Earth observations, Environment, Geographic information systems (GIS), Remote sensing, Satellite technologies, Sustainable development goals


In cooperation with the United Nations. This course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series run by the ISEPEI project.

Course date

22 July - 26 July, 2019
Application for this course is closed.

Experiences of past course participants

2018 course participants said:
"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 course was useful as it gave a broad understanding of the topic. Different tools that can be easily used were presented. It was really nice to get familiar with different kinds of software and programs so that you can study something later in order to use it for some particular purpose."
"Great organization, relevant information, adequate level of the course, excellent schedule, experienced instructors."
2017 course participants said:
"It was very useful both for gaining general insights into GIS and remote sensing, and for application of these technologies to water management, agriculture and other fields."
"Among the courses I have participated so far, this CEU course is closest to compare to the one I took at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland (ICTs in rural social research). The major differences are the following: the CEU course was longer and more comprehensive, while the JHI one had more elements of outdoor experiential learning."
"Very good presentations, interactive learning, mix of participants from diverse countries and backgrounds, CEU facilities."
2016 course participants said:
"The course employed a combination of lectures (to give the theoretical overview) and hands-on practical sessions in the computer lab, which was great. The course was very useful to get caught up on the latest advances in ICTs and how they can be used to apply to a wide variety of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The content is extremely timely, just a few months after the targets and indicators for the SDGs were adopted. And ICTs are a huge topic now on the international environmental policy agenda."
2015 course participants said:
"Focused on early to mid career professionals, the course offered a very good selection of participants visavis
background, expertise, and experience. This was greatly matched with course faculties' expertise. So not only,
there was opportunity to learn from faculty, but also a good learningbysharing experience."
"The course introduced me with many new aspects of ICTs on environment. Inside and outside classroom/lab,
the one week with faculties and participants/colleagues was good enough to plant seeds of new ideas, skills,
and relationships. I’m sure over time some of which will germinate into projects, innovations and partnerships. Hence, success of the course should not be judged by mere KPIs."
"The stated objectives of the course fully represented the breadth and depth of the subject area. It provided
me with tools to learn and develop informative maps, as well as, to use tools that answer questions based on
where things are located and what is known about them. Also with variety of skills that can be used to create,
edit, manage and analyze both spatial and tabular data."
The course has helped me in my work in many aspects, first international experience that I had to transfer to
my colleagues in my organization, second it will help me for promotion in my work, third it will allow me to
introduce the decision maker in my organization an effective tools for environmental management."
2014 course participants said:
"The most important things I learnt from the course were information about Eye on Earth initiative and the most important international policies on env. data collection and sharing; overview of the structure of Horizon 2020 - easier start to go into details and launch project development; understanding the concept and logic of google spatial services, good selection and introduction of the most useful applications; very good case studies on the application of spatial analysis tools and env. modelling (Thursday program was outstanding); information about international institutions involved in environmental research or planning - good start for new partnerships; environmental expressions in English."
"First of all, I got a better grasp on Google Earth (plus a free license for Google Earth Pro) as it will help me in

quite a few campaigning projects. All the rest brought one more brick into a big wall."

"The course was well-structured, beside the introduction of certain technologies, information on policy issues, institutions and case studies were also available."
"The most important things I learnt from the course were recognition of potencial tools/solutions for nature management problems (possibilities in env. modelling and more systematic image analysis, etc), contact persons to potential env. project partners. It was also interesting to appreciate that our own institutional initiatives are quite in line with international trends (open biotic database development, spatial analysis on IAS, etc..). New ideas also emerged due to the course (like need for detailed analysis on the revision of protected areas designation)."


"What were the strengths of the CEU summer course you attended?"

- Top notch professionalism; practical orientation.
- The University is absolutely suitable for learning in the 21st century. The staff is prepared and helpful.
- The course was very well organised and prepared. Further, the topics selected were up to date.