The annual GEO Symposia provide a key opportunity for the GEO Work Programme community to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and foster collaboration.
For the first time since 2019, the GEO Symposium 2023 will be held in person in Geneva on June 13-14, 2023, followed by the Open Data and Open Knowledge Workshop.
Speakers and participants will draw on GEO's previous accomplishments to highlight how GEO can accelerate equitable access to Earth observations and develop and share information that leads to impact. The theme of the Symposium is “Stand out in the crowd: GEO Work Programme for Nature, People, and Planet.”
Objectives of the GEO Symposium 2023:
Support the development of the Ministerial Declaration and Post 2025 Strategy.
Advance collaborations on a GEO Work Programme that provides integrated, innovative and co-designed products and services.
Provide the GEO Work Programme community with opportunities to showcase their work and network with each other.
This Symposium programme will be continuously updated as session details, including speakers information, becomes available.
The GEO Work Programme activities will be invited to participate in and contribute to structured discussions.
GEO Work Programme activity leads will join Post-2025 Working Group members, Programme Board members, users and partners, and other key stakeholders to have interactive dialogues on the GEO Post-2025 strategy and the GEO Work Programme. Each of the dialogues will unpack a key topic of the post-2025 strategy with a panel discussion.
GEO Work Programme activities will contribute to the following discussion on collaborative efforts:
Biodiversity and Nature: In this session, GEO’s efforts to create the world’s first Global Ecosystem Atlas will be examined, via the showcase of a few illustrative applications.
Urban Resilience for Heat and Health: The session will describe GEO plans to develop an integrated heat and health service built upon state-of-the-art Earth observations for urban resilience against climate change.
Multi-Hazard Risks and Impact via the GEO Work Programme: Through this session, the GEO Work Programme activities focused on systemic risks will discuss how, why and where GEO is best positioned to deliver impact for countries and local communities.
Operational services via the GEO Work Programme: The objective of this session will be to unpack the key characteristics of effective operational service from the perspective of users and partners and identify challenges and opportunities for the GEO Work Programme activities to become more operational and focused.
GEO Work Programme activities will speak for 5 minutes each using a maximum of three slides on the following topics:
Enablers for scaling the impact of the GEO Work Programme; and
Mobilizing resources for the GEO Work Programme.
How can you contribute?
If you would like to contribute to one of the above-mentioned sessions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘GEO Symposium’ in the title, and elaborate the content of your contribution.
Tuesday, 13 June: 9:00-18:15 CEST
Wednesday, 14 June: 9:00-15:15 CEST
Obasi Room, ground floor of the WMO Building
Address: 7bis avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland
Confirmation of in-person participation by Thursday, 8 June
This is crucial for GEO Secretariat to prepare your badges, so kindly respond promptly. For registered participants, you should have received a personalized email to confirm in-person participation. If you don’t have this email, please check the Junk Email folder.
Badge pick-up for both GEO Symposium and ODOK Workshop
Monday, 12 June: 15:00-17:00 CEST
Tuesday, 13 June: 8:00-10:00 CEST
Wednesday, 14 June: 8:00-10:00; 15:00-17:00 CEST
Thursday, 15 June: 7:30-10:30 CEST
Friday, 16 June: 7:30-9:30 CEST
Entrance of the WMO Building
On site printing of your meeting badge is NOT POSSIBLE. If you are not able to confirm your participation in advance, please bring your passport and collaborate with the WMO Security team to obtain a temporary badge.
There are many other hotel options in Geneva, and the rates tend to go higher during high-level meetings in the city. In that case, it is advised to look for hotels outside of Geneva, in the neighboring areas (Nyon, Annemasse, or Ferney-Voltaire). It is very easy to travel by bus and tram from most hotels to the meeting venue within 10-25 minutes. Hotels at United Nation’s rates (please refer to the list)
Registration for IN PERSON attendance is closed.
For remote participation, see the Zoom registration links in the session descriptions of the full schedule.
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