Join the Youth Track at GEO Week 2021!

What is the Youth Track?

This is a series of events throughout GEO Week 2021, where young people from around the world with an interest in GEO activities are encouraged to participate! With the Youth Track, GEO aims to engage the next generation of decision makers, to work together towards a sustainable future.

Through keynote presentations and time for discussion, the Youth Track will lay the foundation for the creation of a GEO Youth Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will be the place to make connections with the GEO community (including GEO Work Programme activities). It will also provide opportunities for networking and sharing experiences between its members.

Who should attend.

The event is community-driven and participatory. We are therefore looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in Earth observations and their applications. The discussions and feedback gathered in the various sessions will inform the CoP’s goals and action plan.

Join the Youth Track and make your voice heard, everyone is welcome! Whether you are a student, intern, early career scientist, PhD candidate or working in a GEO related field and would like to contribute, your participation will help GEO promote youth engagement. 

GEO Work Programme activities leads are also welcome to learn more about the youth perspective and join the discussion to contribute their ideas for creating connections, and fostering collaboration.

Where can I register?

To participate in the Youth Track, you need to register for GEO Week 2021. This year, GEO Week will be entirely virtual and will take place on Airmeet. In the week leading up to GEO week, you will be sent a single link to access the Youth Track and other events

What is the programme?

The Youth Track will include 4 sessions over 4 days during GEO Week 2021.

Day 1: Monday, November 22, 11:00-12:00 CET

On day 1, we will hold an introductory meeting in a town hall format. After two short presentations on GEO’s ongoing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) efforts and by the Director of the GEO Secretariat, a discussion will focus on getting to know the audience and brainstorming on how creating  a GEO Youth Community of Practice can help engage more young people in GEO.

Speakers / Moderator

Nathalie Pettorelli

Nathalie
Pettorelli

Yana Gevorgyan

Yana
Gevorgyan

Francis Omondi

Francis
Omondi

Florian Franziskakis

Florian
Franziskakis

11:00-11:05

Welcome and introductory remarks (Florian Franziskakis, GEO Secretariat)

11:00-11:10

Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Nathalie Pettorelli, EDI subgroup)

11:10-11:20

Keynote address (Yana Gevorgyan, GEO Secretariat)

11:20-11:55

Open discussion: How can a Youth CoP act to help more young people to be included in GEO?

11:55-12:00

Youth Track outline & Wrap-up of Day 1 (Florian Franziskakis, GEO Secretariat)

Day 2: Wednesday, November 24, 18:00-19:30 CET

On day 2, we will have a cross-regional dialogue between the Americas and Africa, with two keynote addresses (one from each region). Each keynote will be followed by a discussion focused on knowledge transfer and experience sharing.

Speakers / Moderator

Teopista Nakalema

Teopista
Nakalema

Gilberto Guevara

Gilberto
Guevara

Liliana Castillo

Liliana
Castillo

Amber Kremer

Amber
Kremer

Son Do

Son
Do

Alma Meyer

Alma
Meyer

Sandra Delali Kemeh

Sandra
Delali Kemeh

Veronika Neumeier

Veronika
Neumeier

18:00-18:05

Introduction (Veronika Neumeier, GEO Secretariat)

18:05-18:20

Keynote address: Monitoring deforestation using Earth observation data in Uganda (Teopista Nakalema, Women in GIS Uganda)

18:20-18:40

Open discussion (Gilberto Guevara, Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust – Disaster)

 

10 minute break

18:50-19:10

Short presentations: How GEO can be more inclusive to young people and will also give the opportunity to network and share experiences about their work from the young people’s side

  • Liliana Castillo (Aberystwyth University) 
  • Amber Kremer (USGS) 
  • Son Do (University of Houston) 
  • Alma Meyer (Brigham Young University)

19:10-19:25

Open discussion (Moderator: Delali Kemeh, GEO Secretariat)

19:25-19:30

Wrap-up of Day 2 (Veronika Neumeier, GEO Secretariat)

Day 3: Thursday, November 25, 10:00-11:50 CET

Day 3 will be a cross-regional dialogue between Europe, The Commonwealth of Independent States and Asia-Oceania, with two keynote presentations (one from each region). Each keynote will be followed by a discussion focusing on knowledge transfer and experience sharing.

Speakers / Moderator

Yan Liu

Yan
Liu

Mikhail Fernandes

Mikhail
Fernandes

Shushanik Asmaryan

Shushanik
Asmaryan

Lilit Sahakyan

Lilit
Sahakyan

Hanifa Nuraini Rahma

Hanifa
Nuraini Rahma

Sandra Delali Kemeh

Sandra
Delali Kemeh

10:00-10:05

Introduction (Delali Kemeh, GEO Secretariat)

10:05-10:20

Keynote address: Sharing my experience working with GEO, a young scholar’s viewpoint from the Asia-Oceania region (Yan Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

10:20-10:40

Open discussion (Moderator: Mikhail Fernandes, UNEP)

 

10 minute break

10:50-11:10

Keynote address: Earth Observation and young generation in Armenia: how to attract, engage and transfer the knowledge and experience (Shushanik Asmaryan & Lilit Sahakyan, Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies - Armenia)

11:10-11:30

Open Discussion (Moderator: Nuraini Rahma Hanifa, Secretary General - U-INSPIRE Alliance)

11:30-11:50

Wrap-up of Day 3 (Delali Kemeh, GEO Secretariat)

Day 4: Friday, November 26, 11:00-12:00 CET

On day 4 ,we will hold a wrap-up meeting and the GEO Youth Community of Practice will be officially launched. After a keynote address by an Indigenous Youth representative, the meeting will focus on synthesising the outcomes of the previous days' discussions. Particularly, the feedback gathered during the week regarding what objectives a CoP should pursue will be presented. In order to move forward with an action plan, participants will be divided into breakout rooms to discuss concrete actions for the future. Volunteers will be called upon to take on the various tasks and lead the CoP.

Speakers / Moderator

Steven Ramage

Steven
Ramage
.

Lilian Nguracha

Lilian
Nguracha
.

11:00-11:10

Summary of outcomes from previous days

11:10-11:25

Keynote address (Lilian Nguracha, Samburu tribe, Kenya)

11:25-11:40

Break-out rooms discussion (Moderated by volunteers)

11:40-11:55

Launch of the GEO Youth Community of Practice (Moderator: Steven Ramage, GEO Secretariat)

11:55-12:00

Closing remarks