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Summer SchoolFly high: Drones for the public benefit

Studiengebühren 1.050 € pro Programm

The program price consists of the course/tuition fee (student or working professional, see details below) plus the registration fee (€60).

Student course/tuition fee: €990
Working professional course/tuition fee: €1190

This course/tuition fee covers the course, course materials and a cultural program.

Anmeldegebühr 60 € einmalig

The registration fee is in addition to the course/tuition fee and covers the processing of your application. It is payable upon registration. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

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Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, are considered a pivotal technology for the 21st century. Generating plenty of applications ranging from sensing, data collection and filming, to medical use or commercial last mile delivery, drones are linked to the overarching motivation of making processes faster, safer and more flexible.

This course will provide an holistic picture of current and future drone applications with a special focus on shaping drone use for the public benefit. Therefore, the course will combine state-of-the art theoretical and empirical insights (e.g. public acceptance, user adoption, environmental assessments) with insights on technological, regulatory and business environments as well as on living labs and real-world demonstrators.

As a result of the course, participants will have gained broad and systematic knowledge about the benefits as well as the challenges and limitations of drone use. They will be able to strongly differentiate and evaluate the subject. Moreover, the gained knowledge can foster future strategic and long-term thinking about this strongly emerging tec trend and can be translated into the participants’ various study and disciplinary backgrounds with regards to potential topics for theses or even future career paths.

Learning Goals:

  • Insights into benefits, challenges and limitations of applying unmanned aerial systems in urban and rural contexts
  • First-hand information and live-demonstrations of innovative drone-applications
  • Obtaining knowledge about key factors driving public acceptance of drone use
  • Tools and necessities of user and civic participation
  • Basics of drone-related cost structures and business environments
  • Ability to transfer and tailor drone applications to individual use-cases
  • Insights on the regulatory context of drone use


Main Course Components:

  • Lectures
    Lecture sections comprise of research-based inputs on various topics of drone use with a special focus on the interplay of technology and society, e.g. user and public perception, environmental assessments, regulatory frameworks.
  • Practical applications / group works
    Such practicals will comprise of team and group working sessions based on relevant information gained in previous sections that are designed to conceptualize, discuss and prepare the group presentations.
  • Excursions
    We will offer participants to conduct excursions to selective drone projects in Berlin and Brandenburg. Among them is the project “Stadt-Land-Drohne” situated in Wusterhausen/Dosse, which is the first pioneering project in Germany to explore the use of delivery drones for the means of improving the supply of groceries in remote villages.
  • Assessment (for the Individual project)
    In the Assessment section the students will present their group projects for their final exam.
Jetzt bewerben! Summer Term 3 2024
15.07.2024, 23:59:59
Mitteleuropäische Zeit
Jetzt bewerben! Summer Term 3 2024
15.07.2024, 23:59:59
Mitteleuropäische Zeit