Dr Alex Held
Director of the Centre for Earth Observation of the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Business Unit
Dr. Held is currently the Director of the Centre for Earth Observation of the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Business Unit, and Lead of the AquaWatch Mission. Dr Held, has been recognised for his pioneering contributions to Earth observation and space research with the 2020 Harrie Massey Award. He is a Co-Chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Strategic Implementation Team (CEOS SIT), and the Lead for CSIRO's AquaWatch Mission. He is also serving as the co-lead of the "Landscapes Assessment" facility of Australia’s “Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network” – TERN, which provides free and open access to various satellite-derived products for ecosystem science and land management. Previously he served as Head of COSSA (the CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications) from 2004 -December 2007, representing Australia at several space-related international committees, and served as member of the National Committee for Space Science of the Australian Academy of Science. He was part of the team which held the 2016 Chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites – CEOS. He is a plant physiologist from the University of California, Davis, and has been linking remote sensing and vegetation mapping at CSIRO since arriving in Australia 29 years ago.
Panelist for the Grand Debate: Opportunities and Challenges in Space+ Spatial sector