Among the key speakers at the opening of the conference are Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Rt. Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group (by Skype), Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency.
The conference will discuss a broad range of subjects including safety applications (tracing dangerous goods while in transportation, airport security), emergency response in crisis and disaster relief operations, forecasts and maps for seafarers, applications in agriculture and futuristic ideas like driverless taxis.
The Expo opening ceremony at 5.30 pm on 3 December will follow the conference launch and will focus on assisted living, with demonstrations of technology to find missing persons, help blind and partially-sighted people make journeys independently, allow disabled people to deal safely with emergencies and prevent deaths from allergic shocks. Many of these services and applications use the EU flagship programmes GMES (Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security) and Galileo (Europe's own global satellite navigation system).
The travelling expo has already visited six other cities before coming to London and will be on display in 15-20 more during the next 2 years.
It is organised by the European Commission and the UK Space Agency.
Journalists can register to attend either the conference or the opening of the Expo or both