Building skills and Earth observation related expertise through Copernicus
Through the European Commission (DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Space Data and Societal Challenges and Growth/Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence), EIT RawMaterials has been awarded a grant for ‘Building skills and earth observation related expertise through Copernicus’, the RawMatCop programme.
RawMatCop was launched in 2017 and aims to develop skills, expertise, demonstrations, and applications of Copernicus data to the raw materials sector. Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme, is the major source of data for RawMatCop. This programme is “looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens”. Free of charge, it offers spaceborne imagery and diverse information services based on Earth Observation and in-situ data.
The first call of RawMatCop focused on specific research and application areas of the raw materials sector. Three projects were funded starting in 2017, and one in 2018, the applications of which are of direct benefit to the Raw Materials community. The RawMATCop Programme will continue throughout 2018 to 2020 with new calls and funding of new applied-research focused projects, placements of academic staff to industry and authorities, additional short-courses and user-forum events. The calls, activities and events will be announced to partners of the EIT RawMaterials community and advertised here and as News from EIT RawMaterials.
Five new projects have been selected for funding in RawMatCop 2018-2020. See the details here.
From 11th to 14th June 2018, RawMatCop offered a free four-day course on Earth observation for the raw materials community. Read about the course here.