Workshop: Horizon 2020 and Open Science

Free Workshop: Horizon 2020 Open Science, Open Data *FOSTER-hires

EUROGEO will hold a free Open Data and Open Science for research workshop based on the EC Horizon 2020 programme on 29-30 October 2014 in Bruges, Belgium. The course is supported by a grant from the FOSTER Project (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research)  (

For members there is no fee for the workshop, so participants will only have to fund their own travel, accommodation and any subsistence expenses. 

For non-members joining the association is easy and full 2014 membership only costs 40 euros. Become a membertraining workshop 2013

FOSTER is a two year project that aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to FOSTER OPEN SCIENCE in their daily workflow, thus supporting researchers optimizing their research visibility and impact, the adoption of EU open access policies in line with the EU objectives on Responsible Research & Innovation. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the Horizon 2020 research programme and perspectives of the open data and open science revolution


The course will examine the open data and specifically the visualisation, presentation and dissemination of open research. It is aimed at participants, especially young researchers, who have little or no experience at using or working with geographic information systems – however, those with experience will be able to undertake more advanced activities to further develop their skills and understanding of open data.

The workshop will review opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020 and the application process, Calls and developing partnerships.

Participants will explore open geospatial data, where is it found and examples of how it is used in different situations. The course will examine modes of geospatial data presentation and visualisation online including the use of ArcGIS Online and other digital earth tools and technologies. Participants will recognise the relevance of open data and how to convert their own information into open forms and promote it, in different ways, to citizens, civil society groups and decision makers. The use of apps to gather information and storytelling through maps will be introduced to enable research messages to be photo

In advance of the course, participants will explore open data in their own institutions and countries. They will share their findings and discuss implications for their research. The workshop will then review alternative tools, data sets and the concept of open science and citizen science. The course then uses state of the art desktop software to analyse and interpret data and present findings. Participants will be able to work through a selection of European-focused exercises in different research and scientific fields, exploring information from different areas such as the economics of genetically modified crops, to nature protection and hazards monitoring and interpretation.


The databank of cases will ensure something for everyone, with easy and more challenging exercises. Participants will also have the opportunity to gather data in the field and discuss ways and means of sharing this type of information. Elements like crowd-sourcing, real-time information, sensor data and other aspects will be touched on. Then, participants will work in interest groups to identify collaborative research areas, search for and identify open data sets and start to use GIS to explore the information they have obtained and how they might use this approach in training or supporting others in their research team or unit. Participants will review and evaluate their achievements and discuss and reflect on why open data and open science are important in research and in education in the geo-sciences.

* Note: Note the course will only take place if there are more than 12 confirmed applicants