Group on Earth Observations Indigenous Summit 2020

The GEO Indigenous Summit 2020

7-9 December 2020


Join Indigenous leaders from around the world as they discuss Indigenous-led innovation in Earth observations data, science and technology. This will build on the GEO Indigenous hackathon, bringing together Indigenous knowledge and state-of-the-art science and technology, as well as the global GEO community.

No registration required! Open to everyone, everywhere!

Themes: COVID-19, Women Empowerment, Education, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Knowledge Transfer.

Lightning talks session:  Lightning talks are 3 minutes pre-recorded presentations related to the themes of the Summit. To submit an abstract complete this form by the 25th of November 23:59 CEST

Please mark your calendars for this virtual event, and be sure to:

Organizing Committee:

  • Titus Letaapo (Samburu tribe, Kenya)
  • James Rattling Leaf Sr. (Rosebud Sioux tribe, South Dakota, US)
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim (Shuar Nation, Ecuadorian Amazon)
  • Diana Mastracci (GEO Secretariat, Communications consultant)
  • Steven Ramage (GEO Secretariat, Head of External Relations)


OSOS2 Call for Abstracts Open through March 1, 2021



25-27 May 2021, Virtual Meeting

The Executive Steering and Programme Committees are pleased to invite you to the second international Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (OSOS-2) to be held in a virtual format, on 25-27 May 2021.

The second OSO Symposium will build on our first gathering in June 2019 of community members involved in all levels of the observation-to-information value chain, from data providers to users, of operational satellite oceanographic data, products and applications.

The Programme Committee will build up the program based on selected abstracts. The call for abstracts is now open with the deadline 1 March 2021.

Abstracts can be submitted online through the conference website.

You can register to the conference using the online registration tool on the meeting websiteThe registration deadline is 15 May 2021.

For more information, please have a look at the attached announcement or visit our website:

Please also pass this announcement on to colleagues and contacts who would also be interested in participating.

Should you have any questions, please do contact the organising committee at


NOAA Virtual Stakeholder Workshop Nov 17-20, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and the Geostationary and Extended Orbits (GEO-XO) Program are conducting targeted stakeholder outreach efforts to better understand the jobs of the end users and identify how remote sensing data can best support the decisions and operations of the entire user community. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are engaging users in workshops, interviews, and surveys as a way of gathering data to inform the next generation of geostationary observations, due to launch in 2030. We welcome your contributions to these efforts as they will help us to better understand your needs and ensure the next generation of satellites can support your roles in society.

We are hosting our virtual workshop focusing on Oceans from November 17 – 20, 2020. Please RSVP for this workshop by filling out the registration form available here to help us understand more about you and your role within the oceans community. We will post details about this event on the event website.

Oceans Event Logistics

All topical workshops will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams. After your RSVP is received, you will receive a calendar invitation to the event with the following details providing session access information and all associated logistics:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 11 AM – 12 PM EST

Plenary Opening Session

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 1 – 4 PM EST

Discussion Session #1: Ocean Life

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 – 3 PM EST

Discussion Session #2: Water Quality

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12 – 3 PM EST

Discussion Session #3: Monitoring Physical Ocean Properties

Friday, November 20, 2020, 11:30 AM – 2 PM EST

Discussion Session #4: Climate Impacts to Oceans

Friday, November 20, 2020, 3 – 4:30 PM EST

Plenary Closing Session

What We Are Asking

This workshop is the fifth of a series of User Needs Workshops examining user needs and perspectives across a broad array of application areas. Results from these workshops will help NOAA better understand how decisions are made in topical areas and the information that best supports the user’s decisions, roles and responsibilities in society.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Vanessa Escobar directly or to the User Engagement Team with any questions. You can reach us either by replying to this email or by sending a message to We thank you in advance for your time and participation and look forward to working with you on this and future efforts.


Vanessa Escobar Lead Scientist, NOAA/NASA GEO-XO User Engagement

and the GEO-XO User Engagement Team

IGARSS 2021 Call for Papers

On behalf of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the IGARSS 2021 Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to Brussels, Belgium, for the 41th annual IGARSS symposium, starting Sunday the 11th of July till Friday the 16th of July 2021.

Hybrid format

The IGARSS 2021 Local Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the 41st edition of the world’s premier symposium on geoscience & remote sensing will take place this summer in a hybrid format. Participants can join IGARSS 2021 virtually through a dedicated online event platform but we also hope to welcome participants physically in Brussels, Belgium (The Square).

Call for papers

The submission deadline for papers and the student paper competition is extended till January 25 2021

IGARSS 2021 paper submission:

IGARSS 2021 student paper competition:

Abstracts due Oct 15th: GASP Statistics Workshop

A one-day workshop  –  GASP, which stands for Government Advances in Statistical Programming, will be held on Friday November 6th from 9am to 5pm EDT.  This year it’s online and government programmers from all over will attend and make presentations.

Here’s the call for presenters:

The scope includes: Using R to Streamline analysis, Using statistical software for model selection/validation, Using Python libraries for text analysis and to streamline production, Using R to automate and increase office efficiency, Using Dashboards for data analysis and production, Open source software to increase speed to get more information, Applications of Python and other software for production, Using R shiny and other open source software for analysis of survey data-public use files, Data science, Big data, Official statistics, Version controls and reproducibility, Process automation, DataOps/ DevOps, Presentation involving Data visualization, Natural language processing, Julia language applications for open-government, and Neural networks

Presentations are to be 10 or 20 minutes long.  Submissions are due on Oct 15 and the organizers will respond within a week.  You can register to attend at the same site.

This is the third annual GASP workshop.  Here are the programs from past years: