The HES-GEO research teams participated in Geospatial training in Salzburg between the 20th and 22nd of April 2022. It was a great opportunity to develop our skills and learn about new tools that we can use in our future careers!   

On April 20, Salzburg welcomed us with sunny weather and beautiful views of the Austrian Alps. We went towards the Techno Z buildings full of enthusiasm and eagerness for knowledge. We started training early in the morning on the first day while beautiful Salzburg woke up slowly to life.

During the first part of the day, Martin Sudmanns and Stefan Lang took us into the world of satellites and the magic of GIS and told us about the services of Copernicus and big Earth observation data sources. Later, Christina Zorenböhmer brought us from space to Earth, showing us a powerful tool called Google Earth Engine. During practical hands-on sessions in the computer lab, we explored the secrets of big Earth observation datasets and visual data presentation.

After a busy day and a richer in new skills, our leaders invited us to a typical Austrian restaurant. We had the opportunity to contact the rich and interesting Austrian culture and strengthen friendships with our friends from the Department of Geoinformatics Z_Gis of Paris Lodron University Salzburg.   

On April 21, we didn’t slow down and started the day with an introduction to Python and the ArcPy site package with Dirk Tiede, Martin Sudmanns, and Hannah Augustin. Although it was the first contact with programming for many of us, thanks to the experience and positive energy of our wonderful partners, we felt like professional programmers after a few hours! Moreover, our instructors showed us many new ways to solve problems and deskill some time-consuming processes. Despite exhaustion, we were excited and ready for new information the next day!  

On the last day, April 22, we received a brief review of current research topics made by a specialist from the Department of Geoinformatics Z_Gis of Paris Lodron University Salzburg such as Thomas Strasser, Bernd Resch, and Martin Loidl. After talking about the use of social media data, mobility, and Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, we went through the last topic of our training – Spatial Databases. Martin Sudmanns, in an excellent way, taught us about SQL, and we tried to put data and our knowledge straight.   

After three intensive days, we come back to Kraków tired but full of prospects and experience. We are looking forward to the next training.   

Thank you all our Austrian Friends!    

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