Earth observation to play key role in building Australia's space industry

Earth observation to play key role in building Australia's space industry

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, has recently announced that the Smart Satellite Cooperative Research Centre (SmartSat CRC) will receive $55 million in funding through the Cooperative Research Centre Programme for the next seven years.

At the launch, SmartSat CRC CEO designate Professor Andy Koronios, University of South Australia said the SmartSat CRC comprises 84 local, national and international research and industry partners.

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Consultancy opportunity for UN Global Environmental Facility (GEF-STAP) on Remote Sensing

Global Environmental Facility

Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel

GEF STAP is recruiting a short-term Consultant to help write an advisory document on mainstreaming EO data into GEF program and project design, implementation and monitoring. The announcement specifies the task and requirements (education/experience) but essentially they are looking for someone with a background in remote sensing/GIS and who understands (and has demonstrated experience) how spatial data can be applied to develop and monitor a range of projects of interest to the GEF (e.g. biodiversity, water, land degradation, etc.). The contract is administered by UNOPS and the application closing date is April 7.

IOCCG Committee Meeting 4-6 April - material requested for Australian Activities Report

The next International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) committee and executive meetings will take place in Hanoi, 4-6 April 2019, just ahead of the International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) meeting in Busan.

Tim Malthus will be the Australian representative on IOCCG. Tim will be preparing an update on whole-of-Australian activities in the ocean colour space and has requested input from the EOA community.

If you would like to contribute could you please send any material that you would like included in the showcase directly to Tim (as PowerPoint slides mainly - but other docs would do).

Submissions due by Friday 22nd March

Contact: Dr Tim J Malthus email:
Research Group Leader - Coastal Sensing and Modelling Group,
Coastal Development and Management Program
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Business Unit

Australian Rangeland Conference 2019 - call for abstracts open

The 20th biennial Australian Rangeland Society (ARS2019) conference will be held in Canberra, 2-5 September 2019 at the Kambri Convention Centre. The conference will bring together managers, researchers and policy makers to promote resilient rangeland environments and communities in times of change. A call to submit a short abstract to sharing your understanding in various ways at the conference is now open until 1st May 2019. Don’t miss this great opportunity to join your peers to think practically about the future of 4/5ths of Australia!

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