Eurisy publishes reports and analyses based on its work with end-user communities. 

COVID-19 Tracing Apps and Data Protection

18 June, 2020 |

Eurisy and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) decided to join forces to organise a webinar on the legal consequences related to the use of tracing apps during the first phase of the de-confinement. Find out which existing space-based apps can help track the spread of COVID-19, and what the legal issues are with regard to privacy. The purpose of the webinar was to present the audience operational space-based apps that could help trace patients, as well as to reflect upon data protection and other challenges. Read the full report here.

Fostering the use of satellite Remote Sensing to support Plant Health surveillance activities

24 March, 2020 | Policy Brief

On the occasion of the United Nations International Year of Plant Health 2020, Eurisy and Euphresco join forces to promote the operational use of Satellite Remote Sensing to detect, monitor and fight plant pests.

Despite the proven potential of satellite data to guide and instruct on ground surveillance activities and other phytosanitary measures of the National Plant Protection Organisations, practical use of Remote Sensing for Plant Health is still very limited in Europe. To favour the transfer of space technologies to the Plant Health community, Remote Sensing data must be made easily available to National Plant Protection Organisations and be adapted to their needs. For this to happen, new sensors, platforms, and information flows are to be built.

Satellites Going Local - Culture Edition

19 November, 2019 | Good Practice Handbook

 In this 6th edition of our Satellites Going Local series, Eurisy continues to highlight the contributions of satellite applications for society, this time taking our investigations into the cultural and creative sectors.

This new issue illustrates how satellite based technologies in particular are being used to better manage historical cities, monitor and safeguard cultural heritage and enable creative minds to generate new ways to experience culture.

The stories collected are meant to stimulate awareness and exchange of knowledge among those who are already using satellite applications and those who are interested in them. They also aim to inspire public and private actors to come up with increasingly innovative and useful services in the cultural and creative sectors.

In space no one can hear the policy gap: barriers to wide scale adoption of satellite based services in Europe

6 November, 2019 | Conference Paper

European investments in space are expected to stimulate the development of the downstream value-added sector by boosting the large-scale adoption of satellite-based technologies to foster new, innovative services and deliver impactful socio-economic growth. Yet, their wide scale adoption and use has remained slow across various sectors and fields. Most often than not, public policies have played a bigger role in hindering satellite-based services adoption, rather than the perceived technology challenges themselves. The current paper reflects on the policy bottlenecks identified by Eurisy in telemedicine and emergency calling sectors. The paper was presented at the 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019, 21-25 October in Washington DC.

Space for all: how to connect space and society raising awareness on satellite applications for societal needs

6 November, 2019 | Conference paper

Marking a decade in collecting user stories and testimonials on satellite-based applications, Eurisy looks back at lessons learned, analysing market and customer-service provider developments in Europe along the way. The paper details our user-centric approach which supports bridging the gaps between upstream and downstream satellite sectors and turns it into into a scalable model outside European borders. The paper was presented at the 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019, 21-25 October in Washington DC.

Conference Report Space4Rural: efficient and accessible solutions

2 May, 2019 | Report






The conference "Space for Rural: Des solutions efficaces et accessibles" was organised by Eurisy and Idelux in Transinne, Belgium, on 2 April 2019. The event aimed at discussing the possible applications of satellite-based services to protect the environment, support decision-makers and boost competitiveness in rural areas. A special session was dedicated to the issue of connectivity in rural areas.

Ten success stories on the use of satellite applications in cities

29 January, 2020 | Collection of good practices

Ten concrete examples of use of satellite navigation, imagery and communication to make cities' cleaner, more efficient, healthy and resilient. To know more about the Eurisy Space for Cities initiative click here

Eurisy Space4Cities Initiative: Space4Culture conference report and recommendations

2 January, 2019 | Report





This report contains the minutes and main messages of the conference "Space for Culture: Satellite services for historical and creative cities" held in Matera (Italy), European Capital of Culture 2019.

The two-day event was co-organised by Eurisy, the Basilicata Region, NEREUS, the TeRN Consortium and the Italian Space Agency as a contribution to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. It aimed at discussing current and potential uses of satellite-based services to safeguard and promote cultural heritage, create cultural and artistic experiences, foster social inclusion, and promote access to culture and arts within and around cities.

To download the full conference report, please click on this LINK

Eurisy Space4Cities Initiative: Space4Ghent conference report and recommendations

16 April, 2018 | Report

The current report examines the main messages coming out of Eurisy's "Space4Ghent" conference on the uses of satellite imagery in cities, organised in cooperation with our members from BELSPO, in the framework of Apps for Ghent - an initiative aimed at maximising the potential of open data in Ghent through projects, events and co-creation. 

One hundred representatives from private companies, public managers and students attended the conference to discuss current and potential uses of Earth Observation in urban spaces. Participants were made aware of existing datasets, the Copernicus services in particular, as well as their possible applications at the city level. The event also discussed the obstacles hindering the exploitation of satellite data and put forward possible solutions to overcome them.

Conference Report: Satellite Applications for the Alps, Search and Rescue Edition

21 December, 2017 | Report

The current report sums up Eurisy's conference "Satellite Applications for the Alps:Search and Rescue Edition" held on 11-12 October, 2017 in Brixen, Bressanone, Italy. Organised in cooperation with IDM SudTirol and the Satellite Navigation Cluster Berchtesgaden within the International Mountain Summit, a week-long international conference covering the global mountaineering community, the event was Eurisy's second conference covering the Alpine space. The current documents reflects on the day's discussions, as well as the observations made in a series of open-ended interviews with Alpine search and rescue organisations carried by Eurisy between the two events. The interviews covered more than 10 organisation from Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia and Germany and examine the use and challenges of satellite based services for emergency calls, mapping, team coordination and cross-border cooperation.

Conference Report: European Space Programmes, applications and synergies with a view on Eastern Europe

30 November, 2017 | Report

Organised by our members at the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the 6th edition of this regional gathering provided local and regional public and private organisations with information on the latest business opportunities created under the European Commission’s satellite programmes. Focusing on Eastern European stakeholders, the two day event covered topics emphasized the use of Earth Observation, satellite communication and satellite navigation technologies for socio-economic benefits and environmental management. 

At the centre of these benefits, local and regional confirmed and potential users presented their experience and needs during the Eurisy powered round table. The current document reflects on some of the take-aways of the conference and our round table discussion. 

Session Report: Nordic Edge Expo

9 November, 2017 | Report

What makes a city smart? For the private companies and local administrations participating in the Nordic Edge Expo last September, a smart city is a place where community needs, new technologies and innovation meet. An ecosystem of urban planners, IT and renewable energy companies, community development experts, universities, research clusters, and residents, pursuing the common goal of building the city of the future.

Satellite applications have a role to play in the building of more sustainable, efficient and increasingly connected cities. This was the message of the speakers invited to attend the session organised by Eurisy during the three-day event. The session focusing on Satellite Applications for Infrastructure Management was organised under the Eurisy Space for Cities initiative, which aims to explore current and potential uses of satellite-based services to increase quality of life in cities. The current document details on speakers' interventions and exchanges, whilst putting forward recommendations for future questions to be explored. 

Conference Report: Satellite Services for Future Health

1 September, 2017 | Report

Confirmed and potential users of satellite based services covering health care and environment (e.g. telemedicine, air pollution), as well as experts, private sector representatives and policy makers belonging to both space and non-space communities, were invited to Belfast in June 2017 to discuss the potential of satellite applications in these sectors.

On this occasion, attending delegates took the opportunity to share their experiences, lessons learned and exchange on how future technology-powered health and social care systems might look like. (Access the presentations here). The current document reflects on some of the lessons learned from the event, highlighting key points from the discussions that took place during the day. 

Conference Report: Satellite Applications for the Alps

26 October, 2016 | Report

Potential and confirmed users of satellite applications (search and rescue organisations, national parks, geological offices and so on), as well as experts and policy makers, discussed the potential of satellite applications in the Alps, and what these could do for users in the environment, risk, and transport sectors. (Access the presentations here).

This document reflects some of the lessons learnt from the Eurisy conference held in Berchtesgaden on 27 October 2016. These conclusions are drawn from the discussions that took place during the event.

Satellites Going Local 2016 - Public and Private Organisations share their Success Stories

9 December, 2016 | Good Practice Handbook

The 5th edition of Satellites Going Local collects testimonials from public and private organisations using satellite applications to improve their work and provide better services to the public.

For the non-space professionals they are intended to demonstrate, in a down-to-earth manner, how digital products and services that rely on satellite navigation, satellite communications and Earth observation, benefit professionals in all areas of activity.
Examples range from agriculture and environment, to risk management, to tourism and leisure, to infrastructure and building, to mobility and transport. To satellite professionals, they will offer insights into user needs, and possible business cases.

Satellites for Society: Focus on Poland

6 July, 2016 |



This document analyses the 49 replies submitted to the Eurisy survey for public authorities by 49 Polish public administrations.

The report was presented within the framework of a User Forum organised in Warsaw on the 19th of April 2016 by Eurisy, the Polish Ministry of Economic Development and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), with the support of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The goal of the User Forum was to gather a qualitative feedback on survey replies that would help organisers in building a series of country-targeted recommendations, which are presented at the beginning of this report. 

Satellites for Society: Reporting on operational uses of satellite-based services in the public sector

6 July, 2016 |

The new Eurisy publication “Satellites for Society: Reporting on operational uses of satellite-based services in the public sector” analyses more than 100 replies submitted to the Eurisy survey for public authorities in 2015.

Public managers were asked why they started using satellite-based services, how much the services cost and how the uptake was financed, which challenges they face, and how the satellite solutions help them saving time and resources while improving the quality of public services.

This publication is disseminated by Eurisy with the aim of contributing to building a knowledge base on the uses of satellite-based services in the public sector. By taking into account the direct feedback of public managers, the report offers a distinctive insight into the work of European public administrations, which will be useful to policy and decision-makers to increase the potential benefits of satellites for society.

The Eurisy survey for public authorities remains open and accessible in nine languages at this LINK.

Have a look at the key findings of the survey by downloading our infographic:

Survey preliminary phase: A review of ten case studies

1 June, 2016 |

Before launching its survey for public authorities, Eurisy submitted its questionnaire to ten public administrations using satellite applications operationally.

The results of this work are presented in the analytical report “Operational uses of satellite-based applications in the public sector”, including a detailed description of the case studies reviewed.

Conference Report: Outdoor Sports Surfing Avant-garde satellite solutions

20 May, 2016 | Report

This document is the result of a consultation of stakeholders from the sports and leisure areas within the French county of Pyrénées-Atlantiques. This consultation took place as preliminary work for the "Outdoor Sports Surfing Avant-garde satellite solutions" conference co-organised by Eurisy, the local council of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Capital High Tech. The discussions and conclusions of the conference also fed this document.

The conference was to identify the innovation potential space can generate in the outdoor sports one of the main economic sectors in the county, especially through satellite applications targeted for this market. The conference also served as a catalyst for cooperation between the two, and between public and private actors from the area, from other countries, and from the European level (Access the presentations here). 

Conference Report: Satellite Solutions for Smarter Islands

12 November, 2015 | Report

Islands can prove to be real labs for ICT-driven innovation. They are small and flexible. This means they can test ideas fast and implement only the best of them. Islands are confronted with specific needs – whether due to their remoteness, their vulnerability to climate change, or the scarcity of their resources. Such challenges call for creative solutions. The conference brought together 90 participants from Maltese and European public authorities, SMEs, universities and policy-makers.

Conference Report Satellite Applications: Opportunities for the Baltics

19 May, 2015 | Report

The event brought together SMEs, administrations and policy-makers from the Baltic States to discuss ways to increase the use of satellite resources in the region, in particular Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS, the two satellite infrastructure programmes funded by the EU.

Satellites Going Local 2014 - Digital Society Edition

8 July, 2014 |

The 2014 edition of Eurisy's "Satellites going local" publication collects operational examples in which satellite information and services have been used to provide new products and applications in the fields of media, education, arts and culture, leisure, tourism, marketing and sustainable urban development.

Its main objective is to raise awareness of how public authorities and SMEs can use satellite applications to improve their services and engage people. Moreover, the publication is also intended to promote the “Digital Agenda for Europe”, the first of the seven Europe 2020 flagship initiatives, which aims to support citizens and businesses in getting the most out of digital technologies.

Satellites Going Local 2013 - Water Edition

15 October, 2013 | Good Practice Handbook

HB 2013The 3rd issue of “Satellites Going Local” presents operational examples of local and regional administrations and companies who use geospatial information, satellite navigation and satellite communications to improve water management locally, regionally and cross-border. It touches on sectors as diverse as water supply and management, agriculture, risk management, environmental protection and energy.

Local and regional administrators and private companies who use or manage water sources can draw ideas and inspiration from these good practices so as to improve water management, and thus contribute to the sustainability of this vital resource on the long run.

Monitoring and valuing the European geological heritage: operational uses of satellite applications

7 September, 2013 | Conference Paper

12th EU Geoparks ConferenceGeological and landscape diversity is an essential part of the European culture. It characterises our rural and urban environments and offers the resources needed to sustain human communities. To monitor and protect geological heritage, back in 2003 the European Parliament stressed the importance of harmonising analytical methods to obtain comparable soil data and of increasing the exchange of information among Member States on soil, topography, structure and natural form of the land in Europe (European Parliament, 2003).
Today, satellites offer the opportunity to collect and access geological and biological information covering large areas, including urban, rural and natural environments at the micro and macro regional levels. On their own initiative, or within European and national schemes, local and regional managers are already using satellite services to monitor, protect and promote geological, landscape and biological diversity. To disseminate the results of these initiatives is fundamental to capitalise on experience to develop new services adapted to local needs, and to set the basis for the establishment of an integrated coherent system to manage geodiversity in Europe. Eurisy, a non-profit association of space agencies, works to foster awareness of operational uses of satellite applications in this and other sectors. Paper presented at the 12th European Geoparks Conference, Cilento and Vallo di Diano Geopark, Italy, 4-6 September 2013.

Achieving Europe 2020: Policy coordination in support for Cities, Regions and SMEs

21 November, 2012 | Position Paper

Achieving Europe 2020: Policy coordination in support for Cities, Regions and SMEsEurisy’s Position Paper 2012 recommends that operational satellite solutions whose benefits are proven through end-users’ experience, and which help fulfil European policy obligations, should be referenced in European Directives and Regulations, as well as in European transversal funding schemes.

Eurisy's Position Papers are published every two years. Their are based on Eurisy's grassroots with user communities. Their objective is to provide decision-makers with feedback on facilitating factors and obstacles to the take-up of operational applications by professional end-users from various sectors.

Satellite applications take-up in Europe: an analysis of three cases with regional authorities

15 October, 2012 | Conference Paper

Case study observations confirm that the merits of the technology alone, and a technology-driven approach does not necessarily convince the user to adopt this new technology. Similarly, top-down measures to stimulate take-up are not sufficient unless they are accompanied by grassroots support to the potential end-users in their appropriation of these tools. Such support should be based on a better understanding of their operational needs and the economic realities on the field. Cooperation between early adopters and potential end-users on a peer-to-peer level, relationships between potential end-users and technologists that are based on a real business case for service use as opposed to service development, as well as political drive on all levels, including sub-national, are all crucial factors in bringing about the kind of social change that translates an effective penetration of the satellite services within society. Paper presented at the International Astronautical Congress 2012.

Space Applications for Urban Mobility

1 June, 2012 | Conference Paper

Urban MobilityThis paper presented at the 2012 Toulouse Space Show, France aims at underlining, through concrete examples, how European cities make the most of satellite information and services, and satellite navigation in particular, to achieve sustainable urban mobility and create viable alternatives to owning a private vehicle. Without being exhaustive, the operational examples described also show how the integration of satellite information and services in urban mobility strategies benefits other policy areas of increasing importance, like health and social inclusion.


Coast Alive! Project

1 October, 2011 | Eurisy Report

COAST ALIVE (CA!) is a project between several North Sea coastal regions concerned with promoting healthy living and mitigating climate change in coastal areas.

Eurisy has worked with Norfolk County Council, one of the project partners, in producing a tailored report on the County needs and challenges, with experts' recommendations on using satellite applications to meet them. Norfolk is currently looking at how to include satellite data in their current geographical information system, following some of these recommendations.

Satellite Broadband for Hampshire

1 February, 2011 | Eurisy Report

BroadbandThis report evaluates the added value of satellite broadband in achieving 100% broadband coverage of the territory of Hampshire County. It is the outcome of a Eurisy case-study workshop hosted by the Hampshire County Council in Winchester, early 2011. The event brought together stakeholders from Hampshire County Council and satellite broadband experts from the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA).

Eurisy MORE4NRG report: a practical introduction to satellite applications for forest and biomass professionals

15 January, 2011 | Eurisy Report

Eurisy, with the support of remote sensing and forestry experts, has produced an introduction highlighting the added value of satellite applications for forestry inventories and biomass assessments as part of sustainable energy strategies on a local and regional level. The report provides new ideas to local and regional authorities actively seeking to leverage innovation in their projects related to forestry and biomass. It includes recommendations for local and regional authorities considering such solutions.
The report is Eurisy’s contribution to a toolkit on innovative approaches and tools for improving local energy strategies – the final output of the INTERREG project MORE4NRG

Creating Sufficient User Pull to Secure the Benefits of Satellite Services for Society

15 October, 2010 | Position Paper

There is currently a great opportunity for the diffusion of the use of satellite information and services. Potential users are keen to innovate and innovation is recognised as the key to economic recovery. Pioneering public and private organisations have already adopted satellite information and services. Rapid and sustainable measures are necessary to incentivise and support more end-users to follow suit. This will allow the formation of a well-developed core user pool with a critical size to trigger the emergence of a market for satellite services, and ensure Galileo and GMES services fully deliver the expected benefits to society.

Current Barriers and Factors of Success in the Diffusion of Satellite Services in Europe

4 November, 2009 | Journal Paper

Article published Space Policy Magazine, Vol. 25 Issue 4, November 2009. Go to Science Direct Website for Article. Copyright 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Satellite services benefit civil society by helping tackle challenges such as climate change, the digital divide, etc. They have the potential to deliver concrete benefits to European society through innovative services supporting economic, societal and environmental policies. However, this potential has yet to be achieved. The paper argues that technological bias, the diversity of interests and initiatives among stakeholders and their individual actions do not always serve their collective objective to ensure wide diffusion of satellite services.

Eurisy User Programme: A Grassroots Approach To Anchoring Space in Society

1 November, 2008 | Conference Paper

The Paper outlined Eurisy's User Programme objectives, methodology and results. It was presented at the IAF 2008 IAC conference in Glasgow (IAC-08-D1.1.01.)

For a Facilitated Access of Local and Regional Authorities to Satellite Services

15 November, 2008 | Position Paper

This Paper argues that it is necessary to make efficient use of public investment in research and development by supporting the transition of the results into the final operational service/product.Recommended measures include ensuring a better transition between the 7th Framework Programmes and European Regional Policy Funds, by designing calls that take into consideration the R&D stage but also the operational use of the resulting services as an objective in itself. Such calls would make it compulsory to include end-users from the R&D stage, and a business case for these to use the resulting services.