Thursday, October 1, 2015

UNIGIS at GeoSmart Asia '2015 - Kuala Lumpur

UNIGIS was invited to contribute to the GeoSmart Asia 2015 (GSA) conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 29th to October 1st, 2015 and to co-organise the 'Geospatial Youth Forum' bringing academia, industry, organisations and students onto a common platform for promoting career-oriented one-on-one interaction. GSA is one of the largest regional conferences focussed on geospatial themes in S/E Asia and is being organised in different countries across the region. UNIGIS has been entrusted with a prominent role of conducting Geospatial Capacity Building sessions at the event since 2005 and this was the 11th such continuous session coordinated by UNIGIS at this international event.
The Participants of 'Geospatial Youth Forum' 
Dr. Shahnawaz (Director, UNIGIS S/E Asia) gave framework presentation and moderated the forum involving about 100 participants from China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The first session was designed for a panel discussion involving geospatial experts, followed by a competitive session of student presentations.

Four distinguished panelists i.e. Prof. Nitin K Tripathi (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand), Dr. Alias Madya (University Putra Malaysia, Selangor), Dr. Lam Kouk-Choy (National University of Malaysia, Bangi) and Mr. John Whitehead (Sales Director, Asia-Pacific, Trimble, Singapore) exchanged their experiences and visions about geospatial education, business and careers in the emerging ASEAN Economic Community.

Ms. Nur Hakimah Asnawi

The last session triggered a critical open-floor discussion among experts, professionals and students focussed on the status of geospatial education and geospatial career opportunities in the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community

The forum attendees largely expressed that there is a need of re-structuring geospatial education in the region as well as to introduce alternative modes of delivery for various target groups. Most of the in-service professional participants expressed that it is high time to launch short-cycle programmes for professionals not necessarily leading to academic degree qualifications.

The jury conferred the ‘Best Student Paper’ award on Ms. Nur Hakimah Asnawi from National University of Malaysia, Bangi who presented her paper on 'Landuse Landcover Changes in Gombak, Selangor - 1989-2014'.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Master Thesis workshop in Salzburg

From 18th to 19th of September more than 20 students from the UNIGIS MSc 2014 course presented a current status of their Master Thesis during the workshop in Salzburg. High quality presentations from various sectors of GI and a lively discussion among students and the teaching team led to an informative and entertaining meeting. All the best for the final steps!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New U_Lecture on Platform 3DNL September 23

This autumn series of U_Lectures are hosted by our member UNIGIS Amsterdam in cooperation with several industry partners. Don't miss this opportunity and register now for the U_Lecture on Platform 3DNL with industry experts Rob van de Velde (Geonovum), Henk Scholten (Geodan/VU University Amsterdam) and Sanne Hettinga (VU University Amsterdam).

Date: Wednesday September23
Time: 4-5 pm (CEST)

U_Lecture 3DNL

Due to increasing complexity of spatial processes, decisions about the public space are becoming harder. Accurate and real-time 3D information is necessary to support effective and transparent decision making. Platform 3DNL is seeking to establish a national 3D Geo-Information Infrastructure in the Netherlands. Two initiators, Rob van de Velde (Geonovum, public sector) and Henk Scholten (Geodan, private sector), and PhD student Sanne Hettinga (VU Amsterdam) will reflect on their vision and work plan and explain why so many government agencies, companies and universities have committed their participation in the Platform. What are the challenges and opportunities in successfully implementing 3DNL and how will it strengthen the international position of the Netherlands.


Rob van de Velde is Director of Geonovum and Board Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium. Geonovum is responsible in The Netherlands for making public sector geo-information widely accessible and develops and maintains the required standards. For the development and maintenance of a national Geo-Information Infrastructure, Geonovum connects policy and practice.

Henk Scholten is founder and CEO of Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialised in Geo-IT. He is also Full Professor in Spatial Informatics at the Department of Spatial Economics, at the VU University Amsterdam, Director of UNIGIS Amsterdam and co-founder of UNIGIS International.

Sanne Hettinga is a PhD student at the VU Amsterdam university, studying the role of 3D data in environmental modeling (the project 3D for Environmental Modelling at the Maps for Society programme).

Monday, July 27, 2015

UNIGIS Sub Saharan African Student offered lucrative bursary

Ms Marthie Schoeman, UNIGIS Sub Saharan Africa student has been awarded a coveted bursary by EE Publishers South Africa to attend this year’s Geomatics Indaba in South Africa, all expenses paid. 

EE Publishers have a particular focus on the electrical, electronics, measurement, automation, control, computer, information, geo-informatics and communication technology sectors of Southern Africa. UNIGIS wishes Marthie a wonderful trip to Ekurhuleni and we hope she learns a lot!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Congratulations to UNIGIS Southern Africa Student!

Congratulations to Ms Gudani Mammba from UNIGIS Sub Saharan Africa! She has been awarded a bursary by GISSA, The GI Society for Southern Africa to attend the Geomatics Indaba 2015 from 11-13 August at the Emperor's Palace, Ekhuruleni. This is a major Geomatics industry event and is jointly organised and hosted by SAGI, IMSSA, and GISSA in collaboration with EE Publihers.

As a service to the GIS community GISSA decided to sponsor 5 deserving Geoinformatics University Students to attend the conference. The sponsorship will entail payment by GISSA of the conference fees and travel and accommodation costs.