ESA Living Planet Symposium

Built on an ancient volcano exposed by a great ice sheet, Edinburgh was a fitting setting for the European Space Agency's Living Planet Symposium, held from 9-13 September 2013. At ESA's largest conference to date, more than 1,900 scientists from across Europe met to present and discuss the latest results from ESA's Earth observation programme.

Planetary Visions had a busy time at LPS. We were invited to give a presentation on data visualisation, but also unveiled an interactive software tool for ESA's Climate Change Initiative, and produced animation showing the latest measurements of Arctic ice thickness from the UK's Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Our invited paper in the Data Visualisation session, Presenting Data and Telling Stories, showed examples of our science communication work with ESA, as well as our commercial projects.

Computer graphics from Planetary Visions were also prominent in the opening session, attended by Science Minister David Willetts and ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dourdain, and on many of the screens in ESA's exhibition area.