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New Bellingcat Workshops Announced for London and Amsterdam

February 21, 2018

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 June 25th – 29th FULL
London July 2nd – July 6th FULL

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. SydneyDaz

    Goos stuff. If you guys could quickly pop over to Australia as well and hold a workshop in Sydney that would be awesome! 🙂

    • Eliot Higgins

      It’s possible, but more likely in partnership with a local organisation for local journalists and activists.

  2. Sorry, Anonymous

    Do you have any future plans for a workshop in the United States? Your work is very much needed here.

  3. Max

    Your 5 day workshops are FULL:
    Amsterdam June 25th – 29th FULL
    London July 2nd – July 6th FULL

    When and where will take place the next 5 day workshops?


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