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Z_GIS - University of Salzburg @ Horizon 2020

Z_GIS has ample experience in EC FP-7 funded RTD activities, as well as in development cooperation and educational projects. We are of a pool of Geographic information (GI) scientists, GI engineers and domain specialists working in basic and applied research. The exchange among theoretical and applied perspectives is stimulating for all. The methodological knowledge enriched with a diversified domain expertise provides a fertile ground for the development of new methods and applications thereof. Z_GIS acts as a kind of think tank for geospatial information generation with an overarching vision to reach a better understanding of social and natural phenomena in their spatial manifestations.

Based on its interdisciplinarity, Z_GIS offers a broad variety of domain competencies. This is a critical element for any collaborative project efforts. While domain competence is a pre-requisite to effectively communicate with the respective communities, the utilization of GI methods in a spatial view (GI for ‘domain xy’) remains the core strategy in our research.   

A recent comparative analysis showed a stimulating match between the research areas established at Z_GIS  and the Horizon 2020 programme priorities and topics. The interdisciplinary character of Z_GIS, our versatile methodological toolbox and domain expertise enable links to the majority of Societal Challenges, the Leadership Technologies ICT and Space, as well as mobility and training activities in the Excellence domain.

Let the challenge begin! We are looking forward to establish new partnerships, develop new networks and engage in new project proposal opportunities.


  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
    With our wide portfolio in trans-domain image understanding and spatial information handling, we are ready to share novel ideas (FET Open), also addressing emerging themes and communities (FETProactive), and even contributing to existing FET flagships such as the ‘Brain’ project.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
    Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, is an excellent host institution for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows (IF, RISE) interested in GIScience, remote sensing, and related technological fields.We are also experienced in participating in Research Networks (ITN).



  • ICT – Information and Communication Technologies
    Content technologies and information management; ICT Cross-Cutting Activities
  • Space
    Space enabled Applications, Earth Observation (EO), Tools for access to space data, Climate Change relevant space-based data, Climate Change monitoring, Outreach and Communication, Education, Copernicus (GMES) initiatives; EO-based spatial decision support and policy implementation; Remote Sensing, Object based image analysis (OBIA), Copernicus Sentinel Data, Habitat management; Space exploration and science,



  • Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
    Health Co-ordination activities; International infectious disease; vulnerability studies, preparedness research
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy
    Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Rural development, monitoring and mitigation strategies for the environment/agriculture/forestry/ecosystems, cross-cutting actions
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw material
    Fighting and adapting to climate change; protecting the environment, sustainably managing natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems; green economy; developing comprehensive and sustained global environmental observation and information systems: reducing the carbon footprint; EO data for ecosystem modeling and services
  • Secure Societies
    Disaster Resilience , including adapting to climate change; support of emergency rescue forces; mobile naviations systems; natural hazards – towards risk reduction; vulnerability studies; analyzing & mitigating the impacts of climate change ; communication technologies; next generation emergency services; critical infrastructures; human security
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
    Mobility for growth; intelligent transport systems; Rail, Road, Urban Mobility; Urban Infrastructure; smart cities




Petra Jenewein

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Stefan Lang