ONWARD Webinar no. 8 with Veronika Strnadová and Marketa Gladysev (EUSPA)

Space Data for Healthcare

On November 10, 2022, 2-3 PM UTC, we were very honoured to have Veronika Strnadová (EUSPA) and Marketa Gladysev (EUSPA) in our ONWARD Webinar #8 to discuss Space Data for Healthcare.

Satellite data have become an important source of information unlocking new business opportunities and enabling non-existing use cases. During this webinar EUSPA will introduce the EU Space programme and funding opportunities to stimulate the user uptake of the EU space data as well as will provide a deep dive into how space data can enrich Healthcare sector and examples of existing projects.

Satellite data contribute to Healthcare in many ways. Earth observation (EO) helps to fight contagious and infectious diseases, thereby supporting prevention, early warning and health-care planning. Moreover, it is an important source of information for mHealth applications, for instance, helping people with allergies or heart diseases or sport & wellbeing enthusiasts. EO data also contribute to timely water quality monitoring and predicting heatwave risks by providing vulnerable people with early warning and further behavioural advices.

To conclude, there is a tremendous potential for building innovative solutions and new value-added services using space data to overall protect and enrich the health of citizens, enhance prevention and address health risks related to environmental conditions and disease spreading.


Veronika Strnadova

Veronika Strnadová

Veronika Strnadová is Remote Sensing Scientist & Consultant at EUSPA. She has obtained her PhD. Degree in Geography and Remote sensing at Charles University in Prague. She has long-term international experience. She was representing the EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) for Earth Observation and GEO activities for four years and was a visiting scientist at the Helmholtz Zentrum (GFZ), Potsdam. In 2018 she was appointed as an Earth Observation mentor for the ESA/NASA summer program – FDL Europe 2018. Since Copernicus data were made available, she has been working on developing new applications that use these free data in synergy (e.g. Sentinel-1 and 2 data). Currently, she has been working as a senior Copernicus consultant in EUSPA.

Marketa Gladysev

Marketa Gladysev

Marketa Gladysev is a management consultant from Alpha Consult working on-site at European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA). She is working closely with innovators and start-ups helping them to leverage benefits of EU Space programme via organisation of hackathons, competitions, connecting them to accelerators and investors. Apart from that she is working on downstream market development in Healthcare segment, fostering the adoption of space data by healthcare & pharma stakeholders. Previously, she worked in leading consultancy (EY). She holds Master’s Degree in International Business.


The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) provides safe and secure European satellite navigation services, promotes the commercialization of Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus data and services and coordinates the EU’s forthcoming governmental satellite communications programme GOVSATCOM. EUSPA is responsible for the security accreditation of all the EU Space Programme components. By fostering the development of an innovative and competitive space sector and engaging with the entire EU Space community, EUSPA contributes to the European Green Deal and digital transition, the safety and security of the Union and its citizens, while reinforcing its autonomy and resilience.

About Open Network on Water-Related Diseases (ONWARD):

ONWARD (Open Network for Water-Related Diseases) is dedicated to developing a network of scientists and stakeholders sharing a common interest in better understanding of environmental controls on outbreaks of water-related diseases; the role of societal engagement in countering it; and in forecasting, early warning and risk mapping of water-associated diseases through the use of remote sensing, field observations and mathematical modelling. Our vision is to enable cost-effective, regularly updated, geo-referenced early warning for areas vulnerable to water-associated diseases, which in turn will enable preventive measures to be deployed in a timely manner to minimise the probability of epidemics. It is an open network committed to promote better dialogue and collaboration among experts from all relevant disciplines and with stakeholders, including the general public. Through the project, we intend to bring together experts from fields related to water associated diseases such as microbiologists, remote-sensing scientists, medical practitioners, and social scientists. A series of webinars are being organised as part of the activities of ONWARD.

If you are interested in joining ONWARD, please write to onward.gcrf@gmail.com with “ONWARD Membership” in the subject line.

We will continue with the ONWARD Webinars during the next months. Expect some very exciting afternoons, or mornings or evenings, depending on where you are… If you need any additional information please send an email to Jose Luiz Moutinho.

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