ITC is an active member of a range of international, national and regional organisations and associations.
Global network involved in many international activities that are relevant for ITC. Menno Jan Kraak has been President (2015-2019); the MSc in Cartography that was set up in cooperation with the University of Munich came from the ICA network. The ICA Conference is an important instrument for publishing PhD and MSc research, and for the marketing of the DD program in Cartography.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global organization of the library and information profession and it is a strong advocate of open access for everybody. IFLA is very active in developing countries
On behalf of ITC, Marga Koelen is member of IFLA and she uses IFLA in the activities with our partner universities. IFLA also supports partners in developing countries and our own partners are also member (through ITC).
UN-recognized organization representing more than 120 countries in surveying and related subjects. ITC has long-standing ties with FIG. PGM is well represented in the FIG Congress and in annual events. Several people are active in commissions and working groups. ITC is co-host of the FIG Working Week in Amsterdam in 2020. Jaap Zevenbergen is secretary of the specially created Foundation, and Liza Groenendijk heads the program team within the local organizing committee.
ITC is a participating organization in GEO and aims to be active in the capacity development domain of GEO. Relevant GEO initiatives where memberships should also be considered are: GEOGLAM (Global Agricultural Monitoring), GEONETCast, GEOTAP, AfriGEOSS and GEO BON. ITC has delegated Joost Teuben to the GEO Secretariat in Geneva to support its capacity development activities
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) is a decade-long research program co-sponsored by the International Science Council (merged by International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). It is a global, multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms.
The complexity of the task is such that it requires the full integration of research expertise from the natural, socio-economic, health and engineering sciences as well as policy-making, coupled with an understanding of the role of communications, and public and political responses to reduce the risk.
IRDR addresses technological and health-related events when these are consequences of natural hazards.
The aim of the International Society of Geospatial Health is to maintain a network of collaborating health workers and earth scientists dedicated to development of global computer-based models that can be used for improved control programs for infectious diseases of medical and veterinary importance. Linked to the Society is:
- The Journal of Geospatial Health, an international peer-reviewed journal launched in 2005 that publishes research papers, short communications and reviews on application of the geospatial sciences to global health issues.
- A School of Geospatial Health that serves as a virtual campus offering GIS courses and courses tuned to spatial health issues
ITC joined the GnosisGIS society in 2015. Since then ITC has been represented in the annual GnosisGIS conferences where various PhD candidates and academic staff have presented their research work. Currently both Amer (since 2016) and Augustijn (2018) are members of the editorial board of the associated Journal of Geospatial Health. Since 2017 ITC (via Amer) is also represented in the elected Executive Committee (EC) of GnosisGIS
The objective of ISCC is to contribute to the implementation of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production and use of all kinds of biomass in global supply chains. ISCC is a leading certification system to this effect.
There is active collaboration with ISCC and GRAS, which are both spin-off organizations from Meo-Carbon. Internships were done in 2017 and 2-3 are in the planning.
ISDE is an international non-political, non-governmental and non-profit organization that promotes academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education and international collaboration towards digital earth. Yola Georgiadou was a member of the executive board of ISDE until two years ago. ISDE is publishing an influential manual of Digital Earth. Yola, Rania Kounadi and Rolf de By have a chapter in this manual on ethics (the Ethics of Where).
International network of GIS experts, planners and project managers in developing countries; forum for the exchange of knowledge about emerging research and practical experience with GIS applications. Richard Sliuzas is Chairman of GISDECO
The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. ITC is a sustaining member.
AARS, AARSE, AGILE, CSSTEAP, EARSEL, EIS Africa, RCMRD and RECTAS are regional members of ISPRS.
George Vosselman is Director for the Geospatial Week 2019 which was held on the UT campus; Alfred Stein is chairing the ISPRS workshop ISSDQ 2019; Francesco Nex is chairing the ISPRS Inter-commission WG I/II - UAS and Small Multi-sensor Platforms and chairs the UAV-g 2019 workshop. Michael Yang is co-chair of WG II/5 - Dynamic Scene Analysis. George Vosselman, Sander Oude Elberink, and Andrew Skidmore are member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee. George Vosselman is member of the Financial Committee.
SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, provides state-of-the-art, satellite-based Earth monitoring, imaging and mapping data, geospatial information, predictive models and science applications to help improve environmental decision-making among developing nations in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas, the lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia, and the Amazon region.
More than 500 commercial, governmental, non-profit and research organizations worldwide collaborate here on promotion of open standards, open source for geospatial content and services, processing and data sharing. Linked to 52 North and useful for research in all departments dealing with big data
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties.
The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. Near-diplomatic delegation of which ITC is part.
This is a UT membership as “NGO Observer”. This gives us the right to send people to UNFCCC meetings, submit side events during Conferences and organize meetings under the UNFCCC umbrella. Diana Reckien is working on a tenure track subject that is aligned with the UNFCCC objectives
The Bureau has established an Academic Network as a strategic knowledge, research and education arm to provide academic counsel and guidance concerning strategic knowledge, research, education and training and to serve as a strategic academic arm for UN-GGIM and its related organizations and affiliated members in achieving their visions and goals assist its activities and objectives
The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is the largest international network for ecosystem services and hosts an international community of scientists, policymakers, practitioners, stakeholders, and end-users of ecosystem services at local, national, regional and global scale. ESP is organized along thematic as well as geographic lines, and is home to Working Groups by Biomes (a.o. Rural Landscapes, Marine Systems, Urban Systems), Themes related to ES (Mapping, Modelling, Public Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, Governance and Policy Aspects) and Sectors / User Groups (Agricultural Production Systems, Water Management).
The Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS) is the organizer of a large regional Conference on remote sensing, where always a few ITC staff go, and where a lot of ITC alumni participate. It promotes remote sensing among its (29) member countries. Linked to ACRS and Asian Journal of Remote Sensing. BIG and GISTDA are members
The African Association of Remote Sensing for Environment (AARSE) is an organization that aims to increase awareness of remote sensing with governments, private sector and society at large. AARSE is member of GEO, GSDI, and linked to UN-ECA and CODI. Several ITC staff as well as alumni have plaid important roles in AARSE. AARSE organizes a two-yearly Conference that is attended by many ITC alumni. ITC staff regularly attends as well and many ITC alumni are active in AARSE
The Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) promotes academic teaching and research on GIS at the European level. ISPRS and OGC are associate members.
AGILE promotes research cooperation and forms a European network of GIS laboratories. It organizes an annual conference that is useful for staff and PhD students
The Copernicus Academy connects universities, research institutions, business schools, both private and non-profit organisations, in the Copernicus Participating Countries (EU28 + Norway & Iceland) and beyond.
UN-affiliated institution, hosted by the Indian Department of Space (IIRS). ITC has a role as an observer on the Governing Board (as do LAPAN and GISTDA). The seat is connected to the relationship with IIRS (which is chairing CCSTEAP).
European network in the field of development research and training. Status is unclear.
The EARMA mission is to support excellent research by supporting our members in their profession as Research Managers and Administrators. To achieve this we will support the recognition of the profession of research management in Europe by delivering accredited education programmes, continuing professional education opportunities and opportunities for networking and sharing in a common community of practise
Scientific network of European remote sensing institutes, both academic and commercial/industrial. There are a number of Special Interest Groups that are relevant for ITC. Freek van der Meer is Council member and Chris Hecker is active in the Thermal Remote Sensing Special Interest Group. Monika Kuffer is member of the EARSeL Council on behalf of the Netherlands
ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy
AardNed is a platform for organizations that are active in the field of earth sciences. It deals with the exchange and harmonization of information on education, research and facilities related to earth sciences in the The Netherlands. ITC is one of the founding members of the plat
Agri-ProFocus is an international network that promotes entrepreneurship among farmers and their organisations. The network is led from the Netherlands and has active hubs in 13 countries. It is home to networks, business brokering, innovation communities.
Very little has been done under the membership of APF. Current contacts are improving and becoming more active through alumni contacts. Main aim is to promote technology through alumni contacts.
ARMA-NL is the Dutch Association for professionals in European and (inter-) national externally financed research, innovation and education projects. ARMA supports the professionalization of its members by offering a platform for exchange of expertise, knowledge and experiences and to provide an overview of training opportunities and courses. ARMA-NL will also develop their own training programs.
The Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA) brings together a broad coalition of public and private Dutch knowledge players. The consortium’s members and partners recognize the need to take policy advice on how best to respond to multi-layered, multi-faceted effects of climate to a next, more integrated level.
The consortium aims to provide practical, demand-driven policy advice based on multisectoral, integrated knowledge and expertise on climate change adaptation. In so doing, CCCA aims to provide more effective approaches to the challenges that countries, regions, cities and business communities are facing because of rapid climate change.
The association Geo-Informatie Nederland (GIN) promotes the knowledge about geo-information and stimulates its application. GIN is both a meeting place and a knowledge network for all who call themselves geo-information practitioners. GIN is linked to ISPRS, ICA and FIG. It organizes an annual education fair that is relevant for spatial engineering.
The Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) aims to boost transformative approaches for sustainable food systems and healthy diets. The NFP is committed to be a leading instrument that supports the necessary acceleration on SDG2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is a network of Dutch organizations in the water sector. NWP facilitates the Dutch water sector to have an even greater impact internationally by organizing trade missions, matchmaking and promoting the water sector in general. ITC has been member of NWP since its inception and is one of the founding members. NWP issues a weekly bulletin that is actively followed by WRS staff.
The NCG is the platform in the Netherlands where discussion takes place to give direction to fundamental and strategic research in the field of geo-informatics and geodesy. NCG is doing strategic reconnaissance, scenario studies and trend analysis with respect to the technical and scientific developments in these fields, and it initiates research.
George Vosselman is Vice Chair of NCG, Members are: Menno-Jan Kraak, Tom Veldkamp, Yola Georgiadou, Jaap Zevenbergen, Gerard vd Steenhoven.
Yola Georgiadou and Jaap Zevenbergen are members of the Commission on Geo-Information Infrastructure; Menno-Jan Kraak chairs the Commission on Geo-visualization; Pieter de Roos (UT- CTW) is member of the Commission on land subsidence and sea-level change; George Vosselman chairs the Commission on spatial base data
The Platform for International Education promotes activities of the Dutch Institutes for post-secondary education in the field of institutional strengthening of education and research capacity in developing countries and countries in transition, through education, research and consultancy for students, staff and mid-career professionals. Tom Loran is financial officer in the Board of PIE.
Stichting Samenwerkingsverband Instituten van Internationaal Onderwijs en Landbouwuniversiteit
SAIL is an umbrella organization that represents international education institutes in the Netherlands. These institutes are all geared towards capacity building, education, research and advisory services with a focus on developing countries.
SAIL meets two times a year to exchange information and experiences. SAIL still has some clout in the Hague and is useful as a voice at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For more information, please see: www.sailinstitutes.nl
The SENSE Research School is a joint venture for integrated environmental and sustainability research and multidisciplinary PhD training. It is an umbrella organization of environmental research institutes (9 universities, 2 Institutes). ITC’s research evaluation is carried out by SENSE
The following organizations are registered as departmental memberships:
World Groundwater Organization. The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH/AIH) is a scientific and educational charitable organization for scientists, engineers, water managers and other professionals working in the fields of groundwater resource planning, management and protection. Founded in 1956, it has grown to a world-wide membership of more than 4000 individuals
International Union of Forestry Research Organizations is to promote global cooperation in forest-related research and to enhance the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees; as well as to disseminate scientific knowledge to stakeholders and decision-makers and to contribute to forest policy and on-the-ground forest management.
The International EcorisQ Association (ecorisQ) is a global network that is active in the field of natural hazard risks. Members of EcorisQ are mainly professionals working in the sectors of consultancy, policy-making, education and research. The main goal of EcorisQ is to promote sustainable protection against natural hazard risks by bringing together science and practice for the development and dissemination of transparent tools for natural hazard and risk analyses.
Eye on Earth addresses the crucial importance of environmental and societal information and networking to decision-making. It aims to convene thought and action leaders of the worldwide community, converge consensus on the key areas of mutual importance, and finally collaborate towards strengthening existing initiatives and filling the gaps into the future.
Eye on Earth builds networks and capacity across diverse knowledge communities to improve decision-making for sustainable development
IALE provides an infrastructure as a worldwide organization of landscape ecologists, which serves as a discussion platform and stimulates interaction across the disciplines. IALE will create an infrastructure to make it easy for landscape ecologists to contact each other and to know about current developments in landscape ecology around the world. To achieve its aims, IALE has an active executive committee, a Webpage and a Bulletin. IALE organizes a world congress every 4 years and regional conferences. IALE has many active chapters around the world and maintains several Working groups
IEMSS is a not-for-profit organization uniting private persons and organizations dealing with environmental modelling, software and related topics
N-AERUS is a pluri-disciplinary network of researchers and experts working on urban issues in developing countries. Its objective is to mobilise and develop the European institutional and individual research and training capacities on urban issues in the South with the support of institutions and individual researchers with relevant experience in this field. N-AERUS works in association with researchers and institutions in developing countries.
AESOP was established in Belgium as an international association with scientific, artistic and educational purpose. AeSOP is the only representative of planning schools in Europe.
ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges. Under ECA, there is a separate committee on development information, science and technology (CODIST)
EuroSDR is a not-for-profit organization linking National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies with Research Institutes and Universities in Europe for the purpose of applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery.
Collaborative research projects address the acquisition, management and delivery of spatial data and services while international workshops and courses, in collaboration with related organizations, address key issues in a timely and focused manner
The CERG is both a specialized research centre of the EUR-OPA Network and a non-governmental international association (defined on the basis of the French law 1901) with active and corresponding members. CERG aims to:
Development of multidisciplinary research in the field of geo-morphological and geo-hydrological hazards and dissemination of methodology and techniques through advanced training courses and guidebooks.
The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is the only intergovernmental programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building. Since its inception in 1975, IHP has evolved from an internationally coordinated hydrological research programme into an encompassing, holistic programme to facilitate education and capacity building, and enhance water resources management and governance. IHP facilitates an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to watershed and aquifer management, which incorporates the social dimension of water resources, and promotes and develops international research in hydrological and freshwater sciences.
The Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (Vereniging voor Statistiek en Operationele Research VVS+OR) is a learned society and a professional organization of approximately 800 members that unites those engaged in the fields of Statistics and Operations Research, from areas of application to fundamental research.