GIMA 20 years: a celebration of collaboration

On 1 February 2024, the 20th anniversary of the GIMA’s master programme was celebrated with a festive symposium at Utrecht University. The attendees consisted of GIMA alumni, students, (former) staff, and other interested parties. The programme was a mix of more and less serious topics. The chairman of the day was Ron van Lammeren, who had just celebrated his farewell at WUR the week before.

Firstly, Ron announced Kirsten de Beurs’ keynote on the future of geo-information education. Kirsten has now been back at WUR for about 1,5 years, after working in the US for twenty years. Based on this experience, she shared her insights for the future and related them to GIMA. Then it was time for the GIMA Facts Quiz by Lukasz Grus (WUR) and Carlijn Ligterink, where the visitors could remain standing and answer the questions correctly, with two answer options, until there was a winner, who received a nice prize. The fact that facts are not that simple was also evident in the third part of the programme: the presentation by Menno-Jan Kraak (UT) with appealing graphs and maps that illustrated twenty years of GIMA history.

After the break it was time to look at the future of GIMA in the panel discussion. Panel members Justine Blanford (UT), Kirsten de Beurs (WUR) and Niels van der Vaart (Esri) discussed among themselves and with the audience about possible future developments such as geo data science and AI, the added value of a joint MSc degree from the universities involved, the advantage for students of being taught by teachers from multiple universities, and about the statement that there should be a BSc in Geo-information in the Netherlands. Algan Yasar and Lara Gillham then indicated on behalf of the GIMA students the importance of the study association NODE for contacts with professional practice (internships) but also for activities such as a joint trip abroad. In the last formal programme part, Arnold Bregt (WUR) and Judith Verstegen (UU) worked together to make it clear why a joint degree is so important: a table on four legs is sturdy and does not fall over. The day ended with a pleasant ‘borrel’ with drinks and snacks, during which many memories were brought back.

Written by Peter van Oosterom (TUD), Chair GIMA Board (translated from Dutch)

Photography: Mother of Pearl Media

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.