Short Review: October 25, 2018

30 Years Z_GIS – GIScience Symposium & Ceremonial Act

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Ehrenzeichen des Landes an Professor Josef Strobl

Photo: Land Salzburg / Hans Christian Gruber

Z_GIS celebrating 30th anniversary

The Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS based at the University of Salzburg celebrated its 30th anniversary with two dedicated events, a GIScience Symposium and a Ceremonial Act on October 25, 2018. More than 200 participants enjoyed these special occasions supported by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the University of Salzburg and Land Salzburg.

The GIScience Symposium started with an inspirational keynote by Michael F. Goodchild, entitled ‘GISCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY: AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP’. This was followed by a veritable firework display of ‘geospatial’ flashlight presentations on Recent and Future Trends, from GeoAnalytics, Infrastructures, Maps, Education, Mobility, Terrain, Image Classification to Organisations & People by J. Wilson, K. Greve, G. Gartner, A. Car, St. Kollarits, G.Tang, M. Belgiu, and J. Petch.

The Ceremonial Act at the Salzburg Residenz highlighted Z_GIS’ and Prof. Josef Strobl’s achievements, the latter honoured by Prof. Thomas Blaschke in a laudatio, followed by personal video messages from national and international partners and institutions. Prof Strobl was awarded the distinction ‘Ehrenzeichen des Landes’ in the course of this celebration.

This day was an opportunity to reflect on and also enjoy the successes achieved through numerous outcomes from projects, from developing institutional and personal networks, and professional cooperation as well as communication. I hope that the recognition of Z_GIS‘ institutional standing expressed by PLUS and Salzburg leadership also serves as a motivation to continue with our ambitions and plans, and to keep building upon our achievements‘ , stated Sepp Strobl.

30 Years Z_GIS – GIScience Symposium & Ceremonial Act


The arrival of GIS changed a discipline – Geography. By any measure, Geoinformatics @ Salzburg has been remarkably productive in the past 30 years. Discoveries emerged rapidly, while acceptance took decades, with Geoinformatics having arrived on the institutional landscape much more recently.

The first part of this day will be dedicated to a SCIENTIFIC COLLOQUIUM, starting with a keynote by the leading scientist in this field (Michael F. Goodchild, Member National Academy of Sciences US, several honorary doctoral degrees), and will be followed by short contributions from 10 early scholars and colleagues showcasing highlights of the advancement of fundamental guiding principles and future trends impacting society. These scholars have been selected carefully to provide different perspectives.  The second part will be a dedicated CEREMONIAL ACT at the Salzburg Residenz.

October 25, 2018 

13:00 – 17:30 GIScience Symposium (English Language), Programme

Venue: Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt Klotz Straße 1, ‘Thomas Bernhard – HS 1’, Salzburg, Austria

Organizers & Sponsorship: University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, Austrian Academy of Sciences

18:30 – 22:30  Ceremonial Act | ’30 Jahrfeier’ (Deutsch)

Veranstaltungsort: Salzburg Residenz, Salzburg, Austria

Sponsoren: Land Salzburg

30-Jahrfeier Z_GIS
18:30 – 19:45 Begrüßung Josef Strobl, Grußworte Rektor Heinrich Schmidinger, Grußworte: Landeshauptmann-Stellvertreter Christian Stöckl
19:45 – 22:00 Empfang

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