Current Mission Calls


Welcome to the Earth Observation Advisory Group Application homepage. New calls for group membership are announced here and when a call is open the website allows scientists from the Earth observation community to register and apply for membership of an Earth Explorer or Sentinel Mission Advisory Group.

Applicants for all calls must be of the nationality of one of the ESA Member-States* or Canada.

Explorer Mission Advisory Groups: As part of ESA's Living Planet Programme, Earth Explorer missions are designed to address critical scientific issues that have been raised by the science community. The missions also demonstrate breakthrough technology in observing techniques.

In general, the role of the Mission Advisory Group is to provide advice to ESA on the detailed scientific objectives of a mission, data product definitions, instrument design and calibration, data validation and data exploitation.

As a mission progresses though each phase of development and implementation, the emphasis of the role of the Advisory Group varies accordingly. Sentinel Mission Advisory Groups: As part of Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme, ESA is responsible for coordinating the space component and for the development of specific space infrastructure to meet user needs. User requirements for the Sentinel missions are the responsibility of the European Commission, or its mandated body for the service component of Copernicus. In parallel, ESA develops and elaborates mission requirements documentation as the baseline for each of the Sentinel missions. The baseline is endorsed by the EC such that, ultimately, each mission delivers products that meet user requirements. In general, the role of the Mission Advisory Group is to provide technical advice to ESA during development and implementation of the mission. In this capacity, members are requested to advise on: the compatibility between detailed objectives of a mission and the system specifications, priorities amongst observational requirements, retrieval algorithms and retrieval performance, product specifications, calibration and validation, and operational requirements.

If you wish to apply to an open call: first register your details and click on the current missions tab to select the open call or use the left hand menu (these pages only appear after registration). Keep note of your username as you will need it to log in. From there, you can download the advisory group terms of reference (ToR), and upload your CV. Note that your application is not completed until you upload your CV. By uploading your CV you agree to the advisory group terms of reference (ToR).

ESA's 22 Member States are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.