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New Bellingcat Workshops Announced for Berlin, London, Washington, and Amsterdam (All workshops now full)

November 1, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Bellingcat is holding a series of workshops in Europe and the United States in 2018 and early 2019, where participants can learn the tools and methodologies used by Bellingcat in their investigations.

Currently 5-day workshops are planned for the following dates:
  • Berlin : November 26-30 (FULL)
  • London : January 14-18 (FULL)
  • Washington, D.C. : January 28-February 1 (FULL)
  • Amsterdam : February 4-8 (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.

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 March.

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


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Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.

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  1. Lukas Cervenka

    Hi guys,

    I’m a big fan of your and I was hoping you will have a chance one day to come to Vancouver, Canada.

    Feel free to contact me.
    Thank you and respect

  2. Magda de Jong

    Hi, do you have waiting lists for the workshops? I would love to subscribe to that for the Amsterdam one in Februari.

  3. Cathy Rustagi

    I hope you will have a workshop in Seattle soon.
    I cannot locate any research you might have done on Konstantin Kilimnik. Have you?



    • John Lanseter

      Firstly MikeKnoth — Do you HAVE TO SHOUT ?? Take your Caps-Lock Off please?

      Secondly, although I am aware of Bellingcat’s history and being left wing but up to now it has generally (there are some exceptions) kept clear of partisan politics. If it becomes yet another vehicle for the regressive left, then I for one will cease support. Bellingcat keeps its reputation by being ruthlessly engaged witgh the truth whether against right OR left.


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