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Women in Copernicus

"Women in Copernicus" wants to give a voice and a face to the women who work with Copernicus, identify opportunities and obstacles in the path of these women, and inspire girls and women to the forefront of Copernicus.

Published 22.02.2021 - Updated 22.02.2021


BreTel (Brittany Remote Sensing Group), led by IMT Atlantique

Brittany Remote Sensing Group (BreTel) is a regional structure mandated by the Brittany Region for space actions in Research, Economical Development, Training and Uses. This group is led by IMT Atlantique (engineering School, Copernicus Academy), but its actions are broader than academic actions. Bretel supports companies being involved in existing devices (Copernicus Relay with Pôle Mer for maritime issues, ESABIC Nord France for projects sourcing) and developing its own support actions for companies and LRAs working on continental issues.

Contact for project:

Marie Jagaille

Title of the project:

Women in Copernicus

Kind of activity:

The Women in Copernicus project will identify, inventory, understand and gather the stories of Copernicus Women in European Regions.

The "Women in Copernicus" projects wants to give a voice and a face to the women who work with Copernicus, whether they are experts in the analysis of satellite data or users of Copernicus services in various fields of application. The project aims to identify opportunities and obstacles in the paths of these women, and also to inspire girls and women by bringing Women in Copernicus to the forefront of Copernicus.

Main outputs:

  • Survey,
  • Project description,
  • Quantitative analysis of questionnaire,
  • Women testimonials (foreseen 7),
  • Film promotion of results (Motion design explaining the action, the results, and some testimonials: quotes and/or short selfmade videos of women),
  • Website

What motivated you to participate as an external/associated partner to CORdiNet?

  • The subject of the project: a partner (Service Public de Wallonie) proposed to us to carry out this project on Women in Copernicus together. We were very motivated by the subject and other enthusiastic partners joined us (9 partners).
  • Simplicity of submission and implementation: the answer to the call and the funding mechanism was relatively simple

How does your proposed action/project complement the purpose of CoRdiNet? What is your contribution to the Copernicus ecosystem?

This action would contribute in CoRdiNet objective:

  • Better knowledge of the diversity of women working in the Copernicus domain
  • Better understanding of the regional existing strengths in European regions
  • Better understanding and knowledge of barriers and opportunities for a broader use of Copernicus data in different regions and contexts
  • Creation of new regional connections and enlarge existing pan-regional networks by identifying and promoting hidden women and their role in Copernicus ecosystem
  • Make decision-makers aware about the need to create a Copernicus gender inclusive atmosphere 
  • Raise awareness among potential users in administration of the benefits of Copernicus by giving the voice to female figures and unknown uses
  • Enlarge the Copernicus EO audience by creating and promoting material generated out of the project in educational contexts
  • Encourage kids and girls in pursuing Copernicus-related careers by portraying female entrepreneurs

What were the new contacts you made and what have you learnt from your engagement with CoRdiNet?

All our meetings were online, so we don’t have any pictures of the team during a face-to-face meeting. We have visual identity (logo, website design) that can be used, do not hesitate to ask if you need specific format.

What type of new contacts did you make and what have you learnt out of your engagement with CoRdiNeT?

I made new contacts or reinforced existing contacts: inspiring women working across Europe from

  • SPW (Public Service of Wallonia, Belgium)
  • UJI (University Jaume I, Spain)
  • University of Strasbourg (France)
  • University of Salzburg (Austria)
  • European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)
  • Eurisy
  • Belspo