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European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 4 May, 1989
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Cluster Management Team: 
Internationalisation Responsible
Project Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Precision agriculture
Energy management
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aeronautics & environment
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Geo information, Remote sensing, Geospatial, GIS, Earth Observation
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy

The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) is a professional industrial body (trade association) with the mission to foster growth of the Earth-observation (EO) services sector. The Association maintains close links with key European Institutions, including the European Commission, European Parliament, European Environment Agency and other agencies, Eumetsat, the European and  National Space Agencies, as well as global bodies such as GEO (Group on Earth Observations), providing a unified voice on wider European and global issues of importance to the industrial sector. EARSC also maintains connections with a number of other umbrella organisations at European and National levels. We work with Eurogi (as an observer member), Eurisy, Eurospace, NEREUS in Brussels and with National Associations where they exist. Where no national association exists we sometimes also act on behalf of a national cluster of companies to help them with national policy, strategies and networking.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Details of support services: 

EARSC objectives are:

  • To promote the interests and co-operation between, European geo-information companies;
  • To make users aware of the benefits of remote sensing techniques and the products and services available from its members;
  • To provide its members with information on the development of the geo-information market;
  • To ensure that its members’ views are represented in national and international fora and initiatives in the field;
  • To give advice and assistance on remote sensing issues to funding and executing agencies.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
South Africa
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Pole Mer Bretagne
Cluster Lucano di Bioeconomia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
  • ConnectinGEO, European Network of Earth Observation Networks (ENEON)
  • GEO-CRADLE aimed at developing networks of European partners and promoting European capabilities to GEO stakeholders.
  • NextGEOSS


    Success Story / Achievements: 

    For community building:

    • EO4OG Portal: Dedicated portal for the oil&gas sector with a full analysis of the needs of the sector together with EO products which can meet those needs.
    • EARSC Portal: Comprehensive guide to EO applications and information relevant to the sector.

    For Partnership:

    • eoPages: A brokerage site to promote the activities of the European industry and provide means for clients to find suppliers.

    For promotion:

    • EOmag: quarterly information bulletin distributed to over 3000 stakeholders around the world. The Portal contains several dedicated areas aimed at informing each Community (research, international financial institutions etc) on the specific nature of EO as applicable to them. Tools are also provided for exchange around projects or of a general nature.
    Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

    Partnering with EARSC you will enjoy a number of benefits:

    • Political representation and access to policy makers
    • Strong European geo-informaiton service industry network and Pan-European exposure
    • Promotion of downstream services and applications
    • Participation in ongoing events and workshops
    • Access to R&D projects funding and support