The GEOBIA 2016 conference took place at the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands from September 14-16. Following the previous (GE)OBIA conferences in Salzburg, Ghent, Calgary, Rio de Janeiro and Thessaloniki, this year's conference, organized by ITC was under the general theme Solutions & Synergies as an ambitious motto for the 10-years anniversary after the series was launched in Salzburg back in 2006. The bi-annual GEOBIA events bring together technical and scientific communities of remote sensing, geoinformatics and environmental sciences, promoting the development of concepts, methods and applications in this young field. Z_GIS was represented by no less than 10 researchers, active as board members, reviewers, and contributors with a variety of presentations and posters.
Z_GIS was also co-organizing a two-day pre-conference PhD colloquium, which took place at ITC premises. Andrea Baraldi and Dirk Tiede acted as facilitators and mentors. The colloquium was open for PhD students with GEOBIA-related research topics and was composed of alternating presentations by researchers and intensive group discussions. This allowed international PhD students to learn about the state-of-the-art, to discuss their individual research topics and to find inspiration to tackle their specific research problems. Ovidiu Csillik, a PhD student of the Doctoral College GIScience presented his poster on “Superpixels: The end of pixels in OBIA”. With more than 40 posters overall, Ovidiu received the Best Poster Award. Congratulations!