Geoscience Summer School


9–13 July 2018

Course leader

assoc. prof. Igor Ivan, vice-dean of the Faculty of Mining and Geology, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava,


Faculty of Mining and Geology, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava


Students will be supported (free): tuition, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and excursions

Students must have own support: for travel, living expenses (dinner and pocket money), health insurance, and any relevant visa fees

Course outline

This 5-day international course called Geoscience Summer School will provide undergraduate, and graduate students with a broad understanding of complex raw material handling with a focus on environmentally friendly exploitation in the conventional deposits of mineral raw materials and prospecting for new rare metal sources, which helps to reduce raw material dependence on outside sources.

The programme covers aspects of all the steps related to this long process starting with the methods of the Earth observation, measuring and gathered data processing focusing on the processing of data from UAVs and satellite images (including presentation of UAVs and high-tech sensors) and modern ways of geodetic measuring, including photogrammetry and LIDAR. Participants will also explore issues of economy, management and marketing applications using a presented case study of mining company operation assessment. Our experts will introduce principles of mining of mineral resources and present various tests in specialized Laboratory of Mineral Processing. Participants will also be acquainted with selected laboratory equipment used in mineral processing and have the opportunity to do short experiments.

Integral parts of the Geoscience Summer School are practical demonstrations and excursions. All participants will practically try the available analytical equipment (e.g. 3D visualization, virtual and augmented reality). You will explore high-end Laboratory of Rock and Soil Mechanics of the Institute of Clean Technologies for Mining and Utilization of Raw Materials for Energy Use, Laboratory of Wells and Hydrocarbon Deposits Simulation, Scanning Electron Microscope, Geological Laboratory, and RFID Lab.

During excursions, participants will visit our unique special purpose departments – the Geological Pavilion and the Planetarium Ostrava and one of the Ostrava landmarks and most prominent brownfields in the city, the Ema Dump, and will learn about its history, present, and future. The icing on the cake will be a half-day excursion to a black coal mine in the region with a visit of its deep underground (or another field trip to a mining locality). Geoscience Summer School is a unique experience to gain knowledge in geoscience and raw material from our leading experts.

How to register

Register here, after the registration you will be asked by us for sending an official statement of study from university/copy of university diploma.

Registration Deadline

10 June 2018

Who can register

Any undergraduate and graduate student interested in the Geoscience from the whole world can apply. The official language of the summer school is English (required level B2).


We reserve the right to change the programme at any time based on current conditions (weather, operational issues, etc.).

9:00 – 9:30 Opening and Introduction (doc. Ing. Igor Ivan, Ph.D.)

Location: Dean’s meeting room (A238)

9:30 – 12:00  Department of Economics and Control Systems (Ing. Simona Matušková, Ph.D.; Ing. Filip Beneš, Ph.D.)

Title: Learn, watch and play

Abstract: Attendants will explore issues of economy, statistics, management and marketing applications using a presented advertising campaign proposal for an industrial company. All attendants will also practically try available analytical equipment (e.g., 3D visualization, virtual and augmented reality) in RFID Lab.

Laboratory: RFID lab

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Department of Geoinformatics (RNDr. Pavel Švec, Ph.D.)

Title: Monitoring of Landscape Changes with the Use of Remote Sensing

Abstract: This session will be focused on the monitoring of landscape changes with the use of data and methods of Remote Sensing. Students will work in the laboratory of Department of Geoinformatics and explore the Earth and earth processes with the use of digital data and maps. The second part will include a practical lesson of collecting data using our drone DJI Matrice 600 Pro.

Laboratory: computer lab J423

9:00 – 12:00 Geological Pavilion (Ing. Martina Polášková)

Title: Visit of the Geological Pavilion

Abstract: The attendants will be informed about activities of the Geological Pavilion. They will experience the guided tour of geological collections. Following part of the programme is focused on interactive activities with geological themes in geological labs of the Pavilion.

Laboratory: Geological Pavilion

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Department of Geological Engineering (Ing. Mgr. Martin Kašing)

Title: GPR technology workshop

Abstract: Summer school participants will recognize GPR (ground penetrating radar) technology, they will learn how to compile and control GPR apparatus, acquire 2D GPR data in terrain, process them in PC laboratory and interpret them regarding the building foundation and exploration of mineral resources. The workshop will be supplemented by modern applications of GPR technology, its trends and future development – 3D GPR, GPR drones, RTG deep georadar, etc.

Laboratory: university campus and lab J409


9:00 – 12:00 Department of Mining Engineering and Safety (Ing. Vlastimil Řepka, Ph.D.; Ing. Jaroslava Koudelková, Ph.D.)

Title: Demonstration labs with practical experiments

Abstract: Summer school participants will visit the experimental labs and try unique practical experiments. They start their visit in the Mineral Processing Laboratory of Crushing and Milling, followed by The Lab of the Magnetic Separation and the Laboratory of the Flotation. During this tour, they will see coal floating analysis in heavy liquids and experiments in the lab of mechanics of rocks and soils.

Laboratory: J142, J145, J146, J148

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Department of Environmental Engineering (Ing. Hana Švehláková)

Title: Methods of the surface water quality assessment

Abstract: Participants will start their tour in the biological laboratory of the Department of Environmental Engineering. This class will focus on the assessment of the surface water quality, determination of selected parameters of eutrophication of water from different biotopes (pond, river), determination of selected parameters of water salinity from natural and mine sludge reservoirs and determination of aquatic organisms.
You will try various methods such as colorimetry, spectrophotometry, microscopy.

Laboratory: J345

9:00 – 12:00 Department of Geodesy and Mine Surveying (Ing. Miroslav Novosad, Ph.D.)

Title: Unique Activities of Mine Surveying and Geodesy

Abstract: Participants will visit facilities for the teaching of mine surveying (practice corridor with shaft, surveying observatory) and will attend the presentation of the department’s activities and samples of department’s results, terrestrial 3D laser scanning demonstration, where participants can try creating own 3D model using a manual scanner. They will get familiar with the topics of surveying the surface of the Earth and underground spaces and creating of surface and mine maps.

Laboratory: practice measuring corridor A030, geodetic lab J235

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Planetarium Ostrava (PaedDr. Marková Ivana, Ph.D.)

Title: Visit of the Planetarium Ostrava

Abstract: Students will visit the Planetarium Dome where will watch the projection of fulldome show (projected onto a rounded surface) „The journey to billions of stars“. The show will be supplemented by live comments of our expert focused on the orientation of starry sky. This show will be followed by the visit of the Experimentarium with more than 30 exhibits with most of them being interactive. In case of the clean sky, participants will observe the sun with a special telescope with H alfa filter (you can see sun eruptions, sunspots, and proturbances).

Location: Planetarium Ostrava

Morning Excursion (doc. Ing. Pavel Zapletal, Ph.D.)

Title: Excursion to the quarry, slate mine or black coal mine (The final destination selection depends on current possibilities)


  • Quarry: Participants will visit the quarry Bohučovice or Valšov where will be witnessed of blasting and its preparations. You will also visit the Mineral raw materials processing line and other geological locations in the quarry.
  • Slate mine: Participants will visit the slate mine Radim where will see the underground mine and slate processing.
  • Black coal mine: Participants will visit the underground black coal mine ČSM-south. You will go approx. 1 km below the ground and visit the coalface with the presentation of used technologies and practical demonstrations. 
After Excursion Closing of the Geoscience Summer School (doc. Ing. Igor Ivan, Ph.D.)