Rwanda: Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have taken a major step towards capacity building for academic faculty, administrators and industry experts in Rwanda. The two institutes have started organising training workshops and conferences to advocate and promote the importance of geospatial technology in the region.
The two institutes organised a training workshop on GIS and remote sensing (RS) from July 28 to August 6 in Kigali, Rwanda. It was followed by the first International Conference on Environment, Energy and Development (ICEED 2013). The conference focused on regional key application domains for geospatial methods and techniques. Professors from XIEG, the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Salzburg offered a series of lectures addressing basics of GIS, introduction to terrain modelling and spatial analysis as well as application of remotely sensed data. Conceptual knowledge was balanced by practical skills training sponsored by SuperMap. Introductions by Dr.Jean Ngamije (Rector INILAK), Dr. Abdallah Baguma (a representative of the Minister for Education) and Prof. Chen Xi (Director XIEG) were followed by a keynote by Prof. Josef Strobl, exploring the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructures as a common platform for GIS and RS applications. ICEED 2013 succeeded in bringing together 160 scientists, teachers and professionals from 10 African countries and several European and Asian nations. Eight keynotes were followed up and complemented by 23 paper presentations and several posters discussions.
Source: Our Correspondent