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Dilawar Ali succesfully defended his PhD

(01-02-2023)

Wednesday, January 25, 2022, Dilawar Ali successfully defended his PhD “Al-Based Methods to Enrich, Geolocalize and Rephotograph Historical Newspaper Photos.” Supervisors are Prof. dr. Steven Verstock…

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Nohemi Ramirez Aranda succesfully defended her PhD

(20-12-2022)

Monday 12 December 2022, Nohemi Ramirez Aranda successfully defended her PhD “Barriers towards the widespread adoption of PPGIS in spatial planning practice”. Supervisors are Dr. Jeroen De Waegemaeker…

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Haiyang Shi successfully defended his PhD

(14-06-2022)

On 25 May 2022, Haiyang SHI successfully defended his double doctorate Doctor of Science: Geography and Doctorate of Science: Cartography and Geographic Information System . De title of his research…

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Amna Qayyum defended successfully her PhD

(03-05-2022)

On 20 April 2022, Amna Qayyum successfully defended her PhD entitled "A qualitative representation of moving point configurations with illustrations in micro traffic analysis". She obtained the degree…

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Friendship Award for em. prof. Philippe De Maeyer

(18-01-2022)

In September 2021 the Chinese Government Friendship Award was presented to em. professor Philippe De Maeyer. The Friendship Award is the highest award to commend foreign experts who have made outstand…

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Sophie Barbaix successfully defended her PhD

(02-12-2021)

On 30th November 2021, Sophie Barbaix successfully defended her PhD "The water landscape of Turpan: the karez and their context". She obtained the double degree of PhD in Archaeology and Doctor of Sc…

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Jiabin Peng successfully defended his PhD

(02-12-2021)

On 30th November 2021, Jiabin Peng successfully defended his PhD "Environmental Flows Assessment and Regulation of Bosten Lake Wetland”. He obtained the double degree of Doctor in Sciences: Geography …

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Shan ZOU defended successfully her PhD

(02-12-2021)

On 29th November 2021, Shan Zou successfully defended her PhD "Research on water resources change under climate change and human activities in Syr Darya River Basin, Central Asia". She obtained the do…

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Huili HE successfully defended her PhD

(02-12-2021)

On 29th November 2021, Huili He successfully defended her PhD "Impacts of land use/land cover change on regional climate in the Aral Sea region". She obtained the double degree of Doctor in Sciences: …

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Book "L’Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes" presented

(10-11-2021)

On November 4, the book L’Histoire de la Belgique en 100 cartes anciennes was presented. Philippe De Maeyer, emeritus of the geography department, illustrates, together with 3 historians, the history …

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Laure De Cock wins the geospatial award for best thesis on BeGeo 2021

(09-11-2021)

On October 26th, Laure received the geospatial award for best thesis. The ceremony took place at Brussels expo during BeGeo 2021, after the livestream of the competition a week before. She convinced t…

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Laure De Cock successfully defended her PhD

(13-10-2021)

On 7 October 2021, Laure De Cock successfully defended her PhD "Adaptive mobile indoor route guidance. The next big step”". Laure obtained her master degree in Geomatics and Surveying in 2017. Since 2…

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Hanne Glas successfully defended her PhD

(01-06-2021)

On May 20th 2021, Hanne Glas successfully defended her PhD entitled Flood Risk Mapping for All: A Generic Flood Risk Assessment Methodology for the Small Island Developing States. The Small Island Dev…

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The COVID-vaccination centers from a logistical and geographical perspective

(25-05-2021)

On April 30, Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe gave a BIVEC Lunch Talk together with Prof. dr. Roel Gevaers titled: "The COVID-vaccination centers from a logistical and geographical perspective". The talk…

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Tao Yang successfully defended his PhD

(18-05-2021)

On May 12th, Tao Yang successfully defended his double PhD entitled Variation of Snow Resource and its Moisture Characteristics in the Tianshan Mountains . The seasonal snowpack in the Tianshan Mounta…

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Enkhjargal Natsagdorj successfully defended her PhD

(04-05-2021)

On Friday April 23th 2021 Enkhjargal Natsagdorj successfully defended her PhD entitled Soil moisture analysis using remotely sensed data in an agricultural region of Mongolia. Soil moisture has always…

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Using your smartphone while walking creates chaos

(24-03-2021)

Do you sometimes check your smartphone on the street? You have no idea what chaos you are causing, according to new Japanese research. Nico Van de Weghe, geographer at Ghent University who also monito…

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Launch of ‘Tigray: Atlas of the Humanitarian Situation’

(10-03-2021)

At the beginning of November 2020, an armed conflict emerged in Tigray, Ethiopia’s northernmost region. This conflict emerged on top of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic and in the aftermath of a destruct…

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Prof. Philippe De Maeyer designated as the new permanent secretary of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences

(05-01-2021)

Prof. Philippe De Maeyer was designated by the members of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences as the new permanent secretary of the Academy as of January 1st 2021. His appointment was endorsed by…

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Merve Keskin successfully defended her PhD

(05-01-2021)

On November 20th Merve Keskin successfully defended her PhD entitled Exploring the Cognitive Processes of Map Users Employing Eye Tracking and EEG. Her research discovered that expertise is not as inf…

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Lieselot Lapon successfully defended her PhD

(18-08-2020)

On July 8th Lieselot Lapon defended successfully her PhD entitled Unraveling the global-scale cognitive map: a worldwide study. Her research revealed that map projections have a minor influence on our…

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6 PhDs successfully defended

(02-06-2020)

On May 18th - 20th Liangliang JIANG, Lu ZHANG, Liangzhong CAO, Yongchao DUAN, Peng CAI and Tao PAN successfully defended their double PhDs at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography , Chinese…

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Special issue in Journal of Location Based Services about COVID-19 Pandemic

(28-04-2020)

Professor Nico Van de Weghe and professor Haosheng Huang, co-editors of the Journal of Location Based Services, are happy to announce that they are organizing a Special Issue entitled "Contact-Tracing…

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A ‘FietsSTEM’ for schools: project of the Network for Sustainable Mobility Research (Ghent University) in the media

(26-11-2019)

On the 18th of November 2019, an article was published in De Standaard on the ‘FietsSTEM for schools’: a project developed by the Network for Sustainable Mobility Research of Ghent University. In the…

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Prof. Philippe De Maeyer designated as vice-president of International Cartographic Association

(28-08-2019)

At the 18th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association held on July 20th 2019, Philippe De Maeyer was designated by the national delegates as a vice-president of the ICA for the p…

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Multidisciplinary consortium: Next Generation Animal Tracking - Deciphering the ecological code

(13-06-2019)

In recent years, large-scale scientific initiatives have spurred the development of affordable lightweight tracking devices such that movement data are now collected in unprecedented quantities for a …

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Min Luo, Yunqian Wang and Hao Guo successfully defended their double PhD

(05-06-2019)

On May 24th, Min Luo, Yunqian Wang and Hao Guo successfully defended their double PhDs at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences . Min Luo defended a thesis ent…

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UGent signed a MoU with National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) (Mexico)

(26-02-2019)

On October 19th, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the United Mexican States and Ghent University was signed by Diego Prieto Hernández, general director of the National …

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Professor Rik Van de Walle meets UCAS

(21-11-2018)

On November 7th a delegation of Ghent University under the direction of professor Rik Van de Walle, rector of UGent, met professor Wu Yueliang, vice-president of the University of the Chinese Academy …

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Best Full Paper Award at the EUROMED Conference 2018 in Cyprus

(13-11-2018)

At the International Conference on Digital Heritage on the 29th October and the 3rd of November in Cyprus, the UGESCO project won the Werner Weber Award, the Best Full Paper Award for the paper title…

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Samuel Van Ackere presents FLIAT at the Flemish-Dutch summit

(08-11-2018)

Doctoral student Samuel Van Ackere presents his FLIAT tool at the Flemish-Dutch summit in Middelburg to minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and rector Rik Van de Walle. This tool calculates and visualizes…

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Kick-off workshop Appraising risk, past and present

(23-10-2018)

On October 16-17th the Department of Geography organized the kick-off workshop of the partnership “Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environm…

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Johannes De Groeve successfully defended his PhD

(02-10-2018)

On September 24th, Johannes De Groeve successfully defended his PhD at Ghent University. His research was supervised by Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe and Dr. Francesca Cagnacci . He obtained the degree…

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Pepijn Viaene successfully defended his PhD

(02-10-2018)

On September 24th, Pepijn Viaene successfully defended his PhD at Ghent University. He obtained the degree of “PhD in Sciences: Geomatics and Surveying”. His research was supervised by prof. Philippe …

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Jasper Beernaerts wins the Best Student Paper Award at the ICSports Congress 2018 in Seville, Spain

(02-10-2018)

At the 6th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support on the 20th and 21st of September in Seville , Jasper Beernaerts won the Best Student Paper Award, for his paper ti…

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44th place for UGent Geography at the Shanghai Ranking

(08-08-2018)

The Geography research of Ghent University ranked worldwide at the 44th place at the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 - Geography.

ShanghaiRanking began to publish Academic Ranking…

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Pengdong Zhang successfully defended his PhD

(04-07-2018)

On June 3rd, Pengdong Zhang successfully defended his PhD at Ghent University. He obtained the degree of “PhD in Sciences: Geomatics and Surveying”. His research was supervised by prof. Nico Van de We…

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Yuan Xiuliang and Miao Zhang successfully defended their double PhD

(05-06-2018)

On May 27th, Yuan Xiuliang and Miao Zhang successfully defended their double PhDs at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences .

Yuan Xiuliang defended a thesis …

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Maps on Karrewiet

(15-05-2018)

Lieselot Lapon presented her research on Karrewiet, the Flemish youth news. Reporter Cassim Franssen came to visit our department. Lieselot illustrated how a globe is projected onto a flat surface and…

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Dr. Koos Fransen gets GeoSpatial Award

(02-05-2018)

Dr. Koos Fransen has been awarded for the research he conducted as part of his PhD. He got the GeoSpatial Award 2018 in the category “Best Dissertation”. During BeGeo, the Belgian conference and fair…

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PhD GI-Forum of the Sino-Belgian Joint Lab for Geo-Information

(03-04-2018)

On the 26th and 27th of March the 1st PhD GI-Forum of the Sino-Belgian Joint Lab for Geo-Information took place at the Department of Geography. The aim was for PhD students from UGent and XIEG to mee…

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Lieselot Lapon on national television

(12-03-2018)

Lieselot Lapon investigates how maps influence our cognitive map. Nearly 90 000 people from more than 180 different countries completed the online survey she published in January.

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Lieselot Lapon in the Ugent Magazine

(06-03-2018)

Lieselot Lapon published an online survey in January. Already 90 000 people from 180 different countries participated. In the magazine, Lieselot gives more explanation about her research and the surve…

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Department of Geography on Chinese television

(20-02-2018)

Chinese television visited the Department of Geography to make a reportage about the activities of the Sino-Belgian Joint Lab for Geo-Information.

This cooperation is part of joint scientific resea…

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How accurate is your view of the world?

(23-01-2018)

For a PhD research at our department a nice test is developed to discover how our worldview is influenced by maps and map projections used on the Internet, in our education, in the media… How good is …

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Matthias De Beule successfully defended his PhD

(17-01-2018)

On January 11th, Matthias De Beule successfully defended his PhD in Business Economics with a thesis entitled “Advanced Geomarketing Modeling Techniques for Retail Networks “. His research was supervi…

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Koos Fransen successfully defended his PhD

(12-12-2017)

On December 4th, Koos Fransen successfully defended his PhD in Industrial Engineering with a thesis entitled “Travelling beyond Spatial Analysis - The Impact of Temporal and Personal Restrictions on E…

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Department of Geography at Trefdag Informatie Vlaanderen

(06-12-2017)

Employees of the Department of Geography provided an interactive exhibition booth at the second edition of Trefdag Informatie Vlaanderen. They presented their research in a 3D film. The fair is organi…

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Hussain Saleh successfully defended his PhD

(28-11-2017)

On November 22nd 2017 Hussain Saleh defended successfully his PhD in engineering sciences. The title of his thesis was: “Disaster management and the Linkages between the Environmental, Regional and Sp…

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Kevin Baker successfully defended his PhD

(28-11-2017)

On November 20th, Kevin Baker successfully defended his PhD in Geography with a thesis entitled “Improving Navigation Services for Leisure Activities, exploiting the full potential of route-sharing co…

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Workhop Coastal Monitoring to Prevent Flood Risks

(21-09-2017)

Samuel Vanackere presented his research about 4D flood analysis and visualization tools during a workshop "Coastal Monitoring to Prevent Flood Risks". The workshop, held at VLIZ Oostende, was organise…

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Fieldwork campaign on the Galápagos Islands and in Ecuador

(29-08-2017)

Staff members of the Department of Geography went to Ecuador where aerial images were made with a drone to create 3D models of the environment. The intertidal area of Puerto Ayora on the Galapagos Isl…

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Jiao Liu successfully defends his PhD

(06-06-2017)

On the 30th of May 2017, Jiao Liu successfully defended his joint PhD at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi . He obtained the title of Doctor in Sciences: Geography, Ugent and …

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Prof. Nico Van de Weghe on eventplanner.tv

(16-05-2017)

We can hardly do without navigation in our cars. If it’s up to professor Nico Van de Weghe we soon use navigation indoors as well. Today he tells us what makes this so interesting for the event indust…

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Extension of the bilateral agreement between Ghent University and Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

(12-04-2017)

The extension of the bilateral agreement between Ghent University and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China was signed at the Symposium 'Internatio…

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Dr. Berdien De Roo has been awarded twice

(12-04-2017)

Dr. Berdien De Roo has been awarded twice for the research she conducted as part of her PhD. She got the Geospatial Award 2017 in the category dissertation and the ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper…

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Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer receives the Sarton Medal

(14-03-2017)

Prof. Philippe De Maeyer was awarded a Sarton Medal on recommendation of the Ghent university Musea. Prof dr. Danny Segers was colleague proximus. Prof. Philippe De Maeyer gave the 23rd February the …

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Vote for your favourite drawing

(13-03-2017)

Every two years the International Cartographic Association organizes the Barbara Petchenik drawing contest for children. It is your turn to vote for your Belgian favourites that will participate in t…

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Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe presents SoleWay on BBC

(22-11-2016)

Prof. dr. Nico Van Weghe, who has spent several years researching the problem of navigating indoors, presented the SoleWay app on Click, a BBC programme that presents technological and digital news fr…

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Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer receives the Tianshan Award

(07-11-2016)

On the 27th of October 2016 Prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer of the Geography Department of Ghent University was granted the Tianshan Award for foreign experts in Urumqi for his great contribution to the …

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Geomobiel wins an award

(26-10-2016)

The project GeoMobiel won the annual award for science communication on the 20th of October 2016, granted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and the Young Academy. Since …

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3D acquisition and processing in Edzna (Campeche, Mexico)

(17-10-2016)

Students Laure De Cock and Sanne Cartreul, assisted by Bart De Wit and Britt Lonneville, are currently conducting the fieldwork for their master’s thesis on the archaeological site of Edzna in Mexico.…

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Berdien De Roo succesfully defends her PhD

(05-10-2016)

On Thursday, September 29th Berdien De Roo succesfully defended her PhD entitled "Putting the past in place. A conceptual data model for a 4D archaeological GIS'. Her research was supervised by Prof. …

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Find the 'Sole Way' to the new academic year!

(20-09-2016)

Don't be a lost student in the new academic year. Don't be a new and lost student at UGent. Routes to all UGent classrooms have been entered in SoleWay, the sole solution to find your way indoors! Do…

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President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences visits Ghent University

(13-09-2016)

On Friday 9 September 2016 Bai Chunli, the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, visited our department and university. During his visit, the nameplate of the Joint Laboratory for Geo-informat…

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Soetkin Vervust defends her PhD

(26-07-2016)

On 27 June Soetkin Vervust has successfully defended her PhD entitled 'Deconstructing the Ferraris Maps . A study of the map production process and its implications for geometric accuracy'. Her resear…

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European Development Days

(14-06-2016)

The Department of Geography takes part in the European Development Days in Brussels on 15 and 16 June. The EDD is Europeís leading forum on international cooperation and development. This yearís foru…

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Sino-Belgian Joint Lab for Geo-Information

(31-05-2016)

From 24 until 27 May 2016, a delegation from Ghent University visited the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. An agreement was signed for the “Sino-B…

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Joint PhD defense at the Xinyiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in China

(30-05-2016)

Fang Gonghuan has successfully defended her PhD on “The impact of climate variability on hydrological processes in the Kaidu river basin ” and is so the first to benefit from the fruitful research col…

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SoleWay helps visitors find your office

(03-05-2016)

Are you tired of explaining the route to your office or to a meeting room? This might be history thanks to SoleWay, a new website by the CartoGIS Research Group. We have collected more than 1000 route…

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Large National Mapathon Event on Saturday, April 16th

(22-03-2016)

Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue

In the context of the International Map Year 2015-2016, a national Mapathon will take place on Saturday, April 16th, which is…

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Chinese delegation visits UGent

(16-02-2016)

A Chinese delegation from the Xinjiang Universtiy of Ecology and Geography and the University of the Chinese Academy of Science visit Ghent University this week. This visit is framed in existing coo…

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Visit Marine@UGent Tour

(08-02-2016)

As partner in the Marine@UGent Consortium, the Department of Geography received Noémie Wouters, Marianne Martens en Margriet Drouilon van GreenBridge on February 5th. This visit was part of the Marine…

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View our 3D models on-line

(01-02-2016)

During various field campaigns photos were taken to generated 3D models afterwards. These 3D models are now showcased on-line on our own Sketchfab account: Geography UGent 3D

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Launch website Yar City 3D

(01-12-2015)

As part of a cooperation agreement between Ghent University, the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography and the Xinjiang Turpan Bureau of Cultural Heritage, two months of field work were conducte…

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