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Institute for Geoinformatics, Heisenbergstraße 2, 48149 Münster

Summer School 2019

The 2019 Summer School on spatial and spatiotemporal computing: processing large-scale Earth observation data will be held at University of Münster in the period Sept 1–7, 2019. To receive regular announcements subscribe either to the R-sig-geo mailing list and/or the OpenGeoHub's social channels indicated below. Video recordings from the OpenGeoHub Summer School 2018 are available here.

Video recordings

Video recordings from the OpenGeoHub Summer School 2019 are now available for viewing via our Youtube channel:

Playlist Summer School 2019

Many thanks to prof. dr. Edzer Pebesma and IfGI, University of Muenster for hosting us and for being such excellent hosts.


Working programme

Final programme will be made available after 27th of August. For updates and questions please use the Mattermost channel.

Interest groups:

  • R-sig-geo (R Special Interest Group on using Geographical data and Mapping),
  • OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation),
  • PhD and post-docs in the field of applied environmental and spatial sciences,


Venue: IfGI, University of Münster


  • Edzer Pebesma: Analyzing large amounts of Earth Observation data with R and openEO
  • Roger Bivand: Not just R-spatial: sustaining open source geospatial software stacks / Data, data everywhere, nor any drop to analyse (without making brave assumptions about how the data represent underlying processes)
  • Michael Sumner: Computer graphics data structures for geo-spatial / Building a data library and R toolkit for domain-specific research group / Challenges of working with data in polar regions
  • Markus Neteler: Cloud based processing of geo and Earth observation data / Introduction to GRASS GIS / Advanced data analysis in GRASS GIS
  • Veronica Andreo: Analysis of space-time satellite data for disease ecology applications with GRASS GIS and R stats / Analyzing space-time satellite data with GRASS GIS for environmental monitoring
  • Martijn Tennekes: Creating thematic maps in R (tmap package)
  • Hanna Meyer: Machine learning strategies for spatio-temporal data
  • Anita Graser: Analyzing movement data
  • Madlene Nussbaum: Mastering machine learning for spatial prediction - overview and introduction in methods / model selection and interpretation, uncertainty
  • Meng Lu: Assessment of global air pollution exposure
  • Marius Appel: Processing Large Satellite Image Collections as Data Cubes with the gdalcubes R package
  • Judith Verstegen: Dynamic modelling with PCRaster/python


The Institute for Geoinformatics is located in the GEO 1 building at Heisenbergstraße 2 in the Northwest of Muenster where it resides together with the Institutes of Landscape Ecology, Geography, and Didactics of Geography. GEO 1 will also be the venue of this year's summer school. The plenaries/lectures will be held in the main lecture hall, which you will find on the ground floor directly next to the main entrance. The parallel sessions will be held in three seminar rooms located on the second (242), third (323) and fourth floor (401).

The lecture hall in GEO 1
The lecture hall in GEO 1.
Seminar room photos
Seminar rooms.

To find your lecture room you can use the GEO 1 information system (located next to the lecture hall) that will give you turn-by-turn directions to any room, person or institute. Coffee breaks and lunches will be in the atrium on the ground floor.

Important dates

February 15th 2019 — Registration deadline;

Note: OpenGeoHub Summer school will be held week after the FOSS4G conference (Bucharest, 26–30 August 2019).

Registration fees

The registrations fees for this Summer School full course fee is EUR 490. This covers costs of course materials, lectures, lunch and dinners, coffee breaks, local transportation and social events, on a non-profit basis. Registration fees cover costs of using facilities, lunch and coffee breaks, administration costs, local travel costs, and costs of travel and accommodation for lecturers. Participants from ODA countries (employed by an organization or company in ODA-listed country) and/or full-time students (not under work contract as University assistant or similar) have a right on reduced fee of EUR 370.

Summer School is organized on a cost-recovery basis. OpenGeoHub foundation is a not-for-profit research foundation located in the Netherlands. All lecturers are volunteers. None of the lecturers receives any honorarium payment or is contracted by the local organizers.

Summer school hosts

This Summer School is hosted by the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), Heisenbergstr. 2, 48149 Münster. Local organizing committee:

Transportation and directions

Each participant will receive free bus tickets valid throughout the week of the summer school. You can use these tickets in all buses in Muenster. In the map below we have inserted some bus stops you can use for getting from your hotels to GEO1 and back. For a map with all bus stops and a journey planner click here.

Some helpful tips about travelling by bus in Muenster can be found in this flyer.

An overview of all routes in Muenster can be found here:

How to get to your Hotel or the venue

Here are the bus connections for getting to GEO 1 or different hotels when arriving in Muenster at the train station or the airport (here we show directions for most convenient i.e. least walking lines only; on other weekdays there are usually more lines available). If you would like to know connections to other hotels, please use the journey planner mentioned in "Public Transport" or contact Christian Knoth.

Arrival at train station ("Hauptbahnhof"):

There is a bus hub directly in front of the station that serves most of the bus lines in Muenster.

Destination Bus Connection
GEO 1 Take the bus number 2 from platform C1, direction "Alte Sternwarte", exit at bus stop "Mendelstraße" 
Live departures: click here
Hotel "Seezeit" Take the bus number 2 from platform C1, direction "Alte Sternwarte", exit at bus stop "Offenbergstraße" 
Take the bus number 10 from platform C1, direction "Meckmannweg", exit at bus stop "Offenbergstraße" 
Live departures (both lines): click here
Hotel "Jellentrup" Take the bus number 11 from platform C1, direction "Dieckmannstraße", exit at bus stop "Jungeblodtplatz" 
Live departures: click here 
Take the bus number 14 from platform B1 (direction "Münster Zoo"), exit at bus stop "Jungeblodtplatz" 
Live departures: click here
Hotel "Haus Niemann" Take the bus number 2 from platform C1 (direction "Alte Sternwarte"), exit at bus stop "Horstmarer Landweg" 
Live departures: click here
Hotel "Haus Hüerländer" Take bus number 5 from platform B1 (direction "Nienberge Hannaschweg"), exit at bus stop "Haus Rüschhaus" 
Live departures: click here
Hotel "Überwasserhof" Take bus number 5 from platform B1 (direction "Nienberge Hannaschweg"), exit at bus stop "Münzstraße" 
Take bus number 1 from platform B1 (direction "Roxel"), exit at bus stop "Schlossplatz" 
Live departures (both lines): click here

Arrival at airport

There are two bus lines from the airport to the main train station in Muenster. It is probably easiest to take these lines to get to the train station and then proceed from there as described above. The schedule for the bus lines can be found here (check departures for Sunday under "Sonn- u. Feiertag"). Depending on where you stay, it might be easier to exit/change line at an earlier bus stop. Please use the journey planner to find out.


First option: we have booked 15 single and 15 double rooms (up to 45 people) at the Hotel “Überwasserhof”, located here. Second option: we have arranged reserved room contingents at different hotels through the service of “Münster Marketing”. Please specify during registration whether we should pre-reserve a room for you or if you plan to organize your own accommodation. Please do not contact above listed hotels before you are officially selected for this Summer School. More information about accommodation, room-sharing options and local transportation will be sent in early May 2019.

Dining and Going-Out

There are quite a few places to go for a drink or for dinner in Muenster. We do not feel qualified to give recommendations about specific restaurants or bars that fit any given taste, so we have instead marked several streets/quarters on the map below that are great spots to go out at night. These are only a few suggestions, there are many more options throughout the city. Please note that if you stay late and want to ride the bus, there are different schedules and different routes active at night (starting at around 9 PM and marked with a capital "N", see also the nighttime route overview). The journey planner that we have put a link to in "Public Transport" accounts for that.

"Schauraum Münster"

From Sep 5 to Sep 7, there is a festival of museums and galleries in Muenster, called "Schauraum" (show room) (see here) This is one reason why Muenster will be even more crowded than usual and why it was so difficult to find available hotels, etc. but it is also a nice option to visit after the summer school. On Saturday, museums and galleries throughout Muenster will be open and free of charge until midnight!


The Wifi is available in most of the University's buildings, and since the University is spread all over the city, it is often worthwhile checking for the University SSIDs wherever you are in Muenster.

  • eduroam: If your home institution is part of this initiative, use eduroam, just log in with your usual credentials from home.
  • GuestOnCampus: Any guest can connect to this Wifi without any credentials. After connecting and opening your browser, you will be redirected to the login page. Please note, that the data volume is restricted to 1 GB per day and the connection is not encrypted.

In addition to these two options, we have applied for accounts with unlimited wifi access for the summer school participants.


Muenster is somewhat famous for its bad weather. This does not mean that it is always raining (in fact this summer has so far mostly been very warm and sunny) but chances of rain are quite high so it is a good idea to prepare for that.


Video recordings

A selection of sessions (theoretical lectures and demos) will be video-recorded. See also: video recordings from the OpenGeoHub Summer School 2018.