Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2017

Discover the Future of Earth Observation

November 2nd and 3rd



The theme of this year’s IEOS meeting is strengthening the linkages between Researchers, Technologists, Service-Providers and End-Users in order to enable more effective exploitation of Copernicus Earth observation (EO) data & information services across Ireland.

This year’s event will be different in that Day-1 (2nd Nov 2017) will be dedicated to highlighting and presenting Earth Observation projects from Researchers, Government Agencies and Industry whilst Day-2 (3rd Nov 2017) will be dedicated to EU’s Copernicus programme with special emphasis on Land, Marine, Emergency and Climate Change Services within an Irish context


2nd and 3rd November

Day-1: IEOS-2017

A full day with of presentations derived by leading experts in earth observation in Ireland.

The program for day is made up of six sessions, each of which following a specific theme making it easy to identify talks relevant to your sector or interest.

The timetable is available by clicking on the button below.

Note that some details of the timetable may change in days leading to the event.

Display Timetable

Day-2: Copernicus Infosession

The event aims to promote awareness of the many uses of Copernicus data and information, while providing the opportunity for hands on demonstrations and basic training regarding:

  • The data and information available;
  • Its potential uses and applications, both generally and amongst specific categories of users (Public Authorities , Entrepreneurs, etc.) or business sectors (Copernicus for Emergency Management Service, Land Monitoring, Marine Monitoring, Urban Planning etc.);
  • The tools available to access the data and information.

The Copernicus Training and Information Session targets both Copernicus “intermediate” end users (technical) and end user communities (non-technical).

More information can be found on the Copernicus Info session page.

Display Timetable
09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:30 - 10:20

Welcome Speech and Introduction
Welcome Speech, by Professor Philip Nolan (Maynooth University President)
Welcome Speech, by John Halligan - Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development (Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation)
General introduction to Copernicus, by Dinka Dinkova (DG GROW)
Copernicus Support Office, Copernicus Academy and Copernicus Relays in Ireland, by Stéphane Ourevitch (Copernicus Support Office) and Tim McCarthy (Maynooth University)

10:20 - 11:20 Access to data

Introduction to Copernicus data access, by Isabelle Soleilhavoup (Noveltis, EC Contractor)
Using the ESA and EUMETCAST navigators, by Isabelle Soleilhavoup (Noveltis, EC Contractor)
National Earth Observation Data Platform, by Conor Sheehan (Enterprise Ireland) and Tim McCarthy (Maynooth University)

11:20 - 11:40 Coffee break
11:40 - 13:00 Copernicus Land Monitoring Service
  • Product portfolio and data access, by Markus Probeck (GAF, EC Contractor)
  • Copernicus for Agricultural Applications in Ireland, by Stuart Green (Teagasc)

Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service
  • Product portfolio and data access, by Isabelle Soleilhavoup (Noveltis, EC Contractor)
  • Marine Services using Copernicus Data, by Charlotte O'Kelly (Techworks Marine)
  • Spatial Statistics for EU Directives reporting on coastal areas, by Massimo Zotti (Planetek, EC Contractor)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00 Copernicus Emergency Management Service

Risk planning and recovery, Speaker to be confirmed (e-GEOS, EC Contractor)
Monitoring Extreme Flooding Events using Copernicus: an Irish perspective, Speaker to be confirmed (Office of Public Work)

Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)

What are the Copernicus climate services?, Speaker to be confirmed (Telespazio Vega, EC Contractor)
Climate Change Monitoring & Detection: User needs & Applications, by Dr. Rowan Fealy (Maynooth University)

15:00 - 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 - 16:20 Copernicus and User Communities

Copernicus for Public Authorities - Key Copernicus takeaways for LRAs, by Roya Ayazi (NEREUS)
Copernicus for GI Professionals - Land Cover Monitoring, by Bruce McCormack (IRLOGI, EUROGI)
Copernicus for Entrepreneurs  - Developing a mobile application for citizens with Copernicus data, by Annekatrien Debien (SpaceTec Partners, EC Contractor)

16:20 - 16:30 Conclusions
08:00 Registration, Refreshments and Exhibits Tim McCarthy/Conor Cahalane National Centre for Geocomputation, Maynooth University
09:00 Welcome to the Symposium
Session 1: Keynotes
9:05 Keynote 1 - Title TB Mark Doherty Head of EO Exploitation Division - European Space Agency
9:25 Keynote 2 - "A few observations" Steven Ramage Head of External Relations at Group for Earth Observations (GEO)
9:45 Keynote 3 - "EO in H2020, 2018-2020" Conor Sheehan ESA National Delegate and NCP H2020 - Space at Enterprise Ireland
Session 2: Agriculture Chair: Tim McCarthy
10:00 Biomass retrieval with Active Remote Sensing; The BRIAR project Green et al. Teagasc/UCC/FERS
10:15 Evaluation of the ESA CCI Soil Moisture product using fine spatial resolution satellite data and ground measurements over European sites Cámaro García and Politi UCC
10:30 Mapping the distribution of artificially drained pasture on poorly-drained soils O'Hara et al. Teagasc/MU
10:45 Assessment of Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) derived agro-system map of Ireland based on various partitioning algorithms Logakrishnan et al. Teagasc/UCD
11:00 Q&A
11:05 Coffee, Posters and Exhibits - 20 mins
Session 3: Forestry Chair: Stuart Green
11:25 Characterization and monitoring of forest disturbances in Ireland using active Microwave satellite platforms Balaji et al. UCC/ EurOcean
11:40 The integration of high resolution optical and microwave satellite imagery for quantification of small‐scale forest disturbance events Cawkwell et al. UCC/Teagasc
11:45 The Irish Forest Disturbance from Earth Observation (IForDEO) model Serbin and Green Teagasc
12:10 Q&A
Session 4: Biodiversity and EO Toolsets Chair: Fiona Cawkwell
12:15 Combining Earth observations and biodiversity recording data to study the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning Yearsley et al. UCD/QUB
12:30 Relating animal and plant diversity and their integration for inclusive biodiversity assessment - a geoinformatics basis Shafique Matin Teagasc
12:45 ESA EVDC Service and Orbit Prediction and Overpass Tool (OPOT) Carty and Kiernan Skytek
13:00 The IEO Python Module: an Open-Source Irish Satellite Imagery Processing Module for Landsat and Beyond Guy Serbin Teagasc
13:15 Q&A
13:20 Lunch - 1 hour
Session 5: Coastal Chair: Conor Cahalane
14:20 CoastVal: a dedicated coastal colour validation platform Moore et al. TechWorks Marine
14:35 Coastal Zone Mapping using UAVs Ronan O'Toole Geological Survey of Ireland
14:50 Drone-based optical remote sensing - A novel method for the assessment of the brown seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum in Ireland Rossiter et al. NUIG/MI/MU
15:05 Q&A
15:10 Coffee, Posters and Exhibits - 20 mins
Session 6: Marine Chair: Xavier Monteys
15:30 The EO4Atlantic Pathfinder Regional Exploitation Platform McGlynn et al. Parameter Space
TechWorks Marine
15:45 Real-time met-ocean delivery for maritime emergency responders Menton et al. RPS Group - Ireland/UK/USA
16:00 Hyper-temporal advances: Methodology progress and recommendations for ocean data opportunities. Scarrott et al. UCC/MI/MaREI/DEIMOS
16:15 Q&A
16:20 Prize Giving and Close
Location & Accommodation

This years event will be held in the Iontas Building on Maynooth University North Campus

Maynooth lies just 33km south-west of Dublin Airport, around 40 minutes travel time by car.

Traveling by Bus

Dublin Bus

Maynooth is served by two Dublin Bus routes – the 66 and the 67. Both of these buses depart from Merrion Square in Dublin and run frequent services to the town. The 66x is an express service. Both bus routes are the same until they reach Lucan; from here the 66 travels to Maynooth via Leixlip, and the 67 via Celbridge​. See the Dublin Bus website for full details or Dublin Bus 2017-2018 .

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann operates daily services from: Athlone, Ballina, Galway, Longford, Mullingar, Sligo, Tuam and Westport. See the Bus Éireann website for more details.

Traveling by Train

Maynooth lies on the Western Suburban railway line which serves Sligo, Collooney, Ballymote, Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Dromod, Longford, Edgeworthstown, Mullingar, Enfield, Kilcock and four Dublin city centre stations, making it a quick and convenient way to get to Maynooth University. The North Campus is approximately five minutes walk from Maynooth train station and the North Campus approximately ten minutes walk.

Traveling by Car

Maynooth is situated 25km from Dublin city centre. Take junction 7 (signposted Maynooth/Straffan/Naas) off the M4 and follow the signs to Maynooth. To reach the North Campus, take the left in the centre of the town, then turn right, take the next left and the entrance is on your right.To Facilitate parking demands, Maynooth University has many available parking areas, however Car Parks 4, 5a and 9 provide the most convenient access to the Iontas Building. A map of the Car Parks in Maynooth University can be found in this link

Please see “parking map” (attached) and follow arrows to Car Park 4, 5a or 9 which are convenient to Iontas Building.

Permit parking restrictions are lifted and there will be no clamping during the week except for dangerous, illegal and inappropriate parking. Please note that student conferring runs throughout this week and parking spaces will fill up rapidly in the morning.


For those travelling to the event, a limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate: please book early to avail of these offers.

The Glenroyal Hotel

(10 mins walk to conference venue)

The Glenroyal Hotel ( offers excellent value accommodation, superb leisure facilities, in an ideal location just minutes’ walk from Maynooth Town & University and just twenty minutes’ drive from Dublin. It has national rail & bus connections nearby and is located just off the M4 motorway.

- €83.00 B&B per single room mid-week 
- €103.00 B&B per single room from Fri 3rd Nov

Contact / 01-6290909 and quote reservation no 217824. This will give access to the corporate rate. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel to avail of this rate.

Carton House

(10 mins drive to conference venue)

Carton House ( is a beautifully restored historic mansion in Kildare that has been discreetly converted into a modern luxury destination resort - the first of its kind in Ireland. Located just ten minutes’ drive from Maynooth University, the 1,100-acre private parkland estate is an all-encompassing playground for leisure and corporate guests alike.

- €115 B&B single occupancy mid-week.
- €155 single occupancy or €170 B&B single occupancy from Fri 3rd Nov.

Contact 01–5052000 and request the Maynooth University Corporate Rate. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel to avail of this rate. Limited rooms per night at this rate so early booking advised.

Committee & Chairs

Chairs : Tim McCarthy and Conor Cahalane, MU

Sadegh Askari, MU Gema Casal Pascual, MU/NUIG
Fiona Cawkwell, UCC Rowan Fealy, MU
Paul Gibson, MU Stuart Green, Teagasc
Paul Lewis, MU Aidan Magee, MU
Xavier Monteys, GSI Robert O'Hara, MU
Conor Sheehan, Enterprise Ireland Peter Thorne, MU
Daire Walsh, MU