Digital Earth Summer School has been postponed to 2021

Digital Earth Summer School “Realizing Data Science“

Call is closed

NEW DATE 15 – 20 March 2021

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.


Key elements of the Summer School

The Summer School will be structured in four blocks:

I - Modern Research Data Management

Keynote from                      HELEN GLAVES – British Geological Survey, UK

Lectures on                         Elbe river flood scenarios - Huge impact versus small-scale data

                                         The narrow winding road to data FAIRness

Hands- on Session on          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

Keynotes from                    BERTRAM LUDÄSCHER –  University of Illinois, USA

                                         JOHANN-CHRISTOPH FREYTAG – Einstein Center Digital Future, GER

Lecture on                          Quality Assessment and quality control of environmental data

Hands- on Session on          Introduction to O2A Dashboard

                                         Usage of QA/QC approaches

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

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

                                        GERIK SCHEUERMANN – University Leipzig, GER

Lecture on                         Opportunities of digital technology

                                        Next Generation Ocean Robotics for Earth Sciences

Hands- on Session on         Visual Analytics for environmental data


IV - Software Development in a team

Keynote from                   DANIEL BRÜN - saltation GmbH, GER

Lecture on                       Introduction to Git

Hands- on Session on       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)).