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N° 11–2019: Call For Media: The ESA Earth Observation Φ-Week (Phi Week)

3 September 2019

Media are invited to the Φ-Week (with ‘Φ’, phi, pronounced ‘fee’ or ‘fi’), a five-day international event organised by ESA on the latest developments of relevance to space, to be hosted at its Earth observation centre in Frascati, Italy, from 9-13 September 2019.

Although Earth observation (EO) is a clear focus, the Φ-week takes a wider angle to encompass other space technologies and innovative ICT solutions. The event includes inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, a startup ‘bootcamp’, side events and ‘hackathons’ in order to explore how new tech is shaping the future of EO and space.

The event connects multidisciplinary communities helping them to :

  • gain insight into the latest trends in EO Open Science, New Space, and the impact of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • connect and network with the new ecosystem of space including scientists, innovators, corporate leaders, startups and investors;
  • discover the latest trends in tech and space from keynote speakers;
  • learn about a wide range of topics, ranging from Open EO Science to AI, blockchain, AR/VR, additive manufacturing and their applications across industries,
  • innovate by bringing your idea to the discussion regarding the future evolution of EO.












The opening session on Monday 9 September will start at 13:30 and it will foresee special contributions by ESA Director General Jan Wörner and ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes Josef Aschbacher.

The full programme and a list of speakers are available at Earth Observation Φ-Week.

In parallel, an intensive five-day of Φ-Week Bootcamp, which guides people through the design sprint process, answering critical questions in the design, prototyping and testing ideas relating to Earth observation, will be also organised.


The Φ-Week will be held at:


Largo Galileo Galilei 1
00044 Frascati

How to get to ESRIN:

Media accreditation

Media representatives with press or social media credentials please register specifying if they would like to use the shuttle service at: 

Social media participants should check here that they meet the eligibility criteria before applying. Note that there is no dedicated social media event; those attending with social media accreditation will have the same access to the event as traditional/online news media.

Latest date for registration is Friday 6 September at 12:00.

Follow online

The Φ-Week will stream live on 9 September. In the meantime, it is possible to join the discussion in the ONLINE tab.

Social media: 
For live updates throughout the event, follow #phiweek, @ESA_EO, @EO_OPEN_SCIENCE, @ESA_Italia on Twitter.

Related links

Φ-week webpage

ESA EO Website


About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.


For further information, please contact:

ESA Newsroom and Media Relations

Tel. +3906941801