Friday, November 25, 2011

Doc-fForte-fellowship for Antonia Osberger

Antonia Osberger is a recipient of a DOC-fFORTE-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Science for a period of three years. Her dissertation project has the topic: "Object-based image analysis for monitoring the impact of natural stressors in Alpine forest habitats".

The fellowship is financed by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research within the initiative “Women in Research and Technology – fFORTE”. The purpose of the programme is to enable young, excellent female doctoral candidates from the natural and life sciences, from mathematics, medicine and technical sciences to carry out their dissertation project.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ITB Indonesia invited Z_GIS for a conference keynote!

The Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia organised 'The 4th International Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop Series on Demography, Land Use-Land Cover and Disaster' on 10th November, 2011 and invited Z_GIS from University of Salzburg for giving the leading keynote presentation. Dr. Shahnawaz, on behalf of Z_GIS, gave the presentation on 'Environment-Development Interface in Mountain Ecosystems' and discussed  the socio-economic dyamics of Himalayan societies. His specific case study from the Western Himalayas followed an ecosystem approach and analysed the interplay of human activities as a response to the local natural environment. The presetation was supported with various spatial models and the dynamics of various changes from 1881 to 2011 were demonstrated through an integrated simulation.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

GI_Forum 2012 - First Call for Papers

Linking Geovisualization, Society & Learning
GI_Forum 2012 offers full-fledged, intertwined tracks on GIScience and -technology and Learning with GI with a focus on geovisualization, society and learning, and their inter-relationships. We welcome theoretical, technical and empirical work. Topics within the special focus include, but are not limited to:
  • Advanced visualization and cartography
  • Visual analytics
  • Spatial information & society
  • Critical GIS / cartography
  • Education for Spatial Citizenship
  • Spatial thinking in education
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures for education
The GI_Forum further solicits contributions on emerging topics and research outcomes related to GIScience and GI-based education. Geospatial data acquisition, advanced spatial analysis and knowledge extraction, distributed and mobile services, SDI, global change & vulnerability, dynamic modeling and simulation, learning environments for secondary / postsecondary education, and research into learning outcomes, comprise by no means an exhaustive list of conference topics.
We will accept online submissions only, starting from December, 1st 2011 at to February 1st, 2012.
For further information please visit

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2nd SPATIALreason Workshop completed at University of the Philippines!

The second GIScience faculty development workshop on ‘Integrating Spatial Reasoning in Interdisciplinary Research and Education’ started on November 4th and was concluded on Nov 8th. During the inaugural function, Dr. Ranjit Singh Rey representing the Dean of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines (UP) highlighted the relevance of GIScience and technologies and congratulated the organisers for inviting 22 participants from leading universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

Dr. Darlene Occena-Gutierrez, Head of Geography department, UP welcomed the participants and expressed immense pleasure and responsibility in hosting the workshop. Prof. Josef Strobl (Director, Z_GIS) delivered lectures on advanced spatial concepts and analytical methods and Dr. Shahnawaz (Z_GIS) guided the participants as how to integrate spatial reasoning and analysis in practical projects founded in a broad range of disciplines like Geography, Public Health, Economic Planning, Forestry, Environmental History, Anthropology etc.

The closing ceremony was chaired by Dr. Cristine DLR. Villagonzalo, Director, Extension Coordination office, UP. She witnessed the work of the participants through their presentations and distributed the certificates of successful completion to them.