GeoPerspectives Summer School: Salzburg Oct 11-16


May I join, pleeeeeaaase? Students from any discipline interested in advancing their knowledge and competences in Geographic Information Systems in general, and specifically in the emerging domain of Geodesign are encouraged to join this (seasonally speaking somewhat belated) summer school = short intensive programme in Salzburg, Austria. The agenda is built around the cluster of three (yes, 1 - 2 - 3!) geospecial conferences scheduled October 11-16, starting with a focus on Geodesign and continuing with educational as well as technology innovation perspectives supporting geospatial applications. 

Signing up? All participants will start with registering for the special student conference package ('bundle'), and then sign up with GeoPerspectives organizers at GeoPerspectives@zgis.net. The conference package offers unrestricted access to all conference events, registration for workshops and trainings is based on availability and strongly encouraged. While this special conference offer is open to all students, GeoPerspectives admits only a limited number of participants – sign up early and hope for an open place – this will be confirmed after completing items 1+2 from the list below. 

Course credit? Credits will be awarded by the University of Salzburg through its Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS (www.zgis.at). All students currently enrolled at the University of Salzburg will directly receive 2 ECTS credit points, all other participants will be awarded a certificate of completion stating a credit equivalence of 2 ECTS. 

Getting there and staying? All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of individual participants, please refer to this overview for orientation and links. 

Academic credit is automatic? NO :-)  - participants are expected to submit a portfolio link upon registering for GeoPerspectives, and provide an email confirmation of completion and request for credit on Oct 16. A portfolio typically is compiled as a blog or other web platform, and can be written as a subset of e.g. an ongoing personal blog. The portfolio as a minimum requirement is expected to contain: 
  1. A statement of motivation for participating, outlining expectations and a link to your CV 
  2. A ppt slide (template provided) with a bit of your background and your personal geospatial motto 
  3. A link to a storymap based on arcgis.com or any other comparable platform, addressing a theme of the participant’s past, current or future work. This storymap can be prepared before or during this week 
  4. A complete overview of participation during the entire week, detailing your individual schedule plus motivation for selecting specific offerings 
  5. A brief (200 words each) critical assessment of a minimum of three topical events (workshops, presentations, anything on the agenda but socials – these are welcome, but do not count towards the magic number of 3) 
  6. One 600 word (max. 800) essay on a topic of choice linked to any keynote talk during the week. Think about reporting to fellow students ‚back home‘ when writing this, why they should be interested in this theme and pursue it further 
  7. All participants will join a social/professional media platform dedicated to live interaction throughout the week and are expected to contribute with a minimum of at least 10 substantial comments 
  8. AND – if you submit a conference contribution to ANY of the 3 events, your GeoPerspectives registration will go to the top of the admissions list right away! 

That’s all there is? Well – this already is a lot and easily will keep you busy learning lots of stuff. But, this still is Salzburg. All registered participants will receive information about a guided city walk, and the option of joining a field trip (additional fee, or anyone finds a sponsor ;-) on Saturday, Oct 17th. Yes, and we will meet up and interact as a group several times throughout the week, details will be scheduled as soon as the agenda is confirmed. 

What else do I need to keep in mind? This is a unique opportunity to not only meet, but interact with many leaders in your field – just go for it! Furthermore, this is an excellent chance to build and enhance your professional network, liaise with peers, and make new friends. Above all, a great learning opportunity in an attractive and stimulating environment! 

Looking forward to an intense, insightful and interesting GeoPerspectives’15!