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Long Zhang successfully defended his PhD

(25-05-2023) On Monday, 22 May 2023, Long Zhang successfully defended his PhD "Attribute trajectory analysis: analyzing the dynamics of non-spatial data as trajectories".

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe (UGent), Prof. dr. Philippe De Maeyer (UGent).

Members of the examination committee: Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde (Chair) (UGent), Prof. dr. Robert Weibel (University of Zurich), Prof. dr. Frieke Van Coillie (UGent), Prof. dr. Steven Caluwaerts (UGent), Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang (UGent), Prof. dr. Tim Van de Voorde (UGent), Dr. Laure De Cock (UGent).

Congratulations Long Zhang!

Membership of the Academia Europaea (MAE) conferred to Frank Witlox

(17-05-2023) In May 2023 a Membership of the Academia Europaea (MAE) was conferred to professor Frank Witlox. Membership is competitive, by invitation only and judged during a peer review selection process based on demonstrated "sustained academic excellence".

The object of Academia Europaea is the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in the humanities, law, the economic, social, and political sciences, mathematics, medicine, and all branches of natural and technological sciences anywhere in the world for the public benefit and for the advancement of the education of the public of all ages. The aim of the Academy is to promote European research, advise governments and international organisations in scientific matters, and further interdisciplinary and international research.

Maite Dewinter succesfully defended her PhD

(11-05-2023) Wednesday, May 3, 2023 Maite Dewinter successfully defended her doctorate "Optimising daily police patrol: Towards better matching police supply and demand by directing police in space and time."

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Frank Witlox (Ugent), Prof. Dr. Christophe Vandeviver (UGent) and Prof. Dr. Tom Vander Beken (Ugent). Committee members: Chairman:Prof. Dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde (UGent), Prof. Dr. Haosheng Huang (UGent), Prof. Dr. Eva Lievens (UGent), Prof. Dr. Wim Hardyns (UGent), Prof. Dr. Wout Dullaert (VU Amsterdam).

Congratulations Maite!

Two vacancies for a full-time assistant in the department

(25-04-2023) The UGent Department of Human Resources published two vacancies for a full-time assistant in the Department of Geography, Ghent University (ID:25891, ID:25892). The vacancies are in the research areas of Social and Economic Geography on the one hand and Physical Geography on the other. The deadline for application is May 23.

moVe moRe

(29-03-2023) We have some exciting news! Soon you can walk, cycle and drive in VR at our group because the faculty approved the moVe moRe project. This new research infrastructure will boost research in mobility, navigation, sport sciences, safety and much more! Stay tuned...

Geography @ UGent Alumni Day

(14-03-2023) One thing is certain: as an alumnus you cannot miss the Alumni Day. You can experience the day as you wish, with your family, with fellow students, or alone: there is something for everyone in the extensive program! Geography is well represented on the alumni day with numerous activities, come and visit us at:

• The mapathon:

• The interactive ambulance game:

• VR and AR demo:

• Test your worldview:

• lecture on urban climate and heat stress:

• lecture about climate models:

• lecture on the history of Belgium:

• lecture on the humanitarian crisis in Tigray: tigray-northern ethiopia/

LBS conference comes to Ghent!

(07-03-2023) The 18th conference on Location Based Services takes place in Ghent this year. We are looking forward to welcome you under the tower of St. Bavo's cathedral. Full papers can be submitted until June 1st, work in progress until July 15th.

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Fangli Guan succesfully defended his PhD

(28-02-2023) Friday, February 24, 2023, Fangli Guan successfully defended his PhD: “Modelling of the Scene Complexity of Navigation Environments and Visual Areas of Interest for Egocentric Pedestrian Navigation Systems Using Street-View Panoramas”. Supervisors are Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang (UGent) and Prof. dr. Zhixiang Fang (LIESMARS, WHU). Committee members: Chair: Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde (UGent), Co-chair: Prof. dr. Bisheng Yang (LIESMARS, WHU), Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe (UGent), Dr. Laure De Cock (UGent), Prof. dr. Biyu Chen (LIESMARS, WHU), Prof. dr. Shen Ying (LIESMARS, WHU)

Congratulations Fangli.

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 Verstockt and Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe. Committee members: Prof. dr Hennie De Schepper (chair), Prof. dr. Dieter De Witte, Prof. dr. Tan Lu, Prof. dr. Hiep Luong, dr. Thomas Smits, Prof. dr. Christophe Verbruggen. Congratulations Dilawar.

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 and prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe. Committee members: Prof. dr. Haosheng Huang (chair), dr. Lieze Mertens, Prof. dr. Nora Fagerholm, Prof. dr. Tim Van de Voorde, Prof. dr. Veerle Van Eetvelde. Congratulations Nohemi.

Hannah Hook succesfully defended her PhD

(29-11-2022) Wednesday 23 November 2022, Hannah Hook successfully defended her PhD “The Happy Traveler. Connecting undirected trips to travel satisfaction, positive utility and subjective well-being”. Supervisors are Frank Witlox, Jonas De Vos, and Veronique Van Acker. Committee members: Ben Derudder, Patricia Mokharian, Alexa Delbosc, and Giovanni Circella (chair Veerle Van Eetvelde) Congratulations Hannah.

European researchers in Ghent as part of EX-TRA project

(19-10-2022) Last Monday and Tuesday, the bi-annual meeting of the EX-TRA project took place in Ghent. On Monday morning, Eldermen Filip Watteeuw told us more about the circulation plan, after which the role of livingstreets in Ghent was explained. In the afternoon, there was a session on participative projects to involve citizens in urban policy and we visited some living streets and a filter of the circulation plan by bike. On Tuesday, there was an update on the different researchers in the project and a workshop with the GOAT tool with some policymakers from the City of Ghent.

Emeritus celebration Prof. Jan Nyssen

(27-09-2022) Jan Nyssen has worked at the Department of Geography of Ghent University since 2007. Driven by passion for Ethiopian culture, he has established himself as a worldwide reference regarding the regional geomorphology of Ethiopia. With a reception we congratulated and thanked Jan. His successful career and boundless commitment to the welfare of others will continue to inspire us. Prof. Nyssen remains associated with the Department as professor emeritus and will continue to teach, among other things.

Sarah Meire succesfully defended her PhD

(27-09-2022) On Monday 19 September, 2022, Sarah Meire successfully defended her PhD titled “Virtual interlining in the European airport network and the quest for new datasets in air transport geography”. She obtained the degree of Doctor of Science: Geography (UGent). This research was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ben Derudder (UGent, KU Leuven).

Melaku Bogale Fitawok succesfully defended his PhD

(30-08-2022) On Friday 26 August, Melaku Bogale Fitawok successfully defended his PhD thesis ‘The impact of urbanization on land-use change and farmers’ livelihood in Ethiopia’. This research was supervised by Prof. dr. Ben Derudder (UGent), and was part of and financed by the VLIRUOS cooperation project with Bahir Dar University.

Hanne Hendrickx succesfully defended her PhD

(09-08-2022) Monday 20 June, 2022, Hanne Hendrickx successfully defended her PhD “Capturing geomorphic change in high mountain environments using close-range sensing techniques (Swiss Alps)”. This work was supervised by Prof. dr. Amaury Frankl and Prof. dr. Jan Nyssen from Ghent University, and Prof. dr. Reynald Delaloye from Fribourg University, Switzerland.

Haiyang Shi successfully defended his PhD

(14-06-2022) On 25 May 2022, Haiyang SHI successfully defended his double doctorate Doctor of Science: Geography (UGent) and Doctorate of Science: Cartography and Geographic Information System (University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences). De title of his research was Water resources utilization and soil salinization in the Aral Sea Basin. The supervisors were the professors Tim Van de Voorde, Piet Termonia, Philippe De Maeyer (UGent) en Geping Luo (XIEG, Chinese Academy of Sciences).