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.
Have look at our programme at a glance for an overview of the full programme. Three themes will be highlighted during this week:
- Bio-diversity and Food Security (Tuesday, October 26th)
- Geo-Health (Wednesday, October 27th)
- Hazard Risk & Resilience (Thursday, October 28th)
The festive week reaches a peak on Friday 29 October at ITC with food, drinks and music (depending on the COVID-19 guidelines then in force). During that day there will be specials award ceremonies, (re) openings of ITC facilities and the finish of the Schermerhorn Race. This will also feature the finale to our competition "The past is now".
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-Security; Geo-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, we highlight innovative use of spatial data by the ITC family and we open our new Group Decision Room. 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.