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Golden pineapple selection – We make INSPIRE work!

Who presents the most inspiring application of INSPIRE this year? The organising committee of this years’ INSPIRE Conference has nominated six applications of INSPIRE to win a golden pineapple. You can help us decide!

The nominated presentations cover a wide range of applications. Which presented application inspires most? That is what we – together with the participants - will decide at the conference. In the plenary on Friday, the golden pineapple will be handed out.

You want a glimpse of the golden pineapple? You may have seen the video announcing the INSPIRE conference is coming to Antwerp in 2018.

In this video the pineapple is revealed…

The nominated presentations are:

18 September
9.00-10.30 – Gorilla 3 | Tools and Technologies track

Web-based Event Detection for Water Resource Management – Matthes Rieke (10.00 hours)

19 September 

9.00-10.30 – Okapi 3 | Smart Cities - Urban Agenda – Digital transition track

ECOCRAFT – building a better world by schoolchildren thanks to the INSPIRE standards – Maria Andrzejewska (9.30 hours)

20 September

14.00-15.30 – Okapi 3 | Energy & Location track

Demand characterization by INSPIRE-based EPC generation for energy urban planning toward the decarbonisation of buildings and districts – Gema Hernández Moral (14.15 hours)

16.00-17.30 – Okapi 2 | Environmental monitoring and reporting track

Streamlining Environmental reporting re-using INSPIRE: the case of the EU Registry of Industrial Sites – Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias (16:45 hours)

21 September

9.00-10.30 – Gorilla 1 | International cooperation track

How can INSPIRE support building an Marine SDI in the Baltic Sea – Manuel Frias (9.00 hours)

9.00-10.30 – Gorilla 1 | International cooperation track

What geospatial information is needed for managing windfarm projects at sea and how are we going to organise that – Ellen Vos (9.15 hours)



Programme INSPIRE 2018 Conference online

From 18-21 September 2018 Belgium and The Netherlands, together with the European Commission are organising the INSPIRE conference in Antwerp, Belgium.


In more than 250 presentations and workshops, spatial data specialists with an academic, public or private sector background, share their latest insights and experiences. We invite you to have a look at the preliminary programme and join us in Antwerp this September.
Paper selection INSPIRE Conference takes more time

The INSPIRE paper selection committee received over 350 excellent workshop, session and presentation submissions, for inclusion in the programme of the INSPIRE Conference. Well over the number we can accommodate in the final programme. 

For this reason the committee needs a little more time to come to the final selection.

Authors of submissions will hear no later than 1 June whether they have been selected.

Geobuiz is also coming to Antwerp

On 17 September, prior to the INSPIRE Conference, Geospatial Media is organising the Geobuiz Europe in Antwerp. This makes Antwerp the place to be for geo-professionals in the week of 17-21 September.

Where the INSPIRE Conference brings you the latest developments in the field of spatial infrastructure in Europe to you, Geobuiz Europe focuses on promising innovations and developments for the geo-business. When you visit Geobuiz as well as the INSPIRE Conference, you will be completely up to date in just one week!

Both Geobuiz and the INSPIRE conference take place in the FMCCA in the city centre of Antwerp, Belgium. Registration for both evens it open now.


Registration INSPIRE Conference 2018 opened

From 18-21 september 2018 Belgium and The Netherlands, together with the European Commission are organising the INSPIRE conference in Antwerpen. With more than 250 presentations and workshops, a large exhibition and a venue situated in the heart of the beautiful historical city of Antwerp we are ready to host more than 1000 enthusiastic delegates from all over Europe, and beyond. Registration is open now!

Register here

The INSPIRE conference 2018 will be a real milestone. The conference provides a forum for discussion, exchange of new ideas, for the establishment of new friendships and collaborations and for the dissemination of recent acquired knowledge and experience.

Proud to present

We are proud to present the first confirmed honoured guests who will share their views with us in the plenaries. In the opening plenary, we welcome European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market.   Mrs. Dorine Burmanje, vice chair United Nations – GGIM and CEO of the National Mapping Agency and Cadastre The Netherlands will present Global Policy and goals for our planet. In the same track Mr. Piero Bruni from Italy will tell his personal story on protecting the Lago di Bolsena and his interest and need for access to public environmental data.  Mr. Daniel Calleja, Director General of DG Environment, European Commission  will moderate the opening plenary.

On Wednesday we focus on the transition to a green economy and INSPIRE. Mrs. Nathalie Girouard, OECD Environment Directorate and Head of Environmental Performance and Information Division, will take us into the world of green growth and sustainable development. For Mrs. Janneke Hadders – CEO of  Dacom Farm Intelligence, The Netherlands,  large amounts of data are key to their services that help improve crops and bring down costs. We are also pleased to announce the innovator Mr. Arash Aazami, whose business model for how an energy supplier can earn more money by selling less energy has won awards from MIT and will undoubtedly pave the way for the sustainable energy of the future. Hans Bruyninckx - Executive Director of the European Environment Agency will moderate this session.

Thursday is ‘Digital transformation, Digital transition’ day. We welcome entrepreneur Mrs. Valrie Grant  who will share her views how spatial data infrastructures can evolve to ensure the most efficient sharing of information. Mr. Alessandro Annoni  Head of the Digital Economy Unit, JRC will moderate this session.

On Friday we welcome Mr. Roeland Samson, leading scientist of the citizen science project ‘Curieuze Neuzen’ in Belgium where over 45.000 volunteers are measuring air quality.
Looking forward to meeting you coming September!

Check the conference website for more information