Digital Earth Summer School - “Realising Data Science“

----Was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic----

The current situation does not allow a responsible planning of an event such as an international Summer School and the perspectives for the upcoming months are sobering and meetings as planned on the scale of the Summer School are not feasible. Therefore, with a heavy heart, the Digital Earth Steering Board together with the Summer School organization board have now decided to finally cancel the Digital Earth Summer School on "Realizing Data Science".

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.

Key Elements of the Summer School

The Summer School will be structured in four blocks:

I - Modern Research Data Management


HELEN GLAVES – British Geological Survey, UK


  • Elbe river flood scenarios - Huge impact versus small-scale data

  • The narrow winding road to data FAIRness

Hands-on Session:

  • Elbe river flood scenarios: Data mining and data accessibility

  • FAIR Assessment approaches

II - Data flow / data processing chains: From the measurement to the final data sets


BERTRAM LUDÄSCHER – University of Illinois, USA

JOHANN-CHRISTOPH FREYTAG – Einstein Center Digital Future, GER


  • Quality Assessment and quality control of environmental data

Hands- on Session:

  • Introduction to O2A Dashboard

  • Usage of QA/QC approaches

III - Potential of digital technology in Earth Sciences - Data handling - Methods for application of data


DAVID GREENBERG – Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, GER

GERIK SCHEUERMANN – University Leipzig, GER


  • Opportunities of digital technology

  • Next Generation Ocean Robotics for Earth Sciences

Hands- on Session:

  • Visual Analytics for environmental data

IV - Software Development in a team


DANIEL BRÜN - saltation GmbH, GER


  • Introduction to Git

Hands- on Session:

  • Git / Software Carpentry 

Furthermore, there will also be presentations of scientific applications with each thematic block.


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

  • !NEW DATE! 15 - 20 March 2021: 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)).