IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.6, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

Satellites: extraterrestrial facilitator of precision agriculture and guardian of the farming environment

Tuesday 10 October (0930 - 1230)

Room C2.6, Convention Centre, Level 2


Space Law Committee (Lead)
Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee


The session will introduce how satellites can contribute to facilitating ‘precision agriculture’, which means agriculture with a heavy reliance on data. It will then discuss how satellites can be used in enforcing agricultural and environmental laws. The session will also consider how satellites may enable more efficient farming (including fish farming) by the use of autonomous vehicles. For collecting data and observing non-compliance of regulations, earth observation satellites will primarily be used; for driving autonomous vehicles, navigational satellites will have a role to play. The session will then discuss what contractual and licensing framework will be used, as well as which legal issues are relevant, including those of the regulation of farming, environmental law, data protection law and intellectual property law besides space law.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Jan Holthuis Buren NV, The Hague, Netherlands
Grace Nacimiento GvW Graf von Westphalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; Vice Chair, Space Law Committee


Istvan Arnocz Space Apps, Budapest, Hungary
Jessica Chung Ipsos Business Consulting, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Akihiko Izu Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo, Japan
Professor Erika Jane Techera The University of Western Australia, Other City, Western Australia, Australia
Daniel Wicks Satellite Applications Catapult, Oxford, England