Job creation and growth with Space Technology in Ireland

Ireland is setting an example for how space technologies can contribute to economic growth and recovery through the maritime sector. Over 100 European specialists in policy, space technology, industry and maritime interests met this week on the Emerald Isle to learn more.

Satellites can support the development of our seas and oceans in areas such as aquaculture, renewable energy, resource extraction, fisheries protection and tourism.

With ESA’s help, Irish companies and researchers are developing innovative maritime services using satellite-derived data in these areas, providing an opportunity for growth and employment in addition to contributing to numerous socio-economic activities.



ESA training on ocean Remote Sensing – Cork September 2013

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a series of advanced thematic training courses devoted to train the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to use data from ESA and operational EO Missions for science and applications development.

Post-doctoral and graduate research scientists, PhD students and EO information users from European countries and Canada interested in ocean remote sensing and its applications are invited to attend a 5 day course which will be held in Cork, at the National Maritime College of Ireland from 23 to 27 September 2013.

Research scientists and students from non-ESA member countries are also welcome to apply and participate in the course subject to space availability.

The registration is now open. Further information at

Public lecture on eumetsat

The next Irish Meteorological Society Public Lecture takes place in the Custom House, Thursday April 25th at 6-30pm.

‘EUMETSAT: A European Success Story’ by Declan Murphy

EUMETSAT is responsible for the launch and operation of meteorological satellites which make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate.

Members of the public are welcome and admission is free,
but please reserve your place.
Tea/coffee from 5-30pm and complimentary satellite poster for attendees

Remote sensing apps

There aren’t many RS apps out there on the iPhone. I use Satellite tracker to plan overhead passes but I really like a new app I’ve come across called SatCam.
It’s really nicely put together , here’s the bumf from the app:
SatCam lets you capture observations of sky and ground conditions at the same time that an Earth observation satellite is overhead.

When you capture a SatCam observation and submit it to our server, it helps us to check the quality of the cloud products that we create from the satellite data. In return, we send you the satellite image that was captured at your location, anywhere in the world! SatCam supports the Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP satellites.

SatCam was developed at the Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison .

Essentially after registering you can take a picture of the sky and the local and, if its contemporary with a pass you get an age back.
It’s very nearly done. I’llbe using it


IEEE’s earthzine has a new Irish dept editor.

The site is full of very current eo/rs content and worth a visit.
Daniel McInerney , the new DE says is interested in more engagement with European researchers on the site.

Food Security

Dr. Shenggen Fan to present Teagasc/RDS Lecture


Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will present the third lecture in the Teagasc/RDS series on ‘The Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food’.  Dr. Fan will speak on the theme of ‘Europe’s Role in Food and Nutrition Security’ on Thursday, 11 April, in the RDS.  The International Food Policy Research Institute is the eminent Washington-based think tank on food policy directed at sustainable solutions to reduce hunger and poverty.


Dr. Fan is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security and has written extensively on global agricultural development and food security, as well as addressing high-level audiences around the world on these issues.


In this lecture, he will address the issue of how the European Union (EU) could contribute considerably to sustainable global food production because of its wealth of productive farmland. As one of the largest global importers and exporters of food, the EU has significant leverage in, and responsibility for, the global food and nutrition agenda. Although the biggest impact on global food security will result from increased production in developing countries, the EU must play its part. It needs to protect and maintain its agricultural lands and increase food production. This will mean producing more food with fewer resources, while minimising environmental impact.

Teagasc & RDS Public Lecture Series – Lecture 3:

Europe’s Role in Food and Nutrition Security, RDS, Thursday, 11 April at 6.30 pm.


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