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ITC 70 Years

From Tuesday the 26th till Friday the 29th of October 2021 we celebrate our 70th anniversary with research seminars, invited speakers and a diverse range of activities. We invite our former and current staff, students, visitors and partners to celebrate and showcase ITC’s expertise built up over time. We aim to bring together our valuable ITC community, strengthening the family ties to our alumni and partners from all over the world. 

In 1950 ITC came into existence. We are now more than seventy years active in the field of geo-information and earth observation. Since then, a lot has changed as you can see on our 70 years ITC timeline. Not only has the way we research and educate changed, but also the tools and laboratory environments we have at our disposal evolved over the past seven decades. However, our core mission and ambition are just like seventy years ago: we strive for institutional strengthening. We teach and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and we translate data into information towards tackling global challenges. Our 70th birthday provides the chance for a festive moment to reflect on our past, present and future.

A celebratory week at the end of October 

A combination of on-site and online sessions!

The chance to meet people and make new contacts has been one of the most valued features at ITC. Taking the latest developments into account, the current prospects for organising a live event look encouraging. For our ‘70 years ITC’ celebration, we are therefore aiming to organise hybrid events.

An exciting mix of live and online sessions has been planned. Keynote sessions will be live and are available to watch online. Focus sessions for the various themes will be held in the Auditorium at the Faculty ITC. 

*Please note: The number of places available at the Auditorium at ITC has been restricted in response to developments with regard to Covid-19. A limited number of tickets will be available for these live sessions. If you want to be physically present at certain parts of the programme, you have to register. If more people wish to attend physically than possible, we will make a random selection. You will then receive a confirmation, which is your ticket to the physical event.

Have look at our programme at a glance for an overview of the full programme. Three themes will be highlighted during this week: 

The festive week will end on Friday 29 October. During that day there will be, among other things, specials award ceremonies, (re) openings of ITC facilities and the finish of the Schermerhorn Race

A limited number of seats will be available for the live sessions.

Reflecting on the past, the present and the future

Our 70th birthday provides the chance for a festive moment to reflect on our past, present and future. We like to celebrate together with our staff and students and showcase ITC’s expertise built up over time. We hope to bring together our valuable ITC community, especially our alumni and partners from all over the world.

"ITC is celebrating its 70th birthday. That's an impressive achievement reflecting our staffs adaptability to change", says research coordinator Jelle Ferwerda. "The former institute has over the last decade become part of the University of Twente, bringing with it advantages and challenges. Together we have designed a new 10 years strategy in which we aim to make challenges our advantage. We direct our attention to three societal themes and the challenges they pose. Jointly, these can be framed in a single question: How can we contribute to the development of a fair, sustainable and digital society between now and 2030?"

In line with this, we celebrate 70 years of ITC with three main themes: Bio-Diversity & Food-SecurityGeo-Health and Hazard, Risk & Resilience. Three of the focus areas of ITC for the near future. After sharing and discussing these themes, the last day of our dies natalis week will focus on celebrations: we celebrate the award for the best paper written by our PhD candidates over the last year and we celebrate the grand opening of the DISC (formerly known as the GDR). In true ITC style, we close the week with the finish of a sport-rally across the Netherlands, starting from our foundation in Delft, to our accommodation in Enschede where we will toast to our birthday.

Food security and biodiversity

We focus on the management, productivity and sustainability of current and alternative agricultural land use systems. Join us on Tuesday 26 October to learn more. 

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Health and disease are complex and understanding the drivers behind their patterns requires a dynamic approach. Geospatial technologies and GiScience play a vital role in visualising where and when diseases occur in space and time, providing context understanding. Join us on Wednesday 27 October to learn more. 

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Hazard, Risk, and Resilience

We are experts in integrating hazard assessment and disaster risk management into strategic planning and sustainable development. This is closely related to research in areas including flood prediction, groundwater recharge, drought monitoring and prediction, water quality monitoring, and climate studies. Join us on Thursday 28 October to learn more. 

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