The Institute of Geography at Friedrich Schiller University Jena will again participate in this year’s international GIS Day with a virtual networking event for researchers, students, and stakeholders from government and business. This year’s focus is GIScience for Health and Sustainability.

Date: 17.11.2022 13:30-16:30
Place: Zoom (access data after registration )

The event is one of the activities of the Virtual Institute “Sustainable Cities and Communities” of the EC2U University Alliance, and lectures will be given by geographers from the Universities of Coimbra and Turku, among others.

In addition to presentations on the application of GIS/geospatial data in research, contributions from students in the Master’s program in geoinformatics will be presented.


  • 13:30 Welcome by Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning, Department of Geography, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 13:45 Evidence of social deprivation on the spatial patterns of excess winter mortality by Dr. Ricardo Almendra, Department of Geography, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • 14:15 Residential greenness and risks of depression: A geospatial data-driven prospective cohort study in Finland by Dr. Carlos Gonzales-Inca, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Turku, Finland
  • 14:45 Contributions by students from the Master’s program in geoinformatics:
  • Impact of dry periods/droughts on groundwater levels – a case study in Thuringia (Tim Grünemay, Felix Fest; Supervisors: Dr. Sven Kralisch, Thüringer Landesamt für Umwelt, Bergbau und Naturschutz;
    Dr. Annika Künne, Department of Geography, Friedrich Schiller University Jena) —
  • Modeling of the heat load on inner-city open spaces (Wiebke Breternitz, Fabian Schreiter; Supervisor: Christian Pfeifer, Thüringer Institut für Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz (ThINK)) —
  • 15:15 More days with increased societal response to heat than days with heat warnings in Europe by Ekaterina Bogdanovich, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena
  • 15:45 Opportunity for exchange between speakers and participants

GIS (Geographic Information System) is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data for making better decisions. On the International GIS Day, people can learn about geography and real-world applications of GIS that make a difference in society, and get an inspiration to discover and use GIS.