Summer Schools

One of the major activities of the ISPRS SC is the summer school, which aims to provide an opportunity for students and young researchers under the age of 35 to participate in a series of lectures, practical sessions, technical tours and social events at a minimum cost as well as to provide an avenue for the participants, lecturers and host countries to establish and widen their professional networks.

The objectives of the ISPRS SC summer school are as follows:

  1. To provide an opportunity for students and young researchers to participate in an international event,
  2. To provide a platform of information exchange for students, young researchers, professors and experts in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and geospatial information sciences,
  3. To allow students and young researchers to interact in a more comfortable environment through social events and technical, educational and/or recreational tours,
  4. To immerse international participants to the culture and practices of the host country,
  5. To promote the ISPRS SC and its activities, as well as to recruit more members into the organization,
  6. To introduce ISPRS activities and potential opportunities within the organization to the participants, and
  7. To foster friendship and nurture a future of collaboration among students, young researchers, professors, experts, ISPRS SC and ISPRS.



The 17th ISPRS SC & WG V/3 Summer School in partnership with WG V/5, Dehradun, India

The summer school on “Geo-processing Tools and Technologies in Citizen Science” provided an overview of evolving domain of citizen science, role of geospatial tools and technologies in citizen science along with use cases. The focus was on the data collection, quality assessment & control and analysis issues of citizen science projects. Moreover it covered different aspects and challenges of citizen science and use of geo-processing tools to increase citizen’s participation and improving quality of collected data. This summer school provided an opportunity to the participants for listening to lectures from various eminent experts with practical hands-on which inculcated interest among the participants to get knowledge and practical experience in the area of Citizen Science.

The topics covered during the course were: Role of Citizen Science in governance and disaster; Citizen Science and Earth Observation; Leveraging OSGeo ecosystem for Citizen Science, role of Geospatial Technology in Citizen Science; enabling Citizen Science using FOSS4G tools; Citizen Science data collection, management, validation and analysis; Citizen Science in mitigating natural disasters (e.g. Forest Fire and Landslide) and ISRO’s Bhuvan platform for Citizen Science. The practical session were done on Open Source QGIS Software. Further participants were given hands-on on indigenously developed QGIS plugin named ‘QrealTime’, a QGIS Plugin for Smart Data Collection. The participants were taken for a field visit to Mussoorie for mobile based data collection using the Open Source software (Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect Android App). The students were given a compiled reading material book containing material on the above mentioned topics along with hand-on practical manuals for their future reference. The book was released during the inauguration session.

See report on Summer school for details

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3rd IEEE/GRSS-Young Professionals & 16th ISPRS Working Group V/5 and Student Consortium Summer School 2017

The 3rd IEEE/GRSS-Young Professionals & 16th ISPRS Working Group V/5 and Student Consortium Summer School was held at the Centre of Agroveterinary Sciences of the Santa Catarina State University, Lages city, Santa Catarina State, Brazil from October 2nd to 6th, 2017. Lages is the main city in the Santa Catarina Southern Plateau, and large grassland fields and the last remaining mixed ombrophilous forest remnants can be found there. The major themes of the 3rd IEEE/GRSS-Young Professionals & 16th ISPRS Working Group V/5 and Student Consortium Summer School were related to Multivariate Statistics, Introduction to Laser Scanning, and Image Processing with Google Earth Engine. 

The 3rd IEEE/GRSS-Young Professionals & 16th ISPRS Working Group V/5 and Student Consortium Summer School event was organized in two blocks. The first block, lasting three days (October 2nd to 4th), followed the model of the ISPRS Student Consortium Summer School (ISPRS-SC). The aim was to transmit technical/scientific knowledge on selected topics. In this block, intensive lectures were delivered by renowned speakers with great technical and scientific experience in this field among them;

  • Prof. Dr. Veraldo Liesenberg
  • Prof. Dr. Raul Feitosa (IEEE/GRSS Brazilian Chapter )
  • Prof. Dr. Antonio M.G. Tommaselli (ISPRS  WG V/5)
  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Pfeifer (Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien, Austria)) and so many more

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2nd Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research 2017

The summer school on close-range sensing techniques in alpine terrain took place at the Obergurgl University Centre (Austria) in the middle of the Alps. The summer school was hosted by the University of Innsbruck, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the ISPRS. Thirty nine (39) international early career scientists could work on selected topics from environmental monitoring in high mountain areas such as rock face mapping, vegetation monitoring, 3D change detection of landslides and rock glaciers and riverbed erosion. The summer school is framed with selected Keynotes, which were this year:

  • Laser scanning and challenges in alpine research 
  • Terrestrial photogrammetry for glacier monitoring at high spatial and temporal resolution 
  • The Copernicus Programme and European Earth Observation activities from space
  • Natural hazards in mountainous environments – assessing hazards and risk 
  • Monitoring high mountain Asia by remote sensing – Sentinel 2 and related data 

See report for details