GIScience Research Group
Institute of Geography
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Bettina Knorr
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54-5560
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 54-4529
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Room 108,
Office hours:
Mon–Thu, 9 am–12 noon
HCE – Heidelberg Center for the Environment

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GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group


The GIScience Research Group is engaged in innovative basic and applied research at the interface between geography and the computational sciences. We thereby focus on the investigation of user-generated geographical content (VGI, Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science), for which we develop innovative methods and analytical approaches. More specifically, our thematic focuses are on volunteered geographic information (VGI), big spatial data analytics, smart mobility and humanitarian aid, such as disaster management. Through the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT gGmbH) at Heidelberg University, we have the opportunity to translate our research work into practical solutions. In addition, we support our institute's study programmes in geography with numerous courses on relevant GI methods that allow our students to formally specialize in geoinformatics.

Please note our vacancies.

Latest News

News from our daily work can be found at giscienceblog.uni-hd.de (also available as RSS-Feed). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

13.11.2019 14:07
Hurry up: only 3 weeks to go for Submitting to GIS track at ISCRAM at VirginiaTec

CALL FOR PAPERS for the GIS track at: 17th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2020) May 24-27, 2020, Virginia, USA https://www.drrm.fralin.vt.edu/iscram2020/ Track: Geospatial Technologies and Geographic Information Science for Crisis Management (GIS) https://www.drrm.fralin.vt.edu/iscram2020/files/CFP/ISCRAM2020-Geospatial_Technologies_and_GIS.pdf Deadline for paper submissions: December 6, 2019 Track Description With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, geospatial information and technologies have been [...]

09.11.2019 11:47
CfP: “OpenStreetMap as a Multi-Disciplinary Nexus: Perspectives, Practices, and Procedures” Special Issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Following the success of the Academic Track of State of the Map 2019, the track’s scientific committee - Dr. Yair Grinberger, until recently a member of the GIScience research group, Dr. Marco Minghini, Dr. Levente Juhász, Dr. Peter Mooney, and Dr. Godwin Yeboah - is organizing a special issue of the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. The aim [...]

09.11.2019 01:12
Standortübergreifender Mapathon im Rahmen der Geography Awareness Week

im Rahmen der Geography Awareness Week laden die Geographie-Fachschaften der Standorte Göttingen, Hannover, Würzburg und Heidelberg und die disastermappers heidelberg herzlich zum standortübergreifenden Mapathon ein! An diesem Mapathon werden wir gemeinschaftlich mit Hilfe von OpenStreetMap und fernerkundlichen Methoden neue Kartendaten für vernachlässigte Krisenregionen erstellen und somit humanitäre Hilfsorganisationen in ihrer Arbeit unterstützen. Welches Gebiet genau kartiert [...]

06.11.2019 14:23
HeiGIT at International Dialogue Platform on Forecast-based Financing

Next week, November 12-14th, the 7th International Dialogue Platform on Forecast-based Financing is taking place in Berlin. The platform is organized by the German Red Cross (GRC), World Food Program, German Humanitarian Assistance, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Climate Center of Red Cross and Red Crescent and brings [...]

04.11.2019 19:37
New DFG project: IdealVGI - Deep Learning with OSM

Recently a new DFG project proposal was accepted to the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg within the DFG priority programme VisVGI (Volunteered Geographic Information: Interpretation, Visualisation and Social Computing” [SPP 1894]). It is joint collaboration project together with Prof. Begüm Demir from TU Berlin. IDEAL-VGI: Information Discovery from Big Earth Observation Data Archives by Learning from Volunteered [...]

31.10.2019 13:42
Winner of the 2019 Climathon Heidelberg

Over the last few days, Heidelberg’s first climathon event took place at EMBL, which was part of the global Climathon. The event ran from 25th-27th October 2019 with a 24 hour hackathon taking place on the 26th-27th. During the 24 hours developers, entrepreneurs, designers and students came together and worked as teams on 5 innovative [...]

31.10.2019 11:21
MS Wissenschaft beendet Tour zur Künstlichen Intelligenz - aber weiter geht es im Web - auch mit unserem Exponat zu Trainingsdaten für Satellitenbilder

Gerade beendete die MS Wissenschaft ihre Tour durch 31 Städte zwischen Berlin und Wien in diesem Wissenschaftsjahr zum Thema “Künstliche Intelligenz“. 85.000 Menschen – Schulklassen, Familien und Interessierte aller Altersklassen – besuchten die Ausstellung zum Thema lernende Computersysteme an Bord des Wissenschaftsschiffs. Zu den Besonderheiten der Ausstellung zählten die zahlreiche Dialog- und Mitmachangebote an Bord. Mit an Board [...]

28.10.2019 16:32
Programm der Heidelberger Geographischen Gesellschaft WS1920

Das Programm der Heidelberg Geographischen Gesellschaft (HGG) für das WinterSemester 2019/2020 ist verfügbar. Im Namen des Vorstands der HGG laden wir alle Interessierten herzlich zu den Vorträgen ein. Das Rahmenthema lautet: Die Welt 30 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall © Dr. Susanne Schmidt Grenzen manifestieren sich auf unterschiedlichste Weise in Raum und Zeit: sowohl sichtbare und physische Grenzen, als auch administrative oder [...]

24.10.2019 10:15
PermaSAR project concluded with publication of final report

With the publication of the final report, the PermaSAR project is concluded. In the blink of an eye regarding timescales of permafrost monitoring, research within the project period covered diverse methods and analyses around the topic of permafrost and related thaw subsidence in Arctic tundra landscapes. The report (in German) provides all details on the work [...]

22.10.2019 15:33
Call for Papers: Transaction in GIS – Special Issue on “Geographical and Cultural Aspects of Geo-Information – Issues and Solutions”

The colleagues from GIScience Dr Tessio Novack, Dr Michael Schultz, and Prof. Alexander Zipf, together with Dr Yair Grinberger from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, are editing a Special Issue of Transactions in GIS on Geographical and Cultural Aspects of Geo-Information – Issues and Solutions. We are welcoming high-quality contributions related, but not limited, [...]

Pictures of the Group
GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in 2017

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in 2014

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a retreat at Trifels-Annweiler in February 2013

GIScience Team

GIScience team at a jour fixe meeting in June 2012

In Memoriam Peter Meusburger
Peter Meusburger

On 18 December 2017, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Meusburger died far too soon. We mourn for a great scientist, teacher and colleague. In the mid 90s he implemented the first GIS pool at Heidelberg University and started GIS related research. He will not be forgotten. ((Message of the University)

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