AGSE - Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment- was initiated in 2009 by Prof. Franz-Josef Behr. Taking place on a yearly basis, the conference is being hold in different places all over the world. The overall scope of this conferences is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the science and application of Geoinformatics with focus on developing countries. Besides invited keynotes the conference invites presentations to a variety of topics. There will as well professional training and workshops about current topics in the fields of Geoinformatics and Photogrammetry.

AGSE 2017

Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geoinformation related sciences such as remote sensing, GIS and Photogrammetry play a Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geoinformatics related sciences such as Remote sensing, GIS and Photogrammetry play a significant role in both data providing and management of disasters and hazards in nature. Rapid population growth and urbanization expansion combined with extreme climatic events are causing a rapid increase in vulnerability of peoples exposed to hazardous events. Natural disasters impose severe damage on almost the entire spectrum of social and natural habitats, ranging from housing and shelter, water, food, health, sanitation, and waste management to information and communication networks, the supply of power and energy, and transportation infrastructure.

In order to contribute to this goal, our 8th AGSE conference/winter school will focus on "Crisis and Disaster Man-agement", i.e., the contribution of Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing, and Planning to preparation, response, recov-ery, and mitigation of disasters.

Date and Venue

April 29 - May 04, 2017 at Kish International Campus, Tehran University.


Prof. Dr. Hossein Arefi University of Tehran, Tehrān, Iran hossein.arefi@ut.ac.ir



Here an overview of potential themes, scope, and focus:

  • Collaborative Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management
  • Information Technology for Development
  • Geosensor networks
  • Flood Risk Modeling and Mapping
  • Building Resilience against Disasters
  • GIS Support to each of the four phases of the disaster cycle
  • Understanding and Enhancing Resilience
  • Emerging Technology and Capability Needs
  • Software-neutral best practices
  • GIS for Disaster Management Research Agenda
  • E-Learning to support Disaster Management
  • Psycho-Social Implications of Disaster Management and Volunteeering
  • Contribution of Remote Sensing Approaches
  • Contribution of Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Alerting people
  • Spatial data requirements in disaster risk management
  • Application of GIS and RS to hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Assessing spatial data availability and understanding its importance in disaster risk management
  • Application of advanced RS-based techniques to monitor disasters and assess damages
  • Design and construction of GIS-based projects for the analysis and management of various natural disasters
  • Earth observation in general
  • Techniques in hazard assessment
  • Overview of GIS applications in natural disaster managements
  • Mapping natural and man-made disasters
  • Monitoring and tracking displaced population
  • Early-warning indicators for humanitarian crisis
  • Crowd mapping, humanitarian VGI
  • UAVs and mobile devices
  • Crisis monitoring (water supplies, infrastructure, natural resources)
  • Assessment of mid- to long-term effects of humanitarian crises
  • New Earth Observation data and their potential, including Copernicus Sentinels
  • Links to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS)


Kish International Campus was established in 2007 in order to facilitate the enrolment of foreign students. Graduates of the UT Kish Campus have the linguistic and professional abilities to function effectively in an international environment; the technical skills to operate in an increasingly complex technical world; the intellectual capacity and flexibility to adapt to constant changes and the leadership potentials to make the fullest possible contribution to the development of the community for the good of its people. In harmony with this mission, the University will select Iranian and international students who can succeed in harnessing diverse and modern academic and research capabilities. Through the development of strong scientific links with local and foreign educational and research institutions, the Campus continues to uphold the highest quality in both research and education. Efforts have been made for the Campus to remain at the cutting edge of science in different fields and to adjust its strategies to meet the market demands. The location of the Campus is the beautiful coral island of Kish, the Pearl of the Persian Gulf, with all its tourist and business attractions.

Flight to Kish

The Island of Kish can be reached via Dubai or Tehran.

For the domestic flight to Kish contact this travel agency:

Ms Zohreh Taher
Angerlweg 9A, 85748 Garching near Munich
Email: info@rah-nima.de

Tel.: +49 (89) 32 29 82 77
Fax: +49 (89) 32 20 92 47

Today (March 12 2017) we were informed that the flight schedule can change in the new Iranian year.

Iranian years starts with Spring, on March 21. Kish Air announced that the flight programs can change in the new year. The new time table is expected in about a week.

We will keep an eye on it and inform you as soon as there is any information.


The overall scope of this conferences is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the science and application of Geoinformatics with focus on developing countries.


AGSE conferences provide a strong basis for collaboration between alumni, researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in the geospatial and the free and open source fields.

Conferences and Workshops

Plenary presentations, workshops, fruitful discussions, and the opportunities to meet friends, and to make new acquaintances

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Hossein Arefi, Franz-Josef Behr, Fatemeh Alidoost (Editors): Geoinformation supporting Crisis and Disaster Management

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F.-J. Behr: Continuing Geospatial Education Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment

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Thank you for practising the knowledge aquired through you in the real world.

AGSE 2017

Thank you very much for the organization of AGSE2017.

Thank you very much for the organization of AGSE2017. Rafael Ricardo Bastidas Mendez

The AGSE has imparted positively on the location based needs of developing nations and has sharpened skills of participating developed nations.

Meeting the needs of developing nations Patrick Adda, Ghana

Thank you very much for such an important opportunity.

Thank you! K. G., El Salvador

Creo que la computacion en el Peru y en particular en Arequipa ha iniciado un camino de transformacion positiva que ya no tiene retorno. Realmente es un esfuerzo muy loable.

Transformacion positiva E. C.-V., Peru

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of the AGSE 2012 conference. It was a very fruitful and meaningful experience.

Fruitful and meaningful Y. G., Philippines

The conference was an enlightening and fruitful experience for me. Interacting and listening to GIS practitioners from different countries has broadened my views on global trends and applications of Geomatics technology. The knowledge that I have gained has truly encouraged me to further improve my utilization of this tool in future researches and projects.

Enlightening and fruitful Mary Ann Pandan

The master course of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics gave us the theory and practice by professors, but in AGSE 2012, we received knowledge and experience from real life projects executed by alumni. Additionally, AGSE gives us the opportunity to be part of a net of professional around the world able and willing to cooperate from each other.

Knowledge and experience from real life projects Jose L. Gutierrez Ossio

Thank you for organising such a wonderful AGSE 2009 and giving us a chance to revisit our memory lane. I enjoyed the same and extend my sincere gratitude and hope that this would be a regular event in the near future.

Wonderful AGSE 2009 S. S. Y., India

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Hints concerning funding for German Scientists

Members of German Universities (Fachhochschule und Universitäten) should analyze the "Kongress- und Vortragsreisenprogramm" of DAAD. Applications have to be submitted 4 months before the congress starts!