The project’s First Summer School titled “GNSS, EGNSS and related high accuracy positioning techniques and applications” was successfully organised and executed at Nottingham, at the Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre Hotel.

Building the TREASURE team

The day before the Summer School officially started, TREASURE’s research fellows met for a team-building exercise.  The intense physical and problem-solving activities promoted interaction between the fellows, who will be working in concert to achieve the goals of the project for the next three years.

Delivering a diverse programme

The school was open to students external to the project and included, on its final day, an exciting trip to the project associate partners CNHi’s visitor centre and factory. CNHi gave the students an overview of high accuracy requirements and operations in the Agri-Tech industry, including an on-field exhibition of guided precision agricultural machinery. The visit was an excellent opportunity for all taking part to get acquainted with real-life applications of GNSS and high accuracy techniques in particular.

The school followed a “levelling” approach for the benefit of the cohort, also providing an opportunity for all participants to meet the core members of the project.

The school was opened by the project coordinator, Marcio Aquino.  Formal lectures were delivered by specialists from the project partners and guest speakers.

In Nottingham, the formal lectures were provided by senior academics, drawn from the TREASURE consortium, comprehensively covering skills and knowledge across a range of relevant topics.

In a dedicated session, the formal lectures were complemented by talks from two of the industrial beneficiaries in the project, Fugro Intersite and Geo++, and from the associate partner organisation Septentrio Satellite Navigation.  Together they provided an insightful industrial perspective to the research that will be carried out by TREASURE’s fellows.

Finally, one of the highlights of the event was the contribution by representatives of ESA (European Space Agency) and the GSA (European GNSS Agency), respectively Roberto Prieto Cerdeira and Alina Hirscu, who enlightened the attendees on the technical and market issues related to Galileo.

Creating a strong partnership

Attendees worked in groups during the Space Weather practical.

Participants enjoyed a relaxing evening at Bistrot Pierre in Nottingham during the summer school dinner

The programme for the Summer School was delivered by:

Alina Hriscu (GSA, Czech Republic)

Bruno Bougard (Septentrio, Belgium)

Fabio Dovis (Polito, Italy)

Hans Visser (Fugro Intersite BV, NL)

J F Galera Monico (UNESP, Brazil)

John Downes (CNHi, UK)

Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy)

Marcio Aquino (University of Nottingham, UK)

Martin Schmitz (Geo++ GmbH, Germany)

Pedro Tavares (Deimos, Portugal)

Roberto Prieto Cerdeira (ESA, NL)

Sandra Verhagen (TU Delft, NL)

Shaun Price (CNHi, UK)

Terry Moore (University of Nottingham, UK)

To find out more about other TREASURE events please click here.