The Agriculture sector can vastly benefit from Copernicus full free and open data and information. The Copernicus programme already interacts with different stakeholders from the agricultural sector and the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service has a number of information products which can be relevant for the Agriculture domain. However, the full potential of the Copernicus programme in support of agriculture can be further developed and exploited.

The aim of the workshop is to address the possible role of the private (downstream) sector for possible solutions, integrating Copernicus data and Copernicus services' information, in support of the agricultural end-users at the different levels: international, European and Member States' level.

The event is open and free to registered participants.


Many thanks for attending the Copernicus for Agriculture workshop! You can now access all presentations here

The minutes of the workshop can be downloaded here.



Date:               Mo 05/02/2018

Language:      English

Cost:               free of charge


Venue:            Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), room 0.A

Address:        Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium





09:00 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 - 10:10
Opening and Information session

09:30 Opening and welcome by Philippe Brunet, Director of the Directorate ‘Space policy, Copernicus and defence‘, DG GROW, European Commission

09:35 Opening and welcome by DG GROW (Andreas Veispak, Mauro Facchini) and DG AGRI (Owen Jones)

09:50 The Copernicus data and Copernicus services information offer for Agriculture (Doris Marquardt, EEA)

10:10 - 11:10
Session one: The international scene

Moderator: Guido Lemoine (DG JRC)


10:10 G20 - GEOGLAM (Ian Jarvis, GEOGLAM)

10:20 Monitoring Water Use in Agriculture by remote sensing. From theory to practice (Jippe Hoogeveen, UN FAO)

10:30 Increasing usage of EO data for WFP humanitarian assistance (Rogerio Bonifacio, UN WFP)

10:40 Growing global opportunities in the agricultural sector - an European EO industry perspective (Eva Haas, GEOVILLE)

10:50 Interactive session with the public (Moderator)

11:10 - 11:40
Coffee break
11:40 - 12:50
Session two: The European scene

Moderator: Tamme van der Wal (Expert)


11:40  Earth Observation & agriculture market monitoring/outlook (Mohamed El Aydam, DG AGRI)

11:50 DG ENV on N2K (Frank Vassen, DG ENV)

12:00 The EU-wide Nutrient Management/Farm Sustainability tool: an idea outline (Claudia Muresan, DG AGRI)

12:10 Discussion paper (Guido Lemoine, DG JRC)

12:20 Geo-ict for improved governance and transparency of land use policies  (Ariel Brunner, Birdlife)

12:30 Interactive session with the public (Moderator)

12:50 - 14:00
Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:40
Session three: The national scene

Moderator: Arie van der Greft (Dutch Paying Agency)


14:00 Italian Paying Agency (Salvatore Carfi, AGEA)

14:10 Spanish Paying Agency (David Nafria, Instituto Tecnológico Agrario de Castilla y León) 

14:20 Lithuanian National Paying Agency (Tomas Orlickas, NMA)

14:30 The Danish Agricultural Agency (Henrik Berg, LBST)

14:40 English Rural Payments Agency (Sanjay Rana, Rural Payments Agency)

14:50 Sen4CAP - an European Collaboration (Benjamin Koetz, ESA)

15:00 H2020 research projects - evolution and applications of Copernicus for agriculture (Virginia Puzzolo, REA)

15:20 Interactive session with the public (Moderator)

15:40 - 16:10
Coffee break
16:10 - 17:10
Session four: The local scene

Moderator: Tamme van der Wal (Expert)


16:10 Danish farmers use of Sentinel-2 and the wishes for the future (Rita Horfarter, SEGES )

16:20 From crop growth monitoring to smart farming in Wallonia using Copernicus (Cosmin Lucau , CRA-W)

16:30 Copernicus Data for Information-Guided Agriculture (Heike Bach, VISTA GmbH)

16:40 The best of both worlds for farmers! (Leon Hendriks, BIOSCOPE)

16:50 Interactive session with the public (Moderator)

17:10 - 17:30
Conclusions (Mauro Facchini, DG GROW)


Workshop venue

The workshop venue is walking distance (10 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes.To check timetables and book tickets please click here.

The website stib - mivb .be provides real-time information and updates about public transport and has a supporting smartphone app.

Due to the security checks at the venue and the registration process, queues might occur. Please take this into consideration and plan your arrival 30 min before the workshop starts!




Siegfried Schmuck, Copernicus Support Office

Email: support[at]

Telephone: +32 2 318 09 22