The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. We have asked our speakers to share their views on the state of gender equality, contributing to the UN Women’s Day theme this year.

International womens day 2020

Knowledge and skills along the many value chains of Earth observations, from data provision to its use in either science or other societal services, are empowering women in all parts of the world. Equally, on the other hand, women contribute with their talents and perspectives enhancing the value of Earth observations for society.


NextGEOSS organized a webinar (Friday 6th March) where we invited women from our global network to speak about their work. We are lucky to have such talented women in our network representing Earth observation communities across continents as well as different parts of the Earth observation value chains.


Webinar agenda, slides, and recordings

You can enjoy the webinar recordings and presentations here. In the webinar the speakers invited you to join this community through various activities. More information about this follows below.


Earth Observation & Generation Equality

Learn about different aspects of Earth observation, from the perspective of the private sector, governmental administration, technological and legal sector. 


– Introduction, Bente Lilja Bye, BLB
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Chinese Proverb), Angelica Gutierrez, NOAA, AmeriGEO
Earth Observations for Food Security and perspectives on Gender Equality, Lilian Ndungu, RCMRD, AfriGEO
Earth observation in the private sector, Codrina Ilia, TerraSigna
Earth observations from a legal perspective – Space law and Copernicus, Sandra Cabrera, University of Luxembourg
Technology, Innovation, Standards, Earth Observation and sharing knowledge via European Projects, Marie-Francoise Voidrot, OGC
– Q&A


Meet the speakers and see their presentations at the webinar:


Angelica GutierrezAngélica Gutiérrez, Lead Hydrologist, NOAA/AmeriGEO is a watershed hydrologist with 25+ years of experience in the fields of hydrological and water quality modeling and uncertainty analyses. She also has more than ten years of environmental policy experience working with local and national governments, domestically and internationally, on the implementation of environmental and data initiatives. At the NOAA/Office of Water Prediction (OWP), Dr. Gutierrez manages international activities of hydrology, including those within the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), NOAA-ECCC bilateral, and NOAA-ECMWF collaboration. She is a member of the Ambassador’s Water Experts Program (AWEP), a Program in support of the U.S. President’s Global Water Strategy. In 2019 and under AWEP, Dr. Gutierrez provided assessment and recommendations to the Colombian government to address the environmental impact generated by the emergency in the construction of the hydroelectric plant of Ituango. In 2019, Dr. Gutierrez received the GEO Individual Excellence Award, for being a driving force behind AmeriGEO, the regional initiative of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in the Americas, and for championing GEOGloWS, where she has made exceptional contributions to the work of GEO by improving water sustainability in multiple countries, and for pioneering scientific and regional collaboration. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gutierrez was a mathematical modeler at the EPA-Chesapeake Bay Program Office, where she participated in the Program’s activities to address the Watershed and Bay’s water quality impairments. Later on, she was a hydrologist for the USGS, where she led projects in the area of watershed and water quality modeling. From 2005 to 2014, she was a research associate at the CEE University of Maryland – College Park with activities related to the application of remote sensing data to predict nitrogen concentrations in forested areas, undergoing natural and human-made deforestation. In 2016 she was awarded the title of honorary professor at the National University of Colombia in Engineering. Video recording of “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Chinese proverb)”


Lilian NdunguLilian Ndungu, Technical Lead for Agriculture and Food Security at RCMRD/SERVIR E&SA is an Agriculture and Food Security Expert, with outstanding experience in providing technical leadership for  programs on climate change, agriculture and food security. She is passionate about the application of big data, technology for adaptation and resilience.  Lilian won the NASA Excellence Award (2016) for contribution towards Agriculture and Food Security Assessments in East and Southern Africa. Video recording of “Earth Observations for Food Security and perspectives on Gender Equality”


Codrina IlieCodrina Ilie, TerraSigna is a technical geographer, an open source GIS power user, actively working in improving open data services development at Terrasigna. In the last 4 years, her work has been divided between open data initiative development and geodata standardization and interoperability. In her 8 years of activity, Codrina has essentially focused on using open source GIS solutions for data management, processing and visualization. As an advocate for foss4g, since 2010 she has been a volunteer trainer in the Romanian geospatial community, Since 2013, Codrina has been a Charter Member of the OSGeo. Video recording of “Earth observation in the private sector”


Sandra CabreraSandra Cabrera Alvarado, University of Luxembourg,  is a Mexican/French national with a background in international relations and space law. She has worked in the private and public sector. Firstly as a consultant at UNESCO for the Space for Heritage Initiative, later at the Space market consultancy NSR and at the Mexican Space Agency in the area of Earth Observation as a project manager for international projects. Currently, she’s studying a PhD at the University of Luxembourg pursuing the degree of philosophy in space law with the topic on the legal and political aspects of the Copernicus’ open data policy. Video recording of  “Earth observations from a legal perspective – Space law and Copernicus”


Marie-Francoise VoidrotMarie-Francoise Voidrot, Open Geospatial Concortium, is responsible for planning and managing interoperability initiatives such as testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments with an emphasis on activities in Europe. Prior to joining OGC, Mrs Voidrot was Senior Project Manager for numerous meteorological information systems with Meteo-France for Meteo-France but also for major customers in spatial, defense or aeronautical activities.  Hence, she brings a global end to end view of the information systems from production to a large variety of activities. Since 2009 she has also served as member company representative to the OGC and as a co chair of the MetOcean Domain Working Group contributing to the connection between the Met Ocean communities and OGC standards experts. She holds a MS in Informatics from the Ecole Centrale Paris and a MS in Meteorology from the Ecole Nationale de la Meteorologie (French National School in Meteorology) As part of her MS in informatics, she worked on multidimensional data visualisation at the Space Science and Engineering Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Video recording of  “Technology, Innovation, Standards, Earth Observation and sharing knowledge via European Projects”


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