Short profiles for all the presenters are provided below

Dr Mathias Disney
Senior lecturer in Remote Sensing

Senior lecturer in Remote Sensing in the Department of Geography, UCL. Mat is a member of the Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Group and the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

Dr Shubha Sathyendranath
Senior Scientist and Head of Remote Sensing and Marine Optics

Senior Scientist and Head of Remote Sensing and Marine Optics at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Assistant Director for the Partnership for the Observation of the Global Oceans.

Lars Bromley
Principal Analyst and Research Advisor

Principal Analyst and Research Advisor - Human Rights, Humanitarian Support, and Security for UNOSAT.

Dr Maria Fabrizia Buongiorno
Head of Satellite Observation Infrastructures

Maria Fabrizia Buongiorno has coordinated INGV Remote Sensing Activities since 2005 and has contributed to the definition of INGV research program requested by the Italian Ministry of Research on annual base. She is expert of optical image systems operated by satellite for EO applications and has led a large number of scientific and technological projects.

Professor John Burrows
Professor of the Physics of the Ocean and Atmosphere

Professor of the Physics of the Ocean and Atmosphere and Director of the Institutes of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing at the University of Bremen. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Dr Val Byfield
Research Fellow

Dr Valborg (Val) Byfield is Research Fellow at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, and a member of the Centre's Laboratory for Satellite Oceanography.

Simonetta Cheli
Head of the Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA

Head of the Coordination Office, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France. Her role involves coordinating ESA relations with the European Union, the European Commission and with various other European entities, including Meteorological Organisations (Eumetsat,ECMWF and ESA Member States).

Dr Fabrice Collard
Head of R&D

Fabrice is currently head of the R&D department at the Radar Applications Division of CLS, working on the development and validation of surface wind, wave and current retrieval from synthetic aperture radar.

Dr Hayley Evers-King
Earth Observation Scientist

Marine Earth Observation Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory.  Her educational background in environmental science and oceanography has been developed to focus on Earth observation - particularly the use of ocean colour in both water quality and ecosystem research. 

Barbara Horvatic
Marketing and Content Specialist Agriculture at Pix4D

Barbara previously worked for Planet as their channel operations manager. She has a Master’s in GIS for Development and Environment, Remote Sensing from Clark University, and a Master’s in Geography, GIS from University of Zagreb.

Dr Johnny Johannessen
Adjunct Professor at the Geophysical Institute

Adjunct Professor at the Geophysical Institute in the University of Bergen. He is also the Research Director in Ocean Remote Sensing at Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre and the Vice Director of Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

Dr Pierre-Philippe Mathieu
Earth Observation Applications Engineer

An Earth Observation Applications Engineer in the Earth Observation Science and Applications Department of the European Space Agency. He spent 15 years working in the field of environmental modelling, weather risk management and remote sensing.

Professor Jose Moreno
Professor in Earth Physics

Jose Moreno obtained a degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Valencia. After several years working in the Astrophysics Group, he is presently teaching at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Valencia, as Professor of Earth Physics, and working on different national and international projects related to remote sensing and space research as responsible for the Laboratory for Earth Observation.

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli
Senior Research Fellow

Nathalie Pettorelli is a scientist in ZSL's Institute of Zoology. She recently received a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister for her work on Soapbox Science, an initiative to encourage women to pursue a career in science. Her specialities are population ecology, conservation biology and environmental conservation.

Professor Trevor Platt
PML Professorial Fellow

Professorial Fellow at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. His research interests include: the physiological ecology of marine phytoplankton; thermodynamics of open-ocean ecosystems; the influence of physical structure of the marine environment on populations living within it.

Tobias Reinicke
Independent Geographical Information Systems and EO data expert

Tobias Reinicke is a GIS and EO data expert currently working as a GIS Developers for the Metropolitan Police. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2006 with an MSc in Computing and has a degree in Geography and GIS, Human geography and Geographical Information Systems.

Dr Andreas Richter
Leader of the Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) group

Andreas is the Leader of the Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) group at the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen. His current research interests include optical remote sensing of atmospheric composition, development of retrieval techniques for UV/visible measurements from the ground, airborne platforms and satellites and use of satellite measurements in tropospheric chemistry studies.

Dr Kanta Kumari Rigaud
Lead Environmental Specialist, Climate Change Group

Kanta is a lead environmental specialist of the climate change group at the World Bank and has more than 25 years of professional experience in natural resources management, environment management, and climate change adaptation in multinational, national, academic, and non-governmental organizations.

Eddy Search
Local Advisor

Eddy Search is a Local Advisor at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. He is also the Managing Director of e-searchcom Ltd. He is a Local Advisor to Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) Ltd to develop the former BT site into a Space Science Park

Dr Aurelie Shapiro
Satellite Remote Sensing Specialist

Aurelie is a Satellite Remote Sensing Specialist at the World Wide Fund for Nature. She works on biomass mapping from integrated LiDAR, field data and satellite imagery, forest degradation mapping and monitoring, global program monitoring.

Dr Stefan Simis
Earth Observation Scientist (Inland Waters)

Stefan is a phytoplankton ecologist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory with a keen interest in optical observation technology, ranging from in situ measurements to remote sensing, based in laboratory, field, and numerical studies.

Piran Trezise
Operations Director

Piran is the Operations Director at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. He has a Master’s in Environmental Management for Business from Cranfield University. He leads on the development and delivery of a transformational project at Goonhilly Earth Station.

Professor Martin Wooster
Professor of Earth Observation Science

Martin Wooster is Professor of Earth Observation Science in the Dept. of Geography, King's College London (UK), and a Divisional Director of the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).