Initiative - AGILE Phd-School

AGILE PhD schools provide a forum for the next generation of scientists and research leaders to develop their own networks and to exchange ideas. As well as providing a set of core research skills, the Schools expose attendees to the diversity of leading edge topic areas in GI and spatial information sciences and, critically, provide them with different experiences and expectations around supervision, prosecuting research etc. Attendees are encouraged take ownership of their research, and are equipped with information about the wider context within which their research was being undertaken and are empowered to become the ‘domain experts’ in their topic. 

2015 - Champs sur Marne (Paris), France

The 3rd AGILE PhD School was led by Prof Lex Comber (University of Leeds, UK) and Dr Bénédicte Bucher (IGN, France) ran over 4 days and was attended by 20 PhD students from institutions across Europe. The aim of the School was to provide training in core research and writing skills for the next generation of European researchers in spatial information sciences support students. It included sessions on scientific writing, how to frame research and presentation skills with talks from international speakers on recent developments in key GIScience topic areas. There were also a number of social events! The accommodation, meals and travel were fully supported financially by AGILE for each of the attendees.

Each PhD student delivered a paper on her/his PhD research. The proceedings of the PhD school are published as CEUR workshop proceedings.

Council: Alexis Comber, Benedicte Bucher,  Members: University of Leeds, IGN-FR


2013 - Frauenwörth, Germany

The second AGILE PhD-School was as successful and interesting as the first event.  Supported by AGILE grants and organized by Hardy Pundt (University of Applied Sciences Harz, Germany), Lars Bernard and Stephan Mäs (both Technical University of Dresden, Germany) the PhD-School took place on Sept. 30 - Oct. 2nd 2013 in Frauenwörth, Lake Chiemsee, Germany. The Benedictine abbey of Frauenwörth provided excellent conditions for undisturbed and intensive work on the scientifically challenging themes.
The twelve participants came from AGILE labs in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Switzerland and United Kingdom, as well as from the University of Tokyo, Japan. The discussed PhD topics covered a wide spectrum of scientific fields with respect to Geoinformatics.
Thomas Blaschke (University of Salzburg, Austria) attended as a senior researcher and gave an inspiring presentation on how to successfully organize a PhD. This year’s best presentation grant went to Stefano Grassi from ETH Zurich for his contribution on “Development of an integrated spatial optimization model for renewable energy planning”.

Each PhD student delivered a paper on her/his PhD research. The proceedings of the PhD school are published as CEUR workshop proceedings.

Council: Hardy Pundt, Lars Bernard, Lead: Stephan Mäs, Member 1: University of Applied Sciences Harz, Other Members: TU Dresden

 

2012 - Harz, Germany

The first AGILE PhD-School turned out to be an interesting, well-attended and fruitful event. Supported by AGILE grants and organised by Hardy Pundt (University of Applied Sciences Harz, Germany) and Lars Bernard (Technical University of Dresden, Germany) the PhD-School took place on March 13-14 2012 at the University of Applied Sciences Harz in Wernigerode. The fifteen participants came from AGILE labs in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal. They covered a wide spectrum of scientific fields with respect to Geoinformatics.
Benedicte Bucher (IGN, France) attended as a senior researcher and advised on how to successfully organise a PhD. Nicholas Gould from Manchester Metropolitan University received a best presentation grant for his submission on 'Semantic description of generalisation web services for on-demand mapping'.

Each PhD student delivered a paper on her/his PhD research. The proceedings are published in Proceedings 1st AGILE PhD School, ISBN: 978-3-8440-0873-9, which is part of the series Regionales Innovationszentrum für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften und Umwelt-/Geoinformation in the Shaker Verlag GmbH.

A list of the proceedings can be found on this website. A document with all proceedings is available here.

Council: Hardy Pundt, Lead: Hardy Pundt, Member 1: University of Applied Sciences Harz, Other Members: TU Dresden, IGN-FR