Follow-up IMPRESSIVE Webinar on 18 November 2020: A platform to tackle challenges in EU harbours

The Network organised the IMPRESSIVE webinar on 18th November 2020 with key stakeholders (IMPRESSIVE partners, NEREUS Members, Port authorities and companies active in the maritime sector) to promote the IMPRESSIVE tool towards the Member regions and their Port authorities but also to get their views on the tool. Over 30 participants coming from port authorities, regional administrations, companies with marine activities, universities, and space agencies, participated in the webinar and had the chance to interact with the developers of the tool.


Ms Daniela Iasillo from Planetek Italia- one of the developers of the tool- presented to the participants the benefits of using the IMPRESSIVE platform to contribute to the overall sustainability of the ports.



Furthermore,  Paolo Menegazzo from the Port authority in Venice shared with the audience an overview of the port’s activities and his views on the importance of such tools to ensure the safety of the marine activities. Mr Jose Luiz Moutinho, Air Centre Representative (The Azores Regions) and Ignacio de la Calle from Quasar Science Resources (Madrid Region) highlighted the need to exchange experience amongst IMPRESSIVE and other relevant marine initiatives such as the Atlantic Regional Initiative (NEREUS is a stakeholder) and SIMBAD, aproject incubated by ESA BIC Madrid Region, to achieve common goals and increase the potential of such tools.




Finally, the audience had the opportunity to discuss with the speakers and IMPRESSIVE partners on the capabilities and the added-value of the platform and if it could fit their expectations. NEREUS encouraged the audience to view this webinar as an inspiration for their commitment and participation in the project’s next activities. Furthermore, NEREUS extended the invitation for the final event which the Network will organise to present: the IMPRESSIVE end product to the industry and the RTD sector; initiate the discussion at a political level IMPRESSIVE results and gather feedback from potential users on IMPRESSIVE end product.




Watch the full webinar here:


Download the presentations:

  • “What is IMPRESSIVE about, why NEREUS decided to become a partner and dissemination actions” by Margarita Chrysaki, Communication/Project officer (link);
  • Introduction of the IMPRESSIVE platform and how NEREUS members can benefit, by Daniela Iasillo (link);
  • Short impulse statements by Jose Luiz Moutinho, Air Centre Representative (The Azores region) (link);
  • Short impulse statements by Paolo Menegazzo from the Venice port authority (Veneto region) regarding the challenges for pollution control in their ports (link);
  • Ignacio de la Calle from Quasar Science Resources (Madrid region) on the demand for such tools in the market (link).


The project: IMPRESSIVE aims at developing a universal relocatable platform to track, in real-time, marine pollution events in the wider area of EU harbours. A consortium of 12 partners from the business, research and institutional sectors will work towards the development of a platform that will be composed of remotely operated, sophisticated tools integrated with very high-resolution models and Earth Observation (EO) products for pollution control in harbours and coastal areas.


The webinar was the last one of the NEREUS web-sessions series that focused on the presentation of all projects (Copernicus4Regions, EO4GEO, CoRdiNet, IMPRESSIVE, Space Girls Space Women) that the Network currently implements. The purpose of these webinars was to showcase the important role of regions in EU initiatives related to the use of space.



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