ETCW 2024

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The CEOI will hold a 2-day Emerging Technology for Earth Observation Technologies Conference at Cosener’s House in Abingdon on 19th and 20th March 2024. The goal of this meeting is to reveal and discuss new and emerging developments in EO instrumentation and mission concepts, and to examine how these developments will benefit the UK in terms of science, societal and commercial benefit. The meeting occurs at a time when the UK has made a significant uplift in EO funding, and there will be an opportunity to explore how to capitalize on this investment.

The conference is open to all interested parties. We are planning sessions on:

  • New detectors and detector concepts
  • New on-board calibration techniques
  • EO payloads for small spacecraft – miniature high-performance instrumentation.
  • Instrument technology and mission architecture considerations for commercial missions
  • Recent advances in additive layer and other advanced manufacturing techniques for EO instrumentation
  • Advanced on-board image processing concepts for imaging missions, such as super-resolution and AI/deep learning
  • Latest developments in LIDAR for EO
  • New techniques and future concepts – more left-field/exotic techniques from around the laboratories.
  • Quantum techniques for EO such as gravity sensing
  • New mission opportunities

There will be a discussion session with UKSA and CEOI regarding how emerging EO Technology will feed into UK EO Strategy.

We have some spare speaker slots, and posters are welcome. We invite presentations from:

  • groups engaged in current and recent CEOI technology projects. Note that emphasis will be on novel technologies, techniques, future impacts and benefits rather than project progress reporting.
  • groups involved in relevant technology development outside of CEOI (including in NSTP, ETP, NSIP, Innovate UK, ESA etc. and industry and academia);
  • researchers and industry developing next generation instrumentation;
  • Institutes and agencies with EO space technology requirements;

Talks will be 15-20 minutes. The agenda will be adjusted according to the response. Please send Rob Scott ( your title and author names and affiliation (papers and posters) for consideration, along with your preferred day for presentation.

In addition to oral sessions, there will be display boards for posters.

Spaces are limited, so early registration (free) is advisable. The conference dinner on the evening of the 19th March will be charged at cost, and we will have a limited number of places for overnight stay (bed and breakfast), so first come first served, charged at cost.  Additionally, it may be possible to stay overnight on March 18th.  We must release reserved accommodation by mid February, so the deadline to book accommodation at Cosener’s is therefore 14th February.

Note that there is very limited parking available at Cosener’s House. There is a public car park nearby.

Please contact Niki Legge at RAL Space to register and book accommodation and dinner, detailing any special access and dietary requirements. For general enquiries about the programme, please contact Rob Scott.


  • Conference registration ­- free (including morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch).
  • Conference dinner on the 19th: ~£30 per head – precise costs nearer the time
  • Bed and breakfast: 
  • Single en-suite rooms & 2 shared facility rooms at £60.00
  • Double en-suite rooms @ £85.00