New Bellingcat Workshop Announced for Toronto (May 20 - 24) [Workshop Full]

Update: The Toronto workshop is now full. If you are interested in being added to the wait-list for any of our future workshops, please send a message to

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

Along with the previously announced events, we will hold a five-day workshop in Toronto on May 20 – 24.

We will also soon be announcing a workshop to take place in New York City for undetermined dates in March. Throughout 2019, we also plan to hold workshops in the United States in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and the west coast (likely San Francisco). In Europe, we will hold workshops in Paris, London, and multiple events in The Netherlands. We are also planning multiple events in Australia in in late spring or early summer 2019.

Currently, five-day workshops are planned for the following dates:
  • London : January 14-18 (FULL)
  • Washington, D.C. : January 28-February 1 (FULL)
  • Amsterdam : February 4-8 (FULL)
  • London: February 25 – March 1 (FULL)
  • Toronto: May 20 – 24 (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 verification. 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.

More information on our workshops can be found in this article from The New Yorker.

Each workshop is £1800 / $3075 CAD / $2260 USD / €2000 (including VAT) per person, and this covers the cost of the five-day workshop. It does not cover participants accommodation or travel costs. These workshop fees fund the salaries of Bellingcat’s researchers around the world.

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?
  • Any special requests, information, etc.

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 anticipate holding approximately 18 workshops throughout 2019.

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


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