The event is organized by the GEO Polymorphic Cloud Association (Copernicus Relays), Space Research and Technology Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (SRTI-BAS) (Copernicus Academy)  and the Cluster for Aerospace Technologies and Research and Applications (CASTRA).

Copernicus Academy
Copernicus Relays



Provide information on the EU Earth Observation Programme – Copernicus. Training for access to satellite and thematic data from the Copernicus portals. European and world earth observation programs. Opportunities to support research, innovation and business solutions through the Copernicus program.


Cooperation between the scientific, educational, state and business organizations for joint partnerships in the field of use of Copernicus data, products and services. Presentation of good practices, innovative solutions and state-of-the-art developments. Users challenges and requirements in different areas of practice.


Demonstrate capabilities through concrete examples of EU Copernicus services and products in various applications in practice, science and business: environmental monitoring, climate change, air quality, biodiversity, agriculture and forestry, tourism and cultural heritage, disaster management, etc.

Application of Interim Ecological Monitoring (IEM) on wetlands using database from Copernicus Programme

11:30 – 11:50


DAY ONE – 28.07.2020

II-nd national workshop with international participation under the EU Copernicus programme

Venue: Studio of the online seminar – Bulgarian Industrial Association

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and virtual coffee break – video for the Copernicus programme


09:15 – 11:20

Space Programmes of EU – current state and future

09:15 – 09:30


Greeting addresses

Greeting to event participants from the Organising Committee

09:30 – 10:10

Introduction to the EU Copernicus Program

The current state of the EU space program – Copernicus, as well as what to expect in the future programming period will be presented.

Ivan Konaktchiev (European Commission)

10:10 – 10:40

Copernicus Space Component – What is expected as new Sentinel Missions – ESA overview
Assessing economic impacts of Covid19 using Earth Observation

The presentation will present the planned missions of the Sentinels satellites, as well as future new developments that will complement the space segment of the program.
In response to a request from the European Commission, DG DEFIS, ESA has been working with a range of industrial and research institutions throughout Europe to develop, demonstrate and verify EO based techniques to characterize the various impacts of Covid19 on European states and to monitor the extent to which economic activity recovers following periods of lock-down. This has resulted in a dedicated dash-board supporting an indicator based assessment of impact and recovery.
This presentation will illustrate the background to the developments, some examples of EO based characterization of impacts and how these can be structured as useful indicators as well as information on the dedicated dashboard.

Gordon Campbell (ESA)

10:40 – 11:20

Copernicus and Galileo: unlocking the synergies and growing the market

The first part of the presentation will address the extended role of EUSPA in market development and user uptake, as proposed in the new Space Regulation. Leveraging on a proven methodology and tools, the goal will be to support SMEs and start-ups, growing the non-core users and further developing the Copernicus economy. The second part of the presentation will address more specifically the synergies between European GNSS and Copernicus at application level, explaining practical examples and addressing area of further development.

Ralitsa Bozhanova, Acting Head of Project Control and Quality (European GNSS Agency)

Eduard Escalona, Market Development Innovation Officer (European GNSS Agency)

11:20 – 11:30

Virtual coffee break – video for the Copernicus programme

11:30 – 13:30

Copernicus – challenges, opportunities and applications

11:30 – 11:50

Copernicus for Business: How the Copernicus innovation programmes
support entrepreneurship and the business in general

As the world-leading Earth Observation programme, Copernicus substantially contributes to socio-economic benefits, as well as smart, sustainable and inclusive growth with its’ data, information and services. The last decade has seen a growing number of innovation programmes, funded by public institutions and industry, that have firmly positioned the use of Copernicus, also for commercial purposes. This presentation will provide an update on some of the main innovation initiatives in the field of Copernicus (and Galileo) and how the Bulgarian scientific and business communities could benefit from them.

Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen (AZO – Space for Innovation)

11:50 – 12:10

Eo4GEO – bridging the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in the EO/GI sector

EO4GEO is the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance for the Space/Geospatial sector. The 26 core and 34 associated partners of the Alliance work together on a Strategy and Long-Term Action Plan to continuously monitor the technological and societal trends, and to assess the evolving skills requirements for the sector. In practical terms, a comprehensive Body of Knowledge for Geographic Information and Earth Observation (BoK for GI/EO) is being developed with more than 160 experts, while a set of tools have been developed that allows to explore this BoK, design curricula, define an occupational profile, publish a Job Offer, etc., all based on this BoK. Moreover, a series of case-based learning actions in the sub-sectors of climate change, smart cities and integrated applications are currently being prepared for execution in Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. EO4GEO will offer all the project outcomes according to open licenses for re-use by the community, but will also continue to operate after the project life-time.

Danny Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven, Belgium)

12:10 – 12:30

NEREUS – a European platform promoting Copernicus4regions

The network of European regions using space technologies, NEREUS provides a dynamic platform for all regions in order to improve the use of space applications to provide effective policies for the benefit of citizens. Examples of how and where Copernicus data and services are applied in Europe will be provided by the Secretary General of NEREUS.

Roya Ayazi (NEREUS)

12:30 – 12:50

Addressing Big EO Data Challenge with Challenges – Sentinel Hub

Through the Copernicus programme satellite data are made available to everyone, but processing the ever-growing amount of data still poses challenges. Sentinel Hub will present how we are spreading awareness as well as making satellite data accessible and easy to use for the general public and developers. We will showcase how our satellite data visualization scripting contests and powerful tools help people provide real life solutions, and why we make a great deal of our code and tools freely available for everyone.

Monja Šebela (Sentinel Hub, Sinergise)

12:50 – 13:10

The rise of AI for EO and Copernicus

The emergence of big data provided by the Copernicus programme provides both new opportunities and challenges for research, businesses and software/data providers, where new techniques such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are needed to capitalise and make sense of the vast amounts of data. This talk will present the work of ESA’s Phi-Lab to explore the power of AI for EO and Copernicus data, and the various research, activities and partnerships to achieve this.

Jennifer Adams, Ph.D. (ESA, Phi-Lab)

13:10 – 13:30

Available hardware and software tools for local satellite data processing – possibilities in Bulgaria

The available high-performance computer systems as hardware for processing of unprecedented volume of satellite data are presented. Modern methods and algorithms for processing satellite information, in which we have trained specialists for work, are also considered. The possible application areas are specified.

Assoc. Prof. Kiril Alexiev, (IITC – BAS)

13:30 – 13:45

Virtual lunch break – video for the Copernicus programme

13:45 – 15:10

Copernicus related activities in Bulgaria

13:45 – 14:00

Status of space activities in Bulgaria and success rate of participation in ESA-PECS

Petya Piperkova (Ministry of Economy)

14:00 – 14:15

Space Program from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

How the Space Program is developed from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

Eng. Hristina Kovacheva (“Space” Program Committee, Horizon 2020)

14:15 – 14:30

GEO Program (GEO)

The presentation will comment on issues related to the use, exchange and management of open data and information from Earth Observations received from the Global System of Observation Systems GEOSS and in particular from the Copernicus program of the EC. Emphasis will be placed on the efficient use of European and national resources for the EO, EuroGEOSS (as part of GEOSS) and diverse data (including space, air and ground) to develop products, services or solutions that are accessible and useful for the economic, social and societal development of modern society.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyubka Pashova (NIGGG – BAS, deputy representative of GEO for Bulgaria)

14:30 – 14:50

The network of Copernicus Academy and Copernicus Rеlаys in Bulgaria

Copernicus Academy and Copernicus Relay are part of the Copernicus User-uptake Copernicus initiative. Members of their networks are scientific organizations, SMEs, NGOs and others working in the field of application of Earth Observation. The role of Copernicus Academy and Copernicus Relay is to raise awareness of the Copernicus program in each country. In the presentation you will learn who these organizations are in Bulgaria and what are their activities related to Copernicus.

Representatives of Copernicus Relays and Copernicus Academy in Bulgaria

14:50 – 15:00

Copernicus Hackathons in Bulgaria

The presentation will cover the conducted so far Copernicus Hackathons in Bulgaria.

Katya Dimitrova (RST-TTO)

15:00 – 15:10

Copernicus Academy&Relays Bulgaria Web Portal

The talk will present the vision for the future Copernicus Academy&Relays Bulgaria Web Portal.

Vassil Vassilev (GEO Polymorphic Cloud, Copernicus Relays Bulgaria)

15:10 – 15:20

Virtual coffee break – video for the Copernicus programme


15:20 – 15:50

Copernicus Services: Atmosphere Monitoring

We will briefly outline the main thematic areas of the Atmosphere service (CAMS) related to air pollution and health, solar energy, greenhouse gases and climate forcing. Emphasis will be put on products for air quality forecasts on regional and global scale, providing examples for data access and tools for their visualisation, including the newly developed resources in support of the COVID-19 crisis (opportunities by CAMS microsite). The functionalities of the Atmosphere Data Store (ADS), replacing the CAMS Catalogue will be presented. The Policy Support tools shall be also commented providing examples for forecasted source contributions to particulate matter concentrations in Sofia.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emilia Georgieva (NIMH)

15:50 – 16:20

Copernicus services: Marine Environment Monitoring

We will present the information about the World Ocean, which is provided in real time and for the past climatic period. The available products are divided thematically as Blue Ocean – the physical parameters, Green Ocean – biogeochemical parameters and White Ocean – parameters for the ice cover. We will give explanation on how to find and download the variables you are interested in. We will also look at the newly developed Ocean Monitoring Indicators and Ocean State Report. Special attention will be paid to the Black Sea and what is happening there – the trends in temperature, sea level, circulation and dissolved oxygen content. We will also present the development strategy for the next phase in the light of the transition to Copernicus 2.0.

Assoc. Prof. Elisaveta Peneva, Ph.D. (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”)

16:20 – 16:50

Copernicus Services: Emergency Management

In the presentation, we will briefly present the “Emergency” service of the Copernicus Program, the way to activate the service, the data, and products that are provided for certified and public access, as well as the prospects for its future development. The three systems of the thematic service for prevention and planning, early warning and monitoring of disasters will be briefly examined: the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS), the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) and the European Drought Observatory (EDO). Some examples for which the “Emergency” service for Bulgaria is activated and the opportunities for end-users to access the data and products for this thematic service will be also commented.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyubka Pashova (NIGGG-BAS)

16:50 – 17:00

Virtual coffee break – video for the Copernicus programme

17:00 – 18:30

17:00 – 17:30

Copernicus Services: Land Monitoring

In the presentation we will present the information about the global biogeophysical products, pan-European products for land use and land cover, local products with high resolution; how to find satellite images and reference data on the Internet and use them in our daily work. We will pay special attention to mapping of agricultural crops with the help of data from Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 for the territory of Bulgaria. A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of the multitemporal supervised classification will be made using radar and optical data from the Copernicus program. We will also present the strategy for the development of CLMS in the next phase in the light of the transition to Copernicus 2.0.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lachezar Filchev (SRTI-BAS)

15:45 – 16:15

Copernicus Services: Climate Change

In the presentation we will explain how we can access Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) products and data, what is available now and what is planned for the future. We will access data from the Climate Data Store, process them with its Toolbox and Python libraries, and introduce the C3S Demonstrator. What specialized training to expect from C3S User Learning Service in Bulgaria and when.

Vassil Vassilev (GEO Polymorphic Cloud)

16:15 – 16:45

Copernicus Services: Security

In the presentation we will learn what Copernicus Security Service provides, what is available now and what is planned for the future.

Eng.D.Sc.Antoaneta Frantzova (CAWRI – BAS)

DAY TWO – 06.10.2020

II-nd national workshop with international participation under the EU Copernicus programme

Venue: Studio of the online seminar – Bulgarian Industrial Association and Space Research and Technology Institute – BAS

Link for online participation:

The registered participants could participate in the online event through Zoom using the links provided in the confirmation e-mails.

The event will be also broadcast live (without registration) on the GEO Polymorphic Cloud in YouTube!

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and virtual cafe – video for the Copernicus programme

09:30 – 11:10


Atmosphere and Marine Monitoring using Copernicus Data and Services

09:30 – 09:50

Satellite information downscaled to urban air quality in Bulgaria – results from the SIDUAQ project


09:50 – 10:10

Application of satellite data from the Copernicus programme for wind estimation from the atmospheric forecast models for the Black Sea


10:10 – 10:30

Monitoring the extent of riverine and other sources flow in the Bulgarian Black Sea coastal zone using satellite remote sensing


10:30 – 10:50

Black Sea freezing in 2006-2020 as seen by the satellites

Mirna MATOV, Elisaveta PENEVA

10:50 – 11:10

The use of Copernicus Marine Services products to support the fishery in the Black Sea


11:10 – 11:30

Virtual Coffee break – presentations for Copernicus programme

11:30 – 12:50


Land Monitoring using Copernicus Data and Services – part 1

11:30 – 11:50

A Linear Regression Model for Soil Salinity Prediction in the Great Hungarian Plain using Sentinel-2 Data


11:50 – 12:10

Seasonal monitoring of Durankulak Lake using Sentinel 2 Data


12:10 – 12:30

Application of Interim Ecological Monitoring (IEM) on wetlands using database from Copernicus Programme

Kameliya RADEVA

12:30 – 12:50

National permanent GNSS network and State GPS network – current state, perspectives and applications in geodynamics


12:50 – 13:30

Virtual Lunch – presentations for Copernicus programme

13:30 – 14:50


Land Monitoring using Copernicus Data and Services – part 2

13:30 – 13:50

Using satellite SAR data for registering Earths’ crust deformations after earthquakes


13:50 – 14:10

Monitoring of landslide processes on the northern Black Sea of Bulgaria using data from the Copernicus program


14:10 – 14:30

Crop type mapping in Bulgaria using Sentinel-1 and -2 composite imagery and GEE


14:30 – 14:50

Land use mapping at country scale using Sentinel and Landsat data in support of the national reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in Bulgaria


14:50 – 15:30

e-Discussions – Q&As, Information on future activities within FPCUP – COPE4BG.
Wrap-up session and Closing ceremony


The Proceedings from the II-nd national workshop with international participation under the EU Copernicus programme could be found here:


The event is organised by GEO Polymorphic Cloud – Copernicus Relays,

Space Research and Technology Institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (SRTI-BAS) – Copernicus Academy


Cluster for Aerospace Technology, Research and Applications (CASTRA)

Сдружение GEO Polymorphic Cloud
Basic RGB

The event is supported by:


This seminar is supported by the European Union’s Caroline Herschel Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake under grant agreement No: FPA 275/G/GRO/COPE/17/10042, project FPCUP (Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake), Action No.: 2018-1-86 “Copernicus Awareness Raising Programme for Bulgaria – COPE4BG” (2019/SI2.819207/06).

FP-CUP implementing partners – SRTI-BAS and CASTRA.


Important Information

Participation in the event is free, without registration fee.

Registration for the second day of the event – Scientific and Business Session 6.10.2020 is closed.

Registration for the first day of the event Information Session (28.07.2020) is closed. All presentations and video of the event could be found in each session from the Agenda of the Cope4BG2020.

The abstracts will be published online in the Proceedings with ISSN and DOI, and the presentations will be uploaded on the seminar website. the workshop reports will be published online and printed and in a proceedings with ISBN and DOI (indexed by CrossRef) by SRTI-BAS. Invited reports from the workshop will also be published in the journal “Aerospace Research in Bulgaria” (p-ISSN 1313-0927, e-ISSN 2367-9522, SRTI-BAS) indexed and referenced in ESCI (Clarivate, WoS), EBSCO Discovery Service, CrossRef, ADS (NASA), Google Scholar, etc. The Journal  is included in the “National Reference List of contemporary Bulgarian scientific publications with scientific review” maintained by the National Centre for Information and Documentation.

  • Presentations must be presented within 20 minutes. For this you need to prepare a presentation and an abstract.
  • Presentations and abstracts should be based on templates that you can download below.

Dates for registration

for information sessions of the event on 28.07.2020

10.06.2020 – 27.07.2020

Registration for the first day of Cope4BG2020 is closed!

for scientific sessions of the event on 06.10.2020

10.06.2020 – 05.10.2020

Registration for the second day of Cope4BG2020 on 06.10.2020 is closed!

Deadlines for registering a presentation in the scientific and business sessions on 6.10.2020

registering for presentation in the seminar and providing an abstract

10.06.2020 – 10.09.2020

submission of the full text of the publication


Registration for the second day of Cope4BG2020 with report is closed!


Registered participants for the scientific and business sessions on 6.10.2020, will receive an e-mail with links in Zoom for live broadcasts after 15.09.2020

Non-registered participants could join each session of the event through YouTube HERE.

Video of the presentations will be published after 15.10.2020

Until then, you may be interested to follow the presentations from the previous I-st National Copernicus Workshop, held in 2018

On 28.07. and 6.10.2020, all registered participants will be able to ask their questions online on Zoom

Unregistered participants can use the following question form

Answers of the questions posted on the first day of the Cope4BG2020 – 28.07.2020 could be found in the link below:

After the webinars on 28.07. and 6.10.2020 every attendee in Zoom, or YouTube, could share opinion, or suggestions for the event.

Please use the feedback form below, or write us on office@copernicus.bg:



28.07. and 6.10.2020

Bulgarian Industrial Association

Sofia 1000, 16-20, Alabin Str., Bulgaria


Space Research and Technology Institute – BAS

Sofia 1113, Acad. Georgi Bonchev Str., bl. 1, Bulgaria


Copernicus Academy

Space Research and Technology Institute at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (SRTI-BAS)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lachezar Filchev

Copernicus Relays

GEO Polymorphic Cloud

Vassil Vassilev