Thursday, November 19, 2009

UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize – 2009 Awards announced

Christof Amelunxen from UNIGIS Salzburg has been announced as the winner of the worldwide UNIGIS Academic Excellence Prize 2009.  His thesis titled ”An Approach to Geocoding based on Volunteered Spatial Data” not only led to an award with distinction of his MSc in GIScience by the University of Salzburg, but recently was voted by the International Review Board as the best (English language) UNIGIS thesis this year. 

Pedro Pinto from UNIGIS Portugal finished a very close second in a highly competitive finish. He submitted a paper "Urban growth on coastal erosion vulnerable stretches" published in Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 2, Special Issue 56, pp. 1567-1571.
Both winners will be invited to present their work in July 2010 at the Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg ( where they will be publicly recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Annual Meeting - Girona, Spain

The Spanish/Catalan UNIGIS site in Girona again hosted the annual UNIGIS worldwide network meeting on Nov 13/14, 2009. Representatives from 11 university partner sites were discussing eLearning didactics, curriculum development and new learning materials as well as innovative approaches to acquiring new GIS qualifications.
Integration among UNIGIS partner institutions is making substantial progress due to the shared access to learning resources, credit recognition and joint events like summer schools and workshops.
Links with the GIS industry are continuously enhanced through cooperation with software companies, publishers and consulting companies, assuring that UNIGIS curricula, accompanying software and application case studies remain on top of recent developments.
Congratulations to Gemma Boix and her team at the University of Girona for managing a very successful meeting.