Budapest, Hungary

Geospatial Technologies for Monitoring SDGs: Early Warnings for All

when 22 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 300

Geospatial technologies and remote sensing are valuable resources for monitoring the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their corresponding targets and indicators. They enable unbiased observation and analysis across borders, administrative boundaries, and nations. Furthermore, geospatial information and technologies are particularly critical for strengthening urban and rural resilience, where economic, agricultural, and various social sectors intersect.

However, there is still a gap between the tremendous potential of these technologies and the world of environmental decision- and policy-makers. Not only can the immense realm of geospatial technologies seem daunting, but it is also challenging to keep up with the ever-evolving applications of geospatial technologies.

This year's workshop explores the use of geospatial technologies for building and improving the resilience of communities to disasters and climate change. Keynote speakers will deliver theoretical presentations and share their best-use practices of geospatial technologies, which will be followed by practical sessions on their application.

The workshop is organized by Central European University (CEU) and the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The workshop is co-funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN), and OSUN students and faculty are especially encouraged to apply and gain financial support as well as ECTS credits.

Course leader

Viktor Lagutov, ISEPEI Project, Central European University, Hungary
Lorant Czaran, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Kanat Sultanaliev, Tian Shan Policy Center, American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

Target group

The target group for this workshop includes professionals from national agencies and international organizations, relevant NGO representatives, and academia, including both students and faculty. Among academia, priority will be given to graduate students in public policy and environmental management from the OSUN and CIVICA partner institutions.

Course aim

This workshop aims to address this gap by providing in-service education and professional training for decision-makers and practitioners to assist them in making better-informed data-driven decisions. Furthermore, the workshop looks towards the future, engaging youth and our future leaders in the current practices of evidence-based decision-making.

Credits info

1 EC
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2024


The Open Society University Network is offering scholarships for
- Currently enrolled students and employees of OSUN member institutions
- Applicants living, studying, or working in an academic institution in the Global South or
- Applicants from Ukrai