Bridging ICTs and the Environment Webinar series

Workshop Information

Because of the newly emerged Covid-related travel restrictions, the ISEPEI team was forced to completely rethink and re-arrange the original plan for the Summer School 2020.

This was the very first ISEPEI Summer school which was held entirely online.

Decision-makers are faced with the constant challenge of maintaining access to and understanding new technologies and data, as information and communication technologies (ICTs) are constantly evolving and as more data is becoming available. Despite continually improving technologies, informed decision-making is being hindered by inadequate attention to enabling conditions, e.g. a lack of in-service education and professional training. Practitioners are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution and to better shape management strategies and make more informed, data-driven decisions if they have a periodic overview of emerging technologies and their potential applications.

ISEPEI was launched in 2013 to bridge this gap between decision-makers and ICTs as a part of Eye on Earth, a global initiative comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders from around the world, striving to enable generation, maintenance and application of environmental, societal and economic data and information to support achieving sustainable development. Through a series of international Summer Universities, ISEPEI has connected United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, ICT experts, and environmental practitioners, bringing professionals up-to-date on the latest advances in ICTs and their potential use in a wide variety of applications.

The webinar series "Bridging ICTs and Environment" will be held featuring online presentations by representatives of key global stakeholders in data-driven decision-making in Disaster Risk Reduction, Water Security and other SDG-relevant issues.

The course contained the following presentations:

  • Use of earth observation in Monitoring and Evaluation by Anupam Anand (WorldBank/ GEF)
  • Resilience and Sustainability: UNDP Approach by Armen Grigoryan (United Nations Development Program)
  • Earth Observations to inform decision-making for the Benefit Society By Douglas Cripe (Group on Earth Observations)
  • Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) Project by Lorant Czaran (United Nations Population Fund)
  • Open Data Cubes by Philip Frost (IMMAP)
  • Cloud geospatial technologies in sustainable water management in agriculture by Elizaveta Khazieva (CEU)
  • Introduction to the use of Sentinel-2 by Pablo Vega (Copernicus, European Union Satellite Centre)
  • Geospatial technology during the COVID-19 outbreak by Ed Parsons (Google, UK)
  • Earth observation for water management by Zoltan Vekerdy / Arno van Lieshout (ITC)


22-28 June, 2020

Target Group

The 60-minute long webinars were free and open for all

Workshop Directors

Viktor Lagutov, Central European University, Hungary

Workshop Faculty 

Anupam Anand (GEF);
Douglas Cripe (GEO Secretariat);
Lorant Czaran, United Nations;
Philip Frost (IMMAP);
Armen Grigoryan (UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and CIS)
Elizaveta Khazieva (SysLab CEU);
Ir. Arno van Lieshout (University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands);
Ed Parsons (Google);
Pablo Vega (Satellite Center Copernicus)

Application Information

For further information on the workshop and application procedures, please visit: or contact us at Limited financial support is available for applicants from developing countries.

Additional Information

This workshop is a joint activity between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Central European University through the ISEPEI projectThis course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series. It is run under the organizational framework of the CEU Summer University.