Recent projects

Science down to Earth

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The project launched in 2017 aims at bringing together staff members of GIUZ to discuss current cross-disciplinary issues in science and research through a series of lunch talks.

The first talk took place on 17 March, and provided information and views from different perspectives on gender and career development, accompanied by career coach Susanne Matuschek.

The second talk was on "Slow Science" and took place on 11 April.

The Organizing committee: Muriel Côte, Suncana Laketa, Itta Bauer, Arzu Cöltekin, Alice Kern, Gwendolyn Leysinger Vieli, Veruska Muccione, Karin Schwiter, Flurina Wartmann, Miriam Wenner

The Anthropocene

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The Anthropocene, the so-called ‘geologic age of Man’, has become a key concept
driving research agendas across the earth and social sciences and has grasped the
public imagination far beyond the academy.
A one-day interdisciplinary symposium took place in November 2016 and brought together leading international scholars from the earth and social sciences to explore the concept’s emergence and varied reception across these domains and beyond.
It aimed to provide a platform to discuss the different epistemological and methodological frameworks within which knowledge of the Anthropocene is generated and the contested questions around its historical origins and social, political and philosophical importance. More information and video-recordings of the speakers are available on the workshop website.

The Organizing committee:

  • Rory Rowan (Political Geography)
  • Rogier de Jong (Remote Sensing/Earth System Science)
  • Mathis Kückens (Science and Sustainability Education)
  • Mathew Bukhi Mabele (Human Geography)

Reproducible research

tobias bolch at the workshop

In September 2016, a 2-day workshop took place, featuring external keynote speakers, short talks by GIUZ members, and hands-on sessions on reproducibility. The workshop brought together various groups across the Department to exchange ideas and best practices, taught participants skills like versioning and literate programming, and successfully raised awareness of the important and timely topic of reproduciblity in science. In the spirit of the workshop, all materials, including tutorials and slides from the keynotes and short talks, are publicly available on the workshop website.

The Organizing committee:

  • Pia Bereuter (GIScience)
  • Elise Acheson (GIScience)
  • Felix Morsdorf (Remote Sensing)
  • Manuela Brunner (Hydrology and Climate)
  • Annina Michel (Human Geography)