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20-24 SEPTEMBER 2021 Ljubljana, Slovenia & Online

10th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing

EO and AI for Forestry



The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing with the focus on Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry. This course is dedicated to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists and experts working in forestry domain to exploit data from EO missions (e.g. the Copernicus Sentinels) and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for science and applications development. The course is part of ESA’s EO Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 (the fifth cycle of ESA’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme).


The Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing – EO and AI for Forestry aims at:

  • Training the next generation of scientists and professionals on remote sensing for land surfaces, with the focus on forestry
  • Explaining the theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in forestry applications
  • Introducing tool and methods for the exploitation of EO satellite data, in particular the Sentinels
  • Stimulating the exploitation of EO and AI in the domain of forestry
  • Demonstrating cloud-based, large-scale processing (Forestry Thematic Application Platform)


The training will include theory and hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions and their performance
  • Introduction to ESA BIOMASS mission
  • Natural disturbances of forests
  • Forest cover monitoring and change detection with optical and SAR remote sensing
  • Forest fires detection with optical and thermal remote sensing
  • Deforestation and forest degradation
  • PolInSAR and TomoSAR for forests
  • Forest structure and biomass retrieval using SAR
  • Accuracy in forest mapping
  • S2 and Landsat timeseries for forests monitoring
  • EO Browser
  • AI for forests
  • Forestry TEP
  • Training on the use of SNAP toolbox


The 5-day course will be held from 20 to 24 September 2021 as a hybrid event. If allowed to travel, lecturers and participants will be encouraged to attend the course at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Participants who cannot travel, due to the Covid regulations, can attend online. Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and professionals from European countries and Canada interested in the applications of Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence for Forestry are welcome to apply for the course. Research scientists, students, EO and AI professionals from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of space.


  • Create a user account in the ConfTool portal and fill in the online application form
  • Enter a title and short abstract for a poster to be presented in the poster session (mandatory)
  • Upload a reference letter from an academic referee or employer (mandatory) 
  • After acceptance to the course, provide the full e-poster. Guidelines for the e-poster preparation will be sent in due time.
Important Notes

  • The application will be considered completed once the poster abstract and reference letter have been submitted
  • Number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50 students on-line and in-place, and is subject to a selection procedure by the organising committee. Onsite participation is preferred. If not possible, the accepted students will have the possibility to attend online
  • The academic referee will be notified once the application has been submitted
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent end June 2021
  • No participation fee is foreseen. If allowed to travel, participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses (financial support is not available)
  • The official language of the training course is English.


Please find HERE the training course programme including the classrooms where lectures/exercises will be held.
Please note that all times are shown in CEST.


The 10th Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing will be held at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (FGG), Slovenia, as well as online for participants not allowed to travel.

Schedule and Deadlines

Application submission opening 15 March 2021
Application submission closure 15 May 2021
Notification of acceptanceend June 2021
Training Course20-24 September 2021


The course will be taught by leading European senior scientists and specialists in optical and microvawe remote sensing.

Frédéric Achard

Joint Research Centre, Italy

Matej Batič

Sinergise, Slovenia

Constantinos Cartalis

University of Athens, Greece

Matjaž Čater

Slovenian Forestry Institute

Sašo Đeroski

Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Magdalena Fitrzyk


Andreja Gomboc

University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Irena Hajnsek

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Andrej Kobler

Slovenian Forestry Institute

Dragi Kocev

Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Iztok Kramberger

University of Maribor, Slovenia

Marco Lavalle


Nikica Ogris

Slovenian Forestry Institute

Krištof Oštir

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ana Potočnik Buhvald

University of Ljubljana

Fabrizio Ramoino

Serco c/o ESA

Christophe Sannier

SIRS, France

Christiane Schmullius

University of Jena, Germany

Klaus Scipal

ESA, Italy

Mitja Skudnik

Slovenian Forestry Institute

Renne Tergujeff

VTT, Finland

Erkki Tomppo

Aalto University, Finland

Tatjana Veljanovski

ZRC SAZU, Slovenia

Espen Volden

ESA, Italy

Organizing Committee

Espen Volden


Magdalena Fitrzyk


Krištof Oštir

University of Ljubljana

Anka Lisec

University of Ljubljana

Tanja Permozer

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia

Ana Potočnik Buhvald

University of Ljubljana

Matej Račič

University of Ljubljana

Irene Renis

Serco c/o ESA

Mirjam Zdovc

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia

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