Obituary – Fred Toppen (1955 – 2022)

Today we received the very sad news that Fred Toppen, GIMA’s former Program Director, has passed away.

Fred was a member of the GIMA community of the first hour. Therein he fulfilled several roles as Programme Director, as coordinator of Module 4 on Geographical Information within Organisations, and as chair/member of GIMA’s Program Committee. On behalf of he GIMA community, we would like to thank Fred for his invaluable commitment and support of the GIMA program and community.

Fred was a GIS lecturer at Utrecht University. Besides, he was very active as an administrator and coordinator for several academic organizational bodies. Fred was elected as a member of the University Council in 2008, and was its president between 2011-2019. From 30 January 2020 until 1 September 2021, Fred was the president of the Central Electoral Office of Utrecht University.

“Without complaining, anticipating and also somewhat impatiently, he naturally handled everything that was at risk of being left behind,” said the president of the Utrecht University executive board Anton Pijpers. In July 2022, he received the Utrecht University silver medal for his engagement for university bodies inside and outside of the faculty.  

On the silver medal, it says: ‘Fred Toppen: verbinder en voorvechter van de medezeggenschap’ 
(‘Fred Toppen: uniter and champion of the representative bodies’).

We remember Fred as an enthusiastic and very active person.

GIMA Graduate Inez Gortzak wins GIN/NCG-thesis prize!

With her thesis ‘Characterising housing stock vulnerability to floods by combining UAV, Mapillary and survey data – A case study for the Karonga district in Malawi’, Inez Gortzak has won the GIN/NCG-thesis prize 2021! The jury has complemented her on the use of multiple data sources, clear visualisations, and her use of maps to support her findings.

The official announcement can be found here.

Congratulations, Inez!

GIMA Graduate Julia Ubeda wins thesis prize

With her thesis “Urban tourism: Developing a model framework to explore spatio-temporal patterns of pedestrian tourist in Amsterdam”, GIMA graduate Julia Ubeda won the Utrecht University Marc de Smidt thesis prize 2019. This prize is awarded to the best Geography-related thesis written at Utrecht University.

According to the jure report, “the jury was impressed by the use of advanced methods underpinned by sound theoretical argumentation, and especially its translation into an applicable and convincing simulation of tourist behaviour in Amsterdam. Even though we are are far away from solving the issue of overtourism, this thesis brought us a step closer to understanding how it works”

More info on her thesis can be found here.

Congratulations, Julia!

 

Year Schedule 2019-2020

The new schedule for 2019-2020 can be found here. You will find the dates for the contact days in this schedule, but most importantly; you will find the dates for the midterms, defences and graduation in there as well! So for all of you who are getting ready to do some planning for next year; you can get started.

Year Schedule 2018-2019

The new schedule for 2018-2019 can be found here. You will find the dates for the contact days in this schedule, but most importantly; you will find the dates for the midterms, defences and graduation in there as well! So for all of you who are getting ready to do some planning for next year; you can get started.

Year Schedule 2017-2018

The new schedule for 2017-2018 can be found here. You will find the dates for the contact days in this schedule, but most importantly; you will find the dates for the midterms, defences and graduation in there as well! So for all of you who are getting ready to do some planning for next year; you can get started.