Current UNIGIS International Board (in office from October 25, 2015): 



Dr. Jasper Dekkers, VU University Amsterdam (Chair)


Assistant Professor in Geoinformatics and Spatial Economics at the Spatial Information laboratory (SPINlab) of the Department of Spatial Economics. Dr. Dekkers has 10 years experience in GIS education, both in regular courses and through distance-learning. Since 2008 he is coordinator of the UNIGIS MSc in GIS at the VU University Amsterdam. Next to that, he is one of the founders of the Geomarketing Knowledge Centre at the VU University.

Prof. Jacek Kozak, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Treasurer)

Professor in geography, head of the Department of GIS, Cartography and Remote Sensing. Prof. Kozak has 20 years of experience in GIS education, both in regular courses and through distance-learning. His particular research interest is land use and land cover change analysis. UNIGIS Kraków staff member since 2003, he co-ordinates UNIGIS study programme at the Jagiellonian University since 2006. Member of national GI associations: Polish Association for Spatial Information and Commission of Geoinformatics, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Josef Strobl, University of Salzburg   - Follow GIStrobl on Twitter!


Director of the University of Salzburg Centre for Geoinformatics and the Institute for GIScience, Austrian Academy of Sciences.

As founder of the UNIGIS Salzburg programme and coordinator of numerous international projects and initiatives, Prof. Strobl has actively contributed to GIS education for many years.



Gemma Boix, Universitat de Girona (Marketing Coordinator)

Director of the Geographical Information System Center (SIGTE) at the University of Girona.

In 1999, as a geographer, Gemma started her collaboration with GIS projects in the Geography Department at the University of Girona. A few years later, she joined the GIS Center, where she coordinated the educational GIS projects since 2009, specifically the UNIGIS Girona academic coordination projects. In 2009 Gemma became Director of UNIGIS Girona Programme.


Graham Smith, Manchester Metropolitan University

Senior Lecturer in GIS at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has degrees in Geography (BSc Hons) and Environmental Remote Sensing (MSc) from the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen. He is the Programme Director for UNIGIS UK.

His current research interests include the social application of GIS for measuring and mapping inequalities within the UK, the use of GPS technology and DEMs in the study of physical landforms, and the application of airborne/satellite remote sensing in landuse-landcover change detection.