Geospatial technologies and remote sensing offer a crucial location element to the monitoring of SDGs and their corresponding targets and indicators, but the technologies’ uptake is hindered by the existing gap between practitioners and developers. The series of “Bridging ICTs and the Environment” ISEPEI workshops aims to bridge this gap by offering in-service education and professional training for practitioners. This annual workshop series provides an opportunity for non-specialists to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and their application in monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sattelite Imagery, Geographic Information Systems, mobile applications, and other technologies can be applied for achieving and monitoring multiple SDGs targets and indicators. Focusing on various SDGs, the series has been successfully conducted in cooperation with UN agencies (UNEP, UNDP, UNOOSA, UNFPA, UNECE, UN FAO, etc) and global key stakeholders in digital technologies (EU JRC, Airbus, Esri, Google, MAXAR, etc) since 2014.
This year’s course explores the use of geospatial technologies in agriculture and digital transformation of rural areas, including precision agriculture, mobile apps, GPS and drone use, among others. The program builds upon the professional network and expertise of the newly established OSUN’s GeoHub partners.
The Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs – Demographic Considerations workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.
For more information about ISEPEI courses http://isepei.org/workshops.
"The course provided great ideas, opportunities, and experiences to integrate geospatial technology into my further research and profession."
"The course is excellent, very practical, and overall eye-opening."
"The course conveyed the most recent trends in the area keeping its participants up-to-date in the field of expertise. The level of the course was high."
The target audience for this course is a multistakeholder interdisciplinary group of practitioners and academia involved in the digital transformation of agriculture and rural areas and interested in the use of geospatial technologies.
The applicants from academia can include students, faculty, and research fellows from any institution, priority will be given to graduate students in public policy and environmental management from OSUN and CIVICA partner institutions.
Applications from any sector related to agriculture and rural areas development are encouraged, including senior and junior professionals from national agencies (e.g Ministries of Agriculture or Natural Resources), international organizations (UN and development agencies), farmer associations, civil society, and relevant private sector.
Applicants with practical experience in digital agriculture will be given priority.
- Proven professional and/or academic focus on agriculture and food value chains or relevant geospatial technologies;
- Intermediate computer user skills.
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Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
- Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
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- Statement of purpose (max. 1 page)
In the Statement of Purpose, please describe your relevant professional experience and qualifications (SDG-related), how the course is relevant to your professional work, and in what way you / your organization expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant organization activities, the tasks you are responsible for, and how the program will contribute to those.
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- You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the 'Other Supporting Documents' section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed.
Completed CEU Summer University Application Form
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