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  • 07 Apr 2017 2:55 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    Dear colleagues,


    The 3D geoinformation group ( at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is currently offering a PhD position about the automatic generation of semantic 3D city models from 3D textured meshes.

    The PhD position is funded by the Dutch company CycloMedia ( and by an EU research project ( involving several companies. 

    The PhD student is expected to collaborate with the staff at CycloMedia and other partners of the project.

    For more details about the position, and how to apply (deadline 15 May):

  • 30 Mar 2017 9:05 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    Applications from suitably qualified female and male candidates are invited for the position of the next Secretariat Director for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 15 May 2017

    Find the full vacancy notice here

  • 26 Mar 2017 9:32 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)


    The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, and Africa (GMES & Africa), is an African Union-European Union joint initiative launched in November 2016 in the Congolese capital, Brazaville. The programm is designed to address the growing needs of African countries to access and use Earth Observation (EO) data for the implementation of sustainable development policies on the continent through the integration and deployment of African requirements and needs in Copernicus Services. This will, in the long run, enable the two continents to jointly solve and address global challenges and contribute to the attainment of their overaching development goals, including the AU Agenda 2063 and the Africa Space Policy and Strategy.

    A key component of the implementation of GMES & Africa is visibility and awareness raising, as well as the creation of an effective brand that will enable and drive the programme’s outreach and advocacy.

    The African Union Commission hereby launches a logo competition for GMES and Africa. The Call for entries is for African youth on the continent and in the diaspora to submit original artwork and concepts to the Science and Technology Division, under the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology. Designs may come in any format, whether they are hand-drawn illustrations or well-polished graphic files.

    The winning design by an African youth will receive a US$1000 prize and letter of recognition by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.


    We are looking for a logo that captures the essence of Earth Observation, in the context of sustainable development in Africa. 

    Entries will be judged for the style, creativity and impact of a design that can be used easily on related materials. We are looking for conceptual relish and knack, of the submitted logo.

    • Presentation and format characteristics: Logo should be designed on A4 or A3 white paper/fabric. The logo should be simple to reproduce
    • Explanation: The Logo must be expressive and easy to understand and interpret;
    • Jury: A broad-based jury of experts will be constituted to assess the entries and identify a winner
    • Announcement of Winner: The winner will be announced on …, 2017, through the AUC Website and other media channels



    • For quality and adaptability reasons, kindly submit your entry in encapsulated post script.
    • Design entries should include your full name, your age, your nationality (Proof of identity such as a copy of your national ID or passport will be required).
    • Please include a short description in no more than 250 words of how the design represents the subject.
    • Email entries to:


    The competition is open for a period of 30 days (7 March to 6 April 2017). 

    Only African youth on the continent and in the diaspora, between ages 18 and 35 are eligible to submit entries. Females are strongly encouraged to apply. The winner must surrender all rights to the design to the African Union Commission, who will be the sole owner of rights to the design.

  • 25 Mar 2017 11:58 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    The School of International Education of Wuhan University is a specialized school in charge of the enrollment, admission, administrative affairs of the international students, and is also the school of Wuhan University qualified for independent enrollment of Chinese Government Scholarship/ "Study in Wuda" Scholarship of Graduate Program. 

    In order to attract more outstanding students from renowned universities globally, while being supported by Chinese Government and approved by Chinese Scholarship Council, our university would provide full scholarships to excellent students from all over the world for Master’s and Doctoral Programs. 

    Supporting Categories, Duration and Instruction Language

    1. This scholarship only supports master’s students for no more than 3 years or doctoral students for no more than 4 years.

    2. Duration of the scholarship, which covers both major study and Chinese language/preparatory study, as specified in the Admission        Letter, cannot be extended in general.

    3. Scholarship students can register for either Chinese-taught program or English-taught program if applicable. can help you find your interested program and information. 

    Eligibility of applicants

    1. Full time Master and Doctoral Program applicants of non-Chinese nationality and in good health; 

    2. Applicants who apply for a master degree should be under 35 years old and have a bachelor's degree; 

    3. Applicants who apply for a doctoral degree should be under 40 years old and have a master's degree; 

    4. This program generally does not support registered students who are studying in China. 

    Applicants who have already completed degree study in China should graduate for more than 1 year. 

    Scholarship coverage and criteria


    1. Tuition waiver; 

    2. Accommodation; 

    3. Living allowance: (PHD 3500RMB/per month, Master 3000RMB/per month); 

    4. Medical insurance.

     More details could be found at 

    Procedure of application


    1. Register and submit your online application at the CSC Online Application System for International Students at Wuhan University code is 10486. Download and print a hard copy of the completed “Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship”. 

    2. Register and submit your online application at Wuhan University Online Application System for International Students at, submit online the completed “Application Form for International Scholars and Students of Wuhan University” and other application documents required as follows, download and print a hard copy of the completed application form. 

    3. Send 2 sets of the necessary documents as below to Wuhan University by DHL or EMS.

    The application documents should be bound according to the following order.

    Application documents (all in duplicate) 

    1. Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship(written in Chinese or English), the form should be signed. 

    2. Application Form for International Scholars and Students of Wuhan University(written in Chinese or English), the form should be signed. 3. Notarized highest diploma(degree certificate) and transcripts: to be issued directly by the educational administration office of the school/university, with an official stamp. Prospective diploma recipients must submit official document issued by your current school to prove your current student status, expected degree certificate and graduation date. 

    Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized Chinese or English translations. (Bachelor’s Degree diploma is required for master programs and Master’s Degree diploma is required for doctoral programs);

     4. Study Plan, 800 words or above, written in Chinese or in English; 

    5. Two Recommendation Letters from either professors or associate professors, in Chinese or English; 

    6. Scanned copy of valid passport; 

    7. Foreigner Physical Examination Form(photocopy),filled in English or Chinese .The Physical examinations must cover all the items listed in the Foreigner Physical Examination Form. Incomplete forms or forms without the signature of the attending physician, or the official stamp of the hospital, or a sealed photograph of the applicant are considered as invalid. Please carefully plan your physical examination schedule as the result is valid for only 6 months. Please keep the original copy of the Form for the school registration. 

    8. Valid HSK certificate( if available), as for Non-native English applicants, valid English level certificate is required if applying for English taught program (e. g TOEFL or IELTS). 

    9. Acceptance Letter from the professor of Wuhan University(if available).

     Please note

    1. All documents should be submitted in two hard copies by DHL or EMS (The diploma and transcripts should be original or notarized ones). 

    2. Each set of documents should be bound in above-mentioned order, the un-completed application documents or wrong university code information will not be accepted. 

    3. Whether accepted or not, the documents will never give back. Application date: From February 10 to March 31 The qualified Applicants will be informed of the evaluation result around the beginning of May, and the final result of scholarship winners will be informed in the middle of June. 

    The official admission document will be delivered from late June. Others: 

    1. scholarship will not be reserved if the scholarship recipient cannot register before the registration deadline. 

    2. Scholarship students must take an annual evaluation; 

    3.Scholarship students shall not change their host university, field of study, or duration of study unless they give up the grant.

    Contact information:

    Post Address: Ms. Yuan Quan, 1101 Office, Admission office of School of International Education, Wuhan University, Hubei Province, P. R. China Post code: 430072 

    Tel: 0086-27-68753912

    Fax: 0086-27-87863154 


    Website for application step 1/scholarship information: 

    Website for application step 2/program information:

  • 25 Mar 2017 7:32 AM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    The GeoInformatics Summer School offers motivated university

    students and graduates an international and strongly academic

    summer session where outstanding lecturers and young talents

    meet to explore new ideas.

    GeoInformatics Summer School 2017

    will be organized on May 28-June 9 with courses covering

    fundamental concepts, methodologies, and technologies in

    Advanced Topics on Remote Sensing, 3D Modeling and

    Ubiquitous Positioning.

    There will be no study fees. Local accommodation and meals subsidy will be provided. Overseas students can apply for the travel grant with a limitation of 2000RMB.


    Important Dates 

    Registration Deadline: April 20, 2017 

    Registration Confirmation: April 30, 2017

    Camp Date: May 28-June 9, 2017 


    • State Key Lab of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (Wuhan University) 
    • Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology
    • Wuhan University-TU Delft Joint Research Centre on Spatial Information 
    • Joint International Research Laboratory of Geospatial Information Science, MOE
    • ISPRS Technical Commission WG V/4


    Ms. GUAN, Lin 

    Tel: +86-27-68778525 


    Postal: LIESMARS, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, P.R. China, 430079

    Our Web 

    For detailed information, please refer to:

  • 07 Feb 2017 10:35 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    Helicampro, a small medium enterprise based in Bergamo-Italy

    (, which designs, manufactures and operates remotely piloted airplane systems with a maximum take-off weight of almost 25 kilos, out of which 12 kilos of payload, is going to apply to the following H2020 call for proposals in order to study new possible applications for agriculture monitoring:



    They  are already working with an important Research Center from South Africa and  are looking for new partners to involve in the Consortium. Interested parties can contact Roberto Foraboschi at


  • 06 Apr 2016 5:05 PM | AARSE Admin (Administrator)

    English: Click here for more information (PDF)  
    Francais: Cliquez ici pour plus d'informations (PDF)

    The African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) invites expression of interest from national institutional members and/or other organizations/agencies in Africa for the hosting/organization of the 12th Conference of the Association in 2018. Bids can also be received for the 13th edition (2020) and the 14th edition (2022). The conference is usually held in the month of October (of every even-number year).

    L'Association africaine de télédétection de l'environnement (AARSE) lance un appel d’intérêt de la part de membres institutionnels nationaux et/ou de la part organisations/agences en Afrique pour l'organisation de la 12e Conférence de l'Association en 2018. Les offres peuvent également être reçues pour la 13ème édition en 2020 et la 14ème édition en 2022. La conférence se tient habituellement pendant le mois d’Octobre de l’année en question.

  • 13 Mar 2016 7:54 PM | Anonymous

    Geo-spatial Information is a rapidly growing field in science and industry worldwide. Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems not only deliver accurate positioning but are used to acquire, manipulate, and store Geo-spatial data for solving pressing real‐world problems and complex issues concerning climate, water cycles, urban planning, and public health.

    The International Academy of Geo-spatial Information Science, Wuhan University (IAG‐WHU) is an independent school for international students at Wuhan University. Wuhan University enjoys a worldwide reputation in this area and has made many contributions to the domestic and international development of the Geo-spatial field. IAG‐WHU provides qualified applicants with masters and doctoral education in Geo-spatial Information Science conferring internationally recognized degrees.

    The Master program offers students high quality courses and training in the various domains of Geo-spatial information technologies useful for their future professional lives in terms of lifelong learning and potentially as preparation for doctoral studies. The MSc program includes the following specializations:

    • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
    • Geodesy and Survey Engineering
    • Cartography and Geographic Information Engineering

    The Doctoral program serves as a preparation to scientific work in the area of Geo-spatial information technology. It provides a theoretical and technical training integrated with real world projects and equips graduates with skills to be international scholars, as well as professional engineers in government or NGOs. The program includes three major areas: Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Geodesy and Survey Engineering and Cartography and Geographic Information Engineering. Within those domains a wide range of faculty interests are represented, such as disaster management, urban planning and management, accurate positioning and space navigation, Geo-spatial information service, cultural heritage preservation, water resource studies, atmospheric monitoring. Ph.D students are expected to have a background in Mathematics or Computer Science or Geo-spatial Information, and we welcome those who have had professional experience and wish to return to deepen their education.

    Wuhan University, located by the beautiful Luojia Mountain in the historic city of Wuhan, is a key national university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China. Its history can be traced back to Ziqiang Institute, founded in 1893 by Zhang Zhidong, then governor of Hubei Province and Hunan Province in the late Qing Dynasty. Wuhan University is a comprehensive institution covering a wide range of disciplines, and is one of the most prestigious universities in China. Wuhan University has earned a world‐wide reputation. In recent years, it has expanded international exchanges and cooperation, establishing cooperative relationships with more than 370 universities and research institutes in over 44 countries and regions.

    Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China, lies at the east of Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of Yangtze and Han River. It’s the crossroads of nine provinces and known as the Chicago of the East. Wuhan has a long history, and rich culture traditions, and was the original seat of the Chu and Zhou dynasty about two thousand years ago. Today, Wuhan has a population of approximately 10,338,000 people (2014). It is one of China’s most important hubs for communications, water, and rail transportation and an important scientific research, education, and high‐tech industry base.

    For further information please visit our website:

    • MSc Program:‐4986.html
    • Doctoral Program:‐4992.html
    • Wuhan University:
    • IAG‐WHU:

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

  • 13 Mar 2016 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    Le secteur privé africain impliqué dans la télédétection et les technologies de géo information s'est considérablement agrandi au cours des 20 dernières années. Cependant il n'existe pas d'étude pour comprendre la façon dont opèrent ces entreprises et les défis qu'elles doivent relever. Il est donc difficile d'évaluer leur expertise et l'état du secteur. Pourtant, dans le contexte de la coopération spatiale entre l'Europe (UE) et l’Afrique (AU), le 4e sommet Afrique-UE a approuvé la mise en œuvre de l’initiative GMES-Afrique en 2014. Lors de la 6e réunion de la Troïka UE-Afrique, la feuille de route GMES-Afrique a été adoptée et il a été convenu de réunir les parties prenantes pour mettre en œuvre le processus dans plusieurs domaines thématiques de première importance sous l’égide du Programme Panafricain.

    Le communiqué final appelle à appliquer les méthodes développées dans le programme européen d’observation de la terre, Copernicus (infrastructures satellitaires et services d’information) pour la mise en œuvre de GMES-Afrique, notamment l’adoption d’une politique d’accès libre et gratuit aux données, la priorité aux services opérationnels et l’implication du secteur privé dans le développement de ces services.

    Afin que l’Afrique puisse bénéficier pleinement de la coopération avec l’Union Européenne dans le cadre de l’initiative GMES-Afrique et d’autres programmes, AARSE considère que l’implication dès l’origine du secteur privé opérant dans l’observation de la terre et la géo-information est essentielle. Par exemple, l’appel à expression d'intérêt  récemment publié par l’Union africaine pour le développement d’un cadre conceptuel pour l’initiative GMES-Afrique invite expressément le secteur privé africain à participer à des consortia (plus d’information : AARSE, en coopération avec l’Association européenne des entreprises de télédétection (EARSC), association sans but lucratif représentant les intérêts de l’industrie européenne de l'observation de la terre, lance un inventaire de l’industrie de l’observation de la terre et de la géo-information en Afrique. L’enquête est soutenue par la Commission Européenne.

    Notre étude cible toutes les entreprises enregistrées dans un pays africain engagées dans la fourniture de produits et de services géo spatiaux utilisant des données d’observation de la terre. Il peut s’agir d’opérateurs de satellites, de fournisseurs de services de télédétection, ou de départements d’entreprises actives dans d’autres domaines tels que le secteur des hydrocarbures, utilisation du territoire, de l’évaluation de l’environnement etc. Peu importe la quantité de données utilisées l’important est que des données satellitaires sont utilisées– même dérivées ou prétraitées – dans l’entreprise. Notre questionnaire se concentre sur un nombre limité de questions pour développer une meilleure compréhension du secteur, mettant l'accent sur l'analyse du marché, la stratégie des entreprises, et les intérêts des entreprises dans le développement du secteur et dans la coopération régionale ou internationale.

    Nous voudrions toucher le plus d'entreprises africaines possible et c'est avec intérêt que nous lirons vos réponses. Nous avons sollicité l'appui de plusieurs entreprises en Afrique mais nous sommes certains qu’ils y sont nombreux d’autres pas encore connues de nous. Nous remuons ciel et terre tant que ceux que nous ne sommes pas conscients, se présentent pour participer dans cet effort continental. Nous avons déjà envoyé des invitations á plus de 150 entreprises enregistrées en Afrique de participer à notre enquête. Nous appelons à toutes les entreprises de l’observation de la terre et de la géo-information pas encore contactées, de nous envoyer immédiatement le nom de leur organisation, point de contact et adresse email si intéressées à participer.

    Veuillez- vous diriger aux adresses suivantes:

    Tsehaie Woldai: ( 
    Elisabeth Zeil-Fahlbusch: (

  • 13 Mar 2016 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    The African private sector involved in remote sensing (RS) and geospatial technologies to address scientific, practical and policy aspects has immensely grown over the past 20 years. However, there is no comprehensive information to fully understand how companies operate and what challenges they face. It is therefore difficult to harness their expertise and to assess state and health of the sector.

    Yet, in the context of the Europe (EU)-Africa cooperation in Space, the 4th Africa-EU Summit has approved the implementation of GMES & Africa in 2014. At the 6th EU-Africa Space Troika meeting the GMES & Africa Road Map was adopted and it was agreed to convene stakeholders for launching the implementation process in several crucial thematic areas under the Pan African Programme. In particular, the final communiqué calls upon the application of approaches developed in the European EO Programme, Copernicus (space infrastructure and information services), for the implementation of GMES & Africa, notably by adopting a free and open data policy, by focusing on operational services and by involving the private sector in the services development.


    If Africa is to truly benefit from the EU-Africa cooperation on GMES & Africa and other programmes, AARSE believes that it is essential that the African private sector operating in the EO and geospatial fields is part of the programme right from the beginning. The recent tender issued by the AU for GMES & Africa Call for Concept Note, for example, explicitly invites the private sector in Africa to participate in bidding consortia (more in:


    AARSE, in cooperation with the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, EARSC, a non-profit organization representing the European Earth Observation (EO) Services Industry, are embarking on an inventory of the African private EO and Geospatial industry. Our survey targets all companies registered in Africa which are engaged in business related to the supply of geospatial products and services concerning or using EO data. These may be satellite operators, EO service providers or internal service departments inside companies engaged in different business e.g., oil & gas, land use, environmental assessment, etc.

    The amount of data used is not important. It is sufficient that some satellite data are used- even in a derived/ processed form somewhere in the business.  Our questionnaire will direct a limited number of questions to African companies to develop an understanding of the sector, gain insight into business focus and market, and explore interests of companies in developing the sector and on regional/ international cooperation.


    We would like to capture as many African companies as possible and look forward to the kind participation of your company in our survey. So far we have enlisted several companies registered in Africa and we are certain there are many more not known to us.  We leave no stone unturned however, until those whom we are not aware off, come forward to participate in this continental effort.


    We have already sent invitations to more than 150 companies registered in Africa to participate in our survey. We call upon all African private EO and Geospatial companies not contacted so far, to immediately send us the name of their organization, contact person and email if interested to participate.


    Tsehaie Woldai: (

    Elisabeth Zeil-Fahlbusch: (
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