ESA-MOST Dragon Cooperation
2021 Dragon Symposium


The 2023 Dragon 5 Symposium will take place in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, P.R. China, at the Inner Mongolia Normal University (IMNU) from 11 to 15 September 2023. The joint Sino-European project teams will report on their results after three years of activity.

Language and Fees The official language of the Symposium is English. No participation fees will be charged. The Symposium is open to Dragon 5 scientists who must register to participate to the event.

Organising Committee

Rune Floberghagen Head of Dragon Office Zhao Jing
Director General
Yves-Louis Desnos Dragon coordinator Li Zengyuan Dragon coordinator
Karl Bergquist External relations Zhang Jing Deputy Division Chief
Eric Doyle Dragon office Wang Sisi Dragon office
Fabrizio Ramoino Dragon office Gao Zhihai Dragon office
Irene Renis Dragon office Sun Bin Dragon office
Florence Boye Dragon office Wu Junna Dragon office


The 2023 Dragon 5 Symposium will bring together, in the traditional physical format, the 55 teams that will report on the progress of each project to date including the latest scientific results and in particular:

  • Detail the Copernicus Sentinels, ESA, ESA TPM, and EO data acquired and investigated after three years of activity
  • Detail the in-situ data measurements and requirements particularly joint field visits made to study areas in the last year
  • Report on the role of young scientists within the projects and presentation of their results in a dedicated poster session
  • Outline academic exchange programmes developed
  • Outline the progress, status of the cooperation and recommendations within the project
  • Inform on planning of research to be undertaken in the next year


The symposium will focus around the following themes:

  • Atmosphere
  • Calibration and Validation
  • Climate Change
  • Cryosphere and Hydrology
  • Data Analysis
  • Ecosystem
  • Ocean and Coastal Zones
  • Solid Earth
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Urbanization and Environment

Abstract Submission

Please use the online system to:

  1. Create a user account
  2. Submit your abstract in English
  3. Upload your abstract in Chinese (in PDF)

After completion of each of the actions 1 to 3, you should receive auto-generated emails with confirmations.

Oral Session – Principal Investigators

We kindly request a single project abstract in English is submitted on the abstract submission system by either the European or Chinese project PI.  We also request the abstract is uploaded as a PDF attachment in Chinese.

Poster Session – Young Scientists

We request all Dragon Young Scientists to submit a poster abstract in English using the same link as above.


The Symposium is organised into six thematic workshops. Each thematic workshop will include:

  • Team meetings for discussion and coordination of the week’s activities
  • Oral and poster presentation of Dragon project results relevant to each theme
  • Round table discussions with seed questions prepared by the Dragon coordinators
  • Reporting on the thematic workshops’ outputs and discussions will be done in the Symposium plenary on the last day of the Symposium.

The opening plenary will take place on the 2nd day of the Symposium. The young scientists poster session will be held on the afternoon of the 2nd day. The closing plenary will take place on the last day of the Symposium.

Schedule and Deadlines

11 April 2023
Abstract submission opening

11 April 2023
28 April 2023
Abstract submission closure

28 April 2023
24 May 2023
Notification to authors

24 May 2023
24 May 2023
Preliminary Programme

24 May 2023
24 May 2023
Registration Opening

24 May 2023
7 June 2023
Hotel Booking and Letter of Invitation Form

(to be returned to IMNU)

7 June 2023
30 June 2023
Letters of invitation in support of visa application

(for European participants)

30 June 2023
11-15 September 2023

11-15 September 2023