The GeoServices-4-Sustainability (GeoS4S) project consortium consisting of 10 universities from Europe, China and Thailand conducted International Summer School-2 (ISS-2) at the School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University (NJNU), Nanjing, China from March 5 to 16, 2018. It also included a Dissemination Conference on 10-11 March.
GeoS4S Dissemination Conference Participants pausing after the inaugural session.
The GeoS4S-ISS-2 was designed to enhance geospatial competences of postgraduate students and junior faculty from all the project partners. It attracted 49 participants from 17 different nationalities studying / working at the partner universities in Europe, China and Thailand. The consortium taught 10 modules during these 2 weeks, with about 10 participants attending each module. The teachers from the consortium universities taught the concepts and methods of the modules they had developed and trained the participants in implementing those concepts and methods using geospatial data and GIS software.
The GeoS4S Dissemination Conference-1 was held on 10-11 March which attracted more than 100 participants. Several special guests adorned the conference who include Prof. Guoxiang Chen (President, NJNU), Prof. Guoan Tang (Director, Education and Dissemination Committee of China Association for Geographic Information Society), Professor Lv Guonian (Director, Key Laboratory of Virtual Geography) and Prof. Josef Strobl (Head, Z_GIS).
Dr. Shahnawaz (Coordinator, GeoS4S) convened the ISS-2 and the conference, Prof. A-Xing Zhu hosted the opening ceremony of the conference and Prof. Tao Wang (Dean, School of Geography, NJNU) presided the closing ceremony of GeoS4S-ISS-2.
The consortium had conducted GeoS4S-ISS-1 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand in May-June 2017 and GeoS4S-ISS-3 will be organised at University of Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany in July 2018. The GeoS4S project will conclude with Dissemination Conference-2 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in September, 2018.
The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics-Z_GIS of the University ofSalzburg, Austria serves as project coordinator assisted by co-funding from the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 CBHE (Capacity Building in Higher Education) from October 2015 to October 2018.