ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award 2023

Earth Observation (EO) has been through a significant transformation in the past years. A combination of new, complementary EO instrument capabilities, together with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data technologies, have opened a wealth of opportunities for science and applications.

Scientist and experts from across the world have significantly contributed by combining these technologies and creating a source of timely and relevant information to mitigate environmental risks, build a better-informed society, to strengthen climate resilience, and to address the Sustainable Development Goals.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) are therefore extremely delighted to announce the opening of the latest edition of the ESA-EGU EO Excellence Award.

This award will recognise and honour an individual early career scientist and Team that have made an outstanding contribution to the innovative use of Earth Observations, with a focus on the use of European EO datasets in the field of science and applications.

The award will be announced and presented at the EGU General Assembly 2023 in Vienna following an independent evaluation of nominations led by the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation (ESF).

The submission round for ESA-EGU EO Excellence Award 2023 is closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s finalists and winners!

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 fulfil, cumulatively, 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.


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 Programme as planned and to mitigate the effect of Covid-19 Measures.

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