Earth Observation, Science & Society Symposium

This autumn on October 10th, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the The Dutch Research Council (NWO) will organise the second Earth Observation Science & Society Symposium (EO3S). This year the theme will be data science; bringing scientists, companies and public organisations together.

The Earth observation (EO) community is both producing and using ever more data. At the same time, data science technologies have been evolving rapidly. The combination of these two relatively recent developments provides great potential for advancing Earth observation research and applications. We hope to help optimise this potential by strengthening the connections between the EO and data science fields. This EO3S symposium will provide inspiring examples of data science applications and fruitful collaborations. We will have a full-day programme with keynote speakers, a plenary session with invited talks and parallel technical sessions. Also, dedicated data science projects recently granted within the national User Support Programme Space Research (GO programme) will be showcased.

We are very pleased to announce our keynote speakers for this event:

There will also be an opportunity to present your work in a Poster Session during the day. If you are interested you can indicate this during the online registration.

Please find the registration form below.

Raymond Sluiter (NSO)
Nout van Deijck (NSO)
Radboud Koop (NSO)
Jennifer Grant (NSO)
Niels van den Berg (NWO)

Sorry, but due to reaching maximum capacity, registration for this event has closed. We hope to see you in the future!

Preliminary Program







Welcome and Introduction

Harm van de Wetering (Director NSO)



Devis Tuia (WUR)

"Deep learning and remote sensing: beyond classifying pixels"


Session 1 – Data Analysis

Erik van Sebille (UU)
"Mapping floating marine plastic debris using Earth Observation"

Richard de Jeu (VanderSat)
"The characteristics of satellite soil moisture at different spatial scales"

Lyana Curier (CBS)
"How can National Statistics Offices benefit from Earth Observations?"


Speeddating + coffee break


Session 2 – Data Engineering

Joris Timmermans (CML Leiden University)
"MULTIPLY: Exploiting Benefits of Multi-sensor Synergies for EO Applications"

Sacha van Hijum (KPMG)
"Hyperlocalized demand forecasting using geographically-linked data sources"

Andrea Pagani (KNMI)
"From gathering to analysis: data pipeline examples at KNMI"


Poster session + lunch

Both scientific as other posters will be located in a central hall during the whole day



"Eratosthenes - chasing shadows to investigate worldwide glacier change"

Bas Altena (University of Oslo (UiO))

"Remote sensing of damage feedbacks and ice shelf instability in Antarctica"

Stef Lhermitte (TUD)

"A new perspective on global vegetation water dynamics from radar satellite data"

Susan Steele-Dunne (TUD)




Technical Parallel Sessions

Big Analysis Ready Data in the Cloud

Jan Verbesselt (WUR) & Gennadii Donchyts (Deltares), moderated by Raymond Sluiter (NSO)

Workshop data science tooling

Romulo Goncalves & Carlos Martinez Ortiz (NL eScience Center), moderated by Nout van Deijck (NSO)

Data Science Applications

- "Applications of TROPOMI data"
- " AI-based automated parcel monitoring "


- Jos de Laat (KNMI)
- Cornelis Valk & Rob Beck (NEO)
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Holger Hoos (Leiden University, CLAIRE)

"AI and Earth Observation - a Match Made in Heaven"


Poster session & drinks


  • What: EO Science & Society Symposium (EO3S)
  • When: Thursday October 10th
  • Where: Netherlands Space Office, Prinses Beatrixlaan 2, The Hague
  • Poster session: If you would like to participate in the poster session, please indicate this during registration with a preliminary title.