GNSS Education Network for Industry and UniversitieS (GENIUS)GENIUS
GNSS Education Network for Industry and UniversitieS
University of Nottingham

Project Partners


The University of Nottingham


Activities include:

Project coordinatorion, overseeing grants to students, oganisation of training courses for PhDs and professionals, and providing updates for information on additional uses of GNSS.


The GENIUS project team are drawn from GRACE (GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence), part of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) at the University of Nottingham.  The NGI is an internationally recognised postgraduate teaching and research centre for positioning and navigation technologies.  NGI staff have been involved at every stage of the development of the Galileo satellite system.  

GRACE was formed in 2007 to assist regional development through closer collaboration between The University of Nottingham and Industry. It assists organisations, business start-ups, and entrepreneurs to take advantage of satellite navigation, positioning, timing and location based technologies. Its services include:

  • Education and training courses
  • Testing and simulation facilities
  • Research and technological development
  • Consultancy and business support
  • Business incubation and business development


Universität der Bundeswehr München

Activities include:

Point of contact for the Satellite Navigation Universities Network (SUN), organisation of the PhD Summit, and administration for travel grants for students attending GENIUS supported activities.


The GENIUS project team are drawn from the Institute of Space Technology Space Applications within the Universität der Bundeswehr München.  The Institute was founded in 1983 and is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of Navigation, Signal Processing, Satellite Methods, and Physical Geodesy (including Gravimetry topics covering theory, system analysis, integration with other sensors, algorithms and software and prototype system development).

Politecnico di Torino

Activities include:

Team leader of the GNSS education and research programmes, co-organiser of the PhD Scholarship and training programme


Politecnico di Torino is the oldest school of engineering in Italy, and one of the largest Italian academic institutions in the field of engineering.  There are over 26,000 students studying on 129 courses, over 890 lecturers and researchers, and around 800 administration staff.  There are 6 schools, 1 graduate school, 18 departments and 7 inter-departmental centres.

Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile

Activities include:

Coordinator Professional Training Programme and co-organiser of the internship programme and research programmes, co-organiser of the PhD scholarship and training programme


ENAC is the only French university for civil aviation that offers initial and continuing education for all the positions linked to the civil aviation community, including; pilots, engineers, technicians, and air traffic controllers.  ENAC proposes a large variety of activities linked to the needs of the public and private sectors, and thus offers initial education, training, internships, specialised diplomas, and research activities.  It collaborates with many other national and international institutions or organisations for education, development and research purposes.  More than 1600 students are present on the campus all year round.

Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

Activities include:

Coordinator and organiser of the University Challenge a special prize within the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), sponsored by GENIUS


AZO business activities focus on supporting company foundations and commercial applications based on aerospace technologies and infrastructures. Their Bavarian locations in Oberpfaffenhofen, Nuremberg, and Berchtesgadener Land have aided more than 70 start-ups in recent years, which places them among the most successful incubation programmes involving the commercial use of space technologies and infrastructures.  

Through coordinating Europe's two leading innovation networks for the Galileo (satellite navigation) and Copernicus (Earth observation) space programmes, they also support the development of more than 500 new business and product innovations every year. 

AZO was founded in Oberpfaffenhofen - a well-known hub of the aerospace industry near Munich, Germany - by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport, and Technology in 2004.  Its objective was to support start-up companies from the German Aerospace Center (DLR).  Since 2005 AZO has been a public-private partnership and employs eight people.  AZO has been the organiser of the ESNC since 2004 and has managed one of five ESA Business Incubation Centres since 2009.

Istituto Supriore Mario Boella (ISMB)

Activities include:

Responsible for delivery of the extension to the NAVKIT and th e-Learning programme


Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research & innovation center operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and Public Administration.

Its Navigation Technologies research unit is working on the design and development of new technologies and systems related to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Higher education is part of ISMB mission: through the contribution to Specializing Masters and the realization of courses for companies, ISMB researchers participate in the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge in cooperation with national and international institutions.

Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE)

Activities include:

Supporting SUN activities, PhD Summit, PhD training and internship programme


The Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE) results from the merger of the two prestigious French "Grades Ecoles". As a higher education and research institute, ISAE is the reference in Europe for aerospace engineering and related sciences.

ISAE is at the heart of many academic and research networks: University of Toulouse, Aerospace Valley cluster, GEA, ECATA, PEGASUS network of aeronautical and space universities, TIME university network, Virtual Space Academy (VAS), Thales Academia and the Satellite University Network (SUN).

Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC)


Activities include:

Supporting development of e-learning tools and PhD Training


The Research group of Astronomy and Geomatics (gAGE / UPC) is a inter-departmental university group involving the Applied Mathematics IV, Applied Physics Department and Technology Transfer Centre of the technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

UPC acheivement in the recent years received high international acknowledgement and several competitive contracts from institutions and companies in the satellite navigation and aeronautical sectors.

Danish GPS Centre (DGC)

Activities include:

Supporting PhD Training and the PhD Summit


The Danish GPS Center (DGC) was established in 1996 as a research centre, with the basic motivation to follow, support, and influence the technological progress of satellite based navigation. The DGC is engaged in education, research, and development with its roots in surveying, geodesy, mathematical modelling, atmospheric physics, and digital signal processing. The DGC has extensive experience in teaching GNSS material.

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