DATE: 28th August – 1st September 2023

LOCATION: Delft, Netherlands

The highly anticipated GATHERS Summer School 2023, hosted by the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing at Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) took place from August 28th to September 1st. This event brought together an international cohort of young enthusiasts eager to delve into the realms of geodetic and imaging techniques for Earth’s surface monitoring and seismic risk assessment.

Building upon the success of the first edition held in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2022, the GATHERS Summer School in Delft, the Netherlands, continued its mission to educate and inspire the next generation of geoscientists. The week-long program combined theoretical and practical knowledge, focusing on three primary Earth observation methods central to the GATHERS project:

  • Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)
  • Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)
  • Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) seismology

The school was hosted by the Institute of Geoscience & Remote Sensing  of TU Delft and has been taking place in the picturesque city of Delft.

The central focus of the summer school revolved around imparting a holistic comprehension of the theoretical and applied aspects of monitoring surface deformation. Within the GATHERS project, three principal observation techniques were exhaustively explored: Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR), Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

Participants actively engaged in a variety of activities, including hands-on field measurements using GNSS and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), offering them practical experience in real-world scenarios.
Furthermore, the program included a dedicated panel on honing soft skills, equipping participants with essential aptitudes for their future careers.

A standout moment of the summer school was the guided excursion to Delft and Amsterdam, providing a unique window into the Netherlands’ meticulous leveling system. This visit afforded participants a historical context for geoscience and a deeper appreciation of its societal significance. The organizers as well as the participants of the summer school left no stone unturned in creating a memorable experience for all attendees.
The event showcased an impressive roster of lecturers and instructors, each bringing their wealth of expertise and unwavering passion to the sessions.

The Summer School in Delft emerged as an invaluable platform for learning, fostering collaborations, and building networks. Participants accessed a comprehensive curriculum and training resources spanning both theory and practical applications. The collective knowledge and experiences gleaned during the event are poised to make a substantial contribution to advancing surface deformation monitoring, with far-reaching implications across various domains.

Summer School Impressions: