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Summer School 2021

OpenGeoHub Summer School is an exciting learning event that has been running at various locations across Europe, Canada and Australia, organized by OpenGeoHub Foundation together with the Institute for Geoinformatics of the University of Münster

Every year, since 2010, we invite successful researchers and specialists to share their knowledge and skills in developing open source software and open data, and helping other researchers improve their analysis and modeling frameworks

The 2021 event will be held from 1st to 3rd of September virtually, with all training sessions being broadcasted live on Zoom, giving everyone the opportunity to attend and network from anywhere on the globe!

There will be no registration fees for this event. Deadline for registrations: 15 July 2021.

The Summer School 2021 will feature:

  • Live presentations and demos by leading R and OSGeo developers;

  • 2 days of training sessions and R / OSGeo tutorials;

  • 1 day of R-Spatial workshops;

  • Discussion panels and break-out rooms;

  • NEW! OGH Summer School Challenge 

  • Networking activities & entertainment.

Get hands-on with the latest geospatial data platforms, tools, R / OSGeo and R-spatial programming skills. Connect with experts and peers, expanding your network across the open data community!


The time of the webinars has been chosen purposely to allow presenters and participants from North and South America.

CET time Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
13:00–13:05 Opening (OpenGeoHub) Opening (OpenGeoHub) Opening (OpenGeoHub)
13:05–14:00 Hanna Meyer Ege Rubak Edzer Pebesma
14:00–15:00 Marius Appel Judith Verstegen & Oliver Schmitz  Theresa Smith
15:00–15:15 Break / social activities Break / social activities Break / social activities
15:15–16:15 Sandra de Iaco Gerard Heuvelink  Martijn Tennekes
16:15–17:15 Gilberto Camara Jakub Nowosad Robert Hijmans
17:15–17:30 Break / social activities Break / social activities Break / social activities
17:30–18:30 Veronica Andreo Andrea Gilardi  Raster Data in R panel discussion

Registrations & Costs:

This Summer School is a not-for-profit event. No registration fees will be charged. Registrations are open on June 15. Deadline for registrations: 15 July.
Participants can register via and select the days and training blocks of interest. To register, use the links below:

The tickets on Eventbrite have the sole purpose of providing participants with the link to the Zoom call. The Training Block Ticket gives participants access to the selected training sessions and to the "Break/ Networking & Connections" activities (15 minutes).


avatar   Edzer Pebesma (Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster)
  • "Spherical geometry"
avatar   Gilberto Camara (National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil)
  • "Classifying remote sensing time series with SITS"
avatar   Theresa Smith (Lecturer in Statistics, Departemen of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath)
  • "Analysing spatiotemporal disease/health data"
avatar   Gerard Heuvelink (Professor, Wageningen University)
  • "Design-based methods for assessing map accuracy"

Judith Verstegen (Assistant Professor, Geo-information Science at Wageningen University and Research)


Oliver Schmitz (Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University)

  • "Geosimulation using fields and agents"
avatar   Ege Rubak (Associate Professor, Aalborg University)
  • "Analyzing spatial point patterns with spatstat"
avatar   Sandra de Iaco (Professor, Università del Salento)
  • "Modelling Spatiotemporal dependence"
avatar   Robert Hijmans (Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis)
  • "Raster analysis in R"
avatar   Hanna Meyer (Professor Landscape Ecology, University of Münster)
  • "Area of applicability of spatial prediction models"
avatar   Marius Appel (Postdoctoral researcher in Geoinformatics, University of Münster)
  • "Analyzing massive amounts of EO data in the cloud with R, gdalcubes, and STAC"
avatar   Veronica Andreo (Researcher, Instituto de Altos Estudios Espaciales "Mario Gulich"
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET)
  • "Analysis of space-time satellite data for disease ecology applications with GRASS GIS and R stats"
avatar   Jakub Nowosad (Assistant Professor, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University)
  • "Geocomputation with R/ spatial segmentation"
avatar   Martijn Tennekes (Data Scientist, CBS Statistics Netherlands)
  • "Visualisation of spatial data"
avatar   Andrea Gilardi (research fellow in Statistics, Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS), University of Milan - Bicocca
  • "sfnetworks: Tidy Geospatial Networks in R"


Technologies in use:

Lectures and social activities will be streamed on Zoom: break-out rooms, Q&A’s windows and polls will be activate to allow interaction with lecturers and peers. Participants will be able to access the Zoom meeting via the "Join" button on the Eventbrite page.

We will use Telegram (public) and Mattermost channels for internal questions, screen sharing and markdown / code snippets;

We will set up computational notebooks on and

Lectures and interviews will be optionally live-streamed via the OpenGeoHub Youtube channel.

Why should you attend the Summer School?

  1. Find out what are the trends in spatial analysis and modeling from the leading open source developers;

  2. Follow online demo’s / tutorials, ask questions, share your experiences and help us resolve important issues;

  3. Connect to similar participants and network, finding co-authors and co-creators that match your style of work and ambitions;

  4. Contribute to the Open Source community and to the global good!

Important dates:

  • June 12th : Registrations open

  • July 15th: Registrations close 

  • July 20th: Official programme published

  • August 27th: Info Hour with Lecturers (for registered participants only)

  • Sept 1: The Summer School / webinars starts

OGH Summer School Challenge

OGH Summer School Challenge banner

We are expecting many enthusiatic participants to accept the OGH Summer School challenge: help solve specific pre-course tasks that will be shared on Friday 27th August by some of the lecturers!

The best solutions will be selected for the award: (1) waived fees for the next Summer School 2022 (Germany) and (2) 150-EUR coupon for books!
During the Q&A sessions schuduled on August 27th, the organizers will disclose the questions and provide more details.

Are you ready for the OGH Summer School challenge?

Summer Schools 2020

Last year, OpenGeoHub Summer School 2020 took place in Wageningen at the Wageningen International Congress Centre (WICC).

Group Photo Summer School 2021
OpenGeoHub Summer School 2020 in Wageningen (NL)

Code of Conduct

The organizers of OpenGeoHub Summer Schools are dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof):