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New space economy in the Arctic context, 29 Nov 2017, Helsinki

29.11.2017 - 29.11.2017

House of the Estates, Snellmaninkatu 9-11, Helsinki

The seminar “New space economy in the arctic context” will be held 29 November 2017 from 12:00 to 17:15 in Helsinki at the House of the Estates, Snellmaninkatu 9-11. The seminar is organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland.

Arctic is changing. Northern sea routes are operational for longer and longer periods. Search and rescue concerns are more topical than ever: cruise ships enter the arctic waters, oil and gas exploration is pushing further into the north. Environmental issues, climate change and sustainable development are an integral part of arctic economic development.

Disruptive technology is making space data available to more users at lower costs. Space technology and information – location data, communication capabilities and situational awareness – can offer novel solution to various needs. This is generating new demand and the market for space applications is creating new possibilities.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the seminar and discussing the new possibilities that space technology and data offer in the arctic context.


12:00 Registration and lunch

13:00 Opening words

  • Kimmo Kanto, Director, Tekes

13:10 End-user needs, what do we already know?

  • ESA Arctic task force needs assessment findings, Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon, Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office and Maurice Borgeaud, Head of the ESA Earth Observation Department “Science, Applications and Climate”, EOP-S, ESA
  • Arctic search and rescue capabilities survey and research partnership – addressing the need for advanced information sharing and cross-border cooperation, Emmi Ikonen, Researcher, Nord University
  • Digital co-creation platform for solving arctic needs, Janne Hietaniemi, CEO, Solved

14:15 Coffee break

14:45 Environment, climate change and pollution monitoring

  • Improving environmental monitoring by remote sensing – end-user needs for biodiversity, climate, land-use, and pollution, Petteri Vihervaara, Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Environment Institute
  • Satellites for environmental monitoring – then and now, Terje Wahl, Deputy Director General, Norwegian Space Center

15:45 Search and Rescue in the Arctic

  • Search and Rescue in the Arctic environment, some end user perspectives, Wesley Hester, CDR, USCG

16:15 Safe and usable Arctic sea routes

  • Ship owner’s practical challenges in the arctic, Kirsi Ylärinne, Operations Manager, ESL Shipping
  • Arctic 100 Expedition – Navigating the Northwest Passage in July 2017, Jyri Viljanen, Master of MSV Nordica, Arctia Offshore Ltd
  • Comment: Autonomous shipping perspective, Karno Tenovuo, Senior Vice President Ship Intelligence, Rolls Royce (tbc)

17:00 Discussion

17:15–19:15 Refreshments and networking

Registration by 24th of NOV 2017: