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Invitation to join Field Skills Training June 2024

Firbush Field Training Centre – Loch Tay

The SENSE CDT will be running a field skills course from 3rd – 7th June 2024 at the University of Edinburgh outdoor centre at Firbush on Loch Tay. We have a small number of places available on this course for which UK based UKRI PhD students may apply to attend.

The Learning Objectives include:

  • To learn how to collect remote sensing data from drone platforms safely and effectively
  • To learn how to collect calibration data for Earth Observation satellites using
    • Field Spectroscopy equipment
    • The measurement of trees through forest inventory plots
  • To learn general fieldwork and teamwork skills, including how to work safely and collect reliable and useful data outside controlled settings

Training will be delivered by staff from the University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences and the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility

There will also be opportunities to take part in outdoor activities and participate in research talks and informal networking with other PhD students.

Coach travel will be available from Edinburgh departing at 9am on Monday 3rd June and returning Friday 7th June around lunchtime. Travel, accommodation and meals during the trip are included. Please note that arranging travel to Edinburgh and will be the responsibility of the student. For students based outwith Edinburgh the centre may be able to arrange accommodation on Sunday 2nd June.

It is recommended that those attending have warm and water proof clothing and walking boots as the training takes place outside; midge repellent and a midge net is also recommended.

Should you wish to be considered for this training please complete the following form:

The application deadline is Tuesday 23rd April and successful applicants will be informed shortly afterwards.

For informal enquiries, please contact

Please see the SENSE website for a flavour of previous trips: