Date and Venue:

Official dates of the Symposium are 13 – 15 June, 2017

The AfriGEOSS Symposium will be held at Tyco City Hotel, in Sunyani, Ghana, hosted by the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (EORIC), University of Energy and Natural Resources.



This is the 1st AfriGEOSS to come to West Africa – building on the success of the inaugural AfriGEOSS Symposium held in Victoria Falls in 2016. The 2nd AfriGEOSS Symposium aims to:

  • Showcase use of Earth Observations in implementing African policies for sustainable development, including the three GEO priority engagement areas (SDGs, Climate, Disasters);
  • Promote and build synergies with on-going and planned Earth observations initiatives at national, regional (e.g. GMES & Africa, SERVIR, UNGGIM-Africa) and international level (such as GEO activities);
  • Engage with end users, understanding needs and mechanisms to deliver user driven Earth observations solutions;
  • Review implementation of the 2016 Symposium Outcomes and contributions to the GEO 2017 – 2019 Work Programme;
  • Raise awareness on value of Earth observations, the Group on Earth Observation and AfriGEOSS activities;
  • Reinforce dialogue on Earth observations priorities in Africa;

These objectives will be met through a programme that is built on broad thematic areas on priority issues for Africa as identified in the AfriGEOSS 2017 – 2019 Implementation Plan and GEO StrategicEngagement Plan. Technical sessions will cover the following:

  • Coordination Network: National Earth Observation and Regional Programmes
  • Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Water Resource Management, including soil moisture
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems, including land cover mapping
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure and Innovative Techniques, including space and in-situ observing systems
  • Capacity Development
  • Engagement with commercial sector

All technical sessions will integrate Climate adaptation and response to the 2030 Agenda through monitoring and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Detailed Programme coming soon…


Week at a Glance:


Registration: Now Open

To attend the 2nd AfriGEOSS Symposium, please register here ONLY, if you have not submitted an Expression of Interest to Participate.

Registration and more information on training workshops will be available soon.

Symposium Grants

The amount of financial support that can be awarded is dependent upon the success of the Symposium fundraising efforts. Grants are intended to support individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend the symposium. Preference will be given to:

  • Programme participants (session facilitator, invited speaker, or presenter).
  • Delegates based in Africa.
  • Delegates requesting partial funding i.e. travel only, accommodation only or subsistance allowance only.

The award of a grant will be conditional upon the recipient complying with the following requirements:

  • Providing a letter from their institution authorising their attendance
  • A letter of motivation demonstrating the requirement for financial assistance to attend the symposium. The motivation needs to give an explanation of (1) reasons for attending the AfriGEOSS Symposium, (2) the contribution of the attendee and their affiliated institution, and (3) why financial assistance is required to attend the symposium.
  • Attendance of the full symposium and participating in the programme.

Grant application form can be accessed here. Please email letter of authorisation to


Sponsors and Exhibitors:

The AfriGEOSS Symposium provides a fresh and vibrant platform for dialogue by the Earth observation community working in Africa. The Symposium attracts international Earth observations programmes and thereby provides a platform to foster global collaboration to advance use of Earth observations for a sustainable environment in Africa.

Take advantage of the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities available and escalate awareness of your brand and programme among the remote sensing community working and decision makers in Africa.

To get involved email:


Travel to Ghana:

The Symposium venue City, Sunyani is accessible from all national and international destinations through regular flights to Accra followed by a connecting flight to Kumasi in Ghana.
Ground transport will be available for participants from Kumasi airport to Sunyani.

Participants are requested to send their flight information to to ensure smooth transfer.

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