Shape2Gether Project Kick-off Meeting

From October 25 to 27, 2023, the three-year EU-funded Erasmus+ project Shape2Gether kicked off in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Managed by Palacký University Olomouc, this project unites institutions and experts across Europe, including the Research Unit Cartography at TU Wien, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), University of Malta (Malta), Turku University (Finland), Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Lentävä Liitutaulu OY (Seppo gamification platform) (Finland). 

The core objective of this project is to explore and implement educational methods for sustainable development, with a particular focus on addressing the challenges presented by climate change and its effects on Europe. It does so by uniting three distinct areas of expertise: geosciences, new technologies, and serious game design. The ultimate aim is to establish a forward-thinking international master’s program in the following years.

We are very happy to be a part of this innovative project!

Shape2Gether project team at the kick-off meeting in Olomouc

Doctoral defense of Wangshu Wang

Wangshu Wang has successfully defended her dissertation “Please Follow the Signs: Considering Existing Navigational Aids in Indoor Navigation Services “.

Prof. Georg Gartner from our Research Unit Cartography was her supervisor, while Prof. Liqiu Meng from the Technical University of Munich and Prof. Haosheng Huang from Ghent University were the reviewers.

Congratulations, Dr. Wang, and all the best for your future!

Prof. Georg Gartner, Dr. Wang and Prof. Huang

Henry Johns Award for Florian Ledermann

Congratulations to Florian Ledermann for winning the Henry Johns Award of the British Cartographic Society, awarded yearly for the best paper published in The Cartographic Journal. Florian’s paper “The Effect of Display Pixel Density on the Minimum Legible Size of Fundamental Cartographic Symbols” was chosen as the best paper of the year 2022.

“Part of my family has roots in the UK, so receiving this award from the British Cartographic Society means a lot to me, also on a personal level.” Florian will invest the prize money of 100£ to expand his personal collection of cartographic books and atlases.

PhD defense of Florian Ledermann

We are pleased to invite you to the public PhD defense of our staff member Florian Ledermann on the “Empirical assessment of minimum dimensions for cartographic symbology on smartphone displays”

The defense will take place on the 7th of December 2022, 11 am at the Seminarraum DA02C  (TU Wien “Freihaus”, green area, 2nd floor), Wiedner Hauptstraße 8, 1040 Wien and via Zoom

For more information on his doctoral research, find the abstract here

Danke, Iby!

Wem TISS, TUWEL, PublDB, SAP, Schlüsselbuch, GUT, FWF, FFG, WWF, LBS und unzählige andere Abkürzungen nichts sagen: Das sind nur einige der Systeme, Organisationsformen, Datenbanken die sich Violet Derman im Laufe ihrer Dienstzeit als Sekretärin am Institut für Kartographie und Reproduktionstechnik, später Institut für Kartographie und Geo-Medientechnik, später Forschungsbereich Kartographie, später Research Unit Cartography, angeeignet und beherrscht hat!

In den Jahrzehnten im Dienste der akademischen Kartographie gab es keine einzige Zahl, keinen Beistrich und kein Wort, die von Violet Derman falsch eingegeben worden wäre, auch wenn Begriffe, Namen und Bezeichnungen die Internationalisierung der Universitäten und der Entwicklung der Kartographie widerspiegeln!

Iby, wie sie von allen genannt wurde, hat zahlreiche Mitarbeiter, Studenten und Kollegen kommen und gehen gesehen, sie blieb immer eine Anlaufstation für kleinere und größere Probleme und eine Anlaufstelle für Austausch.

Die ihr eigene Verlässlichkeit, Freundlichkeit und Kompetenz ist in unserer schnelllebigen und hektischen Zeit selten geworden, wir verdanken dir alle viel!

Am wichtigsten war mir und uns aber immer, dass du einfach ein netter Mensch bist!

Danke für Alles!

Die “Kartographen”

Atlas on SDGs in action

Our lecturer Dr. Markus Jobst has published an atlas on the Sustainable Development Goals. “SDGs in Action – A Generations` View” includes maps, statements and biographies of various contributors to illustrate different perspectives on today`s problems and motivations for establishing a sustainable world.

For more information or to get the printed or digital bilingual atlas in English / German, visit: https://sdggeneration.cartography.at/

Congratulations, Markus, on this valuable work!

Doctoral defense of Silvia Klettner

Silvia Klettner has successfully defended her dissertation titled “The Polysemy of Map Signs: An Exploration of the Connotative Meanings of Cartographic Point Symbols”.

Her supervisor was Prof. Gartner from our Research Unit Cartography; reviewers were Prof. Michael P. Peterson from the University of Nebraska Omaha, USA and Dr. Amy Griffin from the RMIT University in Australia.

Congratulations, Dr. Klettner, and all the best for your future!

Dr. Silvia Klettner, Prof. Georg Gartner

Read more about Dr. Klettner`s research here.

Best Paper Award goes to Silvia Klettner

We are proud to announce that Silvia Klettner’s research on cartographic semiotics received TU Wien’s Best Paper Award 2019 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation:

Klettner, S. (2019). Why Shape Matters — On the Inherent Qualities of Geometric Shapes for Cartographic Representations. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 8(5), 217.

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