12th Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO) Symposium 2019

DATE: 2-4 November 2019
PLACE: Canberra, Australia

Outcome documents

About the 12th AOGEO Symposium 2019

The 12th AOGEO Symposium took place from Saturday 2 November to Monday 4 November 2019 in Canberra Australia, at University House at the Australian National University. This event preceded GEO Week 2019 including the Plenary and Ministerial.

The theme of the 12th AOGEO Symposium
Scaling up successful Earth Observation activities for all of Asia-Oceania  
Share the results and design the future steps for global agendas

The 12th symposium builds upon the growing momentum behind one of the Regional GEOs, AOGEO. It shared the results and designed the future steps for three engagement priorities, namely the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.


The AOGEO, previously named AOGEOSS, is a regional initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) co-led by Australia, China, Japan and Korea, with contribution from more than 10 countries in the region. AOGEO aims to establish an effective cooperation framework at the regional level and promote the Earth observation capacity of Asia-Oceania countries to confront the challenges which pose a risk to the attainment of sustainable development.

Week at a Glance

Task Group Schedule

12th AOGEO Symposium agenda

Download pdf version of agenda here

Program (As of 27 October)

Nov1 (Fri)


AOGEO Coordination Board Meeting (CLOSED MEETING - CB member only)

(Meeting room: Fellows Boardroom)

Day1 Nov2 (Sat)

09:30 – 10:30

Registration (welcome coffee)

10:30 – 10:45

Welcome remarks

Prof Dr Gilberto Câmara (GEO Secretariat Director)

10:45 – 11:00

Scene Setting 

Dr Kentaro Ando (AOGEO Coordination Board Co-Chair, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC))

11:00 – 11:45


Dr Stuart Minchin (Australia GEO Principal, Geoscience Australia (GA))

11:45 – 12:00

Group Photo Session

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Special Session 1: How do we go from global challenges to improving local decision making? 

Session Chair: Dr. Yongseung Kim (AOGEO Coordination Board Co-chair, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI))

Part 1. Overview of our different scales (60 min)

GEO global priority areas (Paris, SDGs, Sendai)

Mr Osamu Ochiai (GEO Programme Board Co-chair, JAXA)

AOGEO’s Integrated Priority Studies: Mekong, Small Islands, Himalaya

Dr Kentaro Ando

Dr Andy Steven (AOGEO Coordination Board member, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO))

Mr Birendra Bajracharya (The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)) 

IPS Pilots: Samoa, Mekong River Delta and Kangchenjunga Landscape 

Ms Wenbo Chu (GEO Secretariat)

Part 2. Discussion (30 min)  Moderator: Dr. Yongseung Kim

*Interactive discussions by engaging the speakers, TG leads, and the audience by using Slido or equivalent tool.

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00

Special Session 2 Cross cutting data and technology

Session Chair: Dr David Hudson (AOGEO Coordination Board Co-Chair, GA)

Part 1. Overview of Data Sharing and Data Platforms activities (30min)

Overview of progress in Task 10

Dr Zhang Lianchong (Task 10, Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR-CAS))

Overview of progress in Task 11

Mr Simon Oliver, GA (Task 11 Co-Lead, Geoscience Australia)

Part 2. Panel discussion (60 min)

Moderator: Dr. David Hudson

*Interactive discussions by engaging the speakers, TG leads, and the audience by using Slido or equivalent tool.


  • Dr Zhang Lianchong (Task 10 Co-Lead, AIR-CAS)
  • Dr Xiang Zhou (Task 11 Co-Lead, AIR-CAS)
  • Mr Simon Oliver (Task 11 Co-Lead, Geoscience Australia)
  • Prof Dr Gilberto Câmara (GEO Secretariat Director)
  • Prof Toshio Koike (TG 1 Co-Lead, ICHARM)

17:00 - 17:20

Overview of Sectorial meetings
 Dr Kentaro Ando

17:20 – 17:30

Administrative communication about Day 2 and 3
Dr David Hudson

18:30 – 20:30

Hosted reception

Day2 Nov3 (Sun)

09:00 – 12:00

Task Group meetings 

TG1: AWCI (GEOSS Asian Water Cycle Initiative)

TG2: APBON (Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network)

TG3: Carbon and GHG Initiative

TG4: Oceans, Coasts and Islands

TG5: Asia-RiCE (Asian Rice Crop Estimation and monitoring)

TG6: Drought monitoring and Evaluation

TG7: Environmental Monitoring and Protection

TG8: Disaster Resilience

TG9: Himalayan GEOSS

* Each task group will:

  • Update task group members about agency current and future activities 
  • Develop the work plan of their task for the coming year
  • Prepare task group input for the annual AOGEO Statement
  • Update their task group’s mapping to GEO Engagement Priorities

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 17:00

Task Group meetings (cont’d)

17:30 – 18:30

Statement meeting (Only for TG Leads, CB Co-Chairs, Co-Organizers)

Day3 Nov4 (Mon)

08:30 – 09:30

Plenary Session 
Moderator: Dr Xingfa Gu (AOGEO Coordination Board Co-Chair, AIR-CAS)

Speakers: Representatives from each TG (5 min for each TG). 

  • Reporting activities and next designs of all TGs  
  • Reporting the results of Joint Sessions


09:30 – 09:50

Coffee break

09:50 – 11:00

Special Session 3: How do we connect and synergize GEO and AOGEO activities?
Moderator: Dr Xingfa Gu 

Part 1. Successful achievements and the factors (30 min)


  • Dr Shinichi Sobue (TG 5 Co-Lead, Japan Aerospace, Exploration Agency (JAXA))
  • Dr Sheila Vergara (TG 2 Co-Lead, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity)
  • Dr Marjan van Meerloo (Policy officer, DG RTD, European Commission, EuroGEO)
  • Dr. Tae Hyung Kim (Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP)/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP))

Part 2. Discussion (40 min)

*Interactive discussions by engaging the speakers, TG leads, and the audience by using Slido or equivalent tool.


11:00 – 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 – 12:00

Closing Ceremony
Session Chair: Dr. Kentaro Ando

      • Awarding of AOGEO Fellow ceremony (15 min)
        Dr Xingfa Gu
      • Adoption of the 2019 AOGEO Statement (15 min)
        Dr David Hudson

Closing Remarks (5min) 
Mr Yoshiyuki Chihara (GEO Principal of Japan, Deputy Director-General of MEXT)



The venue shall be University House at the Australian National University. University House is conveniently located in the city. It’s only 8km from the Canberra airport and is easily accessible by car, taxi and public transportation.

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