Earth Observation Excellence Award

Awarding of the Winners

For the first edition of the Award 2020, ESA and EGU are delighted to announce Benoit Meyssignac as the winner of the individual award and the Hydrology Team of the National Research Council – Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of Perugia, Italy, consisting of Luca Brocca, Stefania Camici, Luca Ciabatta, Christian Massari and Angelica Tarpanelli, as winner of the team award.
The awards will be presented at the virtual EGU General Assembly prize ceremony, which will be held on 19 April 2021 at 18:00 CEST.

ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award

New digital technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning are leading to a major transformation in Earth observation, opening up a wealth of opportunities for science and business alike. While advancement of Earth science remains the core use of Earth observation, it is also fundamental to a myriad of everyday applications that improve daily life – we live in exciting times and the opportunities to expand its use are almost limitless.

ESA is therefore extremely pleased to announce the upcoming ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award.

Together with the European Geosciences Union (EGU), we are looking for researchers who are in the early phases of their career and who have made an outstanding contribution to the innovative use of Earth observation. Achievements should focus on science and applications based upon Earth observations made by European satellites.

The new ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award sets out to recognise, encourage, support, and promote scientific excellence of an individual researcher or a team in accordance with ESA’s objectives, and contribution, to addressing the challenges of our changing planet. The award will be handed out at ceremony at the EGU General Assembly in April 2021, following the nomination and selection process outlined on this website.

Nominations can be submitted from 1 September to 2 November 2020.

Nominate the next Award Winner!

Become a promoter of researchers in the early phase of their careers and make a significant contribution to fostering the innovative use of Earth observation technology by filing your nomination for the EO Excellence Award! With your support, scientific excellence will get widely recognised and young researchers be encouraged to take their research to the next level.

Am I qualified to be a Nominator?



Who may I nominate?

Please check the information below and refer to the Terms and Conditions for further details before you register for the database or enter any nominations.

Each nomination must meet all of the following eligibility conditions:

The following individuals/teams are not eligible to be nominated for the award:

Process for Nominators

Obtain the consent of the individual/team you wish to nominate under the Award’s Terms and Conditions.
Register for the database and provide the following documents and information:
  • Contact details: the first name, last name, and e-mail address of your Nominee / Team lead
  • PDF Nomination letter (one page): This must clearly detail why your Nominee deserves this recognition. In particular, you should focus on the Nominee’s scientific contributions to the field, their importance and impact, and their implications for the future.
The Nominee or Team lead will be informed of their nomination via e-mail.
You’re done! Now it’s up to the Nominee / Team lead to finish the nomination.


Timeline EO Excellence Award

ESA may change any pre-set dates or schedules as necessary or opportune for ESA and shall update the relevant information here.

In consideration of measures currently in place or implemented in the future for the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in many countries, including in ESA Member States (hereinafter „Covid- 19 Measures“), which could be subject to change in the course of the application of these Terms and Conditions, the evaluation by ESA may be suspended, delayed or prevented due to one or more Covid-19 Measures. Nevertheless ESA will make its best efforts to execute the Award Program as planned and to mitigate the effect of Covid-19 Measures.

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