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Behind the scenes at ESA’s Earth Observation Centre

Participants to the Ecsite Space Group Annual Meeting visit the Phi Experience.
Participants to the Ecsite Space Group Annual Meeting pose for a group picture at ESA/ESRIN.

On 27-28 January 2020, ESA/ESRIN welcomed 46 participants representing science engagement organisations from 11 different countries, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. They gathered in Frascati, Rome for the two-day Annual Meeting of the Ecsite Space Group.

Highlights of the first day of the workshop included keynote addresses on ESA's next missions and milestones, and communication strategy and planning. Participants also visited the interactive Phi experience and discussed Earth Observation in the context of the climate change crisis.

The second day brought insights into ESA education programmes (including a do-it-yourself kit to monitor air quality), image and video distribution and merchandising. Participants themselves shared 13 different projects and resources, and reflected together on how they would like to build on the experiences of the two days.

Want to know more? Download the meeting report (with links to speaker presentations) below.

To get involved, register for the next meeting of the Space Group, its pre-conference workshop at the Ecsite Annual Conference 2020 (9-10 June 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenia), and sign up to the Space Group's bi-monthly newsletter to keep in touch with the group's events and resources!



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The Space Group improves and extends communication about space science by helping science centres, space professionals and non-specialists to develop collaborative projects and events.