EO for Africa Symposium 2024

EO for Africa Symposium 2024

ESA will organize the 2024 EO for Africa Symposium in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), the European Commission (EC), the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The symposium is scheduled to take place from 23 to 26 September 2024 at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy.

Collaborations between Africa and Europe in Earth Observation (EO) have a rich history spanning decades. ESA has been a leader in various initiatives and is currently implementing the EO African Framework for Research, Innovation, Communities, and Applications (AFRICA) Initiative. This initiative aims to build an African-European R&D partnership and facilitate the sustainable adoption of Earth Observation and related space technology in Africa, following an African user-driven approach with a long-term (>10 years) vision for the digital era in Africa.

Under the auspices of the Africa Union Commission (AUC), ESA has established longstanding and fruitful collaborations with numerous African entities holding local, regional, and continental responsibilities.


The aim of the Symposium is to:

  • Showcase the latest R&D EO Science and Applications achievements relevant for the African continent;
  • Further facilitate international EO R&D collaborations across Africa and Europe;
  • Continue the user-driven process of capturing EO high-priority topics for future R&D and capacity development joint efforts;
  • Share information about future EO missions, digital technology, and the related opportunities;
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities to accelerate the integration of downstream services in operational solutions.


  • Science into application and policy making
  • International/Development cooperation (AUC/EU/US/….)
  • EO at African Space Agency 
  • Digital transformation and innovation 
  • Data and tool exchange
  • Copernicus services use (products used in Africa)
  • EO private sector in Africa


  • Biodiversity
  • Water, energy and food security nexus
  • Urbanization
  • Resource management
  • Marine & coastal resources
  • Vulnerability, health, and livelihood
  • Climate change & disaster resilience
  • Pollution