Scientific Affairs Officer, Space Applications Section of UNOOSA

Mr. Jorge Del Rio Vera is a telecommunication Engineer and have PhD in earth observation. Since he can remember, he had been interested in space, in particular in how space technology can improve our lives on Earth. He started his career in the Group of Physical Oceanography of the University of Malaga where he used remote sensing to study the Mediterranean Sea, during this period he had research stays in the Colorado State University, the University of British Columbia and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre which gave him better insights on how satellites were used and the techniques needed to process their data. After that, he joined the European Space Agency, working on Envisat, the largest earth observation satellite ever built, and Copernicus, the biggest European earth observation programme. He has also worked for the NATO Underwater Research Centre applying space knowledge to underwater systems and the European Maritime Safety Agency using satellites to catch polluters red-handed. After that, he moved to the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, the agency in charge of the exploitation of Galileo, the European global navigation satellite system, where he worked setting up the operations of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre until he joined the Office for Outer Space Affairs in the United Nations, as a scientific affairs officer, promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.