Thomas Poiker received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Economic Geography in 1966 from Heidelberg, and then joined Simon Fraser University’s Geography department in 1967. He quickly became interested in the emerging fields of computer cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and became one of the pioneers in GIS research. He has published widely on GIS methods, and held a joint appointment with Computer Science. In addition to GIS, ‘Tom’ also taught economic and quantitative geography and cartography.
These days, Ian Heywood collaborates with several UNIGIS partners on developing and delivering learning experiences on ‘Geo-Entrepreneurship’, enhancing the connections between academic education and business practice. We all are looking forward to the results of this initiative, and maybe even a few more startup companies!
Ann Olivier, after closure of the formal UNIGIS Sub-Saharan Africa presence, still works with students from the region registered at European partner universities towards their graduation. Her impact on and contribution to geospatial capacity building in this region cannot be underestimated!