31. May 2021
ESA Living Planet Symposium to be held in Germany for the first time

World's largest Earth ob­ser­va­tion con­fer­ence will come to Bonn in 2022

False colour image of Bonn
False colour im­age of Bonn
Image 1/4, Credit: © Sentinel Data/ESA

False colour image of Bonn

This false-colour im­age shows part of the ur­ban area of the Ger­man fed­er­al city of Bonn. The im­age was cre­at­ed us­ing da­ta ac­quired by Sen­tinel satel­lites op­er­at­ed by the Eu­ro­pean Earth ob­ser­va­tion pro­gramme Coper­ni­cus. False colour im­ages are used to show in­for­ma­tion about cer­tain sur­face fea­tures in more de­tail. In this case, veg­e­ta­tion is shown in red to high­light it.
Living Planet Symposium in Bonn
Liv­ing Plan­et Sym­po­sium in Bonn
Image 2/4, Credit: © ESA

Living Planet Symposium in Bonn

The world’s largest Earth ob­ser­va­tion con­fer­ence, the Liv­ing Plan­et Sym­po­sium, is sched­uled to take place from 23 to 27 May 2022 in Bonn.
World Conference Center Bonn
World Con­fer­ence Cen­ter Bonn
Image 3/4, Credit: © WCCB

World Conference Center Bonn

The venue for the Liv­ing Plan­et Sym­po­sium 2022 will be the World Con­fer­ence Cen­ter Bonn (World­C­CBonn).
Lobby of the World Conference Center Bonn
Lob­by of the World Con­fer­ence Cen­ter Bonn
Image 4/4, Credit: © WCCB

Lobby of the World Conference Center Bonn

Lob­by in the ple­nary build­ing of the World Con­fer­ence Cen­ter Bonn (World­C­CBonn).
  • DLR is co-hosting the ESA Living Planet Symposium, which is taking place in Germany for the first time with the theme 'Taking the Pulse of our Planet from Space'.
  • From 23 to 27 May 2022, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) expect several thousand participants from all over the world.
  • The focus will be on presentations and initatives addressing the role of Earth observation activities in solving global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security.
  • Focus: Space, Earth observation

The European Space Agency (ESA) Living Planet Symposium takes place every three years with approximately 4000 to 5000 participants. The previous symposium was held in Milan during May 2019 – with extensive support from the city and university. From 23 to 27 May 2022, the world's largest specialist conference in the field of Earth observation will be coming to Germany for the first time – to Bonn to be precise. The German Space Agency at DLR, which coordinates Germany's participation in ESA on behalf of the Federal Government, is based there, as are various UN secretariats focusing on environmental and climate issues. The federal city on the Rhine has also recently become home to part of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). In addition, the universities in Bonn and Cologne, together with the Forschungszentrum Jülich, founded the Center for Earth System Observations and Computational Analysis (CESOC) in 2020.

Observing Earth from space with the help of satellites is an essential building block for permanent, active environmental and climate monitoring and the measures to be derived from these for global and regional environmental and climate protection.

"Germany is among the world leaders in the development and application of Earth observation technologies. As a major partner for ESA, we are very pleased to be co-hosting the Living Planet Symposium. The symposium is an excellent opportunity for an international exchange between experts on current global challenges that affect us all, such as climate protection, food security or the implementation of sustainable technologies, which we can address in a more focused way with the help of Earth observation," says Walther Pelzer, a member of the DLR Executive Board and Head of the German Space Agency at DLR. "We would like to use this opportunity to help shape the themes of the event and to place important environmental and climate policy goals in the national and international arena. At the same time, I am pleased that many activities are being planned around the symposium to make people understand the benefits and value of Earth observation using satellites and satellite data."

Toni Tolker-Nielsen, ESA's Acting Director of Earth Observation Programmes, emphasised: "The upcoming symposium is set be the most all-encompassing event so far. We will explore and demonstrate all manner of benefits and future potential that Earth observation has to offer, from understanding Earth systems to forging new partnerships in order to expand user bases and increase access to capital, to empowering the green transition where Earth observation-based services can be integrated into policies."

The German Space Agency at DLR is supporting ESA in the preparatory team, and DLR is co-hosting the conference. Further information can be found on the Living Planet Symposium 2022 website.

Contact
  • Elisabeth Mittelbach
    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Space Agen­cy at DLR, Strat­e­gy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
    Telephone: +49 228 447-385
    Königswinterer Straße 522-524
    53227 Bonn
    Contact
  • Anke Schickling
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Space Agen­cy at DLR
    Earth Ob­ser­va­tion
    Telephone: +49 228 447 154
    Königswinterer Straße 522-524
    53227 Bonn
    Contact
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