Water Quality Monitoring

We invite you to this webinar in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day 2024 – co-sponsored by GEO AquaWatch, GEO Indigenous Alliance, CSIRO’s AquaWatch Australia, WWQA, and IAGLR.  This informative 90 minute event will be moderated by James Rattling Leaf and will feature a presentation of our recent publication recommending best practices for inclusion of indigenous science, followed by Water Quality Use Cases presented by global indigenous scientists and an audience participation discussion.   Use the QR code to register today!  More details on the agenda will be shared in coming days.  Please help us promote this webinar by sharing it with your network!

Moderator:

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., GEO Indigenous Alliance, North America

Speakers:

Dr. Dawn Martin Hill, Professor, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada: Haudenosaunee and the story of water.  

Abstract: The community-led Ohneganos research project with the Six Nations of the Grand River (Six Nations) of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, is the largest Indigenous reserve (by population) in Canada. Six Nations community has been engaged in efforts to achieve sustainable ecosystems, health and well-being directly tied to the state of source water from the Great Lakes.  As a Mohawk woman and scientist, living in my community, it is important to center the Haudenosaunee Great Law and responsibility to care for the water; this is embedded in our creation stories and the thanksgiving address. Our 5 year IK community led study with McMaster found in the climate change modeling of SN has experienced significant climate change water impacts further exacerbating water insecurity and will increase significantly over the next 30 years. By incorporating traditional knowledge and western science the community recognizes the desperate need for sustainable development in water monitoring and management. The goal is to establish a traditional ecological research Institution for training to improve our natural world’s ability to thrive so we may thrive. 

Speaker Bio: Dawn is Mohawk and resides at Six Nations with her family. She was the first Indigenous cultural anthropologist in Canada and continues to break barriers in education and research. She founded the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University as a graduate student and recipient of a Canada U.S Fulbright Award. Her work with Elders from across Turtle Island since 1990 has influenced her development of Indigenous knowledge in academia, research, and research. She is a longtime advocate of Indigenous knowledge within her university and securing federal tri-council, Science Council’s support, and inclusion of peer reviewed funding of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing research.   Her primary research over three decades is working with community, women, and youth to develop Indigenous ways of knowing that can be applied in resolving real world issues, Indigenous pedagogy and methodologies, developing community led strategies, holistic assessments of community wellness, traditional medicine, environmental justice and addressing improving quality of life.


Dr. Elisabeth Veronika Wambrauw,  Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning,  Universitas Cenderawasih, Indonesia: Water governance in perspective Indigenous People in Papua, New Guinea

Abstract: I will talk about the Sambom People, Marind People, and also Naglum People of Indonesia.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Wambrauw is the head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Universitas Cenderawasih in Jayapura, Indonesia. Her research focuses on sustainable development and traditional ecological knowledge related to water and infrastructure as well as climate change.


Professor Bradley Moggridge, Indigenous Leadership & Engagement, University of Technology Sydney,  Australia: The Cultural value of Water and the Importance of Understanding Water Quality for Aboriginal People.

Speaker Bio: Prof Bradley Moggridge is a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation and is a researcher in Indigenous Water Science (qualifications in hydrogeology and environmental science). He is currently Acting Associate Dean – Indigenous Leadership & Engagement at the University of Technology Sydney. Until June 2021 he was the Indigenous Liaison Officer for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub under NESP. Bradley is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a Governor of WWF Australia and vice president of the Australian Freshwater Science Society. Bradley has won several awards, has presented widely and is on many committees – from local to international adding to his 25 years in water and environmental science, cultural science, regulation, water planning and management, including policy development, legislative reviews, applied research and project management. Bradley hopes to encourage future generations to pursue interests in STEM (water science), promote his ancestors’ knowledge of water and mentor emerging Indigenous scientists.


Samwel Nangiria, Pan African Living Cultures Alliance, Tanzania, Africa: 

Speaker Bio: Born and raised in a typical Maasai traditional setting, I am also a socio-environmental scientist and long-term human and environmental rights defender who brings a balanced, comprehensive, and strategic approach to natural resource management and sustainable development within the setting of Indigenous communities and currently a leader of Pan African Living Cultures Alliance; an African continental movement of indigenous and local communities that aims at creating space for self-representation and determination.


 

Dr. Myrle Ballard, Indigenous Scholar and Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada: 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Ballard will tell you that she comes from a combination of three worlds. Her first is growing up on the land speaking Anishinaabe mowin as her first language and her experiential life on her reserve. Her second is Western science having earned her PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental management. Her third world is academia and government. Dr. Ballard is a professor at the University of Manitoba where her research focuses on Three-Eyed Seeing and using Indigenous language as a baseline indicator of changes in the ecosystem. Combining her lived experiences allows her to bridge and bring all sides together, while appreciating different perspectives. 

Workshop Applications Still Open to Self-funded Applicants

 

“Unlocking the Global Benefits of Water Quality Monitoring through Earth Observation”

NOTE: ONLY THOSE WHO CAN PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRAVEL, VISA, & ACCOMMODATION FUNDING TO STIRLING ARE INVITED TO APPLY

The University of Stirling’s Earth and Planetary Observation Research Group invite you to attend a workshop to address one of the most important questions within aquatic remote sensing, how can more people and more countries benefit from satellite-based Earth observation of water? Available satellite data and products for monitoring water quantity and water quality have advanced in the last decade, and individual countries need to grow capacity to ensure their own autonomy in benefiting from Earth observation to meet their own specific needs and agendas, whilst also supporting global initiatives, including Sustainable Development Goals. This workshop will address this critical issue by collectively exploring the challenges and opportunities to deliver a series of strategies that are specific to different global economic groups (low, lower-middle, upper-middle and high income countries) and the unique context of each group. Join us to shape a future in which all can benefit from Earth observation of water.

“Unlocking the Global Benefits of Water Quality Monitoring through Earth Observation” 

Dynamic hackathon-style workshop event

28th to 30th August 2024  (Do not apply if you are unable to attend during these dates.  This is an In-Person workshop only and partial attendance is not possible.  Only those fully self-funded for all expenses are invited to apply)

University of Stirling, Scotland

Apply here 

This 3-day in person event is hosted by the University of Stirling, and is co-organised by UNEP’s World Water Quality Alliance, and GEO AquaWatch. Additional organisation support has been received from the World Meteorological Organization.
Please distribute widely within your organisations and communities. This event welcomes anyone in the water or remote sensing domains, whom is interested in expanding the benefits of Earth observation in their country. 
The application period has been extended until July 10th, 2024, 23:59 UTC for those who are fully self-funded. Participants from outside of the United Kingdom will require a Standard Visa (Business Route) which can be applied for before making travel arrangements (more info). Letters of invitation can be requested in the application.
For more information and to apply, see  the website: https://shorturl.at/WxlAN

NASA JPL hosts July 15th/17:00 UTC EMIT Aquatic Tools Tagup – HyperCoast Demonstration

NASA-JPL is very excited to host our first EMIT Aquatic Tag-Up on Monday, July 15 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time/ 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time/17:00 UTC.

Dr. Bingqing Liu, EMIT Science Team member, will provide a demonstration of HyperCoast, an open-source toolbox for visualizing and analyzing EMIT imagery.

Please register for the tag-up here and feel free to share widely with your networks.

DARA Post-Docs in Earth Observation in African SKA Partner Country Institutions

Category: Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships 

Institution: African SKA Partner Country Institutions 

Number of Positions Available: 12 

Duration: Until 31st March 2027 

Could the duration be extended? No 

Work Arrangement: In-Person 

Job Description 

The Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project will fund up to 12  post-doctoral Fellowship positions in universities and institutions located in the SKA  African Partner Countries (APCs). The APCs are Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia,  Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique and Mauritius. Research programmes in  astrophysics relevant to radio astronomy will be prioritized, but complementary multi wavelength areas will also be considered. Projects that utilize machine learning (ML)  or artificial intelligence (AI) approaches are also encouraged. Researchers from the  Earth Observation (EO) and Space Science fields can also apply where they  propose to use ML/AI techniques that have synergies with those useful for  astrophysics and can contribute to a strong collaborative environment in data  science. 

Fellows will be supported by collaborators and mentors from the DARA team of  academics and space sector industrial partners from the UK and South Africa.  Fellows will become part of the emerging community of African researchers that will  be in a strong position to utilize facilities on the African continent such as the Square  Kilometre Array.  

Fellows will also be encouraged to take part in the development and delivery of  training programmes in Africa related to initiatives by DARA, SARAO and others. As  part of SARAO’s Africa Programme, two-element training interferometer dishes of 3- 4 m diameter will be deployed in each APC as well as Transient Array Radio  Telescopes (TARTs). There is potential for the 3-4 m dishes to also be used for the  downlink of satellite EO data. The aim is to enable space sector hubs where radio  astronomy, remote sensing, space AI applications and entrepreneurship can thrive.  Candidates are expected to be committed to remaining in the APC long-term and the  host institution is encouraged to offer a permanent position once the fellowship ends. 

The DARA programme is funded by the UK’s International Science Partnerships  Fund as part of Official Development Assistance (UK overseas aid). Hence, citizens  from developing countries in Africa are particularly encouraged to apply. The programme is committed to promoting gender equality and therefore we actively  encourage applications from female candidates. 

Compensation and Benefits 

Compensation Type: Salary

Included Benefits: The position comes with dedicated funds of up to £11,000 per year to cover the cost  of travel for the postdoctoral fellow. This will include travel to conferences and visits  to collaborators in the UK, South Africa or elsewhere in Africa. £5,000 will be  available for a research workstation computer. A further £10,000 is available for a  research grade GPU chip if required by the proposed research. 

Compensation Notes: The exact salary level is to be agreed between the host institute and the DARA  project and should be between a minimum for a typical junior lecturer at the host  institution and a maximum that equates to a take home rate equivalent to the  SARAO postdoctoral bursary rate of ZAR450,000 per year. 

Application Details 

Application Instructions The positions can start as soon as possible and are funded up to 31st March 2027.  Later start dates will also be considered. Performance will be monitored by the  DARA project every 6 months with continued funding to the project end dependant  on satisfactory progress.  

Applicants must have already obtained a PhD in Astrophysics, Space Science or  Earth Observation, or be in a position to obtain one prior to their proposed start date. 

The applicant needs to get the agreement of an institution based in an APC to host  their Fellowship. Teaching and/or administrative duties must not take up more than 6  hours per week of the Fellow’s time. Both the applicant and the host institution need  to fill out their respective applications forms available from the link below. The  completed forms, together with a CV and a science case (maximum of 3 pages in  11pt font) from the applicant, need to be emailed as PDFs to the DARA Principal  Investigator, Prof Melvin Hoare at m.g.hoare@leeds.ac.uk by the 21st July 2024.  The applicant should name two referees and request that they send letters of  recommendation to the same address by the deadline. 

If you have any questions about the position or application procedure, or with issues  in finding a suitable host institution, do not hesitate to write to Prof Melvin Hoare at  m.g.hoare@leeds.ac.uk.  

Application forms can be found here