Infosession Bulgaria
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The Copernicus Training and Information Session to be held on 17 April 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, is part of a series of national Copernicus events. The event is being jointly organised by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission after identifying the areas of interests and the capacity for development of the Bulgarian stakeholders.

The event aims to promote awareness of the many uses of Copernicus data and information, while providing the opportunity for hands on demonstrations and basic training regarding:


  • The data and information available;
  • Its potential uses and applications, both generally and amongst specific categories of users (Public Authorities, Entrepreneurs, etc.) or business sectors (Copernicus for Land Monitoring, Marine Monitoring, etc.);
  • The tools available to access the data and information.

The Copernicus Training and Information Session targets both Copernicus “intermediate” end users (technical) and end user communities (non-technical).

For more information, please refer to the draft Agenda.


These events are open and free to registered participants.

Registration is closed.




Date:               Tuesday 17/04/2018

Language:      English and Bulgarian

Cost:               free of charge


Venue:          House of Europe

Address:       124 Rakovski Street, 1000, Sofia, Bulgaria

Telephone:   (+359 2) 933-52-58

Email:          infocentre [at]

Web:   (only in Bulgarian)





09:00 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 - 10:25
Welcome and Introduction


  • Welcome Speeches
  • General Introduction to Copernicus (European Commission)
  • Bulgarian Copernicus Relays and Academies - Presentation in Bulgarian (Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski")
10:25 - 11:10
Access to Data


  • Introduction to Copernicus Data Access (Noveltis, EC Contractor)
  • Access to Sentinel Data and Research & User Support Service - RUS (ESA)
11:05 - 11:25
Coffee break
11:25 - 12:30
Copernicus Services: Land Monitoring


  • Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) - Product portfolio and data access (GAF, EC Contractor)
  • Copernicus for Agriculture - Global Land component (GAF, EC Contractor)
  • Service for operational monitoring of coniferous forest insect infestation (GEO Polymorphic Cloud)
  • Application of Copernicus satellite data for monitoring of agriculture in Bulgaria - Presentation in Bulgarian (SRTI-BAS)


12:30 - 12:50
Copernicus Services: Atmosphere Monitoring


  • Regional air quality reanalysis and forecast (Finnish Meteorological Institute, EC Contractor)
12:50 - 13:50
Lunch break
13:50 - 14:40
Copernicus Services: Marine Environment Monitoring


  • Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) - Product portfolio and data access (Mercator Océan)
  • Monitoring Ocean Colour - Python procedure for download (Noveltis, EC Contractor)
  • Ocean Current forecast for routing activities (Noveltis, EC Contractor)
14:40 - 15:40
Copernicus Services: Emergency Management


  • Early warning service: Forecasting floods and fires (e-GEOS, EC Contractor)
  • Copernicus data and services for flash flood management (GEO Polymorphic Cloud)
  • RISK GEO Portal – Copernicus Services via social media platforms (RST-TTO, BAS)
  • Copernicus data and services for floods and fires damage assessment - Presentation in Bulgarian (Ministry of Interior, Directorate "Communications and Information Systems, Aerospace Monitoring Center)
15:40 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 16:10
Pitch session


  • Fields of application of Copernicus data (Remote Sensing Applications Center - ReSAC)
  • Monitoring the deformation of the Earth's crust in North-eastern Bulgaria based on SAR data (SRTI-BAS)
16:10 - 16:50
Copernicus and user communities


  • Copernicus for Public Authorities - Copernicus supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (Planetek, EC Contractor)
  • Copernicus for Entrepreneurs - Developing a mobile application for citizens with Copernicus data (Copernicus Support Office)
16:50 - 17:00
18:00 - 19:00
Networking cocktail

 (Venue: Grand Hotel Sofia, ul. "General Yosif V. Gourko" 1)




Sofia international airport is located approx. 10 km from the city centre.

Sofia Metro Line 1 connects Sofia Airport to the city centre. The journey lasts for approximately 18 min.

Bus routes 84 and 184 connect the city centre (Gen. Gurko Str.) with the airport. The journey time from the first to the final stops of 84 and 184 bus routes is approximately 45 min. on weekdays, and 35 min. at weekends/holidays.

More information about public transport from the airport (metro and bus) is available here.

Taxi services are also available at the airport. For travellers' comfort and safety, Sofia Airport recommends the services of their contractual partner, the taxi operator OK Supertrans AD. More information is available here.


Contact Information

Name and contact details of local coordinator

Petya Piperkova

T: +359 2 940 7339

Email: p.piperkova [at]


Organising team:

Frederic Collomb

Copernicus Support Office / FDC

T: +33 1 53 66 11 11

Email: frederic.collomb [at]


Annekatrien Debien

Copernicus Support Office / SpaceTec Partners

T: +32 488 48 51 70

Email: debien [at]