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|Press Release No: UNIS/OS/217|
|Release Date: 28 April 2000|
|UN Training Course in Stockholm to Promote Remote Sensing Education
In Academic Institutions in Developing Countries
VIENNA, 28 April (UN Information Service) -- Representatives of various academic institutions from developing countries are to receive basic training in remote sensing technology during a six-week training course which will begin in Stockholm on 2 May. The aim is to familiarize the participants with both theoretical aspects and practical uses of remote sensing, to enable them to integrate the subject into their institutions' curricula.
United Nations-sponsored space-technology related training courses and long-term fellowship programmes are intended to help countries develop indigenous capacity to benefit fully from the growing world-wide body of know-how derived from space research. Participants at the Stockholm course will be instructed in how to use satellite data in a variety of development activities such as natural resource management, agriculture and environmental protection. By the end of the six-week course, participants are expected to have gained enough training and exposure to begin conducting introductory courses on remote sensing in their respective institutions. The course will take place at Stockholm University, Stockholm and at SSC Satellitbild, in Kiruna.
Twenty-six participants are expected to attend the current course, from the following 23 countries: Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Instructors will come from the European Space Agency (ESA), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, the Swedish Royal College of Technology, the Swedish National Space Board, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, L&L Monitor AB, SSC Satellitbild and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
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