This year the International GNSS Summer School will be hosted by the Norwegian Space Centre and held at Longyearbyen, Svalbard – Spitsbergen, Norway, on 4-15 September 2017.
The The summer school is held in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and four internationally renewed universities: the Bundeswehr Universität München, ISAE Supaero, Stanford University and Technical University (TU) Graz.
The summer school will provide key information, fresh ideas, innovative approaches and practical advices on topics like satellite navigation, ionospheric and tropospheric effects, carrier-phase positioning, GNSS signals, receivers and performance.
Specific focus will be devoted to emerging subjects such as GNSS threats and countermeasures, navigation in GNSS denied environments, cyber safety for civilian navigation, GNSS integrity, the principle of smartphone location and the future of the satellite systems. Many laboratory sessions will be carried out providing attendees with the “hands-on” experience.
In addition, lectures on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and patents as well as on business aspects will be given. The emphasis will be put on the development of group projects using innovative ideas and covering all aspects from the idea and business plan development, the technical realisation and the final marketing of the product and services.
The program is open to graduate students (with a first university degree), Ph.D. candidates, early-stage researchers and young professional willing to broaden their knowledge. Registration is limited to 50 participants and will be accepted on a first come / first served principle. More information is available on the Summer School website.
The role of the JRC
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has been supporting the ESA/JRC summer school on GNSS since 2013. The JRC contributes to the organization of the event and structuring relevant programme, inviting prominent speakers, and making its technical and scientific competences available to the students throughout lectures, laboratory work and project work.
JRC scientists will also chair a lecture on “GNSS threats and vulnerabilities” with a practical "hands on" experience on GNSS signal processing.
The Joint Research Centre was a local host of the Summer School in 2016.