G-STEP launch event

Over 100 delegates attended the launch of G-STEP at the University of Leicester on 19 June 2009.

The morning business sessions included seminars by Professor John Remedios co director of G-STEP, Mr James Eddy from Bluesky International Ltd, Professor Terry Moore representing GRACE, Dr Nick Veck from Infoterra and Dr Stuart Marsh, Director of the British Geological Society.

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l-r: Professor Martin Barstow, Dr David Williams, Dr Stephen Briggs, Dr Arwyn Davies

During the day delegates had plenty of opportunities to peruse the exhibition stands in the foyer of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and meet both G-STEP personnel and other interested groups from similar fields.

The official launch during the afternoon had a distinguished line up of keynote speeches. Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Mark Thompson opened this section on behalf of the University of Leicester, followed by Professor Paul Monks, Director of G-STEP.

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l-r: Professor Terry Moore, ?, Dr Bob Cockshott, Mr Chas Bishop

Dr Valere Moutarlier, Head of the EC GMES bureau, and Dr Stephen Briggs, Director of ESA EO Applications, presented different aspects of the European Earth Observation perspective. Dr David Williams, Director General of BNSC, and Dr David Wallace, EMDA International and Innovation Director, completed the launch with a UK emphasis covering both Regional and National Issues.

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l-r: Dr John Remedios, Professor Mick Johnson, Mr Michael Lawrence, Mr Richard Peckham, Dr David Williams

A post launch reception was held in the Department of Geography with a further opportunity for delegates to investigate how G-STEP could assist with their own particular areas of expertise.

Professor Paul Monks and Dr Valere Moutarlier

G-STEP has four full-time dedicated staff to facilitate the interface between University of Leicester Earth Observation expertise and the needs of East Midlands SMEs. The G-STEP role in the workplace is to Innovate, Partner and Broker in the field of GMES data. Our team includes two dedicated EO scientists who are already involved in investigating solutions for clients.

Speakers Presentations

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British Geological Survey


Professor Paul Monks - G-STEP

Dr Stephen Briggs - ESA

Dr Valere Moutarlier - EU GMES





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Director, G-STEP
Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester

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University of Leicester

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