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Student Fair, Buenos Aires
© ifgi

Student Fairs in Brazil and Argentina

The Brazil Center of the University of Münster and the Institute for Geoinformatics were organizing a booth at two fairs in Latin-America for students who are interested in studying in Europe: 

Study in Europe Student Fair Brazil, São Paulo, October 28, 2023 and
Study in Europe Student Fair Argentina, Buenos Aires, October 30, 2023

Amongst other, they presented the new ifgi calls for scholarship applications of the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Geospatial Technologies, the MSc in Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Science, and the Graduate School for Geoinformatics. Both fairs were crowded with interested potential students. So were are looking forward to more applications from Latin-America.

PhD scholarship on Architectural Cognition and Computation

Despite decades of research, psychological theories on how people perceive and use space are rarely utilized in building design. Many psychological theories do not generalize beyond laboratory experiments and are incapable of making realistic predictions for practical design problems.

To bridge this gap, we are recruiting a PhD candidate to work on bringing psychological concepts into architectural software in the form of computational functions predicting, for example: 

  • where occupants might get lost or confused, 
  • whether a specific room will feel more spacious compared to another one, 
  • which wayfinding signs will attract more attention.

This is an interdisciplinary problem at the overlap of geoinformatics (spatial computing), spatial cognition (psychology), and architecture. An ideal candidate will have an MA or MSc degree (or be close to finishing) in one of the above disciplines and experience with one or more of the following techniques:

  • Empirical user studies
  • Virtual Reality
  • Mobile eye-tracking
  • Spatial computation (e.g., trajectory analysis) 
  • Space syntax / isovist theory / other formal methods for analysing building layouts
  • Algorithmic generation of building layouts

The scholarship is 2000 euro / month for 36 months (with an initial contract for 14 months, subject to extension after a positive evaluation in month 12).

Muenster is a cycling-oriented, green, mid-sized city with vibrant student scene and very high quality of life. Our English-speaking Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster is home to 5 research labs, highly international mix of students and employees, and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Intercontinental Dusseldorf airport is reachable with a direct train in 90 min.

If you're interested, please submit:

  • your CV (without picture)
  • cover letter,
  • max. 2-page-long summary of your interest in this research topic
  • degree certificates (Bachelor, Master, or other), including certified transcripts of grades
  • proof of English language proficiency (if available) 

as a single pdf to

If applicable, please highlight concrete examples of your experience with the above-mentioned technique(s).

For questions contact Jun.-Prof. Jakub Krukar:

Submission deadline is December 3rd.
Starting date is flexible but April 1st the latest.

All documents must be provided in either German or English languages, along with certified translations of all official documents. For the E-Mail submission only digital versions are required. Selected candidates will be invited for an online or in-person interview. 

Job Advertisement

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.

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