Copernicus User Uptake Framework Contract

NEREUS is part of the successfull consortia, lead by SpaceTec Partners (NEREUS Associate Member), which was contracted by the European Commission to manage th Copernicus User Uptake Framework Contract. Currently, the consortia is working on the first specific contract "Engaging with public authorities, the private sector and civil society for Copernicus user uptake". The overarching study's objective is to provide recommendations for a comprehensive and integrated strategy to reinforce Copernicus user uptake among through public authorities and civil society.

In order to anchieve this, a number of project objectives will be undertaken: 

  1. Mapping of existing user uptake initiatives across Europe
  2. Evaluation of existing initiatives (best practices and improvement measures) and gap analysis
  3. Recommendations for a comprehensive and integrated strategy
The study team will work in close collaboration with a team of experts from the European Commission, especially for Tasks 2 and 3. A pool of experts from NEREUS Regions has been intensively working on mapping regional initiatives. We wish to thank them for their efforts.
WORKSHOP | SpaceTec Partners / NEREUS - Expert Meeting, Copernicus User Uptake FC

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On the 2d of December, the main stakeholders operating for a more systematic uptake of Copernicus-based products and services gathered at NEREUS premises. The aim was to give an overview and collect ideas for the first specific contract, a study on Copernicus User Uptake, “Engaging with public authorities, private sector and civil society for Copernicus user uptake”. Over 40 participants joined the broader brainstorming, taking full advantage of the presence of relevant EU officials. 
 
During the opening session, Andreas Veispak, Acting head of Unit “Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth", discussed the five key pillars for determining future strategies: data dissemination, financing, legal and market certainty, interlinks between Member States and access to venture capital. Then, Thomas Tanghe (SpaceTec Partners) and Frédéric Collomb (France Développement Conseil) gave an overview of the European situation and shared with the audience some examples of recommendations. In the afternoon, the participants broke into different groups to brainstorm on useful actions for different activities and target groups: start-ups initiatives, funding instruments and private sector users; events, networks, promotional activities and public sector users; data access, contact points, user feedback, training and education, public sector users. 
 
Copernicus ambassadors, catalogs of existing products and services based on Sentinel data, prizes for the public end-user of the year, European Copernicus Week, Copernicus for Dummies are only some of the numerous ideas that came out of the breakout sessions. As part of the successful consortia, NEREUS advocated for an enhanced role of regional authorities in the uptake strategy: several insights resulting from the NEREUS / ESA workshops organized across Europe illustrated this argument. For example, the suggestion to cluster Regions on the basis of similar needs was made and the experience of Regional Contact Offices was also shared