EuroSDR award 2017 for the best PhD thesis related to geoinformation science

30 March 2017

The research activities of the European Spatial Data Research (EuroSDR) network have developed over time through a collaboration of academia and national mapping agencies. In order to further strengthen the collaboration and to involve young scientists in its research, EuroSDR has established an Award to reward recent PhD theses that have significantly contributed to the development of Geoinformation science in the context of national mapping and cadastral agencies.

In order to be eligible, PhD theses should be defended in the period from January 2016 to July 2017. The PhD topic should be related to one or more of the research areas covered by the EuroSDR commissions (see

The award applications should consist of:

  • A cover letter containing the main contribution/impact of the thesis from the perspective of national mapping and cadastral agencies (up to 500 words)

  • A PDF copy of the thesis. In case the thesis is not in English, an extended abstract (about 2 A4 pages) in English is required and also the most important chapter of the thesis needs to be translated to English.

  • A certificate showing the PhD defence date

  • Reviews of the thesis (if available)

  • CV

The submitted application material will be evaluated by a six-member committee approved by the EuroSDR board of delegates.

All material must be sent to the EuroSDR secretariat ( to arrive no later than 1st August, 2017. Notification of the selected thesis will be sent on 20th September, 2017. The call is confined to applicants that completed their PhD study in Europe.

The author of the awarded PhD thesis will receive an award of 500 EUR and will be invited to present his/her work at the 131st EuroSDR board of delegates meeting to be held in Helsinki from 18th to 20th October 2017.

PhD award winners 2016