On Tuesday 5 October, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from Thailand paid a working visit to ITC. It was the third time that H.R.H. visited ITC. She was welcomed by Tom Veldkamp, rector/dean of the Faculty ITC, Kees van Ast, vice-chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Twente and Martien Molenaar, former rector of ITC.

A tailor-made programme was presented to H.R.H. comprising of the following lectures:

  • The increasing role of geo-information in agricultural studies (Kees de Bie)
  • Model integration and landscape dynamics (Tom Veldkamp)
  • Natural hazards and land degradation (Victor Jetten)
  • Use of global earth observation and in situ data for enhanced forecasting and decision making in water management (Chris Mannaerts).

At the end of the visit, Ed Brinksma, rector magnificus of the University of Twente, and Tom Veldkamp presented a gift to the Princess.