GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop, 24/03/2017, Sofia


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 Space Research and Technology Institute (SRTΙ). It will take place on:

March 24th 2017, from 10:00 to 16:00

Great Hall of the Central Headquarters of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

15th November St., №1, Sofia, Bulgaria

This regional workshop will focus on identifying the potential local challenges hindering the Earth Observation (EO) market uptake and business performances, while seeking solutions to enhance growth and innovation in the geo-information sector. Aiming to support knowledge sharing 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                                                   Dr Hristo Nikolov

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


The Agenda:

Time Title of the topic addressed Speaker
10:00-10:05 Opening Mr. Hristo Nikolov,


10:05-10:10 Welcome Professor Kristalina Stoykova,

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

10:10-10:30 Opportunities within the Framework Programme “Horizon 2020” Mr. Dimitar Asenov, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of Bulgaria
10:30-10:50 Presentation of the GEO CRADLE project Mr. Lefteris Mamais, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team NOA
10:50-11:10 ESA related activities in Bulgaria Mr. Emil Komatichev, Ministry of Economy of Bulgaria
11:10-11:30 GEO related activities in Bulgaria Associate Professor Lyubka Pashova, National GEO Office of Bulgaria
11:30-11:50 The activities of the Space Research and Technology Institute – BAS Professor George Sotirov, SRTI-BAS
11:50-12:10 Structure and activities of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology – BAS Professor Ekaterina Batchvarova, NIMH-BAS
12:10-12:30 On the earthquake’s prediction by the Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy – BAS Associate Professor Strashimir Mavrodiev, INRNE-BAS
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-13:50 Presentation from ESRI Bulgaria Mr. Dimitar Koritarov
13:50-14:10 Presentation from ReSAC Ltd. Mr. Vassil Vassilev
14:10-14:30 Presentation from GeoCad-93 Ltd. Mr. Milush Blagoev
14:30-14:50 Aero-space technologies for sustainable and secure environment Mr. Kamen Iliev, Risk Space Transfer Office – BAS
14:50-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:20 Presentation of the thematic areas of the GEO CRADLE project pilots  

Mr. Nikolaos Tsakiridis, GEO-CRADLE Project Partner iBEC, WP Leader for the pilots & Regional Coordinator

15:20-15:35 EU funding possibilities – H2020 calls Mr. Kristian Milenov, ASDE Bulgaria
15:35-15:55 Discussion and wrap-up Mr. Lefteris Mamais,

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team NOA

15:55-16:00 Closing remarks Mr. Hristo Nikolov,



Public authorities Academia Industry & NGOs GEO-CRADLE consortium Breaks


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