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RADI-JRC Joint Steering Meeting Held in Italy
 Date: 2018-03-29  Page Views:

A Joint Steering Meeting between RADI and European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) was held in Italy's Ispra on March 8, 2018. The two-day event aimed for boosting RADI-JRC collaboration under the framework of "collaborative research arrangement” which was signed by both parties at the 17th China-EU Summit held in Brussels in 2015.

The meeting aimed to review the results of collaboration between RADI and JRC in six major fields covering human settlements analysis, digital earth science platform, land and soil degradation, air quality, land cover mapping, and agricultural monitoring, and identify research priorities for the next phase.

The opening ceremony were chaired by Prof. Guo Huadong, CAS Academician and co-chair of the steering committee, together with Prof. Alessandro Annoni, Director of the Digital Economy Department of JRC.

Prof. Guo reviewed RADI’s progress under the collaborative agreement, and called on consolidating future research directions based on existing cooperation. He also advocated to step up joint basic research and technology applications in the digital earth field, serving global sustainable development agenda.

The launch of CAS Big Earth Data Science Engineering Project” (referred to as “CASEarth”), and the implementation of RADI-led International Initiative of Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) have brought “fresh opportunities” for boosting future collaboration, said Prof. Guo.

Alessandro Annoni introduced related research of JRC. He said that the JRC-RADI cooperation has gained win-win benefits by pooling complementary advantages. He stressed that the collaboration for the next phase could focus on fostering joint research projects, formulating scientific policies, and providing decision-making support.

He pointed out that “data” plays an increasingly important role in the era of big data. He affirmed the significance of CASEarth in future collaboration in terms of cultivating scientific discovery, promoting technological innovation, providing decision support, and bringing new cooperative approaches.

Previous to the meeting, several side events were organized to cover the fields of agriculture monitoring, human settlements analysis, and big Earth data. The workshop on “From Big Earth Data to Knowledge” held on March 7 brought more than 20 experts from the United States, the European Union and China to have an in-depth discussion on four themes including big Earth data model, systems, platforms, and related policies.

JRC is the European Commission's in-house science service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. The relations between the RADI and JRC build upon more than a decade of successful co-operation.

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