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Training on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

A four-day training was held on June 30th – July via the online platform Zoom. 

The interactive training aimed at introducing key aspects of “Information and Communications Technology” to the participants and had been delivered by the European partners of both the MARE and the URGENT project. The training contained the theoretical input by lecturers, practical group exercises for the participants, and additional information and input from experts from the field of ICT. As part of the training, participants had been introduced to the topic of ICTs, their growing importance in society and academia as well as received detailed and in-depth knowledge on important and popular ICT methodologies (e.g., Geo-Information Systems, Lecture Recordings, Web-based Learning Platforms, etc.). 

Specific objectives of the training were to strengthen the capacities of participants and fellow project members, to enhance cooperation between partners, and to provide specific scientific knowledge and examples on describing, using, and understanding ICTs. A particular focus lied on the rise of ICTs during the ongoing global pandemic and the lessons learned during this period. 




1. Arjan de Groot, Researcher, Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Dept. Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

2. Veljo Kabin, E-learning and Moodle support educational technologist, University of Life Sciences, Estonia  

3. Volha Kaskevich, environmentalist, Chief specialist​ of Environmental Protection and Landscape Management, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Life Sciences, Estonia  

4. Alexander Hillmann, Media Services, Education with Video, IT Professional at University of Bremen

5. Daniele La Rosa, Professor (Associate), The University of Catania, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

6. Kalev Sepp, Professor, Chair of Environmental Protection and Landscape Management, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Life Sciences, Estonia

7. Simon Bell, landscape architect, Professor at Estonian University of Life Sciences and Associate Director, OPENspace, Edinburgh College of Art

8. Massimo Zotti, Head of Government & Security SBU, Planetek Italia, specializes in GIS and Remote Sensing at the Geography Department of the University of Nantes (France)

9. Michael Schwenk, Media Services, IT Professional at University of Bremen


Day 0. Preparation to ICT 

The preparation of participants provided by facilitators Arjan de Groot and Veljo Kabin: reviewing study materials on ICT and preparation for GIS Exercise, downloading and installing of QGIS.

Day 1. Introduction to ICT and Marketplace on ICT Methods 

The first day was dedicated to the topic of Introduction to ICT and Marketplace on ICT Methods in groups with presentations on the Plenary Session and Q&A Panel. Arjan de Groot, Volha Kaskevich, Veljo Kabin made introduction to the topic  "What is ICT? Why is it important nowadays? What is the role of ICT during the pandemic? How to use ICT correctly/efficiently? Tie into MARE and URGENT, why ICT is important for those projects? Brief showcase different ICT methods and approaches".

The marketplace was held in group work on the topics, divided by project countries –India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam:

  • E-Learning Platforms (InTeGrate, Ilias, Moodle)
  • Online Communication Tools (Zoom, BBB, Google Meet)
  • Presentation Tools (Prezi, Google Slides)
  • GIS
  • Blended Learning
  • Online Teaching Tools

Video record of Training Day 1 you could find by the link

Day 2. ICT Showcases and Group Exercise 

Alexander Hillmann, Veljo Kabin, Daniele La Rosa provided the showcases with specific examples from EU practice on Online Teaching Tools (Recording/Giving Lectures), Moodle, E-Learning Platforms, and Geo-Information Systems (GIS). 

We provided open data for urban green infrastructure development, which was visualized by participants. Constructed exercise based on that data with different questions had to be answered and maps to be created. The exercise was made in two tasks, one for beginners and one for advanced users of GIS for implementation. The Plenary Session showed correct results so that everyone knew what the idea of the exercise was and how the tool had to be used. With Feedback / Q&A the session was closed.

Video record of Training Day 2 you could find by the link


Day 3. Best practices from guest lectures 

We invited people from the applied field of ICT to showcase their work, method, organization, and tool.

  • E-Science was delivered by Kalev Sepp
  • Using ICT tools in 3D modeling during the pandemic, Miro & Adobe Rooms by Simon Bell
  • Developing software for universities on the topic of online education provided by Michael Schwenk

Q&A after each presentation and the “Open Platform” space were provided during the session.

The working day was finished by the Peer-to-Peer Session, where participants showed their previous work/current projects related to ICT and introduced a part of their project that they are dealing with.

Video record of Training Day 3 you could find by the link


The training on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) was organized with joint efforts by the University of Bremen, University of Tartu, University of Catania, and University of Halle-Wittenberg. The training is part of the Erasmus+ Programme URGENT (Urban Resilience and Adaptation for India and Mongolia) and the Erasmus+ Programme MARE (Marine Coastal and Delta Sustainability for Southeast Asia). 



Wednesday, June 30

Thursday, July 1

Friday, July 2


Opening and Welcome

Overview and Introduction of Training and Participants

Opening Session

Recap and Overview of Day 2

Opening Session

Recap and Overview of Day 3


Introduction to ICT
Lecture (Arjan de Groot)

- What is ICT

- Impact and Use of ICT

- ICT in Education

- Advantages & Disadvantages

ICT Tools and Methods

- Online Teaching 
(Alexander Hillmann)

- Moodle, E-Learning Platforms (Veljo Kabin)

- Geo-Information Systems (Daniele La Rosa)

Guest Lectures
ICT Experts

1. Online Education / Opencast
(Michael Schwenk)

2. E-Science
(Kalev Sepp)

3. ICT in Landscape Architecture
(Simon Bell)






Group Exercise

ICT Methodologies

Group Exercise

Geo-Information Systems

Expert/Guest Lectures

4. Open Access Copernicus Services for Land Monitoring
(Massimo Zotti)


Group Exercise - Results

Plenary Session

Group Exercise - Results

Plenary Session

Open Platform

Participants showcasing their work related to ICT


Closing Session

Q&A, Outlook to Day 2

Closing Session

Q&A, Outlook to Day 3







All the participants who have attended the whole program and have completed all the tasks got the certificates.