Webinar on Space4Health

On 14 May, UNOOSA hosted two sessions of a webinar on space applications to support global health, including to fight coronavirus.

During the 90-minute sessions, experts from UNOOSA, as well as from other international organisations, governments and private sector companies operating in the space sector discussed how space applications can strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of epidemics and other health risks. Particular attention was paid to the current coronavirus pandemic.

To find out more about space applications to fight the coronavirus, please visit: http://www.un-spider.org/advisory-support/emergency-support/covid-19

The webinar also covered what UNOOSA is doing to help all countries access the potential of space science and applications for better health and integrate these tools in national policies and practices.

OBJECTIVES

The webinar had the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness about existing space applications for better health and best practices;
  • Explore the role of space in disaster management, particularly for reducing the health impacts of disasters;
  • Foster synergies among existing initiatives and practices; and
  • Promote networking and global collaboration on space for health.

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RECORDINGS & SUMMARY

The recordings of the two sessions of the Webinar can be found here:

Morning session

Afternoon session

The report of the Webinar is available here:

Webinar Report

PRESENTATIONS

Morning Session
Moderator: Ian Freeman, UNOOSA
Welcome and opening addresses
Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
UNOOSA and Space 4 healthy life and global well-being
Mr. Niklas Hedman, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - Intergovernmental activities
Mr. Jorge del Rio Vera, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - Space Applications
Mr. Shirish Ravan, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - UN-SPIDER
Space for emergencies and health
Ms. Annalaura Di Federico / Ms. Lucia Luzietti, e-Geos - Copernicus Emergency Monitoring Service COVID-19
Mr. Abhineet Jain, MAXAR - Imagery and Earth Intelligence for Crisis Response
Mr. Giriraj Amarnath, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) - EO to monitor the impact of COVID-19 situation on agriculture and food security
Ms. Astrid-Christina Koch, European Commission - Copernicus Services Initiatives for COVID-19
Mr. Aravind Ravichandran, PwC - Leveraging Data from Space for Impact Assessments and Policy Making during Emergencies
Space applications for health
Ms. Ana Cristina Galhego Rose, DIPTERON UG - Space Application for Detecting Aedes Mosquito Risk Areas
Mr. Alberto Fernandez-Wyttenbach, European GNSS Agency (GSA) - Galileo Green Lane: reducing the impact of COVID-19 in the transport of critical goods across borders
Mr. Jason Hatton / Ms. Rita Rinaldo, European Space Agency - ESA activities in support of Global Health
Afternoon Session
Moderator: Markus Woltran, UNOOSA
Welcome and opening addresses
Ms. Simonetta DI PIPPO, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
UNOOSA and Space 4 healthy life and global well-being
Mr. Antoine Geissbühler, Chair, STSC Working Group on Space and Global Health - Intergovernmental activities of the STSC Working Group on Space and Global Health
Mr. Jorge del Rio Vera, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - Space Applications
Mr. Radu Botez, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - UN-SPIDER
Space for emergencies and health
Ms. Annalaura Di Federico, Ms. Lucia Luzietti, e-Geos - Copernicus Emergency Monitoring Service COVID-19
Mr. James Hagen, St. Xavier College - Space-Related Aspects of Disease and Pandemics
Mr. Talbot Brooks, Delta State University - Know Your Audience: Presenting Geospatial Data and Cognitive Bias
Ms. Astrid-Christina Koch, European Commission - Copernicus Services Initiatives for COVID-19
Ms. Rhiannan Price, MAXAR - Imagery and Earth Intelligence for Crisis Response
Space applications for health
Mr. Alberto Fernandez-Wyttenbach, European GNSS Agency (GSA) - Galileo Green Lane: reducing the impact of COVID-19 in the transport of critical goods across borders
Mr. John Haynes, NASA - Utilizing Earth Observations for Improved Air Quality and Health Decisions
Ms. Helena Chapman, NASA - Using Earth Observations to Strengthen One Health Collaborations
Mr. Leon Alkalai, NASA/JPL - An Overview of the NASA/JPL Ventilator Design in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
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