Copernicus Expert Group

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Application procedure

Application procedure

Applications for inclusion in the Copernicus Expert Group pool may be submitted in any of the official languages of the European Union. Where English isn’t used we would appreciate a summary of the CV in English. Applicants are asked to indicate which of the activity area(s) and/or domain(s) identified below best describes their profile. More than one activity area may be identified.   

Applications must include:

  1. Identification of the activity area(s) and/or domain(s) outlined below in which expertise is offered
  2. Current affiliation
  3. Academic qualifications
  4. Professional experience
  5. Previous involvement with professional/scientific bodies
  6. Publication record
  7. Declaration of potential conflicts of interest


Applications made prior to 28th March 2014 are particularly encouraged as the Topical Panels are expected to begin work in the first quarter of 2014. However, the expression of interest will remain open to applications throughout the lifetime of the Copernicus programme.

Applications should be made using the online form found here


By applying, the applicant accepts the conditions set out in this document and consents to his/her name being included in the member list of the Copernicus Expert Group. 


Selection of individual experts for inclusion in Topical Panels

Depending on the Commission’s needs for external expertise, Topical Panels usually consisting of at least 3 individuals will be set up. However, an individual Expert may be consulted where circumstances warrant.  A Commission selection committee will select suitably qualified individuals for the Topical Panels from the aforementioned Expert Group pool, taking into account the following criteria: proven competence and experience of the individual (knowledge will be assessed on the basis of academic qualifications, professional experience, previous involvement with professional/scientific bodies and publication record); current affiliation(s); adequate knowledge of English. As far as possible, the selection committee will also seek to ensure a reasonable geographical distribution and gender balance. The mandate of Topical Panel members may be for one single consultation or may be extended for multiple consultations over a period of up to 3 years. This may be renewed on mutual agreement. Successful candidates will need to inform the European Commission of any changes in their circumstances (affiliation etc.) during this period.

The members of the Topical Panels will be designated and managed according to the rules applied to Framework Programme expert-evaluators (see 2006/C 305/16). This foresees reimbursement of travel, a per diem and accommodation expenses and a daily fee (450 euro/day up to a maximum of 30 days/year). The daily fee is applicable for preparatory and follow up work as well as attending panel meetings.

Individuals will be selected in their personal capacity – i.e. experts with outstanding knowledge in their areas acting independently and in the public interest.


Identification of main activity areas and domains for which expertise sought

1. The Copernicus service component based on Earth observation-derived services and products, operational service provision and product assurance, down-stream applications, market observation and development, as well as user uptake in particular in the service domains of:

1.1. Land Monitoring
The provision of information on land cover, ice, climate change and biogeophysical variables, including their dynamics in support of the global-to-local environmental monitoring of biodiversity, soil, in-land and coastal water, forests and vegetation, and natural resources, as well as in general implementation of environment, agriculture, development, energy, urban planning, infrastructure and transport policies.
1.2. Marine Environmental Monitoring
The provision of information on information on the state and dynamics of physical ocean and marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional marine areas, in support of marine safety, monitoring of marine environmental, coastal and polar regions, and of marine resources as well as meteorological forecasting and climate monitoring.
1.3. Atmosphere Monitoring
The provision of information on air quality on a European scale and of the chemical composition of the atmosphere on a global scale. It shall in particular provide information for air quality monitoring systems run at the local to national scales, and should contribute to the monitoring of atmospheric composition climate variables.
1.4. Emergency Management
The provision of information for emergency response in relation to different types of disasters, including meteorological hazards, geophysical hazards, deliberate and accidental man-made disasters and other humanitarian disasters, as well as the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities.
1.5. Climate Change
The provision of information to increase the knowledge base to support adaptation and mitigation policies. It shall in particular contribute to the provision of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), climate analyses, projections and indicators at temporal and spatial scales relevant to adaptation and mitigation strategies for the various Union’s sectorial and societal benefit areas.
1.6. Security
The provision of information in support of the civil security challenges of Europe improving crisis prevention, preparedness and response capacities, in particular for border and maritime surveillance, but also support for the Union’s external action.


2. The Copernicus space component, intended to provide spaceborne observations, serving primarily the Copernicus service component as described above, in particular with regard to the definition of mission requirements, satellite and sensor design/performance in the following domains:

2.1. Satellite-based radar observations
2.2. Satellite-based optical observations
2.3. Satellite-based meteorological and atmospheric chemistry observations
2.4. Other satellite-based observations


3. Access to in-situ data serving primarily the Copernicus services.


4. Data storage, processing, archival, distribution, computing and other ground segment actions in relation to both the service component and the space component. Expertise concerning compliance, where applicable, with the INSPIRE legal acts and technical guidance documents available at