Pierre Defourny is Professor of Geomatics, Earth remote sensing and land use planning at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of the Université catholique de Louvain. He is the founding president (2010-2015) of the UCL Earth and Life Institute gathering more than 300 researchers in Earth and biological sciences to address major challenges facing our planet (food production, biodiversity, climate, water). He leads a research lab in satellite remote sensing and GIS modelling for land applications, in particular for land cover, agriculture and forest ecosystem monitoring. Most recently, he is invited as expert to various committees related to the EU Common Agriculture Policy to support the DG-AGRI in the exploitation of the new Sentinel satellite fleet for the CAP reform post 2020.