Infrastructure Management


What does transportation, power grids, water supply, sewage systems, buildings and dykes all have in common? As an essential part of our infrastructure, each relies on space services for their operation and monitoring.

Such infrastructure systems as energy, telecommunications, banking/finance and transport rely on such military-owned satellite navigation systems (GNSS) as the US’s GPS and Russia’s Compass for timing and synchronisation. Any disruption to these GNSS systems could have very serious consequences on such vital services as health, safety, security and financial transactions, along with the general social well-being of people. In this context, Galileo and EGNOSbring improved resilience and robustness and provide for an independent, civilian-run solution under European control.

Infrastructures around the world also face challenges relating to climate change. Here too, European GNSS offers a solution. With the Copernicus Earth Observation service, both public and private stakeholders have access to a wealth of reliable information on the impact that climate change is having on a given infrastructure system. With this information in hand, they can implement effective climate adaptation policies, along with specific strategies for improving the resilience of our infrastructures. 

This session will showcase potential solutions and best-practices for using Copernicus and Galileo to manage infrastructures, both in Europe and worldwide.


Infrastructure Management Session

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome by Stefano Scarda, Policy Officer, European Commission

9:10 – 9:25

Keynote speech: Claire-Anne Reix  -  SAFE Cluster Chairman

9:25 – 10:30

  • The European initiative on critical infrastructures and related research activities, Catherine Kavvada, Head of Unit Galileo and EGNOS applications, Security and International cooperation
  • Copernicus for Ground Motion, Hans Dufourmont, European Environment Agency
  • Copernicus Urban Atlas as asset for evidence-based policy making, Hugo Poelman, DG Regio, European Commission
  • Copernicus Emergency Monitoring Service: Damage assessment, Angel Utanda Gonzalez, INDRA
  • Sentinel-1 for ground deformation, Federico Raspini, University of Florence
  • Space for smarter infrastructure, Dag Anders Moldestad, Norwegian Space Center

10:30 – 10:50


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:15

  • Evolution of infrastructure supporting air navigation in Europe with the advent of space based solutions, Benoit Roturier, DSNA
  • Space services for rail infrastructure, Antoine Barré, SNCF
  • Timing & Synchronisation for Modern Power Grid, Alfredo Vaccaro, University of Sannio
  • Cybersecurity and Synchronisation for Critical Infrastructures Tomasz Widomski, Elproma
  • Galileo for Time Synchronisation, Heiko Gerstung, Meinberg
  • GNSS Threat identification and mitigation for Critical Infrastructures, Jean-Arnold Chenilleau, Orolia

12:15 – 12:25


12:25 – 12:45

Round table

12:45 – 12:55


Stefano Scarda, Policy Officer, European Commission