A.P. Pradeepkumar of Mahatma Gandhi University of India, spoke on the opportunities for internationalisation oE education in Latin America. He was followed to the podium by Prof Sandoval, Universidad Austral de Chile, who addressed vegetation and land-use change in his country. Further morning keynotes were given respectively by professors Schröder (Open Souree GIS), Rawiel (RFID for Real Time Location Systems) and Lehmkühler (Status of SDl). Presentations during AGSE2010 brought out the versatility of GIS techniques, covering topics like environmental protection and sustainable development, internet-based applications and open-source solutions, earth observation systems and spatial data infrastructures, and real-time locational applications.
GIS applications far tackling developmentaI problems, biodiversity monitoring and GIS for pollution control were also discussed.
All presentations were translated in real time into Spanish by an SUAS alumnus, Karina Guardado.
The afternoons gave an opportunity to catch up with the latest trends in GIS through participation in a series of half-day hands-on workshops, introducing Internet Mapping; ‚R‘ for spatial analysis; Open Source GIS, especially gvSIG, Process Management; Geostatistics; and OGC standards for disseminating geodata.
The conference ended in a colourfuI and joyous closing reception, along with good hopes that all would meet again at Nairobi for AGSE2011 to renew the spirit of internationalisation and scientific cooperation.
By Dr A. P. Pradeepkumar, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India, representative, STUTTGART Active AZurnn; Group (SAAG) and Prof F.-J. Behr, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany