Prof. Arne Bathke

Arne Bathke is professor of statistics and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Salzburg, Austria. After obtaining his academic degrees from Göttingen University, he worked at the University of Kentucky where he founded the Applied Statistics Laboratory, an on-campus consulting and statistical collaboration unit. At Salzburg, he initiated the first Austrian Data Science Master’s curriculum, which runs since 2016 and currently has more than 100 students.
His methodological research is mostly in nonparametric statistics, inference for multivariate data, and asymptotics. Besides, he has been collaborating with colleagues from computer science, education, biology, agriculture and plant sciences, medicine, and other fields. He has received several awards, including for teaching and for civil engagement, and has recently been elected president of IBS-ROeS. In addition, he is executive editor of the Biometrical Journal since January 2020.

Prof. Josef Strobel

Josef Strobl is professor and head of the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He holds Geography degrees from the University of Vienna and has developed research initiatives in terrain analysis, spatial data infrastructures and spatial simulation. Based on international curriculum development experience he leads graduate programs in Geoinformatics as well as the UNIGIS network of transnational distance education programs ( He is a member of the EUROGI Executive Committee and serves on the boards of numerous other international associations. Josef Strobl has established the Research Studio ‘iSpace’ within the Research Studios Austria Gmbh, and as a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) chairs the ÖAW Commission for Geographic Information Science. As the founder of the annual AGIT / GI_Forum Geoinformatics symposia he always looks forward to meet friends and colleagues at these and other events! Further details:

Dr. Bernard Zagel

Bernhard Zagel is senior scientist and division head at the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics –Z_GIS at the Universität Salzburg, Austria. He holds academic degrees in Geography and Geoinformatics and head of the mobility research group at the department. His research focuses on the intersection between geographic information science and mobility. He is interested in the geospatial dimensions of transportation and the implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation and livable communities in the smart city context. 
Besides his research he is a lecturer at the University of Salzburg and the UNIGIS distance education programs. As the coordinator of the annual AGIT / GI_Forum conference since 2006 he always looks forward to stimulate new fields of geoinformatics and meet friends and colleagues at these events! In addition, he is co-editor of the AGIT Journal of Applied Geoinformatics since 2015. Further details: