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Integrating Disaster Risk Data in Policy: the Copernicus Emergency Management Service Annual Conference 2023

Join us on the Disaster Risk Reduction Day (13 October 2023) to learn about the Joint Research Centre's (JRC) and Copernicus work on crisis management and the risks and opportunities of the future.

Come and learn how data - on droughts, wildfires, floods, emergency mapping, population exposure - from the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) operated by the JRC can support a wide range of policies and help build disaster risk management strategies.

  • During the morning, JRC experts will show how CEMS has been delivering early-warning and monitoring insights on floods, wildfires, and droughts.
    The morning session will be webstreamed. The link will be available when the event starts.
  • In the afternoon, practical sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn how to use CEMS dashboards to extract personalised data that suits their needs.
    It is compulsory to register in order to participate in the practical afternoon sessions.
Register here

Book your seat, the registration will end today, Wednesday 4 October 2023, 23:59 (CEST)

  • crisis management | natural disaster | disaster risk reduction | wildfire | drought | flood | population dynamics | emergency response
  • Friday 13 October 2023, 09:00 (CEST)
  • Online only
  • Live streaming available


  1. 13 Oct 2023, 09:00 - 09:20 (CEST)
    • Tom De Groeve, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    • Mauro Facchini, Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS)
  2. 09:20 - 10:00 (CEST)
    A disaster just hit. How do satellite and aerial imagery provide support?
    • 9:20-9:35       Jean-François Pekel, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    • 9:35-9:50       Juan Escalante, Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): A disaster just hit. How do satellite maps provide support? The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) perspective.
    • Q&A session
  3. 10:00 - 10:40 (CEST)
    The increasing importance of early-warning and response systems
    • 10:00-10:15    Peter Salamon, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    • 10:15-10:30    Justin Ginnetti, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC): Importance of early flood warning and response systems from a practical point of view
    • Q&A session
  4. 10:40 - 11:10 (CEST)
  5. 11:10 - 11:50 (CEST)
    Anticipating and monitoring droughts
    • 11:10-11:25    Andrea Toreti, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    • 11:25-11:40    Daniel Tsegai, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD): International Drought Resilience Alliance (IDRA): Overview and objectives
    • Q&A session
  6. 11:50 - 12:30 (CEST)
    Early warning and monitoring for wildfires
    • 11:50-12:05    Jesús San-Miguel, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    • 12:05-12:20    Ioannis Papoutsis, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and Zisoula Ntasiou, Hellenic Fire Corps
    • Q&A session
  7. 12:30 - 13:10 (CEST)
    Sustainable cities with GHSL
    • 12:30-12:45    Thomas Kemper, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    • 12:45-13:00    Robert Ndugwa, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
    • Q&A session
  8. 13:10 - 13:30 (CEST)
    Closing remarks
  9. 15:00 - 15:05 (CEST)
    Welcome to the plenary
  10. 15:05 - 16:00 (CEST)
    How to access and use CEMS data, maps and dashboards
    • 15:05-15:30 Session 1
      Breakout rooms
    • 15:35-16:00 Session 2
      Breakout rooms

    The same five breakout rooms will be run twice in the two sessions specified above. Please, indicate your breakout room preferences during the registration.

    1. Breakout room 1: From river flows to flood maps – Copernicus EMS flood data
      Facilitator: Peter Salamon, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    2. Breakout room 2:  Drought data analysis – the importance of time
      Facilitator: Davide Bavera, Arcadia SIT s.r.l.
    3. Breakout room 3: Understanding and navigating geospatial maps in response to a disaster
      Facilitator: Pietro Ceccato, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    4. Breakout room 4: Keeping a watchful eye on the forest fires through data
      Facilitator: Duarte Oom, JRC and Copernicus EMS
    5. Breakout room 5: From space to the streets: mapping human presence on Earth
      Facilitator: Michele Melchiorri, JRC and Copernicus EMS

Practical information

Friday 13 October 2023, 09:00 (CEST)
Online only
Starts on Friday 13 October 2023, 08:45 (CEST)
Who should attend
Policy makers, media, researchers, practitioners, general public
Joint Research Centre | Copernicus EU



General contact

Event coordination team

Event coordination team
Joint Research Centre
JRC-EMSatec [dot] europa [dot] eu