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, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (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

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

10:00-10:15 GEO-CRADLE opportunities for Egypt and the region (part 1)

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

10:15-10:30 Copernicus and GEO opportunities for Egypt and the region
10:30-10:40 Presentation of the GEO CRADLE networking platform
10:40-10:55 Q&A – Discussion  Interested in joining the network? Fill in the Survey!
10:55-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-13:00 GEO-CRADLE opportunities for Egypt and the region (part 2)

(15 mins each speaker)

Pilot Activities

1. Access to Solar Energy

2. Adaptation to Climate Change (Desert Dust Focus)

3. Improved Food Security – Water Extremes Management

4. Access to Raw Materials

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

13:00-13:10 Q&A – Discussion
13:10-13:30 Coffee break
13:30-14:45 Operational uses of geo-information: case studies best practices and needs

(15 mins each speaker)

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.

14:45-15:30 Round table: how to maximise the benefits of EO in the region with investment trends in solar energy in Egypt?
  • Chair: Dr. Hesham M. El-Askary, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations, Chapman University, USA
  • Panelists: user organisations, NREA, EURISY, NOA, MWRI Participants
15:30-15:40 Conclusions  

  • Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator
15:40 Closing lunch  Social time

DOWNLOADS: Invitation & Agenda