An encouraging start of the year

2016 kicked off with a high-level political encounter between NEREUS President Nichi Vendola and the new ESA Director General Prof. Jan Woerner. With view to the upcoming European Space Strategy, both organisations exchanged on how the regional dimension could be better emphasized. 
NEREUS Network Affairs
Taking stock of last year's activities, 2016 takes off with annual planning. Get ready for high-level political meetings with the European Space Agency, large scale events in Brussels as well as thematic workshops aiming to link space with non-space fields such as agriculture or development aid. 

* NEREUS President Vendola met with ESA/ESTEC Director Franco Ongaro on the 2nd February and visited the site. The center is ESA's operational heart, the largest among all, where most ESA missions are born and developed. Both parties discussed matters of common interest, in particular explored potential collaborations in the field of training, education and public outreach
NEREUS Working Groups
The nomination of the new GNSS and Telecommunication WG Chairs opens up refreshed perspectives for interested members. The last Management Board meeting of 2015 decided to hold a dedicated session on Working Groups in the following months in order to discuss with the Chairs the state of art and define possible restructuring to meet the new challenges ahead. 

* The first GNSS WG meeting under the new charimanship of Paul Bhatia (GRACE Manager, University of Nottingham) has been scheduled on 1st of March 2016, at the margins of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit. The draft agenda will be published shortly!

* The constant pro-activeness of the Copernicus-EO WG is bringing encouraging fruits. With their work on Space for Agriculture and their networking activities with the European institutions, interesting links have been created with other networks, such as ERIAFF (European Regions for Innovation, Food and Forestry), and a joint workshop is in the pipeline. 

The Telecommunication WG Chairs are defining this year's programme and have committed to proposing a series of activities related to Smart Cities and 5G. Some members have also been discussing broadband connectivity for schools in rural areas, building on Openet's experience in Africa

It is never too late to take action and follow WG activities! 
NEREUS featured Initiatives

* Are you using Copernicus for your business? The European Commission has just released a survey for companies as a series of measures to promote Copernicus Uptake are being designed. Have your say 

* Call for Abstracts and registration to the 4th International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-information of Environment | Deadline: 10 February (Cyprus, 7-8 April) More info 

* Women in Aerospace Europe has launched the 2016 edition of the Student and young Professional Award | Deadline: 12 February More info

* Workshop on Access to finance for the Space industry and SMEs organized by the European Commission in Brussels. Download the presentations

* EARSC and The Green Land the benefits of using satellite imagery in managing forestry in Sweden. Download the report

* The YouSPACE platform has been launched by Dominique Tilmans to improve interactions between universities and industry in the space sector. Via a mentoring mechanism, they bridge the gap between students and potential employers. A comprehensive list of careers in the space sector is online: are you willing to take 5 minutes of your time to draft 3 sentences of description for a couple of careers you know about? Check the list
28th of June, European Parliament 

NEREUS and ESA jointly organize, under the auspices of MEP Patrizia Toia (Lombardy Region), a public event to share the final results of the project "Improving Copernicus User Uptake among Local and Regional Authorities". What is the level of awareness of Copernicus in public administrations? What are the roadblocks to full deployment? Joint recommendations will be made and discussed with the audience. More information is coming!
NEREUS featured Events
2016 will be a busy year for Space. Some highlights of what awaits us in the coming months: take out your agendas!