HeKKsaGOn – GIScience takes part in the 5th Japanese-German University Presidents’ Conference

Melanie Eckle and Benjamin Herfort represented the GIScience Research Group at the 5th Japanese-German University Presidents’ Conference that was held on 29th and 30th of September in Karlsruhe. The German-Japanese University Consortium HeKKSaGOn was founded in July 2010 as an association of three German (Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Göttingen) and three Japanese (Kyoto, Sendai, Osaka) universities.

We presented our work related to the ongoing HeiKa project “CrowdFDA” during the session of Working Group IV “Disaster Risk and Response – Scientific and Technological Issues”. Furthermore, we gave an overview of the actitivity of the GIScience research group on crowdsourcing geographic information.The session was attendet by representatives of the Disaster Prevention Research Group (Kyoto University), the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (Tohoku University, Sendai) and the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (KIT).

We are looking forward to new research opportunities.