Capacity building and translation of research results into educational outcomes are a key element of Z_GIS’ strategic concept, supporting new insights through research as well as outreach to the GI community with highly qualified graduates.
In 2019 the Department launched the highly distinguished European Joint Master Copernicus in Digital Earth (CDE) with two specialisation tracks in Geo-AI and Geovisualisation. The ERASMUS+ project offers 15 and 20 scholarships to international students for attending this highly prestigious Master programme per year.
Z_GIS also acts as academic coordinator of the ERASMUS+ skills alliance project EO4GEO where curricula are developed and re-designed considering new trends and challenges in the EO*GI sector. The project aims to bridge the skills gap between the supply and demand of education and training, fostering the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in a broad range of application domains. The project started in 2018; it runs for 4 years, closely collaborating with DG DEFIS (Copernicus) and DG EMPLOYMENT to reach its strategic objective.
The Horizon 2020 HES-GEO project aims to enhance existing research capacity and stimulate scientific excellence in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management (IGSM), Jagiellonian University (PL), in studying human-environmental systems (HES). Z_GIS manages and overviews the entire training scheme in geospatial / EO technologies, including training in project writing, project development and leadership skills for young researchers. Duration 2021-2023.
The ERASMUS+ project Ride&Smile introduces a new Interactive Learning Platform (ILP), which is supposed to boost and support the Bike to School Cycling Challenge involving school pupils from all over Europe.
The Sparkling Science Project u3Green deals with the promotion of child and youth-friendly urban landscapes through participatory research on urban green supported by geomedia.
ESDplus is funded by the Earth System Sciences funding program of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The project aims to establish both theoretical and practical foundations for the utilization of LwGI in ESD, including the establishment of an LwGI-in-ESD community. By enhancing the integration of LwGI into ESD, the project aims to contribute to the ongoing development of ESD.