The Living Planet Fellowship is designed to support young scientists, at the post-doctoral level, to undertake cutting-edge research in Earth Observation, Earth System Science or Climate Research, maximising the scientific return of ESA and European EO missions and datasets through the development of novel EO methods, techniques and products, and by delivering excellent scientific results addressing the grand Earth Science challenges of the next decade, enabling improved predictions of the physical interaction of society with the Earth system.
The Living Planet Fellowship achieves this objective by:
• Enabling leading-edge research to be undertaken by the new generation of scientists with a focus on major scientific challenges and knowledge gaps in Earth system science that may contribute to responding to the urgent societal needs underpinning the European and global environmental and development agendas.
• Maximising the scientific impact of the unique and unexplored opportunities offered by the increasing European space-based observing capacity (Sentinels, Earth Explorers, meteorological missions, national and commercial missions) complemented with 3rd party mission data, existing long-term EO-based data records (e.g., ESA heritage mission data, CCI ECVs), in-situ data and citizen observations.
• Promoting an open science approach where sharing data, results, and knowledge is at the core of the scientific value chain.
• Capitalizing on novel and emerging technologies, incorporating platform technologies, advances in ICT, data-intensive science, or Artificial Intelligence as amplifier and accelerator of science.
The Living Planet Fellowship issues annual calls for proposals addressing 2 main areas:
1) Advancing Novel Methods and Techniques
2) Advancing Earth System Science.
Over the years, the Fellowship has supported a large number of fellows from all ESA Member States.
This networking event aims to promote the initiative, raise awareness on the new opportunities brought by the new calls, such as increased collaboration through the Science Clusters, access to an advanced research environment through the ESRIN Science Hub, more support for experimentation and campaigns, as well as support for data-intensive science through ESA-sponsored access to cloud computing.
The event will feature LPF alumni, current fellows and will invite potential candidates and institutions to an open conversation on the experience the LPF has been offering so far and what could be the next steps to increase the impact of the LPF in terms of science and collaborative research outputs.
11:20 – 11:30 Introduction to the Living Planet Fellowship Programme Stephen Plummer/Anca Anghelea)
11:30 – 11:40 Fellowships and the Science Hub Isobel Lawrence
11:40 – 11:50 A view on the LPF scheme from Current Fellow – Kristin Böttcher
11:50 – 12:00 A view on the LPF scheme from Alumnus Fellow – Marco Bellacicco
12:00 – 12:20 Open discussion/recommendations
What do we want from the Fellow
• Why did you apply and how was the application process?
• What is/was it like being an LPF?
• What do you think of LPF as a scheme, would you recommend it?
• What opportunities does/did it bring you?
• What do you think of the additional options (Science Hub, in situ campaigns, working visits, NoR) (see also below)
• What would you change (if you could?)