This year's European Space Agency GNSS summer school on Lake Maggiore in Italy - Inside GNSS

This year’s European Space Agency GNSS summer school on Lake Maggiore in Italy

JRC Ispra setting

A few places remain in the 2016 European Space Agency (ESA) International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, which will take place at the Italian campus of European Commission’s joint scientific and research center (JRC – CCR ISRA) on Lake Maggiore in Ispra, near Varese.

A few places remain in the 2016 European Space Agency (ESA) International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, which will take place at the Italian campus of European Commission’s joint scientific and research center (JRC – CCR ISRA) on Lake Maggiore in Ispra, near Varese.

The 11-day course — from the afternoon of July 18 through the morning of July 29, 2016 — will cover all aspects of satellite navigation, up to and including the creation of a satnav-based business. The number of participants is limited to 50, on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available here.

Students will stay at the Conference Center Casa Guanella in Barza d’Ispra, an eighteenth-century villa built on the foundations of an
ancient medieval castle near Varese. It is just a few blocks from the JRC.

Organized by the Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) at University FAF Munich, the summer school is open to graduate students with a first university degree, doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral researchers, as well as young engineers and academics working within industry or agencies, aged 35 or younger.

Internationally renowned scientists and specialists from the European Union, the United States, Canada and China will lecture and oversee practical exercises and lab work. Participants will receive a full-spectrum overview of satellite navigation, starting from the theoretical basis of GNSS, its signals, the processing performed by signal receivers and how the position-navigation-time solution is worked out.

Additional  lectures will cover business aspects, including patents and intellectual property rights. Groups will develop a business project, building on an innovative idea to plan a product or service, technical realization and marketing to customers.

The cost of the program is €1,500 for graduate students, Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral researchers at universities, and €2,200 for young engineers/academics in industry and agencies.  In addition to lectures, demonstrations and lecture material, the fee includes hotel room and board and social events, including a tour of Lake Maggiore islands.

Besides ESA and University FAF Munich, the school is sponsored by Stanford University in the United States, the Institut Supérieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in France and Graz University of Technology in Austria.

The summer school website is http://www.esa-jrc-summerschool.org/.