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Apply for the Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop 2020

31/01/2020 9144 views 24 likes
ESA / Education / ESA Academy

ESA’s Education Office, with the support of the Science, Applications & Climate Department, is now inviting applications from Master and PhD students enrolled in engineering or science degrees for an exciting new workshop on Earth Observation Remote Sensing.

ESA is dedicated to Earth Observation(EO) satellite missions and is the driving force behind the Sentinels missions, among many others, such as the small Proba-V satellite. EO satellites are vital for supporting the daily lives of people all around the globe, and will be at the forefront of efforts to confront future challenges. The remote sensing data they generate enables rapid responses to natural disasters such as flooding; the monitoring of vegetation and agriculture; optimisation of water usage; methods of preserving resources; better understanding of urban development; monitoring meteorological and environmental parameters essential to understanding the evolution of Earth’s global-scale dynamics, and the list goes on! ESA is running this Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop to support future generations of EO scientists.

Student working in teams on remote sensing images
Student working in teams on remote sensing images

After the success of the pilot edition in 2018, the second edition of the Earth Observation Remote Sensing Workshop will be held from 11 – 15 May 2020 in ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility at ESA ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium. 

Over five days, university students will become acquainted with the basics of Remote Sensing, along with an overview of ESA’s Earth Observation satellite missions. Students will also learn about the science of radar and optical remote sensing. Delivered by retired ESA specialists and experts from academic institutions and industry, emphasis will be given to gaining practical skills and putting them to use through group exercises using actual remote sensing tools.

Preliminary schedule

Day 1 Introduction to Earth Observation Missions at ESA
Basics of Remote Sensing
Image Visualization and Analysis exercise 
Day 2 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) introduction 
Radar Remote Sensing Application
Radar Remote Sensing exercise
Day 3 Optical Remote Sensing Application
Optical Remote Sensing (Ocean & Land)
Analysis of Optical Remote Sensing Images exercises
Day 4 Introduction to Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing
Thermal Infrared, Radar and Optical Remote sensing exercises
Earth Observation Processing Workflow
Visit to ESEC-Redu site
Day 5 Spatial Image Analysis
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications exercise
Student working on remote sensing images
Student working on remote sensing images

Who can apply?

In order to participate, students must fulfil the following criteria at the time of application: 

  • be aged between 18 and 32;
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member State, Canada and Slovenia;
  • have completed their Bachelor’s degree;
  • be enrolled as a full-time Master or PhD student in a university (not graduating before the training Workshop); 
  • be studying for an engineering or science degree. 

The selected students will be sponsored by ESA. The sponsorship will cover accommodation and meals, as well as up to 200 euros for travel to Belgium.

How to apply

  • Fill in the application form;
  • Upload a motivation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, no images);
  • Upload a CV (Europass format, PDF, maximum 2 pages);
  • Upload a formal recommendation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, including signature, no images) from a university professor or academic supervisor of current university;
  • Upload a copy of academic records (PDF, in English).

All answers and documents should be in English (except academic records if not available).

The deadline for applications is 23 March 2020.

For more information, please contact

2018 EO Remote Sensing workshop team photo
2018 EO Remote Sensing workshop team photo

Applicants are kindly requested to note that, depending on the evolution of the corona virus situation in Europe, and in line with the recommendations of ESA's Director General on travel restrictions for health and safety reasons, the ESA Education Office reserves the right to cancel this ESA Academy's training session, to limit potential exposure of participants or employees to the virus.