NCEO provides a range of tools and support for people who use Earth Observation data.

Short Training Courses: We are committed to training Earth observation scientists, via studentships and short courses. Details of these courses can be found in the NERC research centre training programme handbook
Upcoming courses include:
– – Introduction to Field Spectroscopy, 30 April – 02 May 2018, classroom based at University of Edinburgh, More details are on our events page

Online training:
Research Data Management – NCEO is a partner in Data Tree
– A free online course with all you need to know for research data management, along with ways to engage and share data with business, policymakers, media and the wider public. The course is for any scientist, whether you look after your own data or are guided by an organisation, and is especially aimed at PhD students and early career researchers but is for anyone who wants to get the right data habits now, including thinking of end-users of your data. Funded by The Natural Environment Research Council and delivered by The Institute for Environmental Analysis, the course can be accessed here.

Internship schemes: Whilst NCEO does not have an internship scheme of its own we can recommend the summer scheme run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council or the Scenario Internship Program. In addition if you are interested in an industrial placement within the space industry, the Satellite Applications Catapult runs a scheme in conjunction with the UK Space Agency. They usually advertise in January: Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme

Classroom teaching resources: We have a busy outreach programme that includes sending our scientists to do scientific demonstrations at open days, festivals, and other events. For schools, we have created a unique suite of classroom teaching resources to support the National Curriculum at all key stages, inspired by British astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission. Read about EO Detective here.


We provide short training courses on Earth Observation, as well as specialised topics and summer schools for researchers.

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PHD Studentships

NCEO is recognised internationally for its high-quality research. We have trained over 50 PhD students in projects ranging from forestry to understanding climate variability. NCEO can host MPhil and PhD students either within its constituent research groups or as a CASE partner.

We are currently advertising the following PhD studentship at King’s College London:

PhD in Machine Learning and Earth Observation Data Analysis within an African Crop Pest Risk Information Service.
A 5-year multi-million pound project funded by the International Partnership Program of the UK Space Agency is currently working to create a Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) to help reduce yield losses to crop pests and diseases in Africa farming. This system will use Earth Observation, meteorological and in situ data to provide real-time pest risk forecasts to smallholder farmers, helping them take preventive action and increase resilience to pest outbreaks. The core of the PRISE system is a series of biological models of pest development driven by satellite Earth Observation, and the PhD will explore the potential utilization of machine learning within the these and will test whether they may perform better than bio-physical and statistical modelling. The project is a case studentship between King’s College London and Assimila Ltd and the student will also receive regular input from CABI who are the partners with responsibility for the biological models of pest development. In addition to satellite remote sensing, machine learning and modelling skills, fieldwork and travel to a number of African countries working with PRISE will be a significant component of this PhD.
CASE partner: Assimila Ltd (UK SME in Reading). CABI will also be a non-CASE partner.
Main supervisor: Prof. Martin Wooster (Dept of Geography, King’s College London)

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Studentships which NCEO is supporting are currently being advertised by the SCENARIO DTP: more details here
There are also a number of PhD studentships in Earth Observation topics being advertised by University of Leicester

Job Opportunities and Studentships
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Schools outreach

Please get in touch if you are interested in organising a space science day at your school, our researchers would be happy to come in to speak to students about Earth Observation and demonstrate some of the science behind our work.

Learn EO!

An education project funded by the European Space Agency. LearnEO! helps non-specialists to understand satellite data from ESA missions and shows how these can be used to tackle environmental problems in the real world.

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Business use of EO

Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss options for business training in the use of EO data and analysis.

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