International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium

In 2021 a joint initiative of Belgium and The Netherlands

Sponsors and Exhibitors


ESA - European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

Contact: Simonetta Cheli

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) missions help us to understand our planet’s interconnected systems, from a global scale down to minute processes. ESD delivers the technology, expertise, and global observations that help us to map the myriad connections between our planet’s vital processes and the effects of ongoing natural and human-caused changes. NASA Earth Science data are freely and openly available to anyone.!/NASA360


BELSPO, the Belgian Science Policy Office

BELSPO, the Belgian Science Policy Office is a main actors of scientific research in Belgium. It brings together many prestigious research programs and manages ten federal scientific institutes. These institutes managed by BELSPO are full of assets. They offer exceptional environment and research materials for scientists but also world-class artistic and historical collections.

Thanks to its research programs, its federal scientific institutes and with 2300 employees, BELSPO brings together a range of expertise in fields such as astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology, history, paleontology, meteorology, mineralogy, musicology, seismology, gravimetry, climatology, anthropology, earth sciences, archivistics, conservation, restoration, information sciences, codicology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, cartography, molecular biology...

BELSPO also manages STEREO, the national remote sensing flagship research programme. This programme offers to universities, public scientific institutions and non-profit research institutions opportunities and tools for the development of an expertise in Earth observation and a maximized scientific use of satellite and airborne data.

Contact: Joost Vandenabeele

Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)

The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is a Belgian federal scientific research institute. Its main tasks are research and public service in space aeronomy, which is the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere of the Earth and other planets, and of outer space. It is the only centre of knowledge in Belgium that has the required competences to elaborate all elements of a space mission to perform a complete study of an aeronomic problem. (French) (Dutch)

Contact: Karolien Lefever


European Facility for Airborne Research (EUFAR)

EUFAR, the European Facility for Airborne Research in Environmental and Geosciences brings together infrastructure operators of both instrumented research aircraft and remote-sensing instruments with the scientific user community, both expert and early-stage researchers, other data users and stakeholders.

EUFAR has existed since 2000 for the purpose of linking the airborne environmental research community (both facility operators and scientific users) in Europe. Around 120 flight campaigns, funded by EU Research Infrastructures programmes, have been supported where the users did not normally have access to appropriate airborne observing facilities through their national research funding. Other successful outcomes have included joint research activities focussed on the development of improved data quality and standards, the organization of summer schools where student groups have obtained hands-on experience in airborne research topics and the publication of a textbook on airborne measurements for environmental research.

In 2018, EUFAR was established as an AISBL – an international not-for-profit association under Belgian law. This is supported by its member organisations (currently 13 from 9 countries) with the leading objective to maintain EUFAR as a central point of contact for scientists who require airborne observations to support their research. Its membership includes organisations that are leaders in the operation and use of research aircraft and instrumentation, both in terms of in-situ atmospheric measurements and the use of imaging and other remote-sensing techniques for the study of the Earth’s surface.

Contact: Ils Reusen

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as the national space agency of Japan, conducts integrated space activities from basic research and development, to utilization, to support the Japanese government.

The JAXA Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) carries out the calibration and validation of satellite data, as well as earth science and applied research using the data.

The research in the EORC is spread in the field of earth science, such as global climate change, water cycle, atmospheric environment and crustal movements from developing calibration & validation and analysis methods to improve data accuracy of sensors onboard earth observation satellites.

Contact: Kazuo UMEZAWA


A pioneer in scholarly open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996 and is dedicated to fostering open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. We have published the research of more than 330,000 individual authors, and our journals have received more than 14 million monthly webpage views. Here are some represented journals: Remote Sensing; Atmosphere; Water; Sustainability; Data; Soil Systems; IJGI; Drones. Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292; IF 4.509) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal about the science and application of remote sensing technology and is published semimonthly online by MDPI. The Remote Sensing Society of Japan (RSSJ) and the Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (JSPRS) are affiliated with Remote Sensing, and their members receive a discount on the article processing charge.

Contact: Amiee Shi

Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the space agency of the Dutch government. NSO’s task is to advise upon and realize Dutch space policy. We aim to realize the maximum potential for society, science and economy.

We do that by 1) stimulating new discoveries and possibilities in space; 2) promoting the use of satellite data in the Netherlands; 3) strengthening the international position of the Dutch space sector and 4) communicating about the benefits of space for society, science and economy.

These activities are executed by a diverse team of 30 dedicated professionals. The Netherlands is a member state of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NSO is representing the Netherlands in the ESA program boards. We are also in close contact with the European Commission and other international entities.

Contact: Kathelijne Beenen


Located in Quebec City, Canada, Telops designs and manufactures high-performance hyperspectral imaging systems and infrared cameras for defence, industrial, and academic research applications. Telops also offers R&D services for optical systems technology development in order to respond to the specific needs of its customers.

Since its beginnings in 2000, Telops has distinguished itself with the quality of its personnel and its innovative approach to the technological challenges of the optics and photonics field. Today, the expertise of its scientists, engineers and technicians and the performance of its infrared cameras and hyperspectral imagers are internationally recognized.

While being headquartered in Canada, Telops caters to an international market using an efficient network of distribution and representation.

Contact: Jean-Philippe Gagnon


Terrascope is the Belgian online platform for Earth observation data. With the Terrascope online platform, VITO makes open-source satellite images of the EC’s Copernicus programme easily accessible to all users, free of charge and certainly until 2030. These data are particularly valuable for authorities to formulate better policies and for companies to develop new information products. Good for more accurate analyses, improved predictions and sound decisions. Discover some operational use cases at

Contact: Jurgen Everaerts

VITO Remote Sensing

VITO is an independent leading international research and service center in the area of cleantech and sustainable development. Its goal is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world though applying knowledge and technological innovations in the domains of chemistry, materials, health, energy and land use.

VITO Remote Sensing has more than 20 years of experience in transforming raw Earth observation data into objective consumable information. Remote Sensing has grown to a powerful tool in search of true information about our environment, society and economy, and has become a key element in reaching a sustainable balance on our planet.

Contact: Bart Deronde

VK Innovations

VK Innovations is a Social Enterprise organization that works with women in the townships of South Africa to produce different textile products such as conference bags and masks.VK Innovations provides women with the skills to establish and run independent sewing co-operatives within their communities. Each co-op receives intensive sewing, accounting and business training and, after six months, becomes an autonomous entity registered with the Department of Trade and Industry. There are currently 4 co-ops – in Khayelitsha and Cape Flats ( South Africa)– providing work for around 60 women and positively affecting 8 to 10 people for every job created. Importantly, the women are able to work in a professional and safe environment, close to their families, saving on the time and money they would usually spend commuting.

Contact: Lorenzo Marols


Georadar Research Centre of the Université catholique de Louvain

The Georadar Research Centre of the Earth and Life Institute - Environmental Siences at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) develops and integrates cutting-edge electromagnetic modeling and hydrogeophysical methods in both fundamental and applied research projects to enhance non-destructive imaging and characterization of subsurface and material properties using ultra-wideband ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Research focuses in particular on full-wave radar modeling and inversion for non-destructive characterization of soils and materials and mapping of the soil hydrogeophysical properties to support precision agriculture and environmental research and engineering. Our latest development is a drone-borne GPR for field-scale, high-resolution soil moisture mapping to support, e.g., precision irrigation for more efficient water use.

Contact: Sébastien Lambot


GHGSat provides actionable greenhouse gas emissions data and insights to businesses, governments, financial markets, and regulators worldwide. The firm is the first to combine its own satellite and aircraft sensors, offering greater data accuracy and facilitate timely strategic decision-making insights at a fraction of the cost of other technologies. With proprietary remote-sensing capabilities and patented technology, GHGSat can monitor emissions from individual facilities. These high resolutions, frequent measurements are complemented by industry-specific analytics services to deliver valuable emission data and predictive insights to support business profitability, operational agility, environmental imperatives as well as health and safety objectives. GHGSat’s mission is to become the global reference for remote sensing of greenhouse gas (GHG), air quality gas, and other trace gas emissions from any source in the world.

For more about the GHGSat Constellation, click here

Contact: Sevana Jinbachian

Journal of Remote Sensing, a Science Partner Journal

Journal of Remote Sensing is an online-only, Open Access Science Partner Journal published in affiliation with Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences and distributed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The journal publishes high-quality research on the theory, science, and technology of remote sensing, as well as interdisciplinary research with earth science and information science to benefit the earth observation community.

Contact: Ashley Hylton

ReSe Applications LLC

ReSe Applications LLC is a specialized Swiss company focused on high-end processing of optical and thermal remote sensing data. The company is dedicated to the development of remote sensing software applications for pre-processing of multispectral and hyperspectral images. Over the last twenty years, ReSe has continued to advance the development of its premium range of software applications, delivering top-performing off-the-shelf solutions: for direct orthorectification with PARGE, for atmospheric correction with ATCOR and for radiometric processing with MODO. A special focus is on imaging spectroscopy including both, satellite and airborne imagery. With the software application DROACOR, the company goes one step ahead in the area of drone imagery. DROACOR is a new fully automatic drone based atmospheric correction and reflectance retrieval package suited for multispectral and hyperspectral image data sets. ReSe Applications LLC stands ready as ever to address new challenges and to deliver powerful solutions for processing improvements.

Contact: Natalia García, Sales Manager


TerraQuanta is an industry leading satellite imagery analytics company based in Beijing, China. At TerraQuanta, using creative AI techniques to extract information from data on the scale of 10 PB is what we do everyday.

We predict global agriculture yields; trace global water pollution; monitor civil constructions; calculate oil reserve, and all the cool stuff. TerraQuanta aspires to build a digital earth engine, that can trace what happened, knows what's happening and predict what will happen on earth's surface. We help enterprises make better decisions on insights from satellites.

Contact: Jessie Song