Thursday, July 20, 2017

'gSmart' congratulates SelCom Chair Prof. Dr. Béla Márkus

Our warmest congratulations go to the gSmart project Selection Committee Chair  Prof. Dr. Béla Márkus. Happy 70th birthday Béla! We wish you all the best and success for the future!

Project partners are very grateful for his tremendous support and for sharing his great experience! We are all hoping that the very kind, personal and professional collaboration will be maintained!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

‘gSmart’ scholars leaving University of Sopron

‘gSmart’ scholars @ University of Sopron (former University of West Hungary) succeeded in enhancing their quality in teaching, research  and learning of Geoinformatics. The University of Sopron hosted 25 ‘all level’ scholars from Central Asian Universities. In total 8 Master Level scholars successfully finished their studies in Hungary and have now returned to their home countries to either work in the local Geoinformatics industry, teach or continue their studies at a higher education institution. Please see below title of Mater’s Theses and links to personalized documentation of activities.
>> Individual e-portfolios and Project website >> 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

gSmart Meeting @ GI_Forum conference in Salzburg

A small group of gSmart project partners got together to discuss lessons learned and future activities, during the GI_Forum conference in Salzburg.
The meeting started with an excursion to the Landscape Lab in Koppl, close to Salzburg. Hermann Klug, head of this Z_GIS research group provided detailed information and insights to participants.
This last face-to-face gSmart meeting highlights the close end - July 14, 2017 - of the Erasmus Mundus mobility scholarship project (

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

gSmart - Erasmus Mundus mobility scholarships

The creation of a strong presence and brand for Geoinformatic studies and job opportunities in Central Asia and Europe is clearly the anticipated long-term impact of the gSmart project. An Erasmus Mundus funded mobility project for all levels. >>

The project will finish in July 2017, we invite you to explore achievements and experiences of scholarship holders:

>> Bachelor
>> Master
>> PhD
>> PostDoc & Staff

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dr. Sabine Hennig back at ACA*GIScience

Dr. Sabine Hennig from Z_GIS, University of Salzburg is again teaching at ACA*GIScience in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan within the Erasmus+ faculty mobility program. 

During her academic visit to Kyrgyzstan in April and May 2017 Dr. Hennig is going to teach advanced Geoinformatics and Web-GIS courses to postgraduate students and teachers of KSUCTA and Osh Technological University. In addition, we are glad to have her support in advising MSc and PhD students on their research activities as well as in development of teaching materials. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GISCA'17 Dushanbe - Call for Papers

The annual ‘GIS in Central Asia’ Conference - GISCA 2017 is scheduled for August 28-30 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan. The main objective of this English language conference aims at bringing together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners from Central Asian and other countries, thus to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS research, education and practice.

GISCA 2017 is being locally organized by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan with support from the Research Centre for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia (Dushanbe) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The GISCA conference series and its publications are managed by the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience - ACA*GIScience supported by Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Commission for GIScience.

Call for Papers: the conference committee accepts scientific papers on Geoinformatics themes with a focus on the Central Asian Region. Reviewed and accepted papers in English will be published in the proceedings volume of GISCA 2017 and recorded in RSCI (РИНЦ – Russian Scientific Citation Index). Selected papers will be recommended for publication in the International Journal of Geoinformatics.

We encourage dissemination of this CfP to all interested GIS researchers, educators and professionals. The deadline for submission of papers is July 27, 2017 by email to the address:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EPU Central Asia 'Novruz' event in Vienna

The Austrian Eurasia-Uninet (EPU) initiative on March 22nd had invited scholars, students and officials from Central Asia and anyone involved with regional projects to the Austrian University of Veterinary Medicine. The aim of this meeting was the sharing of experiences, building of networks and development of plans for further cooperation.Several gSmart students from Villach used this opportunity to connect with the wider community involved with this region.

Dr Ainura Nazarkulova from the University of Salzburg started the conference with a presentation of the Austria - Central Asia Center of GIScience. She highlighted the overall mission of this center, introduced the GISCA series of conferences and focussed on the capacity building initiatives including Tempus and Erasmus projects as well as the UNIGIS distance learning program.

This presentation set the stage for a series of short presentations on topics like historical as well as modern Silk Road, resource and forest management in the region and cultural specifics connecting the past with the present.

EPU hopefully with continue to support the cooperation of Austrian with Central Asian universities, and to serve as a hub as well as a 'crystallization point' for joint research and capacity building.