Panel 2:

Implementing Resilient GIScience Education

Implementing Resilient GIScience Education

Proposed Discussion Questions

  • How does GIScience education interact with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and learning technologies?

  • How might a culture of sharing teaching resources help support resiliency in GIScience education?

  • How can we ensure quality in resilient GIScience education?

  • How can we ‘future proof’ GIScience education?

Europe & Africa Panel 2

Tuesday October 27, 2020, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CET (Central Europe Time).

Click here to watch a recording of this panel discussion and here to read a transcript of the chat discussion.


  • Frank Ostermann joined the ITC faculty of the University of Twente in The Netherlands in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. His main research interests are where people, geography, and computer science meet: collaborative and crowdsourced approaches to creating and processing geographic information, e.g. involving OpenStreetMap, geosocial media, and citizen science, and their impact on reproducibility and representativeness of results. Frank enjoys teaching these topics in various courses, both online and face-to-face, and each year has supervised several students during their MSc thesis research. Frank has the Basic University Teaching Qualification from the UT, and is currently working on his Senior University Teaching Qualification. Since 2009, he holds a PhD (Dr. sc. nat.) from the University of Zurich. Previous work includes three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, and several years as a research assistant at the Universities of Zurich and Hamburg on EU-funded projects on user-generated geographic content and spatio-temporal data analysis in urban contexts.

  • Josef Strobl is Professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria, leading the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics. He holds degrees in Geography from Vienna University and has been teaching GIScience and related subjects at universities worldwide. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and head of its Commission for Geographic Information Science. Josef Strobl continues to be involved in geospatial curriculum development projects, capacity building initiatives and the practice of teaching and learning online as well as in classrooms, contributing to the brainware component of spatial analytics and decision support.

  • Kate Parks is a Principal Teaching Fellow in GIS within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton, UK. Her current research centers on using spatial modelling to understand how the physical environment influences people’s wellbeing and the potential impacts of environmental change on those relationships. The majority of Dr. Parks' research has focused on tropical systems, and she is also interested in the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure within UK urban areas. She completed both MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management and PhD in Physical Geography at King’s College, London, under the supervision of Dr Mark Mulligan. Prior to joining the Centre for Environmental Science at Southampton, she was a lecturer at Kingston University, working in their Centre for GIS.

  • Moreblessings Shoko is a Senior Lecturer in the Geomatics Division at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her interests are in developing sustainable GISc solutions specific to solving African challenges. She is also passionate about education and empowering previously disadvantage society groups through supporting inclusive capacity building initiatives.

  • Oscar Stoop is a recent graduate from the Geographical Information Management & Applications MSc in the Netherlands with an interest in spatial planning.

Americas' Panel 2

Tuesday November 17, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Click here to watch a recording of this panel and here to read a transcript of the chat.


  • Sergio Acosta y Lara coordinates gvSIG Batoví, a GIS designed and developed for educational environments for the Plan Ceibal (OLPC initiative for Uruguay) based on gvSIG. An architect by training, he has worked with geographic information technologies for 30 years, and currently directs Uruguay's Department of Geomatics (within its Ministry of Transport and Public Works). Sergio is a Charter Member of the OSGeo Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Geo4all initiative​, serving as the Regional chair for Iberoamerica and co-editor of its newsletter.

  • Tora Johnson is a social scientist and the director of the Geographic Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Maine at Machias. She teaches a wide array of GIS courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Johnson serves on the executive committee of the Maine Geospatial Institute at the UMaine System and on the board of directors of the Maine GIS Users Group. She regularly engages students in research focusing on using new approaches and technologies to support rural communities as they plan for a sustainable and prosperous future. She received the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and the Maine Campus Compact Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence in 2016.

  • Anthony Robinson is Associate Professor of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. He directs the department's Online Geospatial Education programs, and serves as assistant director of the GeoVISTA research center. His research focuses on improving the utility of geographic information through cartographic design and visualization.

  • Renée Sieber is a professor of geography and environment (jointly appointed) at McGill University, in Montréal, Canada. She is also affiliated with McGill's School of Computer Science, McGill's Digital Humanities Working Group and the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre of Quebec. Her research sits at the intersection of public participation/civic engagement and software architectures, both theoretical (participatory theory) and computational (coding, algorithm development).

Asia Pacific Panel 2

Monday November 30, 2020 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm NZ
(that's starting at 2 pm Melbourne Australia, 2 pm Solomon Island, 1 pm Queensland Australia, 12 pm Tokyo Japan, 10 am Jakarta Indonesia)

Watch a recording of this panel, read a transcript of the chat and polls and the audio transcript.


  • Inesha Mazini, Solomon Islands National University. Tutor in Survey & GIS Applications, Department of Agriculture & Environment, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries. Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geospatial Science at University of the South Pacific (USP). Currently assisting on GIS courses at Solomon Islands National University in 2019. Inesha has a strong passion for GIS and is looking forward to doing Master’ research in GIS as the next step in her GIS career.

  • Dr John Lowry, Massey University, New Zealand. Dr. Lowry is a geographer with a background in geospatial science applications addressing human-environment interactions. Prior to coming to Massey University in 2017, he spent seven years as Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. While in Fiji his research focused on geospatial applications in public health, urban ecology, and environmental management in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Currently Dr Lowry is working with linguists from Fiji and Japan to map and analyse spatial patterns of Fijian dialects. Dr Lowry maintains connections with USP as adjunct Senior Lecturer. From 1999-2010 Dr Lowry was Associate Director at the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory at Utah State University where his research focused on large area remote-sensing based mapping for biodiversity conservation, and the effects of urban sprawl on water resources in arid urban environments. Dr Lowry has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Geographic Information Science (GISci), conservation management, and research methods in geography. He received his PhD from Utah State University, MSc from The University of Utah, and BA from Brigham Young University. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from The University of the South Pacific.

  • Lilik Budi Prasetyo, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Lilik was born in Salatiga, in 1962. He completed his bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Agriculture – IPB University. While master (1993) and doctorate (1996) were received from the University of Tsukuba Japan, in the field of Environment science and Forest Management, respectively. Currently, he is Professor in Landscape Ecology, in the Department of Forest Resources Conservation and Ecotourism - Faculty of Forestry – IPB University, Indonesia. He is the head of the Environmental Analysis & Geospatial Modelling Laboratory, Chief Editor of Media Konservasi Journal and chairman of the working group for research on the LAPAN A3 Micro Satellite (LAPAN-IPB satellite/LISAT) application.

  • Andrew Fletcher, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. As part-time lecturer and research fellow, Andrew has transformed and currently teaches the sole GIScience Unit within the Science and Engineering Faculty. Enrolments are drawn from Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Environmental and Civil Engineering and semester abroad International students. A focus on Authentic Learning and Assessment structure has been well received by students and resulted in improved employment outcomes for graduates. The results of the Unit transformation were recently accepted in Journal of Geography in Higher Education. Andrew’s research focus is the interaction of spatially explicit field methods and remote sensing for monitoring anthropogenic impacts of mining. Particularly the application of photogrammetric products using drones.

  • Narumasa Tsutsumida, Kyoto University, Japan. Narumasa is an Assistant Professor who studies land cover classification and its uncertainties and develops spatial techniques for analyzing land cover. He has conducted case studies of urban expansion in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Jakarta, forest biomass mapping in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and plant functional type classifications in the forests of Japan. He is also a charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and is developing several open-source algorithms to explore spatial heterogeneity in geographic phenomena.