"Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements" Winter School 2019

The Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Winter School 2019 will take place from 10 to 14 June at the Vuwani Science Resource Centre in Limpopo, South Africa.

The course encompasses a varied format of lectures, hands-on sessions, interactive workshops, discussions, and opportunities for networking. Topics cover various aspects of greenhouse gas monitoring in Africa, with particular emphasis in South Africa. The focus of the course is on the measuring techniques; in particular, the Winter School will provide students with theoretical background and hands-on sessions in setting up Eddy Covariance flux measurement instruments and processing data. During the course, participants will also have the chance to get direct feedback and advises on their own project.

The course aims to support young researchers in initiating new projects and taking better advantage of existing eddy covariance infrastructures and data.

The Winter School is organised by the partners and collaborators of the SPACES project EMSAfrica (Ecosystem Management Support for Climate Change in Southern Africa), and the EU Horizon 2020 project SEACRIFOG (Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations).

Course teachers include experts in micrometeorology as well as senior researchers working on different fields using Eddy Covariance flux data in their research. This follows the multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach of EMSAfrica, where Eddy Covariance flux data is linked with different on-site measurements and coupled with remote sensing data to produce models on Southern African vegetation patterns and carbon balance.

Lead teachers are Christian Brümmer (Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Braunschweig, Germany) and Gregor Feig (South African Environmental Observation Network /Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Observation Network).

Who should apply:

Students and early-career researchers (MSc and PhD students and post doctoral researchers) are encouraged to apply for the Winter School, but applications are encouraged also from other researchers and technicians with good justifications.

The course is primarily intended to participants from Angola, Namibia and South Africa. Applications from other Southern African countries will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.


10th – 14th June 2019


The location of the course is the Vuwani Science Resource Centre of the University of Venda in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Accommodation details will be updated on this website soon.

Programme of the winter school

The detailed programme of the winter school will be updated here soon. Draft programme can be downloaded here (PDF).

Teachers Confirmed teachers

Christian Brümmer (Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture)
Gregor Feig (South African Environmental Observation Network/Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network)
Eric Maluta (University of Venda)
Ana López-Ballesteros (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Johannes Beck (Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management, Namibia)
Mohau Mateyisi (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, South Africa)
Amukelani Maluleke (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, South Africa)
Alecia Nickless(University of Bristol United Kingdom)

Fees and Funding

Ten fully funded (travel and accommodation) slots for the course via support from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) are offered. Please see below the instructions of applying for the funded slots.

In addition, up to ten self-funded slots are offered for participants with their own funding. No course fees are asked from participants applying for these slots, but they will need to cover the costs of their own travel and accommodation.


If you are interested to join the course, please send your application letter to emsafrica.info@gmail.com by Sunday the 5th of May 2019.

Your application should preferably consist of one pdf document and include the following information:

1) Motivation letter: state your motivation and how the participation to the winter school is relevant to you, and how it links to your research project.

2) CV & publication record: an up-to-date CV including past and in prep publications.

In the case you are applying for a fully funded slot, you should include a supporting letter from your academic supervisor or a senior academic. This letter should also justify the need of funding.

The application deadline is Sunday, 5th May 2019. Each applicant will be informed about admittance no later than 12th May. The selection of participants will be done by a committee consisting of course teachers.


Advertisement poster (PDF). Course description (PDF). Course materials will be available here after the course.


Course coordinator Dr. Mari Bieri
Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture
Email: mari.bieri@thuenen.de