Current Initiatives

Title of Initiative

Short description

Phd-School Many young researchers are doing challenging scientific work within the more than 80 member laboratories. AGILE wants to focus more on their activities and work, and support them whereever possible. Therefore, the Council decided to implement a PhD School that is focused specifically on PhD candidates. The first of its kind has been carried out in March 2012 at the University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany. PhD students and senior scientists presented their subjects, exchanged ideas and discussed critically experiences, results and challenges. In addition to presenting and discussing their PhD research, the participants formed teams to initiate common scientific papers, AGILE initiatives and projects related different topics. The exchange of knowledge and experiences, as well as, the possibility to discuss methodologies and approaches, are the major goals of the PhD-School. (further information)

Survey on Phd Research AGILE recently launched a survey to obtain information on the PhD students in its member laboratories. This is the first time that AGILE is trying to collect such information in an integrated manner and the results of the survey could be used to identify the number of PhDs awarded every year, the research areas of PhD students, promote the work of the students and other info that could be of use to AGILE in defining future activities of interest to its members. The effort is coordinated by Maribel Yasmina Santos of the University of Minho in Portugal. The survey collects information on both PhDs that have been completed since 2010 and PhDs that are still in progress. (further information)

Access to spatial data for Research & Education 2 This renewed initiative builds further on an initiative that started in 2009. At that time, a survey was organised among the European NMCA's and AGILE members. It resulted in a report which was published in 2011 by a team of EDINA in Schotland: "The European National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies and Higher Education A Market for Geospatial Information – Myth or Reality" (David Medyckyj-Scott et al., 2011). During the council meeting of March 2012 in Avignon, it was decided to further build upon these initial findings. As a start, it was proposed to prepare a list of spatial data sets of IGN-France that can be used for free for research and educational activities. These data sets will be documented (or existing metadata will be used and complemented), and a quick access point to the data sets will be implemented as part of the new AGILE web site, pointing to the place where the data set can be found/downloaded. (further information)

Indexing AGILE Proceedings Further information will be updated soon.

Contact: Maribel Yasmina Santos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

AGILE Special Interest Group on Geospatial Thinking AGILE’s Special Interest Group on Geospatial Thinking was established in June 2014 in the framework of the GEOTHNK research project ( Spatial thinking is considered as a key ability for STEM disciplines. The goal of this initiative is to promote geospatial thinking in education and suggest ways to enhance it functioning as the central node, bringing together representatives from all education levels (both formal and informal); this way the initiative will set the building blocks for creating a spatially-aware society.
The SIG will coordinate and disseminate research efforts towards developing appropriate educational modules for teaching geospatial concepts and evaluating the level of spatial awareness in societal activities. Advantage will be taken by AGILE’s involvement in the GEOTHNK research project to support the exploitation of its results. This could include promoting and presenting work on geospatial thinking in sessions and workshops of the AGILE annual conference, organizing summer schools, getting involved in other EU Projects, and publishing special editions.

Contact: Marinos Kavouras (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)