Copernicus Expert Group

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The European Commission has decided to establish a Copernicus Expert Group to provide independent advice concerning the status and evolution of the Copernicus Earth Observation programme and delivered results. Individuals from the Copernicus Expert Group will be called upon to form specific Topical Panels to examine issues arising from the initial operations and longer-term development of the Copernicus services (Land monitoring, Marine environment monitoring, Atmosphere monitoring, Emergency Management, Climate change and Security, including Maritime surveillance, Border Control and support to External Actions) as well as the space and ground segments of the programme. Expert advice will inform the Commission on different aspects of service / programme performance (including cost, relevance, fitness-for-purpose) and preparing for the future, up to and including the character and evolution of the space and ground segments. The Copernicus Expert Group will address, in particular:

  1. The technical and scientific feasibility of the objectives of the Copernicus programme, the lessons learnt from current experience and the proposed solutions in all the programme’s components, including the identification of risks and related mitigation measures at all levels.
  2. The technical and scientific validation and review of the deliverables, solutions and results supplied by the operators of the Copernicus programme.
  3. The assessment of the implementation measures proposed or carried out by the operators of the Copernicus programme.
  4. The identification of relevant new technological development, e.g. in earth observations capabilities, data processing and dissemination techniques, integration with existing and evolving needs for monitoring requirements, etc. and ways to include these in the Copernicus programme.
  5. The identification of main directions for medium/long term developments


Selection for inclusion in the Copernicus Expert Group pool

The Copernicus Expert Group will consist of a pool of suitably qualified experts from which experts will be selected to form Topical Panels to address one or more of the issues outlined in the technical annex. Expressions of interest from individuals of all nationalities (both inside the European Union and beyond) to be included in this Copernicus Expert Group pool and working in research organizations, academia, industry, government and the wider user community including NGO’s are welcomed. A Commission selection committee will select suitably qualified individuals for inclusion in the Copernicus Expert Group from the applicants to the expression of interest. Applicants should have at least 3 years’ experience in one or more of the activity areas/domains indicated in the annex. Applicants will also have to declare any conflicts of interest. Persons acting as advisors or delegates of or representatives of Member States in the Copernicus-related Programme Committees, Fora or Boards should not apply. Selection for inclusion in the Expert Group does not commit the Commission to involve the expert in any of the Topical Panels.


Working methods

By inviting individuals registered in the expert pool, the Commission will call and chair the Topical Panel meetings. The meetings will take place in Brussels and/or Ispra on Commission premises or in another place announced in accordance with the procedures and schedule established by the Commission. In specific cases, panel meetings may be organized using remote communication means only.

Working documents will usually be drafted in English and meetings will be conducted in English. Applicants should be prepared to attend meetings (and take on board preparatory work as needed), to review documents and Copernicus service outputs, to contribute to panel discussions and preparation of panel reports or Copernicus Expert Group reports.