Can Earth Observation (EO) transform UK public sector policy delivery?

4 Jan 2016 04:17 PM

Senior policy makers and CSAs from across Whitehall were joined by industry representatives from a diverse range of backgrounds for the EO discovery day.

On 20 November 2015, the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) on behalf of the Earth Observation (EO) Working Group (chaired by Stephen Lovegrove, the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)), hosted a Discovery Day to explore how EO could transform UK public sector policy delivery.

Senior policy makers and Chief Scientific Advisors (CSAs) from across Whitehall were joined by industry representatives from a diverse range of backgrounds. Attendees included representatives from small, medium and large organisations who are engaged in the manufacture of satellites, the provision of imagery and / or the development of applications, along with multinational organisations not commonly thought of as working with the Space sector.

The focus of the day was about 'discovery' to:

In the interests of open and fair access to information and to not unduly influence any future procurement activities, SSGP has published the event summary and associated briefing material from the day to all attendees and also made this information available publically through their website here.

Discussions with participants highlighted the following themes and observations:

The EO Working Group reconvened on 14 December 2015 to discuss how best to take forward the topics identified at the Discovery Day. More information about the recommendations and proposed Action Plan will be available shortly via this page.