INVITATION: GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop, 25/05/2017, Cairo

We cordially invite you to participate in the Regional Workshop of the GEO-CRADLE Horizon2020 project (www.geocradle.euCoordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS). The event is jointly organized by the Project Coordinator National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and the Project Partner Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). It will take place on:

May 25th 2017, from 10:00 to 16:00

Le Meridien Heliopolis Hotel

51 El-Orouba, Almazah, Cairo, Egypt

This regional workshop will focus on identifying the potential local challenges and needs that can be addressed with the Earth Observation (EO), enabling more informed decision making, while seeking solutions to enhance growth and innovation in the geo-information sector. Aiming to support knowledge sharing, capacity building and an enhanced cooperation between academia and industry, the event will also provide participants with a unique cross-sector networking opportunity. In addition, panel discussions will be complemented with information on available EU funding in the EO sector. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this event and we are certain that your presence and input will greatly enrich our discussions.

Please register by filling in this form:

For further information about project activities, please visit the GEO-CRADLE website at

Yours sincerely,

  Dr Haris Kontoes                                           Prof Hesham M. El-Askary

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA                GEO-CRADLE Project Partner CEDARE


Time Topic Speaker
09:00-09:15 Registration
09:15-09:30 Welcome notes
  • Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, CEDARE, Director
  • Dr. Hesham El-Askary, GEO-CRADLE Regional Coordinator
  • Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator

Local officials, project regional and overall coordinators welcoming participants.

09:30-10:00 Environmental Challenges and Earth Observation solutions in Egypt
  • Dr. Omar Elbadawy, CEDARE
  • Dr. Islam Abou El-Magd, Alternate GEO Principal for Egypt

Representatives of CEDARE and GEO discuss the geo-information needs in Egypt, and present solutions offered by the two organisations.

10:00-10:20 Keynote: GEO-CRADLE opportunities for Egypt and the region (part 1)
  • Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

Short presentation of the GEO-CRADLE project, notably its usefulness to Egyptian and regional stakeholders.

10:20-10:35 Copernicus and GEO opportunities for Egypt and the region
  • Ms. Eleni Christia, NOA
10:35-10:50 Presentation of the GEO CRADLE networking platform
  • Ms. Alexia Tsouni, NOA
10:50-11:10 Q&A – Discussion  
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:15 GEO-CRADLE opportunities for Egypt and the region (part 2)

(15 mins each speaker)

Pilot Activities

1. Access to Solar Energy

  • Dr. Stelios Kazadzis Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos, World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC)
  • Dr. Hesham M. El-Askary, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations
  • Dr. Eng. Mohamed Mostafa El-Khayat, Vice Chairman for Studies, Research, and Technical Affairs, New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA)

2. Adaptation to Climate Change

  • Dr. Hesham M. El-Askary, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations
  • Dr. Islam Abou El-Magd, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS)

3. Improved Food Security – Water Extremes Management

  • Ms. Alexia Tsouni, NOA

4. Access to Raw Materials

  • Ms. Eleni Christia, NOA

Presentation of the pilot activities, the involvement of local stakeholders, and the expected outcome.

13:15-13:30 Q&A – Discussion
13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-16:00 Operational uses of geo-information: case studies best practices and needs

(15 mins each speaker)

Chair: Dr. Hesham M. El-Askary, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations, Chapman University

  • A representative from the Environmental Agency of Egypt
  • A representative from the Water Resources and Irrigation Administration of Egypt
  • Ms. Amal Layachi, Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS), Morocco
  • Mr. Karem Ben Khaled, Regional Center for Remote Sensing of North Africa States (CRTEAN), Tunisia
  • Ms. Teodora Secara, EURISY, France

Presentations of concrete, hands-on case studies of end users benefiting from satellite-derived geo-information in Egypt, MENA and European countries, and expressing needs and challenges.

16:00-17:00 Round table: how to maximise the benefits of EO in the region with investment trends in solar energy in Egypt? Moderator: Dr. Hesham M. El-Askary, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations, Chapman University

17:00-17:20 Q&A – Discussion  
17:20-17:30 Conclusions
  • Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator

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