Monday, December 5, 2016

UNIGIS MSc 2016 workshop - Let´s talk about place ...

... and a wide variety of issues and topics regarding distance education with a focus on the conception of the Master Thesis. That´s how you could summarise the 2nd UNIGIS MSc 2016 workshop held in Salzburg from 1 to 2 December 2016. The mix of representatives from industry and research creates ideal opportunities for a professional exchange of ideas on a scientific basis.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

"Capture 3D data with LiDAR": Webinar on Dec 14

Registration now is open for the u_Lecture webinar presentation by Christian Sevcik on Dec 14 at 5pm CET  >>>

This lecture is a about current LiDAR technology and its various applications: gain insights how point cloud data is acquired and derived with Waveform LiDAR sensors. We will shed some light on what it takes from sending out a laser pulse to a point with 3D coordinates. Learn about the latest trends in the LiDAR industry, from UAV operation, to multichannel and multispectral LiDAR and see some of the industries where LiDAR systems are operational today.

The speaker Mr Sevcik is Manager, Strategic Software Alliances at RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH, Austria. He graduated with an MSc in Surveying and Geoinformation from Graz University of Technology and held various positions in the geospatial industries before joining Riegl in 2011.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

u_Lecture: 'Geo-Entrepreneurship' - Nov 23

Registration is still open for the upcoming free webinar on 'Geo-Entrepreneurship: Using Location to Enhance Your Competitive Advantage' presented by Dr Ian Heywood from the University of Aberdeen Business School.

For details and to sign up >

Saturday, November 5, 2016

2017: Studieren mit UNIGIS - Das Info-Webinar

Sie sind beruflich und/oder familiär engagiert und wollen trotzdem an der Universität studieren? Sie arbeiten vielleicht sogar schon mit GIS Werkzeugen und wollen die 'Konzepte dahinter' besser verstehen? Sie wollen ihre Karriere fördern, oder sind einfach nur neugierig auf neue Herausforderungen? Die Anmeldung für den UNIGIS MSc Jahrgang 2017 ist ab sofort möglich, die Frist endet am 31. Jänner 2017!

Zur Orientierung, für Studienberatung und zu Ihren Fragen zum UNIGIS Fernstudium an der Universität Salzburg steht das Lehrgangsteam im Rahmen eines Webinars online zur Verfügung!

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2016, 18:00 - 19:30 MEZ


Friday, November 4, 2016

Winners of the UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize 2016

The UNIGIS International Association (UIA) announces the winners of its
Academic Excellence Prize 2016. The Prize, initiated in 2008, is presented to the students submitting the best (English language) MSc thesis during the academic year and are nominated by their UNIGIS sites.

This year the competition was extremely tight with seven excellent high quality MSc theses being shortlisted by the Review Panel. In the end the panel decided to make three awards.

The winner of the Academic Excellence Prize for 2016 is Tim Hernon (UNIGIS UK). His thesis
Map section used by winner Tim Hernon
for his case study in Nottingham, UK. 
showed a novel approach to extract urban land use data from Volunteered Geographic Information (in this case, OpenStreetMap data), successfully tested and discussed in detail for a case study in Nottingham, UK.

The first runner up is Nathan Patrick Novak (UNIGIS USC) who proposed an elaborate modelling of Sperm Whale habitats within the Central Gulf of Alaska, using a range of geospatial data.

Irene Fellner (UNIGIS Salzburg) is awarded the third place. In her thesis she presents an innovative way to implement the concept of landmarks in indoor navigation, using a case study at the Vienna University of  Economics and Business Administration campus.

The Review Panel would like to commend these individuals and the four other theses for the high quality of the work.

The winners receive the cash prize funded by the UNIGIS International Association and are invited to present their research at the annual GI Forum, held in Salzburg Austria 4-7 July 2017.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

u_Lecture Nov 9: Smart City Information Modeling and Interoperability

Upcoming: u_Lecture 'Smart City Information Modelling and Interoperability'

Dr Martin Huber, Condesys Consulting

Wed, Nov 9, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CET

Using a tool called 'Geographic Information System' one would expect to get support to model, analyse and control the dynamic phenomena of a geographic region like a city or a country. The mainstream GIS technology delivered in the last 20 years, however, does hardly live up to this expectation. The information concept of GIS is map-centric and maps are static by nature. Information, on the other hand, is a dynamic piece of knowledge exchanged between different actors to solve problems or to control processes. Even a movie of map sequences only visualizes dynamics, but does not provide hooks to manage dynamic real world systems.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Workshop: Geo-Entrepreneurship - Using Location to Enhance Your Competitive Advantage

Build up your skills to bring your Geo-idea to the market! 

In this 1.5 day workshop you will be introduced to a range of techniques used by ‘startups’ to help develop your own geo-enabled business idea. You will learn the steps you need to take to identify and develop your idea, secure customers, and find market opportunities.
The participants of this workshop will be GI professionals, UNIGIS/Geo- students and alumni who want to bring their own GI-project to life, or get a new business idea off the ground. These are not only skills for new entrepreneurs, they will help you develop and champion internal company projects as well! The Workshop takes place in Salzburg on 2.-3. December 2016

Programme details
Register now * and meet at the Department for Geoinformatics University of Salzburg.
(Online Registration Deadline:  22nd November ´16)

The workshop will be lead by Dr. Ian Heywood, who teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Aberdeen Business School, with a focus on practical startup tools and techniques. This workshop has been co-created with input from Ed Parsons, an Executive Fellow at the University and Google’s Geospatial Technologist. It will feature a recorded lecture from Ed about GI entrepreneurship. The workshop will be supported by e-learning materials, and will be the kick-off for a UNIGIS elective module.

* Note: The workshop is open to everyone and especially for the UNIGIS community who want to add smart start-up skills to their studies and CV.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Future GIS Professionals Meeting in Salzburg

Professor Strobl and the UNIGIS Professional team had the pleasure to welcome future GIS professionals in Salzburg last weekend. The highly motivated group gathered primarily to get to know each other and the UNIGIS team, but also to get in touch with the study materials and to learn about the various opportunities for specialisation in their UNIGIS professional study program.

Once again it became obvious that GIS skills are required in a vast number of disciplines. The diversity of domains that were represented in the introductory workshop was large: from GIS professionals in a military context to urbanists and from IT developers to public administration. But irrespectively of these differences all participants quickly identified a common ground: the geographical coordinate and the spatial perspective on the respective domain. This is exactly where UNIGIS comes in: we teach generic GIS methods, concepts and tool skills, which are then further developed by the participants for their specific needs in their professional environment.
Currently the new students set up their personal learning and software environment and make their first steps in the introductory module. But we are confident that within a few weeks they become active members in the growing UNIGIS community!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welcome UNIGIS Turkey!

Dr. Deniz Gerçek
Turkish language 'lifelong learning' students are now supported through a local UNIGIS Turkey contact point that is coordinated by Dr. Deniz Gerçek. Dr Gerçek received her PhD from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara and conducted part of her PhD studies at the University of Salzburg.

Since 2010 she is affiliated with Kocaeli University in İzmit. Her research focus is on Remote Sensing and Object-Based Image Analysis connecting with other fields of GIScience including Spatial Statistics, and Application Development.

The first cohort of Turkish students will be welcomed for the next student intake in autumn. Applications for UNIGIS professional and UNIGIS MSc programs already have been opened.

If your native language is Turkish, are interested in our distance learning programmes and are keen to develop your career in a geospatial discipline, UNIGIS@Turkey as a partner of the University of Salzburg is looking forward to hearing from you via!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Top award for UNIGIS América Latina Director Richard Resl

Jack Dangermond with
Richard and Domingo on stage
During the plenary session of this year's Esri User Conference (see link at bottom for bilingual slides), Richard Resl and Domingo Ankuash received the 'Making a Difference' award from Esri's Jack Dangermond. This distinction highlights their work towards preserving Amazonian Indians' land rights and livelihoods.

Domingo's present to Jack Dangermond:
'maps serving as our spears'
Through the AmazonGISnet initiative the territories of indigenous groups are documented to preserve this native and pristine environment for their next generations. After being applauded by the 15000 strong audience for their impressive talk, Domingo presented a ceremonial spear to Jack Dangermond, symbolizing the role of maps and GIS in defending their homelands.

Richard Resl, Josef Strobl,
Domingo Ankuash and ESRI's Mike Gould

Congratulations to both leaders of this initiative, and to Richard for not only successfully managing UNIGIS in Latin America, but also facilitating outstanding participative GIS support for various groups of citizens!

>>> Presentation slides

Sunday, June 26, 2016

50th workshop at UNIGIS Kraków, Poland

In the middle of June students of intake 2015 together with the organizers celebrated  the 50th workshop in the history of Postgraduate Studies in Geographic Information Systems UNIGIS at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

After regular classes on GPS data collection in laboratories and in the field, students and teachers gathered in the social room of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management JU. A speech of the programme director prof. Jacek Kozak opened the meeting, then students and teachers tasted cake and strawberries, that accompanied informal consultations.

With this significant anniversary we started next enrolment of candidates for the UNIGIS studies beginning in October 2016. For further information please visit or send an e-mail to

Registration for 2016 intake in Poland is now open!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Meet UNIGIS at the Esri conferences

Meet UNIGIS at the biggest GIS event of the year, the Esri User Conference in San Diego. From June 25th until June 30th, you can find UNIGIS in the different exhibition areas during the Esri User Conference:

June 25 and 26 at the Esri Education GIS Conference table #E202
June 27 at the Esri Academic GIS Program Fair table #A105
June 28, 29 and 30 at the Esri User Conference booth #2401

We look forward to an exciting event together with you!

More information about the different UNIGIS programmes:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

UNIGIS accredited by AQ Austria

Through systematic evaluation, feedback and international cooperation, UNIGIS Salzburg has always strived for top national and international quality standards in terms of content, structure and organisation of the two distance learning study programmes UNIGIS professional and UNIGIS MSc.

National regulations in Austria, however, do not provide a legal framework for external evaluation of study programmes at federal universities by the official national accreditation agency AQ Austria. Therefore guidelines for a voluntary accreditation first had to be established.

Today we can proudly state that UNIGIS is the first continuing education programme ('Universitätslehrgang') at a national university in Austria reviewed and successfully accredited by AQ Austria. After a thorough pilot assessment process UNIGIS Salzburg not only was awarded full and unconditional accreditation, but also received excellent feedback from the review committee. In parallel with the accreditation, the 1-year programme UNIGIS professional was certified to meet level 6 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF 6) and UNIGIS MSc fulfills the EQF 7 standard of European Master programmes in Higher Education.

The official award ceremony will take place on  Thursday, July 7th during this year's AGIT / GI_Forum conference.

Summer school opportunities 2016

Cabot Institute Summer School on risk and uncertainty in natural hazards 2016

11 - 17 July 2016 at University of Bristol, UK

Smart Cities: Designing Places and U
rban Mentalities - Vienna Summer School 2016

21 - 29 August 2016 at TU Wien, Austria

N.B. Upon the successful completion of summer schools, ECTS could be awarded towards the Elective subject, both for MSc and UNIGIS professional study programmes.

GI_Forum 2016 registration now open

GI_Forum 2016
open : spatial : interfaces

July 5- 8, 2016 | Salzburg, Austria

GI_Forum 2016 provides a platform for dialogue among geospatial minds in an ongoing effort to support the creation of an informed GeoInformation Society. Bearing in mind different perspectives from a variety of professions, presentations as well as workshops and exhibitions will concentrate on innovations in education, science and technologies. The spatial sciences today contribute significantly to a more just, ethical and sustainable society. Prominent keynote speakers will highlight new developments, offer insights into trends and visions, and at the same time be individually accessible for our Young Researchers.

Themes & Application Fields. 

This year’s GI_Forum motto is “open:spatial:interfaces”; we thus solicit contributions as full and short papers focusing on, but not limited to the following themes:
  • Advances in GIScience, especially analytics and geovisualization
  • Innovations in geospatial technologies
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures 
  • Spatial citizenship
  • Empirical research in spatial education 
  • Learning Environments: primary and secondary education

Special sessions, tracks and workshops

GI_Forum is organized by the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences and runs concurrently with the highly regarded German language conference on Applied Geoinformatics – AGIT. The two symposia share the innovative AGIT EXPO exhibit and stimulating social events.

Registration is open until June 25, 2016! Follow this link to register:

SPECIAL RATE of € 220,- for active UNIGIS Students

The special rate includes all events of the GI_Forum and the German-language counterpart, AGIT. For the registration note the aforementioned deadline and link.

We are looking forward to your contribution!

Josef Strobl - Conference Chair

Adrijana Car - Programme Chair

Thomas Jekel - Programme Chair

Celebrating 25 years of UNIGIS UK

Friday 24th June 2016, 1pm (for a 1.30pm start) – 5pm
University of Salford, Digital Performance Lab, Salford Quays, M50 2HE

Are you a GIS specialist? Are you interested in GIS? Want to learn more about
developing a career in GIS

Join UNIGIS UK for an afternoon of activities to celebrate 25 years of online and distance
learning in Geographical Information Systems.
The occasion will include:
  • a discussion panel with guest speakers from academia and industry, including Professor Bob Barr (OBE), Dr Richard Armitage (University of Salford), and Rob Sharpe (ESRI UK);
  • a poster session showcasing the work of UNIGIS students and staff; 
  • and a networking event offering attendees the opportunity to connect with people working in the GIS sector and discuss the key issues for those wishing to become GIS professionals.
If you are interested in what GIS can do for your place and would like to find out more,
then come along to this free event, where you can meet industry and university
researchers who will be showcasing the kind of work that they do.

Attendance at the event is free but please reserve your ticket online.

For further information contact the UNIGIS UK Office (+44 161 247 6199;

UNIGIS is a worldwide network of universities cooperating since 1992 in the design,
development and delivery in Geographical Information Systems. Over 1,000
professionals from all over the world are following the UNIGIS programme.
UNIGIS UK is a partnership between University of Salford and Manchester
Metropolitan University.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Workshop: Geo-Entrepreneurship - Using Location to Enhance Your Competitive Advantage

Recommendation for UNIGIS students and alumni, AGIT/FOSSGIS 2016 participants!

Special offer for this 1,5 days workshop around AGIT 2016 in Salzburg! Build your Geo-business idea and learn how to face certain issues on the way towards market readiness. The participants of this workshop will deal with these issues and experience important skills to bring their business into market. These skills are not only for young entrepreneurs, they are helpful for company projects as well. The workshop will take place during AGIT-week in Salzburg.
Also consider visiting


Dr. Ian Heywood teaches at the Business School at university of Aberdeen with a focus on practical contexts guiding through crucial business startup processes. One of the highlights of this workshop will be the guest lecture by Ed Parsons, Googles Geospatial Technologist, giving hints about GI entrepreneurship.

Deadline extended. you can still register!

Workshop details and registration 

Monday, June 6, 2016

UNIGIS professional Workshop: Replacing Question Marks

Who are those people running UNIGIS? 
Who will be my colleagues? 
What are their reasons to acquire in depth GI-knowledge and skills? 
How will the study-year to come be organized? 
What can I do to get the most out of it? 
Was it a wise decision to invest a considerable amount of time and money into this endeavor?
Questions like these our 16 new UNIGIS professional students might have had in mind, when traveling to the introductory UNIGIS professional workshop taking place in Salzburg last weekend. Although predominantly very positive answers from our graduates to the last question are promising, individual answers will require a personal long term retrospective. Apart from that, we are confident that the workshop provided enough opportunities to remove most of the remaining question marks and replace them by an overall positive outlook towards the intensive period of learning ahead!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Professor Henk Scholten (UNIGIS Amsterdam) honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications

Prof Henk Scholten, CEO, Geodan, Director, SPINlab, Vrije Universiteit, has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications for the year 2015. The award shall be presented during Geospatial World Forum on May 25, 2016 at World Trade Centre, Rotterdam. The jury, comprising of renowned professionals representing industry, academia, government and multilateral organizations, met in December ‘15 to select this year’s Geospatial World Leadership Awardees.

While recognizing Scholten’s contribution as a teacher, entrepreneur and advocate of geospatial technologies ranging over 4 decades, the jury feels privileged to have chosen him for Lifetime Achievement Award. Scholten has been passionate about providing new perspective to geography through combining mathematics and geography opened a new era of modeling, predicting enhancing overall understanding of the world we live in. Having very unique social characteristics and instincts, he has immensely contributed in overall development of GIS/geospatial community worldwide.

Read more >> 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Online U_Lecture May 31st by Dr Elias Symeonakis

Tuesday 31 May 2016, 6-7 PM (CET)
Dr Elias Symeonakis, Senior Lecturer - Manchester Metropolitan University & UNIGIS UK

Assessing Land Degradation and Desertification using Vegetation Index Data: Current Frameworks and Future Directions 

Land degradation and desertification has been ranked as a major environmental and social issue for the coming decades. Thus, the observation and early detection of degradation is a primary objective for a number of scientific and policy organisations, with remote sensing methods being a candidate choice for the development of monitoring systems.

This webinar reviews the statistical and ecological frameworks of assessing land degradation and desertification using vegetation index data. The development of multi-temporal analysis as a desertification assessment technique is reviewed, with a focus on how current practice has been shaped by controversy and dispute within the literature. The statistical techniques commonly employed are examined from both a statistical as well as ecological point of view, and recommendations are made for future research directions. The scientific requirements for degradation and desertification monitoring systems identified here are: (I) the validation of methodologies in a robust and comparable manner; and (II) the detection of degradation at minor intensities and magnitudes. It is also established that the multi-temporal analysis of vegetation index data can provide a sophisticated measure of ecosystem health and variation, and that, over the last 30 years, considerable progress has been made in the respective research.

Geospatial Competency Lifecycle

Published article in Geospatial World Magazine May 2016
By Professor Josef Strobl

The definition of geospatial career pathways, offering professional growth opportunities following a geospatial paradigm with associated competencies, will enhance the appeal of starting positions and draw smart young people into our field.

The‚ ‘brainware’ behind managing and operating spatial data infrastructures, generating information from geospatial sensors and data, and effective geovisual communications increasingly is considered the main critical success factor for leveraging geospatial technologies across its application domains. Education and training on various levels are supposed to develop these competences. Even though educational programs proliferate, student numbers often stay below expectations and industry is struggling to hire qualified staff. After decades as an established discipline, (too) many geospatial positions in public administration and businesses are still being filled by people “trained on the job”.

Read the full article >>

Sunday, April 24, 2016

U_lecture April 25 6-7pm CET: Mapping Wilderness by Dr Steve Carver

GIS approaches to mapping wilderness: quantifying the qualitative 
Monday 25 April 2016, 6-7 PM (CET)
Dr Steve Carver, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
Free web lecture Register here

Throughout early human history, wilderness has been a place of fear and dread, of wild beast and wilder people, often shown on old maps as “Parts Unknown” or “Hic Svnt Dracones” (Here be dragons). More recently these blank spots have acquired a certain romance and the word wilderness has become more closely associated with unspoilt nature and the sublime. In the modern world there are no remaining blank spots on our maps as satellites have surveyed every last inch of the earth’s surface so that all is now “known”. 

This webinar will consider the questions of what is wilderness and how we can map this largely qualitative concept to ensure its protection from the worst excesses of human development, and even identify areas that may be returned to the wild through habitat restoration and reintroductions of missing species. 

This is a journey that takes us from “parts unknown” through to modern high resolution datasets and complex spatial modelling tools informing policy development and the physical and ethical challenges of rewilding. Examples will be given from global to local including institutional mapping exercises in Scotland, Europe and the US followed by some thoughts on where we go next.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2nd International QGIS User and Developer Conference Girona (Spain) 24-29 May

This year, the Spanish FOSS4G (Jornadas de SIG Libre) organized by SIGTE (University of Girona) will held the 2nd edition of the International QGIS User and Developer Conference, as well as a QGIS Hack Fest. The conference will take place in May 2016 (24th-29th). During a whole week Girona (Spain) will be the capital of the Free and Open Source Geospatial Technologies.

The International QGIS User and Developer Conference wants to be the referential conference, and a meeting point for the family of users and developers orbiting around the QGIS project, in order to gather experiences and sharing knowledge about QGIS. The language of the Conference is English. 

The Spanish FOSS4G (Jornadas de SIG Libre) is an event of reference in the field of the free and open source technologies in the geospatial domain. They are a meeting point where to share knowledge, experiences and create synergies. The language of the Conference is Spanish.

During the weekend, the event will held a QGIS Hackfest where QGIS developers, translators, documentation writers, testers and enthusiasts can share ideas about the project.

This is the general program of the event:
  • May, 24th: Jornadas SIG Libre - Keynotes and presentations (Spanish)
  • May, 25th: Jornadas SIG Libre workshops (spanish) and QGIS Workshops (English) 
  • May, 26th: Internacional QGIS Conference (English)
  • May, 27th-29th: QGIS Hackfest (English)

UNIGIS Portugal / NOVA IMS First International GEOINT Program to Achieve USGIF Accreditation

NOVA Information Management School of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA IMS), located in Lisbon, Portugal, has been added to the growing list of USGIF-accredited GEOINT programs.
Through the USGIF Academic Accreditation program, colleges and universities around the globe have the opportunity to receive accreditation of their geospatial intelligence programs accompanying a college degree. Students who meet high academic standards and graduate from accredited programs receive USGIF’s GEOINT Certificate, which helps ensure the GEOINT Community has a robust workforce now and in the future. To date, nearly 600 students have graduated with USGIF GEOINT Certificates.
NOVA IMS is the first non-U.S. school to receive USGIF academic accreditation. The inclusion of NOVA IMS represents a major step for USGIF and signals the broadening of GEOINT as a globally recognized professional discipline. NOVA IMS’s GEOINT curriculumwas developed collaboratively across its federated university structure and is truly interdisciplinary in its design.
“We at NOVA IMS are proud to be the first non-U.S. University to achieve USGIFaccreditation,” said Dr. Marco Painho, NOVA IMS program coordinator.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Summer School opportunity: Smart Cities

21 - 29 August 2016 at TU Wien

The concept of Smart City is promising: The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities highlights the opportunities to link and upgrade infrastructures, technologies and services in key urban sectors (transport, buildings, energy, ICT) in a smart way [that] will improve quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability of cities. Such conceptions present Smart City-solutions as mainly technology driven utopian visions of societal transformation while blurring the multitude of social decisions made in technology development which fundamentally shape the kinds of social transformations possible in urban life.

The Summer School brings together scholars from diverse disciplines including technical, economic, political, environmental and social disciplines to explore new sets of relationships between (a) society and technology and (b) people and data entailed in the Smart City vision and to contribute to a better understanding of processes transforming urban spaces

More information:

Target group:
The Summer School invites excellent and interested advanced Master and PhD-students working in the field of Smart City. We seek participation from diverse disciplines including Urban Studies, Urban Planning, Sociology, Innovation Studies, informatics and other ICT/urban Informatics related areas.

Upon the successful completion of summer schools ECTS could be awarded towards the Elective subject, both for MSc and UNIGIS professional study programmes.
How to apply:
a) Letter of motivation with a brief description of the research topic, max. 3 pages;
b) Comprehensive CV; 
c) Letter of recommendation from supervisor.

Please send the application until May 31th to  

GI Forum 2016 Call for Posters Deadline May 1st

This year’s GI_Forum motto is “open : spatial : interfaces”. Take the opportunity to actively shape the program of the GI_Forum by presenting your work as part of our poster session. A poster presentation is a great way to present your work to a broad audience of professionals from different fields. For details see

SPECIAL RATE of € 220,- for active UNIGIS Students

The special rate includes all events of the GI_Forum and the German-language counterpart, AGIT. Registration is open until June 25, 2016! Follow this link to register:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Enter your Hexagon Smart M.App in the IGNITE competition!

The deadline for the Hexagon IGNITE Challenge is May 1st. We encourage our students to participate in this contest and create the M.App of the future. Please contact your local UNIGIS Coordinator about this challenge if you are looking for partners and ideas.

More information

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

UNIGIS Workshop in Kathmandu!

An intensive workshop with alumni, current students and instructors of UNIGIS@Kathmandu was organised on 13-14 March, 2016 at Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL), Nepal. The workshop focussed on two major objectives: 1. enhancing interaction among the above mentioned three groups for exchanging best practice and experiences for effective online learning, and 2. establishing an effective approach towards writing a high quality Master Thesis.

UNIGIS Kathmandu board members
Dr. Shahnawaz (Director, UNIGIS S/E Asia) and Dr. Ram Asheshwar Mandal (Coordinator, UNIGIS@Kathmandu) moderated the workshop as well as presented examples of  'good practice' from other member within the UNIGIS International network. They also emphasised that students preferably focus on analysing 'local issues', demonstrating the relevance and applicability of geospatial methodologies.

Dr. Ambika P. Gautam (Principal, KAFCOL) presided over a board meeting at the conclusion of the workshop. All board members agreed on organising 'outreach events' for contributing to the after-earthquake rehabilitation activities in Nepal as well as for enhancing the role of geospatial technologies throughout disaster management cycles and emergency preparedness processes.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Call to join The Indonesian Peat Prize to establish a national standard for mapping peatlands

The Indonesian Peat Prize is an ambitious, collaborative prize for finding a more accurate, faster and affordable method of mapping the extent and thickness of Indonesian peatlands. A $1 million prize purse will be awarded to the winning team along with their invaluable contributions to establishing a better national standard for mapping peatlands in Indonesia.
Students, engineers, consultants, product directors, scientists, research institutions, companies, universities, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations—anyone with a great idea who meets the criteria is invited to join. People or teams from around the world can join forces with Indonesian partners.

The prize is hosted by the Indonesian Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) and sponsored by the Packard Foundation. 

For more detailed information on the prize and how teams can register, please visit (and share!) www.indonesianpeatprize.comRegistration is currently open and the deadline for proposals is May 11, 2016.