FIRE Forum 2021

16 June 2021


FIRE, the industry-led Forum for Innovation and Research in European Earth Observation, has the ambition to become the bridge between Earth Observation (EO) services and data and users across applications for different industries.


Cutting through a variety of six market sectors: agriculture, (wind) energy, infrastructure, marine, raw materials, and urban development, FIRE gathers different user communities to consult and establish a high-level roadmap. This will guide research & development, delivery and uptake of EO services in Europe.


The 1st FIRE Forum was held on 16 June 2021 alongside EXPANDEO, an annual conference organised by the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies.


The FIRE Forum gathered a critical mass of non-space actors together with EO players in order to discuss the potential benefits EO could bring to their sectors and which future EO capabilities are needed to address sectorial challenges.

FIRE Sessions

Urban planning in the digital age

Securing sustainable supply chains of raw materials

Advancing digitalisation of infrastructure

Speakers & Panellists


  • Katrin Bruebach
    Resilient Cities Network
    Global Director Programs, Innovation & Impact
  • Graham Colclough
    Urban Market Transformation Expert, Founding Partner
  • Evangelos Gerasopoulos
    National Observatory of Athens
    Research Director, Ph.D.
  • Rasmus Reeh
    City of Copenhagen,
    Project developer

Speakers & Panellists

  • Rafael Cano Martín
    Minera Los Frailes, S.L.
    Mine Operation Deputy Director
  • Helena Maria Cavaco Viegas
    Energy Intensive Industries & Raw Materials Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
    Policy officer
  • Patrick Nadoll
    EIT RawMaterials
    Senior Advisor
  • Mark Proctor

Speakers & Panellists


  • Giulia Guzzini
    Sina S.p.a. – ASTM Group
    Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Helen Roth
    Vital Infrastructure Arena – VIA
  • Arild Petter Søvik
    Sovik Consulting / Norwegian Tunnelling Network
  • Carlita Vis
    Royal HaskoningDHV
    Director New Strategic Initiatives & Innovation

Transforming Europe's food system

Harnessing the power of wind energy

Reaching a sustainable Blue Economy

Speakers & Panellists

  • Daniel Azevedo
    Director Commodities, Trade and Technology
  • Anna Maria D’Onghia
    International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic
    Principal administrator

  • Max Schulman
    Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners – MTK
    Advisor, cereals oilseeds

  • Vik Vandecaveye
    CNH Industrial


Speakers & Panellists


  • Michael Brüdgam


    Head of Environmental Analytics

  • Ioanna Karagali
    Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) – previously at DTU Wind Energy
    Remote Sensing Scientist

    R&D Director

  • Alexander Vandenberghe
    Wind Europe
    Research & Innovation advisor


Speakers & Panellists


  • Virginie Lafon
    Associate Executive Director, Head of the Space Applications
  • Philippe Monbet
    Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique / France Énergies Marines
  • Jonathan Williams
    MSE International

Discover the FIRE FORUM 2021 agenda

Browse below to discover the sessions of the FIRE FORUM 2021.

             10:00-10:10       Welcome to the FIRE FORUM 2021

             10:10-10:30       Meet the EO Evangelists

             10:30-11:00       Keynote Speech

            Urban planning in the digital age

             Securing sustainable supply chains of Raw materials

             Building resilient infrastructures for a smarter future

             Urban Pitching Session

             Raw Materials Pitching Session

             Infrastructure Pitching Session

12:30-13:30       Lunch Break & Networking

             Transforming Europe’s food system

             Harnessing the power of wind energy

             Reaching a sustainable Blue Economy

             Agriculture Pitching Session

             Wind Energy Pitching Session

             Marine Pitching Session

15:30-16:00       Coffee Break & Networking

             16:30-16:45 Inspirational Keynote Speech

             16:45-16:50 Closing remarks of the FIRE FORUM 2021

16:50-17:00       Coffee Break & Networking