New Bellingcat Workshop Announced for Washington D.C.

Bellingcat will hold a new workshop in Washington D.C. on December 9-13. Our planned workshops for the remainder of 2019 are as follows:

  • London: December 9-13 (Full, with lengthy wait-list)
  • Washington D.C.: December 9-13 (Full, with short wait-list)

Please email us at with the information requested below if you would like to attend.

  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Billing address
  • Contact email
  • 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. We anticipate holding over a dozen workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe in 2020, but have not yet finalized any dates or locations.

The participation fee for our five-day workshops is €2200 per person (excluding VAT), receivable by Bellingcat. Conversion rates from other currencies and credit card fees are for the expense of the participant, with payment methods that include direct transfer to IBAN of Bellingcat, or payment by credit card. It does not cover participants accommodation or travel costs. These workshop fees fund the costs for Bellingcat’s award-winning research around the world.

Participants are required to bring their own laptops, and Google Earth Pro (free to download here) should be installed ahead of the workshop. We strongly recommend having a Facebook account during the workshop (does not need to be your real, personal account) in order to participate in a number of exercises that build Facebook research skills. 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. Additional details on our workshops and training agendas can be found in a document here. If you wish to participate, please send the following information to


Again, please don’t hesitate to message us at if you have any questions.


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