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Four partners brought together their expertise to create the FIRE Forum: the coordinator EARSC partnered with Evenflow and Verhaert – SMEs supporting innovation and user uptake – and the National Observatory of Athens.

EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies is a membership-based, not for profit European organisation which coordinates and promotes activities of European companies engaged in delivering Earth Observation geo-information services. EARSC’s key goal is to help promote the industry and to help develop the market for EO services. EARSC is representing the European providers of geo-information services in its broadest sense creating a network between industry, decision makers and users and covering the full EO value chain from data acquisition through processing, fusion, analysis to final geo-information products & services.

Evenflow is a fast-growing SME specialised in the promotion, exploitation and market uptake of innovative technologies (primarily Earth Observation and Satellite Navigation). Their work is driven by the aspiration to build sustainable solutions enabled by such technologies and facilitate the realisation of a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits to providers and users alike. To achieve that, Evenflow works with and for actors across the entire value chain.

Verhaert, Masters in Innovation, is a leading integrated product innovation company. Their focus is on helping companies and entrepreneurs to innovate by creating new products, businesses and services. In addition, Verhaert has a rich history in transferring (space) technologies into new industries and applications, using technology-driven (space) knowledge and IP. They offer high-end business consulting in the field of innovation and technology strategy, such as market analysis, and strategic plans for increasing competitiveness through new products and services for both start-ups as multinationals.

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) as Research Centre has a continuous presence in science and education activities at international level, for more than 170 years. It is the first research Institution that was founded in Greece (1842) after the establishment of the modern Greek state (1832). The activities of NOA are organized around 3 Institutes. Specifically, the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) is participating in FIRE on behalf of NOA. NOA systematic participation to EC and ESA-funded projects, has achieved a considerable excellence in the area of EO-based environmental and natural disaster monitoring and management during the last decade, with the establishment of a Centre of EO Research & Satellite Remote Sensing (BEYOND). It has been providing support for Emergency Planning and Emergency Support, and Disaster Recovery to Environmental Monitoring, Civil Protection and Public Governmental Authorities in Greece, while it has expanded to other domains such as Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Epidemics and Capacity Building.