Copernicus4Regions - Brussels, 22 January 2013


ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, is part of a project consortium on downstreaming GMES services to regional/local authorities. They organise a second session with the support of DORIS_NET on the socio-economic benefits and the future of Copernicus. They will showcase regional public sector and company examples to highlight the importance, the need and the availability of Copernicus services from user and from provider points of view.

Objectives of the event:

  • a user-oriented event,
  • future legacy of Copernicus4Regions and its benefits, including social and economic benefits, contribution of Copernicus applications to “growth and jobs” of a region
  • promoting the achievements of GRAAL and DORIS_NET (DORIS_NET is a sister project of GRAAL. The two projects together constitute the COPERNICUS4REGIONS platform

GRAAL is an FP7 project aiming at fostering GMES downstream services and links with EU Regions. The project officially started on February 1st, 2011 and will run until January 31st, 2013.GMES products and services are about to become available, notably for the benefit of Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs). Yet whilst hundreds of millions of Euros have been invested in GMES (by the EC, ESA and their Member States through FP projects), most LRAs remain unaware of its existence. This paradox is the raison d’être of GRAAL. The overall objective of GRAAL is to increase awareness amongst Local and Regional Authorities.(LRAs) of the potential benefits of GMES downstream services whilst fostering the participation of SMEs in GMES activities. These two major objectives will be achieved through the production and development of specific communication tools and web services addressing LRAs, academia, and the private sector.

For more information and to register, visit the Copernicus4regions-website.