GNSS Education Network for Industry and Universities

Background & Objectives

GENIUS is a Co-ordination and Support Action (CSA) that recognises the achievements of previous framework funded projects such as ERIG and G-TRAIN and other initiatives like the ESNC (European Satellite Navigation Competition). GENIUS extends the activities of these projects and programmes and introduces many new initiatives to achieve the major project objectives of strengthening GNSS research and education programmes and fostering co-operation between research and business.

Why this project is important for EGNOS/GSA/SatNav?

To ensure that Europe remains at the forefront in GNSS education, a more intense and inclusive collaboration across research groups at universities, research institutes and industry is needed.


GENIUS has two major objectives:To Strengthen GNSS Research and Education Programmes

  • To Foster Co-operation Between Research and Business.

GENIUS supports and nurtures a network of universities and research institutions that are active in the provision of GNSS education in the field of satellite navigation technologies, applications and services. It implements actions for strengthening education of GNSS students, PhD candidates and professionals enabling them to achieve an excellent level of competence in GNSS, share best practise with experts and peers across the academic sector and industry and to develop their industrial experience and knowledge. The project lays the foundation for the development of pan-European collaborations and enables technology transfer between the university and research institutes and industry.

It strengthens GNSS education for industry through the delivery of a professional education programme with a special focus on SMEs, as well as through modern distance learning tools. It underpins the operation of the ESNC University Challenge in 2012. It extends the impact of the competition by enabling focussed activity to promote and support the competition entrants in 6 universities across the EU.

Next Steps

  • GNSS Professional Education Programme - 10 x 3 day courses for industry
  • 2 remaining PhD scholarships
  • Webinars, Internships, PhD training and workshops.
Paul Bhatia
Nottingham Geospatial Building
Triumph Road
United Kingdom
EUSPA Project Officer: 
Reinhard Blasi
Total Cost: 
1 086 547 €
EU Contributions: 
844 913 €
Project Call: 
FP7 3rd Call
Contract Number: 

Work performed & results

The results of GENIUS are achieved through technology transfer and knowledge exchange between the university & research institute sector and industry (especially SMEs). The project directly engages with industry through a number of mechanisms including: internships, a PhD scholarship programme, a professional education programme – directed at SMEs and the promotion of distance learning through webinars. Furthermore GENIUS promotes entrepreneurship through the University Challenge of the European Satellite Navigation Competition supporting the competition at 6 universities during 2012.
Specific provisions include: 10 professional GNSS courses, 4 PhDs with Industry, 2 PhD training events, 1 PhD Workshop, 16 internships with industry and 4 MSc scholarships.

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  • Logo

  • University Challange

  • GENIUS Logo

  • University Challange Logo

Anwednungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)
Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen (UniBwM)
Danish GPS Centre Aalborg University (DGC)
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC)
Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE)
The University of Nottingham (UNOTT)
United Kingdom
Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB)
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO)

Updated: Oct 11, 2018