UN-SPIDER organized this Expert Meeting with the support and cooperation of the Government of Austria (through the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria) and the Secure World Foundation. It brought together 72 experts and practitioners from 21 countries and was organised back-to-back with the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM 2011) ( This ensured the participation of the crisis mapping community which converged in Geneva to attend their annual meeting as well as the humanitarian community based in Geneva. The agenda of this second Expert Meeting built upon the recommendations and conclusions of the first Expert Meeting, which took place in Vienna earlier this year. It focused on exploring possible ways of contributing to improve coordination between the crowdsource communities and the space technology community and on overall... read more

Publishing Date: 21/12/2011

From 5 to 6 July 2011 UN-SPIDER successfully conducted an International Expert Meeting on “Crowdsource Mapping for Preparedness and Emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 19/07/2011

This is a final call for all those interested in applying to be invited to this first expert meeting. Deadline for application is 31st May 2011.

Information can be found at We are looking for very specifc profiles to bring together for this first discussion: more specifically we are aiming at bringing together 30 leading experts representing crowd-sourcing communities, space agencies, disaster management and civil protection agencies, NGOs, private companies, and regional and international organizations. If you are an expert currently working in any of the relevant areas (disasters, crowd-source mapping, space-based information) and would like to participate in the meeting please... read more

Publishing Date: 19/05/2011
UN-SPIDER set up a SpaceAid resource page in support of Japan earthquake disaster

17 March 2011

Press Release-

SpaceAid Resource Page Set Up to Help Improve Information and Data-Flow Related to the Japan Earthquake Disaster

VIENNA/BONN, 17 March (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) through its UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 17/03/2011


For information only - not an official document

21 February 2011

Space Solutions Can Improve the Lives of People Worldwide

VIENNA, 21 February (UN Information Service) - The role of space science and space applications in improving the daily lives of people worldwide was the focus of the 48th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Issues of environmental monitoring, management of natural resources, early warning systems to help mitigate potential disasters, satellite navigation and communications as well as sustainable future use of outer space, including how to minimize the impact of space debris on future space missions to preserve the outer space... read more

Publishing Date: 21/02/2011

During the forty-eighth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) from 7 to 18 February 2011, UN-SPIDER organized three side events, namely the second UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices meeting, an expert meeting on space-based technologies and emergency response and a stakeholders meeting.

On Tuesday, 8 February 2011, the second UN-SPIDER Regional Support... read more

Publishing Date: 21/02/2011

This document contains the proposed UN-SPIDER workplan for the biennium 2012-2013 to be considered by the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee at its Forty-eighth session in Vienna, 7-18 February 2011. It includes the use of space-based solutions in disaster management plans and policies and in the implementation of risk reduction activities.

Published by: UNOOSA
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Publishing Date: 17/02/2011

Following an invitation by the Head of the German Permanent Mission to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Rüdiger Lüdeking, representatives of the Missions to the International Organizations in Vienna attended a presentation on “Benefits of Space-based Support to Disaster Management”, which was organized by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and held on the premises of the German Permanent Mission on 3 November. Welcomed by Ambassador Lüdeking, and Ms. Annette Froehlich of DLR, three presentations were given, introducing the Center for... read more

Publishing Date: 02/12/2010

A new booklet published on July 2nd by the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) outlines the potential uses of geo-information technologies to reduce the impact of natural or manmade disasters and risks. “Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management - Best Practices and Examples” brings together concise scientific contributions from experts around the world and creates a decision... read more

Publishing Date: 02/07/2010


On October 14, 2009, the International Day for Disaster Reduction was used to illustrate the role of UN-SPIDER in a concrete case, namely the recent Tropical Cyclone on the Philippines. At the VIC Rotunda in Vienna, a presentation was given on the particular example. After a welcome address by Niklas Hedman (Chief Committee Services and Research Section, Office for Outer Space Affairs) and introductory remarks on space and disaster management by Juan Carlos Villagran (UN-SPIDER), Mr. Manangan, Minister at the Permanent Mission of the Philippines, presented his observations on the recent disaster and its management. Ms. Gerardo, Chair of the VIC Club Filipino, expressed her thanks for the contributions made for the people in the Philippines. Michael Leitgab (UN-... read more

Publishing Date: 28/10/2009

The United Nations International UN-SPIDER Vienna Workshop: "Building Capacities to Reduce Disasters" which took place on 2-4 June 2009 and had the support of the Government of Austria, brought together 78 participants from 34 counties. The objectives of the workshop were to present the most recent advances in space-based technologies for disaster management and emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 05/06/2009


The Master in Digital Earth (CDE) is a two year, full-time Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme. The study programme provides students with in-depths skills about geoinformatics and geospatial technologies. It aims at qualifying students to lead initiatives, projects and institutions translating Copernicus data and information into management decisions within a broader Digital Earth vision. Digital earth focuses on the interaction between humans and virtual representations of the world from local to global scales.

Students enrolled in the Copernicus Master in Digital Earth (CDE) will study at two Universities. The first year will be taught at the University of Salzburg building the... read more

The Copernicus for Digital Earth Summer School 2019 is organized by University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) – UNIGIS and CopHub.AC – co-organized by the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL), and supported by ESA and GEO and will be held in Salzburg, Austria, June 23 – July 4, 2019.

The vision of digital earth intends to help understand the Earth system by monitoring parameters and phenomena relevant to... read more

From 23 to 25 April 2019, the GEO Data Technology Workshop will take place at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria.

The workshop will focus on exploring how to most efficiently make available Earth observations-based knowledge for international policy frameworks, including the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Participants will be able to connect with and learn from international experts on data management, sharing and governance. They can particpate in discussions on a range of internationally-relevant... read more

The annual EGU General Assembly is one of the largest and most prominent European geosciences event. It attracts over 14,000 scientists from all over the world, of which more than half are early career scientists.

The meeting’s sessions, typically over 500, cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, as well as energy and resources. Each annual General Assembly typically has around 4500 oral presentations, over 10,000 posters, and around 1000 PICO presentations.

The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. 

Session ESSI1.16 on "Earth Observations for Sustainable Development" will discuss how EO ... read more


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