REMOTE SENSING AND GIS
BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
SPACE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE


Bulgarian Students Will Be Educated in Earth Observation under a Project of the Space Research and Technology Institute – BAS

A Summer School under the Project Education in Earth Observation for Bulgarian Secondary Schools (EEOBSS) will be organized during the period 8–12 September 2017 at the 7th Kuzman Shapkarev Secondary Comprehensive School in Blagoevgrad. Students from grade 10 to 12 from the whole country will be educated how to apply modern geoinformation technologies to analyze and assess satellite images of the Earth. The participants will be able to get familiar with the theoretical bases of Earth observation from space; the GNSS, GPS and Galileo technologies; the methods for preliminary processing and classification of satellite images, as well the application of the methods and data from Earth observation in studying climatic changes and ecosystem services. All participants will be issued certificates attesting to out-of-class activities at application for home or foreign universities. The students willing to participate in the education should send a free-text Cover Letter (in Bulgarian and in English), accompanied by a Letter of Recommendation by the class supervisor, no later than 30.08.2017 to the following e-mail address: sschool@eeobss.space. The results will be announced on the Project web-site http://eeobss.space on 31.08.2017. Some of the approved applicants who are financially vulnerable may get a support to cover their travel expenses (to and from the venue of the initiative). For the purpose, in the Cover Letter, the need of such support should be justified. The EEOBSS Project (http://eeobss.space) is implemented by the Remote Sensing and GIS Department of the Space Research and Technology Institute – BAS. It started in 2016 and it is targeted at Bulgarian secondary schools and natural science education. Its major objective is to develop, test and popularize a course of lecture materials in Earth observation from space for Bulgarian secondary schools. The financing is provided under the first tender procedure of the Programme on Ecosystem and Society (PECS) of the European Space Agency (ESA) for Bulgaria. The Bulgarian experience under the Project and other European practices in educational projects will be presented during a Workshop to be held on 13 September on the premises of the Municipality of Blagoevgrad. The main objectives of the event are initiation of new ideas and establishment of a cooperation network, as well as addressing some specific needs of natural science education and the place of Earth observation from space education in Bulgarian secondary schools. The working languages of the Workshop will be Bulgarian and English and the participation will be free-of-charge. The Registration Form for participation and filing of abstracts, as well as other actual information may be found on the event’s web-site: http://workshop.eeobss.space.