Summer School: Exploring Digital Twins of the Ocean - New tools for innovation and sustainability

Summer School: Exploring Digital Twins of the Ocean - New tools for innovation and sustainability

Start: Monday 19th August 2024

End: Friday 23rd August 2024

Location: Civil Engineering Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Location: Civil Engineering Building, Main Campus, Cork

The Iliad Summer School 2024: “Exploring Digital Twins of the Ocean - New tools for innovation and sustainability” offers an immersive and innovative program designed to dive deep into the cutting-edge field of digital ocean modelling. The summer school will bring together students, researchers and professionals from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic and transformative concept of digital twins in ocean science.

The course is aimed at graduate (Masters/PhD) students, and early career scientists in the fields of Marine ecology, Oceanography, Environmental monitoring, Remote sensing, Marine/Oceanic engineering, Data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Participants will engage with leading experts through a series of lectures and collaborative projects, gaining insights into the latest technologies and methodologies used in creating and utilising digital twins of the ocean.

Summer School Program

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Data acquisition, processing and management: Learn about the data life cycle, the different types of data that goes into a digital twin of the ocean and how to make them interoperable.
  • Numerical modelling: Ocean modelling with heterogeneous data, diverse tools for ocean data modelling
  • The tools needed to create a digital twin of the ocean: Introduction to some of the frequently used tools along the value chain of digital twins of the ocean. OGC standards, Python, Docker, other.
  • ICT technology (use of platforms, AI, Machine learning): Iliad uses a variety of platforms, including NextGEOSS, Global Ocean Platform, GeoMachine.

Whether a marine scientist, data analyst, environmental policy maker, or technology enthusiast, the Iliad Summer School 2024 offers a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field.

How To Register

You can register for the summer school by sending an email with CV (Europass format preferred) and personalised statement of motivation for attending the course to Please note that AI generated applications will automatically be rejected.

Application Deadline

Monday 8th July 12:00 CEST.

About UCC

University College Cork (UCC) is an award-winning institution with a history of independent thinking established in 1845. UCC is proud to be ranked in the top 1.1% of universities in the world. UCC combines a rich heritage with modern facilities, offering a dynamic and supportive environment for learning and research.

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The ILIAD Summer School will be hosted at the Main Campus, in the Civil Engineering Building.


The ILIAD Summer School is collaborating with Victoria Lodge Apartments to offer student accommodation in single ensuite rooms, just a 10-minute walk from the main campus. To book your accommodation, please contact Victoria Lodge directly at and mention that you are participating in the ILIAD Summer School.

Learn more about Victoria Lodge Apartments.

Travel to Cork

Cork Airport (ORK) is located about 8 km south of Cork city centre. The 226 bus service operates between Cork Airport and the city centre.

Dublin Airport (DUB) is well-connected to Cork city centre by bus. Various companies offer comfortable and frequent services, typically taking about 3-4 hours with departures every 30 minutes.


Are there opportunities for extra funding?

We have not secured any external funding sources.

Is accommodation organized?

We have partnered with Victoria Lodge Apartments. Accommodation will consist of single bedrooms with private bathrooms in a shared apartment at 50€ per night.

Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration and participation fee.

Who is eligible to attend the summer school?

The summer school is open to anyone with a background in oceanography, aquatic ecology, environmental modeling, AI, data science, application packaging, etc.

When will the full schedule be released?

We’ll make the full schedule as soon as we receive confirmation from all lecturers.

How do I get an invitation letter for a visa application?

If you need a visa, once you are accepted please send an email to with a copy of your passport, a CV, and a certificate of enrollment from your university or certificate of employment.

When will I know if I am accepted to join the summer school?

We will notify you if you are accepted by July 17th, 2024

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