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.

Online training:

Monitoring Atmospheric Composition – The composition of our atmosphere is vital for life. Find out how we keep track of it, and what we’re doing to protect it. Explore the technologies we use to observe, measure and forecast the atmosphere. EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service/ECMWF are jointly organising the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Monitoring Atmospheric Composition” with participation from NCEO scientists. The course starts on 5 November 2018 More details, including how to register, can be found here.

Big Data and the Environment – Use current examples to explore the potential benefits of environmental big data. From weather fluctuations to the spread of an invasive species, what problems can scientists address by analysing these vast data collections? What are the potential benefits for business, research and our daily lives? Find out about possible career paths and gain insights from industry experts and research scientists working on a range of current projects. From urban planning to monitoring wildlife, explore the complexities of managing and analysing big data to seek innovative solutions. Developed by NCEO’s partner the Institute for Environmental Analytics, and the University of Reading, this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will start on 19th November 2018. and will run for 5 weeks and will provide information on how in situ measurements, satellite observations and numerical modelling can be used to monitor atmospheric composition. The course is intended to be accessible to a wide audience and registration and participation are free. Details are here

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.

NCEO is a Copernicus Academy – dedicated to teaching and informing people about Copernicus data and its uses.


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 Collaborative Partner with NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships Scenario, Centa, Edinburgh E4, Imperial College SSCP, Oxford Environment DTP, and the London DTP

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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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