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Summer school GIS & Earth Observation: The essential Perspective for Projects

The course will cover the fundamental aspects of land spatial modelling and combine aspects of Geographic information systems and remote observation simultaneously, with the support of an integral and intuitive software-free package.

Topics on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Gentle introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Modelling Earth reality
  • Representing reality: GIS and Data types.
  • Placing things on Earth: Coordinate systems and georeferencing
  • Managing and storing information
  • Databases and DMS Simple tabular information
  • Spatial and non-spatial data entry and manipulation
  • Spatial analysis with forms and images (vectors and rasters)
  • Data visualization and a glance to the interpolation functions

Topics on Remote Sensing

  • A glance to the Remote Sensing system: evolution and perspectives.
  • The physical foundation of Remote Sensing: the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Image interpretation: image bands, color coding and spectral reflectance relations
  • Image analysis, calibration, calculus and outputs.
  • Field Ground true data collection with mobile devices and Digital image classification.

Video

Tutorials

Powerful and free GIS and Remote Sensing tools for application.
Note: the examples and exercises will be oriented towards the use of spatial tools for human intervention in engineering and security.

Course syllabus &  festival Schedule

You can check the course syllabus / daily schedule which will be updated regularly.

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Day
Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Elizabeth Mix
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

T: Remote Sensing system
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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P: Image process & operations
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: ExploreU & VR Parachuting
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests !

Music Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Quiz Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 17-08

Breakfast served!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

T: Visual interpretation & databases
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Lunch: Dutch Olympic games & Graffiti Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Breakfast & keynote: Peter Joosten
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspirational speaker over breakfast. 

FW: mobile GIS. Data collection
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

Breakfast & keynote: Miriam Iliohan & Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

T: Basics of GIS
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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P: Intro to GIS
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Speed Friending
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can try the blind tasting activity and of course make some new friends!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

OSM mapping party. Visit to ITC Faculty
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Farewell Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Drones: flight plan, preparation & flight
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

T: Spatial data & results
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner ΒΒQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Lunch: C-the future of research & Dance Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine. Enjoy our dance workshop too!

Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

P: Spatial analysis & maps
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our inspirational speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

City Centre Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 15-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Breakfast & keynote: Geke Ludden
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

P: Geolocation of images
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

T: Electromagnetic radiation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner City Centre
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 15-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

Have a breakfast first.

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00. During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

During this evening activity you can join our Lean Simulation game!

T: Data entry, management & visuals
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Breakfast & keynote: Peter-Paul Verbeek
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

P: Digitalization, attributes & styling
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Lunch: Curious about your future?! & UT students wonders
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know UT student teams.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Learning Outcomes

Participants assisting and participating of all activities, at the end of the course should be able to:

  • Understand and experience most of the components of a GIS and Remote Sensing system models.
  • Have an advance glossary on Earth Observation sciences allowing to understand more advance information or assist to middle to high ranked courses in specialized organization or courses.
  • Collect, input process and model reality in a GIS and Earth Observation software environment.
  • Visit, search and order high resolution free satellite imagery, followed by calibration and processing.
  • Organize and perform a data Ground true data collection campaign with portable hardware.
  • Read more about the learning objectives for every course session

Course Aim

The course intends to add a temporal and spatial dimension to the mostly static parameters used in the analysis of human interventions in the society. Understanding of the spatial relationships to give a sensible ground to decision and support systems. Here, you can find the detailed learning objectives of this course.

Course details

  • Entry level: no pre-knowledge in the science of GIS and Remote Sensing is needed.
  • Background: Participants might preferably have an engineering or any general Earth Science related background.
  • Target groups: any individual interests in any Earth science, engineering, spatial analysis related to the natural forces and human interventions in the society
  • Methods: The course consists of 7 days of active teaching, class experiences, practices and field experiences.
  • Course organization: Learning objectives are structured, linked and sequenced. The course will be fully supported with blending learning using the ELS Canvas Instructure.
  • Course additional value: Course compatible with the CORE of GIS and Remote Sensing offered at ITC Faculty at pre-master level.
  • Materials: All educational material and software is included and are for free.
  • Credits: 2 ECTS  after successfully completing the summer school.

course leaders

Gabriel Parodi
Lecturer
Lucas de Oto MSc
Lecturer/Researcher at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC
Diana Chavarro Rincon
Lecturer

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.