Gulin Dede

Copernicus Space Segment Engineering Coordinator


Copernicus is the flagship programme of the European Union for Earth Observation, formerly known as the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES). It is the world's largest Earth observation programme, managed by the European Commission on behalf of the European Union.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is entrusted by EC the task to define the overall system architecture for the Copernicus space component, its technical coordination and further evolution on the basis of user requirements, coordinated by the Commission.

The Copernicus programme's data policy provides full, open and free-of-charge access to Copernicus data and information, in line with the international data sharing principles of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). Copernicus supports EuroGEOSS and is the European contribution to the GEO's Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

With its wide spectrum information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in-situ data, the Copernicus programme represents a significant potential to support reporting on the SDG indicators and to provide the relevant information contributing to effective monitoring of progress towards the SDGs and compliancy with the International Agreements.


Dr Gulin Dede is the Copernicus Space Segment Engineering Coordinator within the Earth Observation Projects Department of the European Space Agency (ESA), at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC). She has received several awards from ESA in recognition of her highly valuable contributions to the development of Sentinel missions of the Copernicus programme.

She has MSc in electronics engineering and PhD in technology management. Her research interests and areas of expertise are; Earth observation and satellite technologies, R&D and technology management, technoparks and innovation ecosystems, SME incubation and funds, European Commission Horizon 2020 and SDG impact projects.