Our Courses

Field methods for plant ecology
This course teaches basic field methods for plant ecology via a series of structured field data collection and analysis exercises. It is embedded in the strategic adaptive management philosophy of and takes place at the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Physical-based Modelling of Land Degradation Processes
This summer school offers two separate course options, introducing the participants either to soil erosion or atmosphere-hydrology modelling. The aim is to provide participants the foundation to start their own research.
Experimental Design and Data Analyses (with R)
The Summer School covers various types of quantitative research methods, basic principles of experimental design, and techniques for data collection in the field as well as statistical analysis and graphical presentation using the open-source statistical software R.
Rapid Ecosystem Function Assessment (REFA) in Savanna Ecosystem in Limpopo
This course teaches the assessment of savanna ecosystem functioning at sites under different land-uses in and around a local village. Lectures combined with field work, lab work and data analysis give full exposure to the steps of a research project.
Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Winter School
This course focusses on greenhouse gas monitoring in Africa, with particular attention on measurement techniques. Various hands-on sessions are offered on the setting up of Eddy Covariance flux measurement instruments, as well as data handling and processing.
Agroforestry in Temperate and Dryland Ecosystems
This course offers an introduction to agroforestry systems as an innovative and flexible approach to land management in temperate and dryland ecosystems. It is aimed at participants with basic knowledge in natural science and land management.
Short Course on Agent-Based Modeling & Simulation
Introduction to Ecological Modelling (in NetLogo)
This summer school uses the open-source agent-based modelling framework NetLogo. It offers an introduction into the basics of conceptual development, technical implementation, final evaluation and analysis of process-based models. The course is suited to participants with no prior experience in simulation modelling.
Sentinel-1B image acquired on the 5th of April 2018 over Semera in northeast Ethiopia
Summer School on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Remote Sensing
This course will teach the basics and applications of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) remote sensing for environmental monitoring. It will feature a mixture of theory lessons and corresponding practical tutorials.
Ger-Nam student-tandem from an OPTIMASS Tandem-Thesis-project
Intercultural Competences and Communication