ABE 018

ABE018 | GIS applied in various domains

Geographic information system (GIS) applications, with specialised topics related to current societal and environmental issues

Course description

The course will be offered to graduate students of Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland and Italy (the Geonatura University partners). The goal of this course is to provide students with GIS applications to society and environmental issues. GIS sectors and labor market and possible career paths in this field will be addressed. Students will make a choice from 8 topics. All topics are shortly introduced during the contact week. In September 2019 the contact week will be in Lisbon. The contact week is followed by two months of e-learning (MOOC’s). The GIS application domains, offered as e-learning modules (MOOC’s), are:

  1. Sustainable development
  2. Sustainable environment
  3. Land administration
  4. Architecture & built environment/ nD-modelling
  5. Sustainable agriculture, farming and forestry
  6. Sustainable rural development
  7. Smart cities & urban social issues
  8. Climate change & renewable energy sources

Learning objectives

This course is meant for PhD students interested in applying GIS (Geographic Information System) to a selection of current societal and environmental issues. Because of the combination of knowledge domains as taught by the four European universities, this course offers a broad overview of what is possible in GIS and Geomatics. It is therefore an opportunity for those who aim to enhance their careers learning GIS and Geomatics background and skills. Below a list of suggested MOOC topics for PhD students from different faculties:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment: 1, 3, 4, 7
  • Civil Engineering & Geosciences: 2, 3, 6, 8
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science: 3, 4, 5, 7
  • Industrial Design Engineering: 1, 2, 5, 6
  • Aerospace Engineering: 1, 4, 7, 8
  • Technology, Policy and Management: 3, 5, 6, 8
  • Applied Sciences: 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering: 1, 3, 5, 7


The Geonatura project is an “Open Educational Resources platform for Geomatics applications to social and environmental issues”. The purpose is to provide e-learning and training to Higher Education students on GIS and Geomatics from the four countries involved in the partnership by their universities (universities of Glasgow, Delft, Florence, Lisbon NOVA). Participants on the 3rd Call will have the following benefits:

  • A 6-day travel to Portugal and stay in Lisbon, meeting students of the other 3 countries, and having workshops at University of Lisbon NOVA
  • Followed by 2-month training through e-learning, monitored by the staff of their own university
  • A Certificate and a Referral Letter after successful completion of the course


14-18 October 2019 University of Lisbon NOVA

How to enroll

Please send an email with your name, mail address, start date, research group and title of your research to abe@tudelft.nl before 20 September 2019

Course Info

Course code
ABE 018

Obligatory pre-knowledge:
GS course ‘ABE017 Introduction to GIS’ (or similar)

Course type
Lectures and workshops, e-learning

Number of participants
A maximum of 10 students will be selected to attend contact week (together with 30 students from our partner universities: Lisbon, Glasgow, and Florence), which is one week of lectures and workshops. This is followed by two months of e-learning (MOOC’s), which is open for all students. The selection for the contact week is based on the results of ABE017.

Course load
One contact week (full time), followed by e-leaning (two months part time, April-June). There are 8 MOOC’s to choose from. Each MOOC takes 28 hours. In case the contact week is attended then a minimum of 2 MOOCs is required to get the GS credits (otherwise a minimum of 4 MOOCs is required to get the GS credits).

Graduate school credits
5 GS

Courses, dates and times
One contact week in Lisbon in 14-18 October 2019, two months e-learning/MOOCs. 
The MOOCs are open for all interested PhD candidates.

Name of lecturer(s)/coach(es)
Peter van Oosterom / Marian de Vries (MOOC 3), Martijn Meijers / Edward Verbree (MOOC 4), other MOOCs by partners

About the lecturer(s)/coach(es)
Marian, Martijn, Edward and Peter are respectively researcher, assistant professor, assistant professor, and professor GIS technology

Teaching method
Blended learning: lectures, lab assignments, GIS project, tests, exam, workshops and e-learning (MOOC’s) 

Cost price of course
Costs for travel and accommodation in Florence are covered (by TU Delft/Geonatura project)

Cost price of course material
Software licenses are covered.

For lab assignments students should bring their own laptop.



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