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45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.

The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 100 %)


for the externally funded project “Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies”. We are offering a fixed-term full-time position to be filled by 1 March 2024 and continuing until 31 August 2027.

The project “Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies” ( is a joint European master’s programme run by three university partners in Portugal, Spain and Germany. WWU is coordinating the programme. The advertised position will contribute towards the implementation of this programme. The candidate will join the situated computing lab at ifgi, which conducts research in areas such as location-based services, smart cities and human-computer interaction in the context of solving spatial problems. The position also provides opportunities to further your own academic development andoffers great freedom with regard to your own research, teaching and proposal writing.


More information and the complete job discription can be found here

One scholarship for a South- or Central-American student MSc in Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Science at ifgi April 2024 – March 2026


The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Münster, Germany, is one of the world-wide leading institutions in geospatial information science (GI Science) research. The MSc in Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Science will enable students to further develop their problem-solving skills, to acquire analytic capabilities, and to learn about  innovative and creative scientific research methods. ifgi also offers Master students the opportunity to get personally involved in cutting-edge research projects. The medium of instruction is English.

ifgi provides a four-semesters scholarship (April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2026) to one international student (nationality and residence in the 3 years before the application deadline in South- or Central-America). Applicants need to hold a Bachelor degree in Geoinformatics or a similar topic. As for course contents, requirements, and application procedures, please see


The ifgi scholarship includes

  • A monthly scholarship lump sum of 1.000 € per month (April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2026)
  • Coverage of semester fees for four semesters 
  • Travel costs to Germany, up to 1.800 € according to actual and documented costs
  • Pre-arrival and after-arrival support by ifgi


Applications are requested by November 30th, 2023

  • using the same application procedure as for regular non-EU students, see
  • BUT: Additionally, provide as "other document" a proof of residence of the last three years before the application deadline
  • If your nationality is from America AND you provided the proof of residence, we will automatically assume that you apply for the scholarship. If you do not provide an additional document "proof of residence of the last three years", we will automatically assume that you do NOT apply for the scholarship.


Study program coordinator: Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma,


Up to two PhD scholarships Graduate School for Geoinformatics Start April 1, 2024


The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Münster, Germany, is one of the world-leading institutions in geospatial information science (GI Science) research ( The Graduate School for Geoinformatics at ifgi this year offers up to three full PhD scholarships for open topics linked to one of the research groups (labs Pebesma, Kray, Schwering, Risse) at ifgi (applicants should specify the research group/professor that their topic is linked to).


The ifgi PhD scholarships include

  • A monthly scholarship lump sum of 2.000 € per month (three years, starting April 1, 2024)
  • Coverage of the semester fees for six semesters
  • Travel costs to Germany (in case of not living in Germany), up to 1.200 € according to actual and documented costs
  • Pre- and post-arrival support by ifgi.

Applications are requested by December 3, 2023, via email to the ifgi secretariat, Questions regarding the open topic can be sent to the corresponding group lead/professor.

Further information: 

ifgi family and friends summer party 2023 at the Wersehaus
© Angela Schwering

ifgi family and friends summer party 2023 at the Wersehaus

On April 30th it was about time for a get together in a nice atmosphere at the Wersehaus for the "ifgi family & friends" summer party. Current and former colleagues and ther families were invited to meet and exchange about the "good old times" or current events.

Geoinformatics project recognized for open data and innovation

Stifterverband awards "Open Data Impact Award" 2022 / First prize goes to the "OpenSenseMap" project

For the third time, the Stifterverband has awarded a prize to projects that strengthen the potential of open research data ("open data") for innovation and society. The first prize, endowed with 15,000 euros, goes to the "OpenSenseMap" project headed by Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering from the Institute of Geoinformatics at the Westphalian Wilhelms University (WWU) Münster. Together with her colleagues Dr. Thomas Bartoschek, Mario Pesch and Matthias Pfeil, she accepted the award at a ceremony in Berlin on November 7. "The award illustrates how important it is to make data available to the public in addition to researching one's own scientific questions. This enables others to follow up on the research results and, perhaps more importantly, to explore their own problems by re-using the data," explained Angela Schwering. The prize money will help the team in the future to check and improve the quality of the data through statistical analyses and systematic spatio-temporal correlations.

To the article (german)

Hackathon for all ifgi students #ifgiHACK22

After 2 years of digital or hybrid teaching, little exchange between students, teachers and staff, we would like to invite ALL students of ALL courses at the Institute of Geoinformatics to the first ifgiHACK! At the ifgiHACK you develop ideas and prototypes in teams on current local, global challenges and challenges regarding current research projects or your studies. We reserved the whole GEO I building so there is plenty of room for your ideas!

The best ideas and prototypes will be awarded! 

Further information: here

The European Union supports the Erasmus Mundus program with EUR 3.9 million

The EU commission has just confirmed the continuation of our MSc program in Geospatial Technologies as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. The European Union will therefore support 84 scholars within the next 5 ½ years with a total of EUR 3.9 million. This great achievement is not only the result of countless hours spent for preparing the extensive application, which finally succeeded over around 80 other highly competitive proposals, but also values the 15 years of experience we meanwhile have in offering this unique study program.
The MSc program in Geospatial Technologies is offered as a Joint Degree together with NOVA IMS (Portugal) and Universitat Jaume I - UJI in Castellón (Spain). The international character, however, does not only come from these three locations, but mainly from the broad range of countries the students come from. The more than 250 students who have attended the program so far came from over 50 different countries, such as Ethiopia, Brazil, USA, China, Colombia, East Timor or Jamaica.
If that sounds like an interesting experience to you, please feel free to have a closer look at the program's website: