United Nations/Austria Symposium: "Space Applications for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action"

1 - 3 September 2020
Online event via Webex

The symposium will discuss how space technologies support climate action.


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Joanneum Research with the support of 

  • Federal Ministry Republic of Austria European and International Affairs
  • Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
  • European Space Agency
  • City of Graz
  • Graz University of Technology
  • University of Vienna

Content Description

The event aims to showcase concrete climate action cases through demonstrations of applications using space solutions. Users of space applications will present lessons learnt and experts will discuss the role of space applications in climate-related policies. A range of different presentation formats will be used to highlight various aspects of space applications for climate action, including best practices and live demonstrations of solutions and services available for developing countries.


1 September 2020

  • 10:00 Introduction
  • 10:30 Session 1: Incorporating space-based technologies, applications and tools in climate policies and climate change monitoring
  • 12:00 Break
  • 12:10 Panel 1: General principles of international environmental law and space activities
  • 13:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Keynote presentation
  • 14:30 Panel 2: Health and epidemics
  • 15:15 Break
  • 15:30-17:00 Session 2: Health and epidemics 

2 September 2020

  • 10:00 Session 3: Energy, emission reduction, and transportation 
  • 11:30 Break 
  • 11:40 Keynote presentation 
  • 12:10 Panel 3: Disaster management, emergency response and climate migration
  • 13:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Panel 4: Agriculture
  • 14:45 Break
  • 15:00-17:00 Session 4: Urban planning, flood prevention and water management 

3 September 2020

  • 10:00 Keynote presentation
  • 10:30 Panel 5: International cooperation and best practices for Climate Action
  • 11:30-12:00 Conclusion

Target Audience

The Symposium is limited to a total of 100 participants. It addresses members of the diplomatic community, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, research and development institutions, policy-and-decision makers, senior experts, scientists, engineers and university educators, in particular from developing countries.

Participant Information

Online Registration

  • Deadline to propose abstracts for presentations: 19 June 2020
  • Deadline to register for the event: 16 August 2020 

The event will be held in English.

Contact Address

Joanneum Research & Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
Prof. Otto Koudelka
E-mail: koudelka@tugraz.at

University of Vienna
Prof. Irmgard Marboe
E-mail: irmgard.marboe@univie.ac.at

Joanneum Research
Daniela Müller
E-mail: daniela.mueller@joanneum.at

Organizing Team
United Nations Office at Vienna
Vienna International Centre
Wagramerstrasse 5 A-1220 Vienna
E-mail: unoosa-events@un.org