Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thesis Development Workshop & Poster Symposium

Thesis development workshop 

This year’s Thesis development workshop, organized by the Doctoral College “GIScience”,  was very successful and exceeded the expectations of the participants. The presented research proposals revealed a very high standard in terms of scientific content.
During this two days event, held on April, 14 / 15, 2016 at the University of Salzburg, the PhD candidates of the Doctoral College could present and defend their research proposal in an interactive way. After the presentation the candidates had the opportunity to discuss their research plans with distinguished keynote speakers, including Helen Couclelis and Christian Jensen, as well as with experienced researchers and faculty members from the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS and the Doctoral College GIScience.

Poster Symposium

Embedded in the Thesis Development Workshop was the public Poster Symposium. The symposium aimed to bring together candidates of the Doctoral College and candidates of the PhD programme in Geoinformatics. 

All candidates presented their research work in form of a poster and a two-minute elevator pitch. The presentations were followed by lively discussions. The PhD students received stimulating feedback on their doctoral research in an inspiring academic community.

The first prize out of three awards for the Best Poster went to Chad Langford, a PhD candidate of the Doctoral College, who is working on human mobility prediction. We congratulate Chad and all the others for their active and high-quality contribution.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

EO-based services to support humanitarian operations:
Final Project Meeting @ MSF Austria

The 30-months FFG project EO4HumEn, coordinated by Z_GIS, had its final meeting in Vienna on March 31 at the premises of Doctors without borders (MSF).

The project team developed Earth observation (EO)-based routines for crises-related information with respect to (1) population numbers, densities and dynamics (2) potential groundwater reservoirs and (3) the impact on the local environment. MSF as key-partner and main user significantly contributed to further develop geospatial products for mission-planning and day-to-day operations in refugee and IDP (internally displaced person) camps.

A follow-up project to extend the portfolio of EO-based information in humanitarian crises will start in May.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sabine Hennig guest researcher and lecturer at KSUCTA in Bishkek

Sabine Hennig (Z_GIS) is currently guest researcher and lecturer at the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformatics at the Kyrgyzstan State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture (KSUCTA) in Bishkek. Her six-month stay enables her to extend her professional network in the GIS community of Kyrgyzstan. The stay is funded by gSmart Erasmus Mundus scholarship. For further information see