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Successful PhD defense within the Doctoral College "GIScience"

Within her four years stay as a PhD candidate in the Doctoral College “GIscience” at the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, Alina Ristea impressively defended her PhD Thesis “Integration and Evaluation of Social Media in Crime Prediction Models”. In her research, Alina investigated the relationship between crime, social media and sporting events. Her work contributes to the research on environm …

CopHub.AC – Adressing an International Audience

At the 39th EARSeL Symposium we welcomed Romana Kofler from UNOOSA / UN 2030 to our panel discussion “The future uptake of space – ready for the future?”. Together with representatives from ESA and the Copernicus Academy she provided interesting insights and experiences to the future developments of Copernicus and Earth observation programs.   A technical presentation on behalf of Austria for the …

In Retrospect: Summer School Copernicus for Digital Earth 2019, Salzburg

The Summer School Copernicus for Digital Earth “Benefit from the potential of freely available Satellite data and Copernicus services for your domain” – organized by Z_GIS, UNIGIS and CopHub.AC brought together international students and practitioners from 11 countries. The intense program explored the potential of freely available satellite data and derived information products with a focus on th …

THE spatial view – from GI_Forum 2019 towards 2020 …

Dear symposia attendees,dear colleagues and friends, after a busy, successful and highly interactive geospatial conference week in Salzburg, I’d like to summarize a few resources and highlights helping to ‘dig deeper’ and review some of the conference results and impressions. Papers again have been published in online proceedings under an open access license:GI_Forum – http://austriaca.at/gi_forum …

Success Story of the Doctoral College@Z_GIS

Dr. Pablo Cabrera-Barona has been appointed as Full Professor at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to research, teaching and spreading of social sciences.  Pablo has graduated from the Doctoral College in GIScience@Z_GIS in 2017 with a dissertation on Multidisciplinary Spatial Frameworks for …

EO Summit – Trends, Curricula, Skills Strategy for the EO*GI Sector

The EO Summit has been held together with the OGC Technical Committee Meeting in Leuven, Belgium between June 25 and June 27, 2019. The EO Summit was a dissemination event of the EO4GEO project, organized by KU Leuven. Three main topics have been in the center of discussion:•    technological trends and the potential of a trends watch,•    curriculum design rooted in work processes,•    the space/ …

E2mC ::: Final Review and Social Media based Hot Spot Maps

E2mC Final Review: Social Media Real-time Hot Spot Maps of Natural Disasters and their ApplicationsThe final review meeting of the Evolution of Emergency Copernicus services (E2mC) project together with the last E2mC user workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 14 June 2019. The presented use cases by the E2mC consortium to the project officers led to discussions about the concrete e …

Young Investigators Award at University of Salzburg

Geoinformatics student awardedThe 2019 University-wide Young Investigators Award (YIA) for late-stage PhD students and young PostDocs ended again with a price for a Geoinformatics PhD student. Clemens Havas was awarded the second price in the panel Natural & Life Sciences for his abstract and pitch on “Identifying Disaster-impacted Areas with Machine Learning and Geospatial Analysis using Twitter …

Neues Bachelorstudium "Digitalisierung-Innovation-Gesellschaft" an der Uni Salzburg

Unter Federführung des Interfakultären Fachbereichs Geoinformatik – Z_GIS beginnt mit dem Wintersemester 2019/20 ein neues, interdisziplinäres Angebot für ‘digital’ orientierte und interessierte StudentInnen. Mobile Apps und web-basierte Anwendungen, Datenanalyse, Kommunikation und Design von Interaktion sind zentrale Themen.Digitale Methoden und Werkzeuge sind die Grundlage für Innovation in Wirt …

GeoFarmer app jointly developed

The GeoFarmer app allows community workers and farmers to easily collect and share information on climate-related agricultural interventions. Development agencies can use the tool to gather effective feedback and to respond to emergent needs. Users can collect and share geospatial data on weather, farm conditions including soil and crop types, and monitor the adoption of techniques to make farms m …

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    Sparkling ideas for ABM Theory development

    In July I was invited to a workshop on Agent-based Theory development in Hannover. Reading the participants list felt like the who-is-who in Agent-based modelling. I was super-excited about the event: ABM theory and methods development is my core interest and well – arguably there aren’t too many people, who share this weird passion. The workshop turned out to be an ABM firework! Three days, that …

    773 abstracts received! Ecological Modelling Conference, Salzburg

    We have received an overwhelming interest for the ISEM 2019 conference, with an increase of submitted abstracts by more than 70%. Under the theme eco:model:spaces this year’s ISEM is hosted by the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg from 1.-5. October 2019. We now proceed with compiling the programme, for which we can already state: Salzburg is going to be the locati …

    Robots as embedded agents: Highlight Thesis 2018

    The Master Thesis of Veronika Priesner on robots as embedded agents was selected to be the Master-Thesis Highlight 2018 of the Applied Geoinformatics MSc study program in Salzburg. Quoting the upcoming Z_GIS Annual Report 2018 that will be published soon: “Robots quickly infiltrate our daily lives. Examples are vacuum cleaners and mowing robots as well as self-driving cars. However, the motivation …

    Impressive PhD Defense: Congrats Dr. Francis Oloo!

    Integrating sensor-streams into agent-based models (ABM) is like trying to fit circles into a triangular hole. However, it is becoming ever more relevant in today’s technical realities of data streams that are embedded virtually everywhere. Some of the wicked problems that Francis had to tackle were: How to utilise the inceasing wealth of data in an inherently theory-based method? How to validate …

    Purpose-Game Equilibrium

    The purpose game EQUILIBRIUM is now ready to play and can be download from: https://bit.ly/2PLYWi4 EQUILIBRIUM introduces to a fictitious story about civilization collapse. The game objective is to explore the environment and to find out what went wrong. The game is part of an ongoing study. Your anonymous participation is very welcome! In case you have any questions, suggestions or remarks please …

    Ecological Modelling Global Conference – ISEM 2019

    Salzburg, 1. – 5. Oct. 2019. The department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg is proud to host the biennual, Global Conference on Ecological Modelling ISEM 2019! Under the motto eco:model:spaces, spatially explicit modelling will be a spotlight topic of the conference. We are currently looking for Symposia (deadline 22. February 2019) The Call for papers is open until 8. Apri …

    Winter School 2019 “Spatial Simulation Modelling”

    13. – 22. February 2019, Salzburg You have complex problems to solve, but have not yet worked with spatial simulation modelling? In this winter school, you will get hands-on experience with the concepts and methods of spatially-explicit agent-based modelling to explore complex systems. Models will target and integrate a range of domains and application areas in ecological and social sciences. Supp …

    Simulations predict the break-down of Central European lynx populations

    We congratulate co-author Jonas Schultze-Naumburg, member of the Spatial Simulation research group, on his brand-new paper in the journal Biological Conservation! By the means of a spatially explicit simulation model the paper helps to understand the drivers behind the observed, stagnating lynx population dynamics in Central Europe. Sadly, the share of poached animals is shown to be higher than na …

    Research retreat: Spatial Simulation goes GitHub

    Last Friday, the Z_GIS Spatial Simulation group had its first research retreat. The iDEAS:lab was a perfect location to achieve the goal of the day: to set aside our daily tasks and fully concentrate on the long-term group objectives. We started off with exploring GitHub as our new central collaboration and outreach platform: https://github.com/ZGIS/spatial-simulation. Over the next weeks and mont …

    Outstanding reviewer award 2017

    Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017 – Ecological Modelling Just learned about my “outstanding reviewer” recognition by Elsevier for my reviews in the journal Ecological Modelling last year. A nice reward for one’s anonymous contribution to the scientific community. Especially, thanks to the authors for interesting and well prepared manuscripts: this makes the reviewing job a pleasant task. …

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    u_Lecture webinars summer semester 2019

    Starting from May, we are looking forward to an exciting roster of outstanding speakers on a range of topics covering themes of current interest for U …

    Starting in Salzburg, a group of future GI-professionals will make their way!

    Last weekend was a perfect start. A start not just into a year of demanding coursework, but also a start to advance careers by acquiring a comprehensi …

    UNIGIS Connect 2019

    Celebrating 40 Years of GI Science & Technologies @ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam This annual event at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is connecting UNIGI …

    The QGIS Users and Developers Conference 2019

    Last week, from 4th to 10th March, the QGIS International User and Developers Conference was held in A Coruña, Spain. QGIS is one of the most importan …

    UNIGIS @GeoSmart India 2019, New Delhi

    The UNIGIS International Association was invited to contribute to the GeoSmart India 2019 (GSI’19)  conference held in New Delhi, India from 11th to 1 …

    u_Lecture webinars fall/winter semester 2018/19

    Starting from September, we are looking forward to an exciting roster of outstanding speakers on a range of topics covering themes of current interest …

    UNIGIS Salzburg: specialisation “GIS for the Environment”

    UNIGIS Salzburg offers a new specialisation on GIS for the Environment. It is targeted at working professionals in the environmental or ecological dom …

    UNIGIS Annual Meeting in Hungary

    The annual meeting of UNIGIS International Organization has been successfully concluded from October 26 to 28. The General Assembly is organized annua …

    Winners of the UIA Academic Excellence Prize 2018

    The UNIGIS International Association (UIA) would like to announce the winners of its Academic Excellence Prize. The Prize, initiated in 2008, is prese …

    UNIGIS Salzburg: Intro Workshop for future GIS-professionals

    For the October intake of the UNIGIS professional certificate course, 11 future GIS-professionals met in Salzburg for starting together  into an inten …

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