Focus on: Komoot! Satellite Information for the perfect trip on your day-off!

Komoot – an Austrian expression that can be translated with “easy” or “handy” – an example of how satellite data provides easy and handy solutions for every day life and drives innovative business ideas.

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Komoot – much more than just an app!

Komoot is more than a smartphone app, it is a startup in Brandenburg/Germany founded by three young engineers: Markus (29) and Tobias Hallermann (27) and Jonas Spengler (30) who turned a clever concept and the idea of a useful service into a business opportunity. Komoot is an example how space data can help you to build your own company, make money, create employment for others. NEREUS interviewed Markus Hallermann, CEO of Komoot, to learn more about the startup experience. Read more


NEREUS 2013 General Assembly

NEREUS will hold its annual General Assembly on Monday, 1st of July 2013, from 11.00 to 18.00 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. This year’s GA will be an intense day of debate and activities structured in two working sessions. Read more



Highlights of the new European space policy. What's in for the Regions?

Space is not any more restricted to the boundaries of the old space players but developed into a fiercely competitive world wide market with new emerging space powers, such as India or China pushing forward. Europe’s space industry faces increasingly new commercial and innovation challenges to maintain its global competitiveness. To address these challenges, the European Commission proposed a new space policy in February 2013, focused not only on the space manufacturing industry, but also on services”. Read more


Projects and activities

Enhancing the participation of regional player in European Space Programs is among the core missions of the network. Thus NEREUS supports the involvement of its members in EU/ESA-funded activities in all phases of the project cycle: providing its members a support infrastructure for mobilizing projects, shaping proposals, building strong partnerships. But the NEREUS-platform serves also as a market place for promoting and sharing the project results and activities.

NEREUS flaship projects:

The ISSUE - Traffic-Health-Environment. Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies.

New THE ISSUE/NEREUS publication on Space and ICT Applications supporting Smart, Green, Integrated Transport and Urban Mobility”. Deadline call for articles 15 June 2013.

Projects by NEREUS partners:

SABER – Satellite Broadband for European Regions – Thematic Network

BRESAT - Broadband in EU Regions via Satellite - Thematic Network

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Current State of Affairs of the NEREUS WG

Next meetings and current activities of the NEREUS WGs

  • EO/(GMES) Copernicus WG;
  • GNSS WG;
  • Telecommunication WG;
  • Technologies from Space Exploration WG;
  •  Communication, Education and Training (CET) WG;
  • Clusters WG

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Events and News


2013 NEREUS General Assembly - 1st July 2013 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels from 11.00 to 18.00. Read more

OPEN DAYS 2013 (7-10 October 2013, Brussels, Belgium). Read more

Opening of NEREUS Exhibition “Space solutions for intelligent traffic management: THE ISSUE project and other regional best practices” in the framework of 100 EUrban solutions exhibition route of the Open Days 2013 (8th October 2013, 18.30, Representation of the Midi-Pyrénées region in Brussels). Read more


ESA Call for Ideason ARTES 3-4 SatCom Applications - Deadline 15 July 2013!

All U Need Is Space

“All U Need Is Space” is a comic magazine produced by the European Commission, Enterprise and Industry DG, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) designed to bring children closer to space and the European Space policies. The comic, through the story of Elena and her young friends aims to make young pupils understand how space technologies can improve their daily lives and how they can be applied in practical terms. Read more




  • R. Ayazi
    Secretary General

Dear Reader,

In this edition we portray three young innovative entrepreneurs (still in their twenties!) who turned space data into an intelligent business idea making your Sundays brighter. However, while their success story is fascinating and illustrates the immense commercial potential of space data, it is at the same time unfortunately - one of the rare success stories. There is still a long way to go for a strong and competitive European market of Earth Observation/Copernicus products and services.  Read more


Focus on: Komoot! Satellite Information for the perfect trip on your day-off!

Komoot is both an intelligent route-planning App for outdoor activities and a social network for its users. Compared to other systems, koomot combines personalized route planning with social interaction of its users similar to Facebook or Twitter. While tracking their route for a bike ride on a sunny Sunday, users can share experiences and photos via their online profile with other users - learn from their past trips and find suggestions of sights, lakes and beer gardens for their upcoming tour. A komoot-user wishing to go on the same route is able to visit the virtual itinerary of another user and can keep up-dated with his friends’ activities. The app provides tailor made itineraries for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and road cycling. It offers not just routes from A to B, but is the only tool to give directions for round trips and it applies the routes according to personal needs and criteria such as fitness, skills and individual wishes of its users. The user is able to change the route at every point and gets information about the state of road, traffic, difficulty, duration and elevation profile as well as interesting facts about sights.

How to use komoot? - The first step is to go on the komoot-website and type in the place where the tour is meant to start and end. Information about the personal condition and type of bike or hiking can be added as well as sights, in order to adapt the route to the user’s personal profile and special wishes. Komoot then calculates from over 600 million sets of data several possible tours with different features. Then an online map is produced that shows the route and gives directions. Komoot gives a very detailed account about the individual features, so that every part of the route can be verified and checked whether it responds to the needs and skills of the user. Hence, the trip is now ready planned and to simplify life even more, the map can be transferred to a Smartphone that will act as a guide and even then it will be attainable to make amendments. During the trip the user is able to take pictures and add them to the tour, for all followers and friends on komoot and Facebook to see and visit. During the tour, the user will be guided with voice navigation and topographic maps – even when there’s no internet connection. The integrated speedometer doesn’t just tell the speed, but also calculates the remaining time and distance. The use of komoot, mobile route planning and navigation, is free of charge in the first region of choice. Additional regions involve costs.

On what information is komoot based? The over 600 million sets of data are extracted from programs like OpenStreetMap, NASA, Wikipedia and Panoramio lead on the data from which komoot can calculate and plan trips. At the moment the komoot area covers Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canary and the Balearic Islands as well as north Italy with more countries to be added in the future.


Komoot – much more than just an app!"

N: Komoot is an intelligent and successful route-planning app for outdoor activities but also a social network for its users. When did you come up with such an idea and how was it developed?

K: Tobias, Jonas and I, the founding team, grew up in Austria; we are physicists, IT and mechanical engineers. However, we developed the idea from a user perspective, we wondered: “On a nice sunny day why can we not just open our smartphone and get recommendations for great outdoor experiences - personalized according to individual needs and criteria such as fitness or skills and equipped with voice navigation - as it is used in cars (GPS/EGNOS/Galileo)? The hardware was there, the app was missing.

N: Komoot is more than a phone app, it is a startup founded by three very young entrepreneurs. How did you turn a very innovative idea into a business opportunity?

K: During our university studies and PhDs we recognized the great opportunity offered by smartphone technology and the unsolved problem of 500 million potential users who regularly do outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, jogging – or just walking and enjoying nature. Thanks to the strong support and encouragement received by the Berlin and Munich Technical Universities (TU Berlin and TU Munich) and the Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) organization our idea turned into a real business. In 2010 we finally founded komoot with six team members, quit the PhD and launched the first version of the app.

N: With regard to data policy and data availability, have you faced any problem while developing your app?

K: Part of the komoot technology is data mining : we integrate and process many different data sources - from programs like OpenStreetMap, NASA, Wikipedia and Panoramio - to make them useful for our users, we then build additional services and deliver them in a simple manner on smartphones. We strongly believe in open data, it is extremely important, especially in the consumer area, to have free access to data.

N: Can you report on your experience of leading a startup at your very young age? You all three have a very different background and at last not for all it is specifically linked to space. How is the collaboration among you?

K: Leading a startup and see your own idea being realized is exciting, although sometimes quite challenging. All co-founders are technology driven and know each other from school. Apart from being friends we are business partners and our collaboration is going very well: we are all focused in delivering the best service and product to people trying to deal as less as possible with burocratic procedures.

N: Your startup is located in Potsdam, Brandenburg, what is your link with your region, have you received any regional support for the development of your activities?

K: Brandenburg and the whole metropolitan area Berlin/Brandenburg is a great environment for startups. It is a creative and technology hub attracting talents from all over the world. We really like and enjoy being part of this fast developing scene. In launching our startup we benefited from the Seed Fund Brandenburg (a regional fund for early-stage) and from the regional research and development (R&D) opportunities in innovation and technology area. Apart from that, we received strong support from the Zukunfts Agentur Brandenburg (German Capital region).

N: How is the business going at the moment? Have you planned to grow your business activity and how (locally or also globally)?

K: The business activity is going very well at the moment and we have positive future expectations. In Germany in the last year we grew of more than 20% each month becoming the most successful app for outdoor activities. The Komoot service is not limited to daily activities or weekend trips but also for holidays in those areas which are highly popular among Germans (this is the reason of the service availability in the Canary and Balearic Islands). We are planning to grow our business. Nowadays the team counts 15 people; recent app updates included real time rendered (always up-to-date) maps all around the globe and within the near future we will be able to broader the area covered by the service.

N: Why do you think is worthwhile launching a startup in the area of space technology? What would be your advices and recommendations for young people like you willing to start a new business activity in this area?

K: Innovative startups and companies can create huge economic and work opportunities and their services bring many societal benefits to territories and their citizens. Space technologies are fundamental for the development of new services. Without reliable positioning systems komoot would not exist. I think that launching a company and starting a business activity is an exciting experience and a good opportunity, especially when you are young. Obviously you have to face a series of challenges such as quick learning new and complex topics and dealing with many responsibilities however this business activity offers also many opportunities right from the start like the possibility to meet new people and experts. For these reasons I strongly suggest everyone that has an innovative idea for new applications or services to start develop the mission for his/her company and then do the best to make it real. Basically: “Just do it!” At komoot our mission is to make outdoor activities easily accessible, always, for everyone and everywhere.


[1] AZO is an organization founded in Oberpfaffenhofen by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport, and Technology in 2004. Its activity focus on supporting company foundations and commercial applications based on aerospace technologies and infrastructures. In recent years AZO has aided 66 start-ups in Germany.

[2] It is an interdisciplinary subfield of computer science. The overall goal of the data mining process is to extract information from a data set and transform it into an understandable structure for further use.


NEREUS 2013 General Assembly"

The morning will be dedicated to introduce the new EU Space Industrial Policy and its contribution to the Europe 2020 Strategy. Following the publication of the latest EC Communication on this topic, NEREUS members will have the opportunity to discuss and exchange with representatives of the European Commission, Committee of the Regions, European Space Agency and EUROSPACE on the role of regions within this new EU Space Industrial Policy. The debate is open also to parties outside the NEREUS-membership. We invite all interested parties to participate.

The afternoon session, restricted to NEREUS members, will be centered on a series of internal matters and activities which are fundamental for the future of the network.

Key will be the network debate chaired by NEREUS-Vice-president Bruns, discussing the outcome to the six “strategy questions”. During the GA 2012 last October, Christian Bruns initiated a debate on the future strategy of the network. He stimulated the audience with a set of six questions (please see below) mainly focused on improving the regional anchorage, growing in membership and defining the working structure of the network. While several members reacted immediately, others were not able to join the discussion and sent later their feedbacks to the Secretariat. All the replies and comments collected will serve as the base of this year GA’s discussion to concretely turn ideas and suggestions into concrete actions. All (co)-chairs of NEREUS-working groups will be invited to report on the activities of their group and give impulse statements to the discussion.We look forward to an animated debate!

It is still possible to send your contributions and feedback to the strategy debate. Please send your input until latest 21 June 2013 by email to

1. What do you think about space technologies awareness in your regions? Do people know about GMES/GNSS?

2. What NEREUS could do to improve its communication towards its members? What tools do you need to improve raise awareness in your regions?

3. What do you think about implementing a regional strategy on space application (how to deal with with space and space applications in your region)?

4. About the NEREUS internal working structure: It is evident that the NEREUS WG are facing some problems in developing and managing their activities. Some problems are linked to budgetary constraints (no budget for travelling and be present at the WGs’ meeting), however, the problem is obviously deeper. Therefore, how could we improve the work of the NEREUS WGs?

5. How important do you consider the matter of involving your region in possible project funding opportunities?

6. How NEREUS can mobilize new members? What do you think about introducing incentives for new member regions who wish to join the network?

Statutory affairs form part of the program for the second part of the afternoon: electing/reconfirming the members of the Management Board, the political representatives (president, vice-presidens) as well as the treasurer; approval of new members/resignation of former members of the network; approval of amended statutes, and budget 2014.

The day after the GA several working group meetings will take place in parallel. A complete overview of the NEREUS WG meetings is available to download.


Highlights of the new European space policy. What's in for the Regions?

The new industrial policy defines 5 specific targets to achieve:

1. establish a coherent and stable regulatory framework;

2. further develop a competitive, solid, efficient and balanced industrial base in Europe and support SME participation;

3. encourage the sector to become more cost-efficient along the value chain;

4. develop markets for space applications and services;

5. ensure technological non-dependence and independent access to space. Moreover, the measures aiming at strengthening the sector’s competitiveness (MEMO/13/146) will be complemented by the set up of a European satellite collision avoidance system (MEMO/13/149).

The proposed measures do not entail any new additional expenditure, but suggest recourse to existing instruments or non-financial actions. Considering the opportunities of the EU cohesion policy Regions have a key role to play for linking space with regional EU-policy instruments and programs. A number of challenges in space technologies have parallels to terrestrial challenges. In this context the European Commission strongly encourages cross-fertilisation initiatives and searching for synergies, e.g. using Europe’s space flagships and satellite infrastructures to develop innovative products and services whilst delivering Europe 2020-objectives. Structural Funds, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and its schemes, in particular programs that support SME competitiveness and innovation like the Joint European Resources for micro to medium enterprises (JEREMIE) are suited to be exploited to promote and develop the up-take of space based services.

NEREUS is a unique initiative by regions focused on better exploiting the benefits of Europe’s space systems for territories and citizens. Given the experience gained over the years across Europe, the network has become a sought after partner in the dialogue with the European institutions as it serves as an advocate for diversity of interests represented at regional level, speaking with one voice. Regions are implied by several chapters of the Communication. The ideas of the new EU-space industrial policy drive NEREUS to give new impulses to its network strategy and move onwards in its multifaceted mission.

Regions with their wide array of responsibilities related to territorial management and delivering public services to the citizens are a significant end-user for Europe’s space data and services. Thus they are themselves an ideal starting point to facilitate the implementation and up-take of space based services and information. Further to this, bringing together in their territory a wide range of different business, scientific and research communities they are an ideal scale to stimulate an extensive utilisation of space data for manifold purposes beyond their administration. NEREUS offers its members a platform to exchange best practices and innovative approaches of regional space uses but also to develop jointly new approaches and ideas but much more has to be done to extend the use of space.

In their role as key decision maker regarding the economic and innovation policies and programs in their territory, regional and local authorities are vital to develop a more balanced industrial base. Targeting at bringing more SMEs into the sector and bridging the space with the non-space sector they are a fruitful base for stimulating the development new technologies and applications as well the related downstream services sector. In order to fully exploit the opportunities of space much more attention has to be paid to enhance the service sector and the emergence of new space applications.

The diversity of players organized on the NEREUS-platform and the broad spectrum of motivations to engage with space are a good arena to debate the new EU-space policy and try to transport a strong message on behalf of the regions. This year’s General Assembly will put a strong emphasis to introduce the new ideas of the Commission and their contributions to the Europe 2020 Strategy. It will be a unique opportunity for the NEREUS-community and to discuss the role of Regions within the new EU-space policy with representatives of relevant European institutions and the European space industry.

More information on the European Space Industrial Policy: European Commission’s Website

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions “EU Space Industrial Policy releasing the potential for Economic Growth in the Space sector”


Projects and activities


THE ISSUE “Regions of Knowledge” FP7 project aims at using intelligent Traffic Management to boost competitiveness of transport-related economies at urban, regional and local levels as well as to deliver innovative solutions to traffic management operations, to reduce traffic emissions and improve air quality locally. It brings together research clusters from 5 NEREUS member regions (East Midlands, Molise, Midi-Pyrénées, Aquitaine and Mazovia) and thus qualified as a NEREUS flagship project.

Seeking to identify economic and societal benefits in the transport sector through innovations using ICT technologies and downstream space data and services the project partners are now involved in the production of the publication “Space and ICT Applications supporting Smart, Green, Integrated Transport and Urban Mobility”. The publication will document actual Research or Technology Development (RTD) projects that support regional and urban transport objectives. The objective is to underline the capacity for RTD, especially using ICT and downstream space services, to address known and identified needs of regional and local authorities in urban transport, health and environment sectors. Innovations leading to market driven services and applications from industry, especially SMEs, are important themes for this publication.

The target audiences for this publication are mainly non-specialists; such as decision makers in regional administrations, programme policy makers in the European Commission, elected representatives in European and Member State Parliaments and chief executives of industry, especially small and medium enterprises.

Be part of this publication!  Deadline call for article 15 June 2013 !!

THE ISSUE project, as well as other regional best practices, will be showcased in the exhibition “Space solutions for intelligent traffic management: THE ISSUE project and other regional best practices”, in the framework of the 100 EUrban solutions exhibition route of the 2013 European OPEN DAYS (8th October 2013, 18.30, Representation of the Midi-Pyrénées region in Brussels).

SABER and BRESAT Thematic Networks on Broadband deployment 


High speed internet access (broadband) is a pre-requisite for Europe’s economic growth and for the development of innovative e-services for citizens and businesses saving time and raising productivity.

Recently launched in November 2012, the SABER - Satellite Broadband for European Regions - Thematic Network project aims at exploring how broadband satellite technology can help to reduce the Digital Divide in Europe. The experience of different European regional authorities which use satellite solutions for broadband access is being analyzed to develop guidelines for deployment, share best practices and disseminate information to regions across Europe.

The project is coordinated by CSI-Piemonte and 6 NEREUS members are among the project partnership of 26 regional and industry organizations. Involved NEREUS members are: Piedmont region (via Consorzio per il Sistema Informativo (CSI) Piemonte); Abruzzo region; ASTRIUM; CNR-IREA Uos Milano; SES and Toscana Spazio. CONSORTIUM.

In February 2013, more than 40 participants attended the 1st SABER-Workshop on accessing the non-technological barriers that hinder regional and local authorities to enhance a broader deployment and use of broadband and satellite services. One of the panels, chaired by Roya Ayazi, NEREUS Secretary General brought together a mix of relevant stakeholder (industry, research, NGO), amongst which NEREUS-Associate Member Prof. Francis Castanié, Director of TeSA, who gave a presentation on satellite based Telemedicine, bringing into the debate the socio-economic dimension of satellite solutions in an aging society. Agnes Salvatori, representative of NEREUS-Associate Member Astrium SAS, called for the EC to install a kind of “ICT Council” presence and expertise in all regions needing it, ensuring a sustainable local support to the DAE targets achievement at large.

In April 2013, the 2nd SABER-Workshop was held in Brussels, at the Representation of Piedmont region. On this occasion the “Analysis and Early Guidelines on Satellite Broadband” was finalized: the document is based mostly on satellite broadband implementation in member states and regions.

More info on the project can be found in the NEREUS dedicated session.


BRESAT - Broadband in EU regions via Satellite - aimed at defining guidelines for the successful deployment of high speed broadband via satellite across regions of Europe to assist with the objective of 100% EU broadband coverage. It will support the objectives of the EU Digital Agenda and assist national regional initiatives. It includes following objectives:

1. Leveraging previous experience, it will identify the conditions of success for Satellite broadband deployment in EU regions;

2. Develop recommendations and best practice for the deployment framework of satellite broadband solutions and optimise the cost benefit for key stakeholders;

3. Disseminate information widely to EU regions.

4. Establish an information repository for all EU regions for exploitation during and beyond project life.

BRESAT project is coordinated by Avanti Communications Ltd (UK). The project consortium is composed of 16 partners from the industry secotor and public authorities; 2 of them NEREUS members: Brittany region and Thales Alenia Space France. NEREUS is supporting the promotion of the project activities.



Current State of Affairs of the NEREUS WG

Several WG meetings will be organized around the next GA, 1st July 2013 in Brussels. A complete overview of all the WG meetings is available here.

EO/(GMES) Copernicus WG

Since April 2013, the EO/(GMES) Copernicus WG has a new (co)-chair, Mr Valerio Tramutoli, School of Engineering of University of Basilicata.

Beside presentations about Horizon 2020 and the Central Europe Program post 2014, points of discussion included up-dated Terms of Reference and Work Programme 2013/2014 as well as positioning of the network with respect to Copernicus post 2014. The material discussed and the PPTs presented during the last WG meeting are available in the password protected area of the WG.

The next meeting of the WG will be held on 2 July 2013 from 9.00 to 12.00 at the Representation of Free Hanseatic city of Bremen in Brussels. Agenda and accompayning material here


This year’s WG-activities will be mainly focused on the organization of a workshop on Maritime Space Uses. The event is planned for September/October in Veneto. Soon more information.

The next meeting of the WG is scheduled on 2 July 2013 from 9.30-11.30 at the representation of Veneto Region in Brussels. Agenda will be soon available.

Telecommunications WG 

The WG is currently co-chaired by Mr Nicolas Chuberre, Thales Alenia Space (Associate Member). The call for candidacies is still open and NEREUS-regions are particularly invited to nominate suitable representatives. Please send your candidacy to the Secretariat (

As core elements of its 2013/2014 activities, the WG aims to foster the deployment of SatCom services at regional level by raising awareness about capabilities of current and future SatCom systems; collecting end users telecom service needs; identifying opportunities to mobilize EU funds and promoting SatCom towards European Institutions.

The next meeting of the WG is planned on the 2 July 2013 from 9.30 to 11.30 at the representation of Midi-Pyrénées region in Brussels. The agenda and accompayning documents are available here.


The draft 2013 work programme is focused on growing the e-catalogue in terms of content, visibility and operability and to stimulate interregional collaborations and partnerships in the area of education and training. The draft 2013 WP is online for download.

Technologies from Space Exploration WG 

The group’s WP 2013 emphasises two core elements are:

  • Further developing the project idea "European Network of Exploratoria"

  • Organization of a WS (planned for the 2nd half of the year) aimed at positioning Space Exploration in the Horizon2020 programme.

On Wednesday, 26 June 2013 from 9.45 to 17.30 in Brussels the WG will organize a preparatory workshop "Space Exploration in view of Horizon2020".The event is aimed at: 

a.)    Developing the project idea “European Network of Exploratoria” with view to Horizon2020

b.)    Preparing a WS (planned for the 2nd half of the year) aimed at positioning Space Exploration in the Horizon2020 programme;

c.)    Holding a WG meeting in the afternoon to discuss of general NEREUS activities, Preparation GA, Involvement in relevant conferences such as EISC, EUROPLANET.

Agenda and more info on the full day event here.


Following the launch of the WG in December 2012 and a first physical meeting in January 2013, the WG members meet on 18 April 2013 in Toulouse. Main discussion item were: WG membership, Terms of Reference and the WP 2013/2014.  Apart from that the members of the WG had the opportunity to meet Mr Emilien Watelet, representative of the Space and Aerospace sector group of the Enterprise Europe Network to discuss possible future collaboration and synergies between the two groups.

On the occasion of the next GA on 1 July 2013 Philippe Lattes (Aerospace Valley) chair of the WG will present the 2013/2014 WP and the ToR.

The next WG meeting will be held on 1st of July 2013 from 9.00 to 10.30 at Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Agenda and related material available here.


Events and News



Every year regions and local authorities meet up and discuss core themes of European regional policy during the OPEN DAYS. Organized by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the OPEN DAYS have grown into the key event for regional stakeholders (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) offering more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

NEREUS has been selected to participate in this important event with an exhibition showcasing “Space solutions for intelligent traffic management: THE ISSUE project and other regional best practices” in the framework of 100 EUrban solutions exhibition route.

Opening of NEREUS Exhibition “Space solutions for intelligent traffic management: THE ISSUE project and other regional best practices” 

The exhibition, embedded in the Open Days 2013, aimed at raising awareness on the benefits of space solutions for regions and their citizens. Addressed to a non-specialist audience, the exhibition will be centered on presenting the FP7-funded project THE ISSUE (Traffic-Health-Environment. Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies) as an innovative example of using space technologies for traffic management. The exposition, co-organized and hosted by Midi-Pyrénées region in Brussels, will be composed of posters showcasing the project; the interactive project website presentation; roll-ups and other information material produced by the partners’ regions. The exhibition will be also the occasion to launch the project best-practices publication “Space and ICT Applications supporting Smart, Green, Integrated  Transport and Urban Mobility”. To complement the exhibition, a 4-minute video and illustrative poster presentations from 24 NEREUS regions both showcasing regional examples of space applications in different domains (security, civil emergency, agriculture etc.) will be also part of the exposition.


ESA Call for Ideas on ARTES 3-4 Satcom Applications - Deadline 15 July 2013. 

The Artes 3-4 Satcom Applications programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting public and commercial organizations to propose ideas, suggestions and business innovations for space-based applications and services related to satellite communications addressing European and Global market segments. The aim is to generate ideas that will improve business performance and operations, help enforce new regulatory standards, or enable improved resilience.

The ideas submitted will be used to identify with the proposer promising ARTES 3-4 Satcom Applications projects which will likely start in 2014. Both ARTES 3-4 Study activities and Satcom Applications projects can be financially supported by ESA up to a level of 50%.

Deadline for submit your ideas is on 15 July 2013.

The list of core themes which are covered in this call and full details on how to submit your ideas are available here.

All U Need Is Space

The comic “All U Need Is Space” is about the daily life of a teenage schoolgirl named Elena. She wakes up, goes to school and does a lot of different activities, common to many pupils of her age, that are made possible or easier thanks to space technologies and science. Every page contains explanatory boxes with useful information divided into two sections, “Did you know” and “What are we doing”, which provide the reader with more specialised knowledge. These boxes shed light on how space technology helps with weather forecasts, pollution, rescue operations, remote medical assistance, automated cars, agriculture, climate change and communications amongst other crucial themes. The comic also features a game in every page, which makes the reading more fun and attractive and a list of useful websites has been included at the back of the book for those who want more information.

You can download the comic in 5 different EU languages (English, Italian, German, Polish, and Slovak) at The booklet will soon be available in 24 languages.

You can receive hardcopies of the comic for FREE ordering them via the EU bookshop clicking on the link (in the “Paper” section choose the language, click “add to basket” and then follow the instructions). Order your free copy!



  • Editor: F. Bordelot
    NEREUS Secretariat




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