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Prof. Jan Nyssen has become section editor for “Land Degradation and Development”

(16-10-2018)

Professor Jan Nyssen has been appointed as section editor for the journal “Land Degradation and Development”, which has an Impact Factor of 7.27. LDD has been divided into seven distinct subject‐speci…

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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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Dr. Tom Willems elected as Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation

(04-09-2018)

Congratulations to Tom Willems, Senior GNSS Researcher at Septentrio and voluntary researcher at the 3D Data Acquisition Research Unit. On the 10th of July, during the annual general meeting of the Ro…

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Two UGent MSc students study ecosystem services in relation to reforestation in Ethiopia

(02-09-2018)

Two Geography master students are currently in Ethiopia, carrying out fieldwork for their MSc thesis, in the framework of the VLIR-UOS South Initiative “Estimating the potential of ecosystem service v…

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Geographical research on one of the highest mountains in Ethiopa

(01-09-2018)

In the framework of university development cooperation, UGent’s department of Geography carries out research in Afro-alpine environments. On Mt. Guna in Ethiopia , source of three major rivers, Adugna…

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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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Abebech Abera Beyene completes PhD research

(28-06-2018)

Promoted by Prof. Jan Nyssen, Prof. Nico Verhoest and Dr. Seifu Tilahun, Abebech Abera Beyene successfully defended her PhD in Sciences: Geography on 'Water balance, extent and efficiency of irrigati…

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Is migration from Africa caused by drought and desertification?

(28-06-2018)

Prof. Jan Nyssen discusses on Radio 1 the complex interaction between humans and their environment in the Sahel. Climatologically, the Sahel is wetting. Intensive and often unsustainable agriculture p…

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Hojatollah Khedrigharibvand successfully defended his PhD

(28-06-2018)

On June 25th, Hojatollah Khedrigharibvand successfully defended his PhD in Geography with a thesis entitled “Sustainable Rangeland Management in Iran: Towards a Policy-Oriented Decision Support Model…

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Keynote lecture Frank Witlox (Tartu)

(12-06-2018)

On May 31, 2018, Prof. Frank Witlox gave a keynote lecture at the “Smart City for the Citizens 2018: Urban Mobility” . Watch the full lecture here.

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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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Liang Dai successfully defended her PhD

(05-06-2018)

On May 3rd, Liang Dai successfully defended her PhD in Geography with a thesis entitled “The structure, modelling and abstraction of urban networks in Southeast Asia: evidence from intercity transpo…

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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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Student research trip Portugal in local media

(02-05-2018)

From 21th to 29th April 2018, 24 students of the Master of Geography and the Master of Spatial Planning of Ghent University are on a research trip in Portugal. With their field work, they contribute t…

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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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Study programmes Geography & Geomatics presented

(28-03-2018)

On March 17th, the annual information day of the Faculty of Science took place. The study programmes Geography & Geomatics were presented in the exposition and during the presentation of the chair of …

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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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Development project on water and sanitation starts in Northern Ethiopia

(06-02-2018)

Northern Ethiopia is one of the most disadvantaged areas worldwide in water and sanitation. In order to improve both the water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as to improve access and hygiene, …

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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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Liang Dai wins the Best Poster Award at the Belgian Geography Days

(21-11-2017)

At the Belgian Geography Days on the 13th and 14th of November in Liège, Liang Dai from the Social and Economic Geography research group has won the Best Poster Award for her poster ‘Exploring the ev…

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Promising results from pilot project on Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

(14-11-2017)

This unique project, organised by the Social and Economic Geography research group and Touring, provided participants with a mobility/budget tool and analysed what the effects are on their travel beh…

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Workshop strategy Flemish ports with Frank Witlox

(07-11-2017)

On Friday October 20, 2017 a workshop was organised to discuss the strategy of Flemish ports. The four CEOs of the ports of Antwerp, Ghent, Zeebruges and Oostend were present, together with the region…

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