Participants are able to indicate their preference in their application:

  • Food Security

    Food security and agriculture play a central role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ...

    Goal number two calls for ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition as well as promoting sustainable agriculture. Food security occurs when all people are able to access enough safe and nutritious food to meet their requirements for a healthy life, in ways the planet can sustain into the future. Today, the concept of food security is generally understood to incorporate four main components: availability, access, utilisation and stability. However, it faces a number of challenges including pandemic issues such as COVID-19 which research will be essential to solve.

  • Health

    Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing is important to building prosperous societies, which is another Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). ...

    Goal number three calls for ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all individuals at all ages. Nevertheless, concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health, address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, tackle antimicrobial resistance and environmental factors contributing to ill health. During a pandemic as COVID-19, health facilities as well as public spaces need to be mapped and observed in order to get a clear understanding of activities and public spaces during coronavirus emergencies.

  • Tourism

    Holidays and free time are when everybody generally tries to relax, recharge their batteries and pursue hobbies. Leisure is a crucial element of our wellbeing and a balanced lifestyle. ...

    Tourism incorporates many industries, including lodging, transport, attractions, travel companies and more. The global pandemic COVID-19 affects the tourism industry in many ways – grounded airplanes, shut down hotels and beaches. However, travel and tourism have also enabled the virus to become a global issue. A reflection on this and the role of tourism in modern societies is needed. The tourism industry and the increasing use of environmental apps on smartphones are lending increasing relevance to this field of application.

  • Coastal Monitoring

    Our planet is constantly changing in ways that impact upon every facet of our society. To keep coastal communities, economies and ecosystems healthy requires keeping track of ocean and coastal areas, monitoring and assessing how these areas are changing...

    • Development, erosion and other forces can alter the face of the coastal landscape. These changes can have implications for conservation, recreation, development, planning and even safety.
    • Sea level rise and other flood-related hazards can have potentially severe impacts.
    • Estuaries are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world, supporting everything from fish, birds and otters to mussels and plants.
    • Oil spills into coastal waters, whether accidental or intentional, can harm people, the environment and the economy.
    • Benthic habitats support a wide variety of marine life, from corals and fish to clams, plants and bacteria. The organisms in benthic habitats play important roles in ecosystem health by functioning as part of the ocean food web and helping to filter pollutants out of the water.
  • Smart Green Cities

    According to the United Nations, metropolitan areas are projected to house 60 percent of the global population by 2030 and one in every three people will live in large cities with a minimum of 0.5 million inhabitants. This rapid expansion puts cities under massive pressure with increased CO2 emissions and climate change being the most urgent challenges. ...

    Today, cities account for 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions. While reducing carbon emissions to limit climate change is the most important step, the following aspects should also be considered:

    • parks and tree cover
    • access to public resources
    • urban renewal actions
    • favouring ethical consumption
    • reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Agriculture

    Agriculture - in the honour of former ESA employee Luigi Fusco.
    This extra challenge, can be addressed by a team or an individual person during the ESA Space App Camp in addition to the regular themes.

    Additional Prize: EUR 600.


    Agriculture is the cornerstone of the world’s food supply. It faces several challenges, however, from increasing soil strain, the availability of water, and extreme weather conditions to unsustainable farming practices. Farmers are often forced to overcome difficulties due to water shortages, expensive fertilisers, and other chemical products, which also have a negative impact on the environment.
    Here, Earth observation satellites allow for detailed, large-scale mapping of agricultural activities. This includes crop distribution and condition, the calculation of optimal planting and harvesting dates, and early-warning activities related to food security.

    The Copernicus satellites support the timely, accurate monitoring of current agricultural land use and changes therein, as well as the forecasting and identification of food security crises at the regional and national levels in Europe and around the world. Satellite-based imagery can also be helpful in pinpointing problematic areas and facilitating surveys of specific hotspots, such as by comparing different years to highlight trend anomalies. Meanwhile, integrating this data into agronomic models makes it possible to forecast crop yields, which is key in anticipating market fluctuations – and thus in dealing with crises in food supplies and prices – at the continental and global Levels.