The Greek GEO Office (GGO) has been operating at the National Observatory of Athens since 2007, under the supervision of the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT). It is the main representative of Greece in the Intergovernmental Initiative of the UN named GEO (Group on Earth Observation) and the national contact point for Earth Observation (EO). Its operation focuses on the coordinated and effective participation of Greece in the global and regional activities of GEO and its purpose is to maximize synergies between the main partners of EO in Greece, involving different communities of users, stakeholders, and industry. Additionally, GGO seeks to communicate relevant funding opportunities, catalyzing the creation and networking of the national EO community. To these ends, GGO is active in various GEO working groups, in organizing regional workshops, as well as in participating in regional initiatives in which it assumes a connecting and coordinating role, while promoting the principles of open exchange of data, information and knowledge.
/ MEET OUR TEAM
Dr. Nefta - Eleftheria Votsi
GGO, as the focal point of GEO activities in Greece, addresses the need for a permanent coordination mechanism of GEOSS activities at the national level, at the same time building interfaces with GEO and the Greek State. Its main vision is to act as a springboard for the implementation of GEOSS in Greece and promote collaboration within the country but also with neighboring countries with proven capacity in the field. GGO has as a main goal to address the EO capacities, capabilities, gaps, and needs according to the three (3) GEO’s Priority Engagements, namely Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals in Greece. For this GGO interfaces with the Public Sector, Research Institutes and Universities, Companies, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders so as to promote the use of Earth Observations, harmonize and enable data sharing among providers, scientists and policy makers.
Participate with leading role in national strategic planning towards meeting national priorities and GEO’s regional vision;
Provide reference and optimize efforts for coordinating EO activities and capacities in the region to effectively address national and regional needs;
Promote EO information as an enabler for informed decision making and raise public awareness on the benefits EO can bring to the market and people’s everyday lives;
Maximize synergies amongst key EO partners in Greece, placing special effort in engaging user communities, stakeholders and the industry sector (including SMEs);
Play up the leadership of the Greek EO actors in various domains at the international stage;
Identify and trigger exploitation of synergies in terms of funds raising, capacities and cross-discipline research, via community building and networking; and
Foster the exploitation of best practices between EO players at the national level.
GSRT and its supervised entity, the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), established the Greek GEO Office (GGO), to be hosted by NOA, as the main representative of Greece in GEO and as the focal point for EO at the national level, to coordinate GEO relevant activities.