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Upcoming Bellingcat Open Source Investigation Workshops in Amsterdam, London, and Berlin

August 3, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

Bellingcat is holding a series of workshops in Europe in 2018, where participants can learn the tools and methodologies used by Bellingcat in their investigations.

Currently 5 day workshops are planned for the following dates:
Amsterdam February 19th-23rd NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE 
London March 19th-23rd
Berlin April 23rd-27th

Participants are required to bring their own laptops, and Google Earth Pro (free to download here) should be installed ahead of the workshop. WiFi will be provided at the workshop for all participants.

The workshop will be split into two main sections. The first three days will be dedicated to teaching participants a range of open source investigation skills, with case studies and practical examples focused on topics including conflict, crime, corruption, and fake news. The first two days will focus on investigations of videos and photographic content, and the third day will focus on social media investigation with Henk Van Ess.

The last two days allow participant to apply those skills to topics of their choice, with assistance from the workshop leaders and Bellingcat team members. On the final day, the progress of these projects will be presented to the group and future steps in the investigation will be discussed. Where possible and desirable for the participants, Bellingcat will provide additional help with those investigations after the workshop is concluded.

The intention of the workshop is to teach participants the core skills required for open source investigation, giving them sufficient time with practical examples to develop solid investigative experience, and teach a range of tools and methodologies that can be applied to their own work.

Each workshop is £1800 (including VAT) per person, and this covers the cost of the 5 day workshop. It does not cover participants accommodation or travel costs.

If you wish to participate, please send the following information to

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Billing address
  • Contact email
  • Contact phone number (mobile/landline)
  • Food allergies/intolerance
  • What three things would you like to learn on this course?

Due to high demand workshop spaces fill up quickly. If you are able to attend workshops in any of the countries listed you may include multiple locations in the workshops you would like to attend. If you have a preferred location please mark that as preferred. We will also be offering additional workshops after May.

If you have any questions or queries, please send an email to

Eliot Higgins

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  1. Ian

    Im interested in attending the Berlin course in April.
    Can you let me know approximately where the training with take place in Berlin so I consider hotels

    • Eliot Higgins

      Hi, our March London workshop is full, but we’re planning to offer more in June and July. If you sign up to the newsletter we’ll put details of the workshops there when we have them.

  2. Boudewijn Mayeur

    Followed the Amsterdam course this week.
    One word: Awesome!
    Many thanks for this adventure to take OSINT investigations to another level 🙂

    with regards,

    B. Mayeur.

  3. Albert Jansen


    I am interested in the next workshop in Amsterdam.
    Can you inform me when this will take place?

    Thanks in advance,


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