Summer Schools & Conferences

Summer schools are an integrative part of the CDE study programme and a compulsory element of the curriculum. Poster and/or paper submission to conferences provide students a platform to interact with people and to receive feedback on the quality of their research.

Students register for the courses International Summer School GIS for the winter semester and summer semester. As basis of the approval of study credit (ECTS), a written participation certificate needs to be submitted to course teachers. A list of summer schools where the CDE Programme Board can provide credit recognition is provided below, if students want to attend other summer schools please contact Programme Board members prior registration.

Summer Schools

OBIA for the operational Copernicus service challenge, June 29 – July 10, 2020
This Summer School will provide an overview on Copernicus, its data and services and a profound introduction and training in object-based image analysis (OBIA) with different software. Thematically it will cover two out of the three Copernicus-relevant topics: Land monitoring, Emergency response including Humanitarian action, and Climate change. During the application, a preference can be given which will be addressed by designing the programme. Thus it will specifically encourage participants from academia, industry, and public authorities at the interface between methodological development, service specification and provision of solutions.

Geocomputation Using Free & Open Source Software, 1-5 June 2020, Matera, Italy
A 5 days intense experience opening new horizons on the use of the vast potentials of Linux environment and the command line approach for geo-data massive processing using Bash, AWK, Python, GRASS, QGIS, GDAL/OGR, R, PKTOOLS. We will guide newcomers and experienced GIS&RS users who have never used a command line terminal to a stage which will allow them to understand and apply very advanced open source data processing routines. Our focus is to enhance a self-learning approach and programming-languages integration. This allows participants to keep on progressing and improving their skills in a continuously evolving technological environment

„Smart cities and beyond”, 7 to 9 September 2020 in Luxembourg

The German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, ARL) in cooperation with the University of Luxembourg is inviting applications for the ARL International Summer School 2020 on “Smart cities and beyond”, which will take place from 7 to 9 September 2020 in Luxembourg (arrival scheduled for 6 September 2020). Advanced doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to apply. The summer school will be held in English. The deadline for applications is 2 March 2020.


Annual conference early July, poster and Paper submission possible. Prominent keynote speakers highlight new developments, offer visionary insights into trends and developments, and at the same time be individually accessible for our Young Researchers. www

Annual Φ-week on the latest trends in EO! Inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons, etc.; EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators, in Frascati (Rome), Italy. www

A ‘high-level’ conference for geoscientists from all over the world covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. A forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience, May 3-8, 2020 in Vienna. www

latest update: February 20, 2020