The winner of the 2018 Geo Prestige Award Jury Prize is Victor Jetten, as announced by the geo-information trade association Geo-Informatie Nederland (GIN) on Monday night during the annual GIN Gala in Den Bosch. Besides the Jury Prize, a Geo Prestige Award Public Choice Prize was also up for grabs. It was awarded to Roelof Boekhold from ProRail.
On the map
The expert jury named Victor Jetten (professor in the faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente) as the winner of the Geo Prestige Award Jury Prize. Koos Krijnders says on behalf of the jury: “The geo-information subject area is increasingly overlapping with other disciplines, such as IT. That requires a different setup of our programmes and the scientific research. With a renewed programme at the University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, Victor Jetten has made a promising start. Internationally, Jetten is well on his way and has done a good job putting geo-information on the map.”
Geo Prestige Award
The Geo Prestige Award (GPA) was brought into existence to stimulate innovation and visibility within the geo-information field and attract the next generation to the geo-information domain. This year’s theme was ‘Geo on the map’. The jury narrowed all the submissions down to three candidates: Victor Jetten, Roelof Boekhold and Marcel Broekhaar. All three nominees were eligible for both the Jury Prize as well as the Public Choice Prize.
The GPA is not about winning something physical, but instead about garnering attention for the person that is the new face of the geo-information field of study. The winners of the Public Choice award as well as the Jury Prize are invited to take seats in the jury for next year’s GPA selection.