EU Parliament, Brussels, 27th September 2018

The science-policy briefing event “Science for Post 2020 Environmental Targets – Insights from Earth Observation of Protected Areas” for the EU Parliament will take place on the 27th of September 2018 (09:00-11:00). At the event, the most relevant ECOPOTENTIAL key findings for post 2020 environmental strategies will be presented.

The event will be chaired by MEPs Ricardo Serrão Santos and Sirpa Pietikäinen and is organized in cooperation with EBCD which serves as the secretariat of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

Event description:
New generations of satellites and scientific developments are opening vast opportunities for monitoring and understanding nature and biodiversity. As we approach 2020 when strategies such as the EU Biodiversity Strategy end, it is necessary to prepare the EU’s future policy framework, in which science should play an important role. Some challenges in preserving biodiversity and achieving policy targets could be mitigated through further use of Earth Observation. This event will highlight findings of the ECOPOTENTIAL project, which supports the use of Earth Observation in Protected Areas across Europe and beyond, and present perspectives on future biodiversity frameworks and targets.

Following the successful event organised in 2016 and attended by 3000 participants, the forth European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2019 (LPS19) is coming.

The Symposium, organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency, will be held in Milan, Italy, from 13-17 May 2019.
The focus of the event is on how Earth Observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.

Please, note down the following important dates:

    Deadline for abstract submissions: 11 November 2018
    Deadline for registration: 30 April 2019

For more information and to submit a contribution, please visit:

PhD scholarships (4 years) are available at the Marine Research Institute (Klaipeda University, Lithuania). Among 10 selected topics in marine ecology, policy and management are available for 2018 call, among which topics on Ecological modelling and also Assessment and modelling of ecosystem services in coastal lagoons. Info at: Deadline: 21/09/2018.

Turco M., Jerez S., Doblas-Reyes F. J., AghKouchak A., LIasat M. C. & Provenzale A. (2018). Skilful forecasting of global fire activity using seasonal climate predictions. Nature Communications, 9, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05250-0.

The ECOPOTENTIAL team is proud to announce a new ECOPOTENTIAL project-related publication, with exciting application potential, in the Open Access journal Nature Communications.
Large fires can pose a threat to societies on their frontline. The ability to estimate fire activity in advance, through fire seasonal forecasts, stands to reduce exposure to damaging effects of fire. This publication discusses a means to combine climate-fire models with a precipitation index to produce a climate predictor.
Please, go and have a look yourself:

Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park, 10 -18 July, 2018

The ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition is being hosted in the hall of the Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale in the hearth of Gran Paradiso National Park (Turin) for the Summer 2018. The exhibition has been installed on the occasion of the "Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics" Summer School that took place at the Grand Hotel from July 10th to July 18th 2018.
Please, see on this site the related news regarding the "Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics" Summer School:

38th Annual EARSeL Symposium, Chania, Crete, Greece, 9-12 July 2018
ECOPOTENTIAL has been widely presented at the 38th annual symposium of the European Association of Remote Sensing that has taken place in Chania (GR). ECOPOTENTIAL partners from Ben Gurion University, CERTH, FORTH, and EURAC were there presenting results achieved in the framework of ECOPOTENTIAL research. The ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition is still on going with numerous attendees. All the attendees had the chance to know more about ECOPOTENTIAL. The symposium had 16 keynote speakers and about 250 participants with high calibre presentations.
Discussions seemed not to have an ending in the EARSeL NASA joint Workshop sessions, and all sessions were at least 30 minutes prolonged. EU and US scientists were highly engaged and interacted. Representation of the Italian Space Agency gave also a good contribution to the brand new MedRIN (Mediterranean Information Network), established by Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and Italy with the support of NASA to tackle issues about Land Cover and Land Use remote sensing applications towards the WEF nexus. MedRIN shall seek acknowledgement by GOFC GOLD as one of its global networks. Matters shall develop fast next months. All info at

Thanks to the initiative of the  ECOPOTENTIAL partner Ioannis Manakos, the H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition was presented in the Mediterranean Architecture Centre (KAM) in the  Great Shipyard ("Megalo Arsenali") of the old town of Chania.  The exhibition is in framework of the 38th Annual EARSeL Symposium Earth Observation Supporting Sustainability Research, 9-12 July 2018 Chania, Crete, Greece.  The exhibition has been a great opportunity to promote ECOPOTENTIAL.


Thanks to their storymap on the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, Levi Westerveld and Bjorn Alfthan won the 2nd place under the Conservation, Environment and Sustainability category of the 2018 ESRI Storytelling with Maps Award.

A link to all the winners can be found here:

The specific link to the mentioned storymap can be found here:

The winners expect that this award will also increase the visibility and viewing of the storymap, helping to reach more people.

Congratulations to the winners!

The photo exhibition on mountain ecosystems organized as part of the NextData project is ready!
The Viote Alpine Botanical Garden of the Science Museum in Trento, one of the oldest and largest in the Alps, will host the exhibition during the summer in a spectacular installation.
The opening of the exhibition entitled "A Mountain of Life - High Altitude Ecosystems and Climate Change" will be held on 22 July at 4 pm.
Through the pictures of nature photographers, who donated their pictures for the exhibition, it will possible to know more about the main types of Italian mountain ecosystems and the differences between various regions and altitudes, the main characteristics of ecosystems and the adaptations of plants and animals to the difficult conditions encountered, the relationships between the components of ecosystems and the complex interaction between human activities and mountain environment.
We expect a large attendance! Please confirm your presence by sending an email to assunta.donato(at)igg.cnr(dot)it.

Download here the playbill.


The registration for the EuroGEOSS Workshop expires on June 29.

The workshop will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on the 12-14 September at the University of Geneva and the Museum of Ethnography.

The event is co-organised by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the European Commission with the support of the University of Geneva.

Everyone can find a draft agenda and further details of the venue and logistic information on EC website on Full details of the proposed parallel sessions are on the REGISTRATION PAGE.

Please, register by June 29.

The direct link to the registration webpage can be found here:

For any questions, everyone can contact EC Organising Committee on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition “SPACED”  is now on display in the Atrium of the the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium until the 22nd of June.
Stunning photos, satellite imagery and stories, ‘SPACED’ shows how protected area managers and scientists are working together to protect some of Europe’s most iconic protected areas.
The target audience is non-experts on the use of Earth Observation and policy makers.

On 24 May 2018, in the Castello di Otranto, the University of Salento and the Museum of Ecology of Mediterranean Ecosystems met over 120 students from Italian and European secondary schools for the final event of the ecology competitions held during the 2017/2018 school year.

Under the guidance of Professor Alberto Basset and his research group, the University of Salento has for years been engaged in the design and organization of national and international competitions for secondary school students, including "Ecopotential 4 Schools", the scientific competition that, relying on the spirit of competition, offers an additional motivation to approach the study of natural sciences and, in particular, ecology.
The ECOPOTENTIAL4SCHOOLS 2018 Tournament involved a total of 15 teams from 6 schools and two countries, Italy and Romania.

The GIMNAZIALĂ School of Bucharest is the winner of this first edition.

Earth observations for achieving the SDGs? ECOPOTENTIAL @ STI Forum 2018  – UN headquarters, NY.

Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2018)

ECOPOTENTIAL and the twin project SWOS will be presented at the side event “Earth observations for achieving the SDGs” organized by the EU in the frame of the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals that will take place in New York on June 5-6 2018. (STI Forum 2018).
Aim of the event is to bring together key expertise from European funded research projects showing how technological changes in the field of EO are applied to achieve the SDGs. ECOPOTENTIAL will be presented by dr. Palma Blonda, senior researcher at the National Council of Research of Italy, internationally renowned expert in the use of Earth Observation Technologies and partner in ECOPOTENTIAL.
The programme of the events sees four invited talks from, Jack Metthey (European Commission), Apollonia Miola (Joint Research Centre), Kathrin Weise (Project lead SWOS) and the ECOPOTENTIAL representative Palma Blonda from CNR.

LTER EAP Scientific Conference
Taichung, Taiwan, 14-17 October 2018
Call for Abstracts: Submission deadline extended to 30 June
During the week 14-17 October 2018, the ILTER East Asia Pacific (EAP) regional network will conduct a scientific conference with the topic
Resilience of Ecosystems in Natural and Human-dominated Landscapes.
After the conference, 18 and 19 October, ILTER will hold its annual Coordinating Committee Meeting. The entire event will be hosted by the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Tunghai University, TERN (Taiwan Ecological Research Network). We are very pleased to announce that abstracts submission is still open because the deadline has been extended to 30 June. For more information on the event, please see the ILTER website.  Abstracts are invited for the following themes: 

  • Resilience of socio-ecological systems
  • Drivers of long-term changes in biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services
  • Nutrient cycling and critical zone research
  • Towards harmonization and standardization of observations
  • Long term response and feedback of Asian terrestrial ecosystems to climate change
  • Graduate speed talk

These themes are elaborated on in our abstract submission system. As a prerequisite to submit an abstract, you are kindly requested to register, then define presenters, and thereafter enter your abstract.  ILTER is looking forward for your contributions and to meeting with you in Taiwan!  Best wishes, Herbert ILTER Secretary

Go to ILTER Abstract Submission System:

The H2020 magazine has recently published this article,, reporting about ECOPOTENTIAL and SWOS projects work.
the article comments about the news on a research about the decline of bird’s population in France, and, starting from this important finding and the research done in Camargue, explain the work and approach of the two twin projects ECOPOTENTIAL and SWOS, highlighting the role of climate and environmental pressures on changes in ecosystems and shifts of animal populations and the use of Sentinel satellites for monitoring and studying ecosystems’ health.

IIA-CNR conference sees a great participation of ECOPOTENTIAL researchers

On May 9-10, 2018, the Conference of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution CNR-IIA  has taken place at the CNR campus in Montelibretti, with a two-day presentation that illustrated the research activities carried out by the Institute.
A great part of the presentations were related to the ECOPOTENTIAL Project, as many CNR researchers  with a key role in ECOPOTENTIAL are part of the CNR-IIA Institute. The institute is active in many European and international project and its director, dr. Nicola Pirrone, is the Italian GEO Principal. The conference has been very rich and varied, spanning from the varous aspects of research on atmospheric pollution (the historical core activities of the institute) to the new manyfold activities on the worldwide monitoring of Mercury (the Global Mercury Observation System) after the coming in force of the Minamata convention, and including the many presentations of the ECOPOTENTIAL researchers, focussing of the e-infrastructures and virtual laboratories and on the use of satellite data for the monitoring of ecosystems, ecosystem functions and servies and land cover changes. The key ECOPOTENTIAL-related talk has been the one of Saverio Vicario, M. Adamo, C. Tarantino, B. Biagi, F. M. Rana, S. Nativi, P. Mazzetti, M. Santoro, C. Bassani, P. Blonda, entitled: Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth observations (ECOPOTENTIAL): Integrated system for the multi-scale study of ecosystem functions and services in protected areas through OT data in support of GEOSS. The conference has been a key moment to take stock of the situation, to verify where the institute has come so far and what the work of the Institute has produced, but with an eye to the future and the challenges of the coming years.



The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School will take place from 18 – 31 August 2018.
During this two-week summer school, master students and early PhD students will explore the natural dynamics of the Wadden Sea together with scientists on the islands of Sylt (D), Spiekeroog (D) and Texel (NL).
The Wadden Sea is an international, highly productive estuarine area, and one of the Protected Areas of the H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL project.
Students will learn about concepts and methods needed to examine key ecological processes in estuarine ecosystems, and will gain a basic understanding of the challenges of managing a World Natural Heritage Site on a national and trilateral level.
The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School is a joint initiative of three research institutes, namely NIOZ, ICBM and AWI, as well as the Waddenacademie.
The summer school is limited to 16 students. Proficiency in English is required.
To apply for participation in the summer school, please register via this registration form:
Students are asked to supply us with two reference letters which should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applicants will be informed about the selection outcome in early July 2018. The deadline to apply is 30 June, 2018.
The programme and all further information on the summer school, can be found here


Summer Course on Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park, Piedmont, Italy
10-18 July 2018

Timothy White (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Antonello Provenzale (Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, CNR, Pisa, Italy)

The Critical Zone (CZ) is the support system for all terrestrial ecosystems, extending from unweathered rock to the top of any vegetation canopy. In the CZ, physical, biological, geological and hydrological processes interact at multiple temporal and spatial scales.

This 9-day-long summer course intends to provide basic knowledge about the functioning of the Critical Zone and its relationships with ecosystem dynamics, focusing on aspects related to hydrology, soil geochemistry and weathering, vegetation dynamics and distribution, microbiota, biodiversity, ecosystem processes, CZ-relevant geological processes and the role of the CZ for achieving sustainable development goals. The course will consider in-situ data, long-term ecosystem research, chemical and isotopic laboratory analyses, remote sensing observations and numerical modeling, and it will include three days of field lectures, experimentation and excursions to study sites and CZ observatories in the Italian Alps.

The course is intended for Doctoral students, post-docs and researchers who are working or intend to work on Critical Zone processes and ecosystem dynamics. Lectures will be held in the main lecture hall of the Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale in the Gran Paradiso National Park.

The international Gran Paradiso Summer School on "Fundamental Processes in Earth System Dynamics" is organized by the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources and by the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council, in collaboration with the Gran Paradiso National Park. The school ideally continues the tradition started with the "Alpine Summer School", active from 1994 to 2016.

Download the poster of the Summer Course

Join us from 2-4 May 2018 at the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy, as we bring together data providers and users to share knowledge and best practices in the management and use of Earth observation data, while working together to enhance the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop will feature 3 days of dynamic sessions aimed at connecting data providers and users as part of the GEOSS Platform community.

Who should attend?

Data providers and users contributing to or benefiting from Earth observations are invited to attend the Workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and engage with other providers and users, share their needs and services, and exchange ideas for collaboration.

Learn more and register here.

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