Summer University: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs

January 25, 2022

Summer University of CEU is organizing a workshop/training on the following disciplines:

Sustainable development | Information and communication technologies | Geographic information systems (GIS) | Remote sensing | Food security

Co-funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN) and in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) as part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series run by the ISEPEI project.

Date: July 25–29, 2022

Application deadline: February 28, 2022!

The course is 1 ECTS CEU credit, and provides a certificate of attendance
Min 24 tuition hours per week, access to course E-learning page and to CEU facilities (Library, IT services, sports centre), social and cultural events 
Full tuition fee: 400 EUR (Early bird till April 30: 300 EUR)
Tuition waivers, partial and full scholarships available!


Applicants from academia can include students, faculty, and research fellows from any institution, priority will be given to graduate students in public policy and environmental management from OSUN and CIVICA partner institutions.  
Applications from any sector related to agriculture and rural areas development are encouraged, including senior and junior professionals from national agencies (e.g Ministries of Agriculture or Natural Resources), international organizations (UN and development agencies), farmer associations, civil society, and relevant private sector. 
Applicants with practical experience in digital agriculture will be given priority.


Geospatial technologies and remote sensing offer a crucial location element to the monitoring of SDGs and their corresponding targets and indicators, but the technologies’ uptake is hindered by the existing gap between practitioners and developers. The series of “Bridging ICTs and the Environment” ISEPEI workshops aims to bridge this gap by offering in-service education and professional training for practitioners. This annual workshop series provides an opportunity for non-specialists to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and their application in monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sattelite Imagery, Geographic Information Systems, mobile applications, and other technologies can be applied for achieving and monitoring multiple SDGs targets and indicators. Focusing on various SDGs, the series has been successfully conducted in cooperation with UN agencies (UNEP, UNDP, UNOOSA, UNFPA, UNECE, UN FAO, etc) and global key stakeholders in digital technologies (EU JRC, Airbus, Esri, Google, MAXAR, etc) since 2014.

This year’s course explores the use of geospatial technologies in agriculture and digital transformation of rural areas, including precision agriculture, mobile apps, GPS and drone use, among others. The program builds upon the professional network and expertise of the newly established OSUN’s GeoHub partners.


The Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs – Demographic Considerations workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

For more information about ISEPEI courses

Lorant Czaran
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Kanat Sultanaliev
Tian Shan Policy Center, American University of Central Asia


Anupam Anand
Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Bank Group
Alan Belward
DG Joint Research Center
Douglas Cripe
Intergovernmental Secretariat Group of Earth Observations
Stefan Kienberger
Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Austria
Masahiko Nagai
Center for Research and Application of Satellite Remote Sensing (YUCARS), Yamaguchi University

Ed Parsons
Google, UK