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Dr. Stephen Briggs
Department of EO Science, Applications & Future Technologies
ESA/ESRIN, Via Galileo Galilei, 64, 00044 Frascati, Italy

Phone: +39-(0)6 - 941 801

Stephen is heading the Department of “Earth Observation” (EO) Science, Applications & Future Technologies of ESA at ESRIN (Frascati), where he is responsible for the exploitation of ESA EO missions (for science, public sector, including GMES, and commercial applications), future technologies programme, studies relating to future missions, interface between ESA’s EO missions with user communities (including consultation, managing requirements and providing scientific advice to the Agency), and ensuring Scientific support and providing application expertise in the development and exploitation phase of all missions and programmes. He is also ad personam adviser to DG on strategy, science and policy.

Before joining ESA in 2000, Stephen worked as Director, Earth Observation British National Space Centre & Head, Earth Observation NERC, UK (1994-1999), Head, of Remote Sensing Applications Development Unit, NERC/BNSC (1986-1994), Senior Scientist, NERC Thematic Information Systems (1983-1986), and Lecturer, Dept of Physics, Queen Mary College London (1982-1983).

Stephen has a B.Sc (First Class Honours) in Astronomy, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University College London. He is Elected Fellow of University College London (2006). He has 70+ papers in journals, proceedings and books. Other posts held include, Chairman of the Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics (Sheffield, UK) (2001-2007), Chairman of the ESA Earth Observation Programme Board (1996-1999), Principal Investigator of ERS, ATSR, AVIRIS, ADEOS, EARSEC, EMAC et al. Programmes, Visiting Lecturer at JRC, Cambridge, Svalbard, Sheffield, Leicester, UCL and other Universities, and External Examiner Universities of London (Durham).