This year´s UNIGIS Summer School was planned to take place in early July, embedded in the GEOBIA 2020 event during the Salzburg GI Week, jointly organized by UNIGIS Salzburg and within the public outreach and education activities of the CopHub.AC project.
However, due to the worldwide exceptional situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and severe travel restrictions, our team decided to adapt the Summer School into a remote event. Based on many years of experience in distance learning and with great support of our UNIGIS lecturer Barbara Riedler, who is also leading the CopHub.AC project, the outline of the summer school was completely reorganized. While extending the duration of the summer school and setting up all learning materials online, lectures were prepared as self-learning lessons, complemented
by live-webinars, hands-on and lab exercises. Students worked on case studies and presented the results of these working groups in a special session at the GEOBIA Special track of the GI_Forum 2020.
The virtual mode attracted many applicants from all over the world. Finally, 36 participants (Bachelor and Master students, PhD Students, research fellows and working professionals) coming from 22 nationalities, joined the GEOBIA summer school.
With today’s feedback session this year’s Summer School officially closed and we want to thank all participants and especially all teachers for their great engagement and support.