MOTIVATE Learning: Making Opportunities to Initiate Valuable Alliance through Experiential Learning

 

Introduction

The ISPRS Student Consortium (ISPRS SC) is the official representation of the youth to ISPRS and collaborates with Working Group V/5 – Promotion of the Profession to the Youth for its activities. Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) is Thailand’s public organization leading the country’s activities in space technology and geo-informatics applications. In addition, GISTDA is currently the secretariat for the recently established ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA), which aims to provide services in education and training, knowledge sharing and enhancement, and awareness raising in geo-informatics. MOTIVATE Learning project is a collaboration among the ISPRS-SC, WG V/5, GISTDA Thailand and ARTSA that aims to build the capabilities of students and young professionals in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences. MOTIVATE Learning is comprised of two programs: (1) ISPRS-SC Summer School and Hackathon and (2) The Spatial Exchange Program.

The ISPRS-SC Summer School and Hackathon follows the conventional design of the summer schools, with the addition of the 2-day hackathon as a challenging activity after the lectures, practical sessions and break-out sessions, which aims to encourage participants to conceptualize ideas and create applications that can address real world problems. The Summer School will organized on August 6-10, 2018 at Space Krenovation Park, GISTDA at Chon Buri, Thailand.

The Spatial Exchange Program is 8 days exchange program for students and young professionals, in which the participants will be guided by a visiting researcher and will be hosted on August 13-20, 2018 in Space Krenovation Park, GISTDA at Chon Buri, Thailand as well.

Participants will choose an area of interest and a research question to work with and to write the corresponding manuscript in solving the research question during the program. The expected outcomes of the project are the presentations and applications developed during the hackathon; information, education and communication (IEC) materials such as videos of the lectures during summer school and the manuscripts of the participants and visiting researchers of The Spatial Exchange Program, and a strengthened collaboration among the participants and professional networks of the project.

Project Objectives

MOTIVATE Learning is a collaborative project among the ISPRS SC, Working Group V/5, GISTDA Thailand and ARTSA that aims to build the capabilities of students and young professionals in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and spatial information sciences. As the first project on educational and capacity building, this initiative also marks the beginning of the ISPRS SC’s collaboration and partnership with various regional and global organizations, in promoting activities for the youth for their professional development and exploring the possibilities of nurturing future leaders in the profession. The project also intends to facilitate learning exchange among peers and experts in the scientific community, and raising awareness through communicating science to the general public.

Motivate, as defined by Oxford Dictionary, means “to provide (someone) with a reason for doing something.” Students and young professionals are often challenged in finding purpose for a long-term career and in establishing a network of colleagues and mentors outside their universities or organizations. Students often encounter the questions about pursuing a postgraduate degree, and difficulties in finding opportunities to learn outside their universities at a minimum cost, and obstacles in identifying the careers that may suit them best. MOTIVATE Learning aims to help students and young professionals by providing an opportunity to learn by experience, through collaboration with peers and mentors.

MOTIVATE Learning will be a platform of collaboration among students, young professionals, experts, professors and the industry to provide a bigger perspective of the profession as well as to establish relationships within the scientific community and the industry. Furthermore, MOTIVATE Learning believes in investing in knowledge through educational campaigns and capacity building efforts. The ISPRS SC continues to identify the possibilities of re-designing and adding flexibility to one of its major activities, the summer school, by introducing new methods of learning and encouraging more interaction among the participants, lecturers, industry experts and other individuals providing knowledge and assistance to this specific activity.

Expected Participants

This training course is open to student or young scientists who are working in a variety of image processing and who wish to expand, improve and adaptation their knowledge and skills advanced technology. Participation are limited to a maximum of 30 participants for summer school and 16 participants for spatial exchange program. Skills of fluent English communication are required.

Application

The application for both events can be made through ISPRS-SC website and ARTSA website. Both is same application source shared between ISPRS-SC and ARTSA. All applicants are recommended to apply through only one website.

Organizers

The ISPRS Student Consortium (ISPRS SC) is the official representation of the youth to ISPRS and collaborates with Working Group V/5 – Promotion of the Profession to the Youth for its activities.

Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) is Thailand’s public organization leading the country’s activities in space technology and geo-informatics applications.

ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA), which aims to provide services in education and training, knowledge sharing and enhancement, and awareness raising in space and geo-informatics in ASEAN region.