Recently, Prof. Blaschke promoted the Doctoral College “GIScience” at several places in Australia. He gave talks at the University of Queensland (QU), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and University of Tasmania. While addressing different audiences and topics a key message was to make faculty members and potential exchange partners understand what a doctoral college in Austria – and in Geographic Information Science – exactly is. Based on examples from research which bridges GIS, remote sensing and Geoinformatics-based modelling he explained the program as a whole, and explained why the University of Salzburg believes that the cross-cutting topic of GIScience benefits different application areas and ultimately connects the virtual and the physical world.
A visit to Melbourne also offered several possibilities to foster collaborations with the University of Melbourne and RMIT. At least five Australian Universities were interested in establishing future collaboration at PhD level with the University of Salzburg, in particular enabling exchanges with the Doctoral College GIScience.