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Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
20 - 23 September 2020
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We cordially invite you to participate in the SPIE Space, Satellites, and Sustainability (S3) conference, co-located in 2020 with SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence conferences in Edinburgh. Comprehensive coverage of scientific topics will be presented, with more than 25 countries represented. These events provide a unique opportunity for scientists, engineers, programme managers and policy makers from around the world to learn about the trends, recent developments and achievements in these areas. It will be here that attendees exchange ideas, as well as present and discuss the most recent developments and applications.

We face a climate crisis, with associated widespread losses of natural ecosystems and biodiversity. In 2015 in Paris, global leaders agreed on 17 sustainable development goals and 169 associated targets to be met by 2030. Satellites provide a unique ability to support sustainable development with scaled analyses.

Organised by the University of Edinburgh and SPIE, this inter-disciplinary meeting will highlight newly-operational and forthcoming satellite systems providing new sensors supporting sustainability.  Advances in the processing of big satellite data will be presented alongside novel analytics including those producing actionable sustainability intelligence. Present your research on the latest satellite sensors and applications supporting sustainability.

The conferences are designed to meet the scientific, technical, and particularly the business needs of these research communities. Each conference will include oral and poster presentations with top researchers and company representatives as invited speakers. The conferences include information that is up to date and thus represents one of the finest research training opportunities in the world. Explore new opportunities to collaborate with partners from other fields of activity. Showcase your multidisciplinary research and applications in this major international forum.

Topics of interest include:

Novel sensors used in quantifying sustainability
Big satellite data analytics supporting sustainability and sustainability indicators
Applications of space technology supporting sustainability
Industry perspectives: implementation of analyses to support commercial demand for sustainability impact, and market opportunities
Success stories of implemented commercial and research projects with a strong sustainability focus

Primary topics include amongst others:

Launch systems
Data processing and analysis
Ground systems
Space access 
Sensors and instrumentation
The year in review
The next year's missions

Submit your abstract today for an opportunity to participate in an innovative conference and meet like-minded colleagues from academia, government and industry. The Organising Committees invite you to present on the latest advances impacting your area of research. We hope you will join us! 

2020 Symposium Chairs and Organising Co-Chair

 Murray Collins

Murray Collins

Univ. of Edinburgh
(United Kingdom)
2020 Symposium Chair
Callum Norrie

Callum Norrie

Space Network Scotland
(United Kingdom)
2020 Symposium Chair


Kristina  Tamane

Univ. of Edinburgh 
(United Kingdom)
2020 Organising Co-Chair