Living Planet Matters: Taking the pulse of our Living Planet

Georgie CollinsGeorgie Collins
  31 May 2019

ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, the largest Earth observation conference in the world, took place in Milan this May. Held every three years, Living Planet draws thousands of scientists and data users from around the world to discuss their latest findings on how satellites are taking the pulse of our planet.

This year, our EJR-Quartz editors for ESA were out in force, just part of the huge team who made the Symposium possible.

The ESA Web TV production team live-streamed the opening event, Kelsea Brennan-Wessels interviewed scientists, professors, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes Josef Aschbacher and other members of the EO community. The wrap-up video with highlights of the week was Romina Persi’s debut in front of the ESA Web TV cameras.

With over 4000 scientific papers to sift through, EO editors Honora Rider and Romina were kept busy producing daily web reports on the most newsworthy results from LPS19. These were shared of course on ESA’s social media channels, by EO social media editor, Andrada Coos.

Living Planet also offered opportunities for the next generation of scientists to discover the exciting science and technology behind Earth Observation. At the school labs, organised by Karina de Castris and the ESRIN science communicators, elementary and middle-school students had hands-on experience with Earth sciences and some of the technologies used to measure environmental variables.

For high-school students, ESA Education and ASI also invited the four winning teams of the LPS 2019 Climate Detectives competition to receive their awards, accompanied by our didactics expert Fátima Pinto. This project challenged pupils from all ESA Member States to team up and make a difference in understanding and protecting the Earth’s climate. The LPS 2019 School Award was a unique opportunity for the Climate Detectives teams to present their projects to a professional audience at the Symposium.

Here’s a few of the week’s highlights to enjoy!