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Copernicus MOOC 2 - Learn How to Harness the Power of Space Data

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Published on Monday, 07 September 2020

After the success of the first session, the University of Luxembourg - in collaboration with the Competence Centre - announces the launch of a second edition of the Copernicus MOOC: a free online training aimed at enabling anyone to address challenges linked to space data.

The increasing availability of massive amounts of space data, particularly from the EU’s Copernicus Programme, provides a wealth of opportunities for organisations. They can develop and deliver new and innovative products and services in a variety of areas such as mobility, energy, logistics, pollution control, urban management, land use or agriculture – just to name a few. However, getting started with Copernicus data and services can be challenging, thus the idea of creating a facilitating MOOC was born.

The course will address three key topics:

  • Understanding Copernicus data and services – what they are, and how they can be accessed and used
  • Learning from success stories – understanding how existing Copernicus-enabled services and applications have been developed and deployed
  • Doing it yourself – acquiring the key skills and knowledge to develop and deploy Copernicus-enabled products and services and to navigate the Copernicus ecosystem.

Participants will learn how Copernicus data and services can be used to address societal challenges and generate business opportunities. In particular, they will learn how Copernicus – and space data in general – can be used to support evidence-based public policy, as well as to develop new products and services, open up new markets, improve quality of life and make the most of limited resources in a sustainable way.

The Copernicus MOOC aims to make Copernicus and its ecosystem accessible to all. It is designed for all people who use or could benefit from using geo-information data, but who have no or limited prior experience in doing so. All first-time and intermediate users of Copernicus data and services from the public and private sector are invited to participate: civil servants, policy makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, intrapreneurs, service designers, etc.

The course modules will be taught in English by internationally recognised experts such as Tonie Van Dam (Full professor and Chief scientist in Physical Geodesy at the University of Luxembourg) as well as successful practitioners. Various engaging and interactive formats will be used during the lessons, from webinars and videos to use cases and projects. The course is built on a user-driven approach aimed at enabling participants to work on their own projects, learn from others, understand the latest trends in situational awareness technologies and become active members of the Copernicus community.

The Copernicus MOOC will involve practice exercises and a final assessment. Registered participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

The Copernicus MOOC is held twice in 2020: After the successful first edition from March until May, MOOC 2 takes place from Monday 14 September 2020. It consists of 12 lessons of 2 hours each, over a period of 12 weeks.

Don’t forget to register!