Digital Earth Summer School

Call for Application

Digital Earth Summer School “Realizing Data Science“

From 28 September – 3 October 2020

Gummersbach, Germany


Why are we doing this?

Today’s research questions – especially when addressing the most significant, transdisciplinary research challenges – can only be answered by using a broad range of skills related to data. This includes common principles and practices of research data management, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, data processing, large scale analysis, visualization techniques, software development and annotation and more.

This Digital Earth Summer School is designed to provide a real understanding of fundamental principles and methods of Data Science to enhance the quality of your research output.  It offers training in essential skills of Data Science related to Earth Sciences by using a multidisciplinary approach that bridges science disciplines and Earth spheres.  

The summer school is addressed to PhD candidates and Postdocs from Earth Sciences with a strong commitment to Data Science.


Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Helen Glaves, British Geological Survey, UK                                  
  • Bertram Ludäscher, University of Illinois, USA
  • Daniel Brün, saltation GmbH, GER
  • Gerik Scheuermann, University Leipzig, GER
  • Johann-Christoph Freytag, Einstein Center Digital Future, GER
  • David Greenberg, HZG, GER



  • Prior knowledge of R or Python, experience with programming in general
  • Participants will need to bring their own computer



Full application should include

  • A short Curriculum Vitae
  • A one-page letter of motivation for participation

Please send your application (one pdf, less than 1 MB) by 31st March 2020 to dhenkel(at)



There are no participation fees. Accommodation and catering is organized and costs are covered by Digital Earth. Furthermore, Digital Earth provides travel grants of up to 200 Euro for arrivals within Europe, and up to 700 Euro for intercontinental arrivals.


Important dates

31st March 2020: Deadline for applications
20th April 2020: Acceptance notifications
28 September – 3 October 2020: Summer School



If you have general questions, please contact dhenkel(at)


*The Digital Earth Summer School is organized by the Digital Earth Consortium (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI); German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (GFZ); Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR); Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG);  Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ); Helmholtz Zentrum München German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU); Jülich Research Centre (FZJ) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)).