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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.

 

Programme

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
  • Climate Services and Adaptation
  • Engagement with commercial sector

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

 

Week at a Glance:

2017 AfriGEOSS Symposium Program Overview
2017 AfriGEOSS Symposium Program Overview

 

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 is closed

 

Grant Application

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 is closed

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.

Exhibition documents

To get involved email: symposium@afrigeoss.org

 

Travel and Accommodation:

UENR, our Host, offers discounted rates for air tickets and accommodation, as follows:

1. Flights: Accra-Kumasi-Accra, the Symposium airline is Starbow. The negotiated rate for a return air ticket is GHC440 GHS (est. USD105).

  • To make a flight reservation, email to: symposium@afrigeoss.org your travel dates i.e. arrival in Accra and departure from Accra after the symposium.
  • Payment will be made at Accra airport.

2. Ground transport: Kumasi-Sunyani-Kumasi ground transport will be provided.

3. Accommodation: The Tyco Hotel is the venue for the Symposium, rooms have been blocked booked at USD 60 per night. To make reservations please email your dates to symposium@afrigeoss.org Payment can be on arrival in USD or GHC.

 

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 symposium@afrigeoss.org to ensure smooth transfer.

Find here (http://www.ghanaimmigration.org/visa_info.html#) immigration and visa information.

For tourism information visit http://www.ghana.travel/

 

Training and Workshops:

SEACRIFOG Project Stakeholder Consultation Workshop (16 June 2017, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana)
Workshop invitationWorkshop regsitration

 

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