MARCH 2016
African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment
Association Africaine de Télédétection de L’environnement
AARSE CALL: African Private EO and Geospatial Industry Survey

The African private sector involved in remote sensing (RS) and geospatial technologies to address scientific, practical and policy aspects has immensely grown over the past 20 years. However, there is no comprehensive information to fully understand how companies operate and what challenges they face. It is therefore difficult to harness their expertise and to assess state and health of the sector. AARSE in cooperation with the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) a non-profit organization representing the European Earth Observation (EO) Services Industry, are embarking on an inventory of the African private EO and Geospatial industry. Our survey targets all companies registered in Africa which are engaged in business related to the supply of geospatial products and services concerning or using EO data. We have already sent invitations to more than 150 companies registered in Africa to participate in our survey. We call upon all African private EO and Geospatial companies not contacted so far, to immediately send us the name of their organization, contact person and email if interested to participate. READ MORE (English) READ MORE (French)


AARSE 2016 CONFERENCE: Call for abstracts

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We are excited to announce that the 11th AARSE International conference will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 24 to 28 October 2016. The theme of this conference, ‘Our Earth, Our Heritage: Harnessing geospatial technologies for achieving sustainable development goals in Africa’, has been carefully chosen to emphasise the vital role of geospatial data and information in achieving the new post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDG). Researchers, professionals, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, students and other interested are hereby invited to submit abstracts and papers for oral presentations or poster displays to the organizers of the conference. Click here to view the brochure or here for more details about abstract submissions.

STUDY IN CHINA: Master and Doctoral opportunities

The International Academy of Geospatial Information Science, Wuhan University (IAG WHU) is an independent school for international students at Wuhan University. Wuhan University enjoys a worldwide reputation in this area and has made many contributions to the domestic and international development of the Geospatial field. IAG WHU provides qualified applicants with masters and doctoral education in Geospatial Information Science conferring internationally recognized degrees. READ MORE

VACANCY: Applied Scientist

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has a mandate, as outlined in the South African National Space Agency Act, 2008 (Act No 36 of 2008), to co-ordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africa. SANSA has the following opportunities in the Space Science Directorate situated in Hermanus, Western Cape to be filled by individual(s) with the relevant skills, drive, competencies and qualifications. SANSA Space Science is responsible for the space science programme in SANSA including space science research, infrastructure, technology development and applications. SANSA is seeking hardworking and dynamic South African citizens to fill the following positions based in Hermanus Western Cape: Applied Scientist READ MORE
SANSA is seeking a hardworking and dynamic South African citizen for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow opportunity within the Science Research and Application Unit. READ MORE

POLICY: African space policy and strategy

If you want to learn more about the regulatory framework of space in Africa, please see the African space policy and African space strategy.READ MORE (Stragegy) READ MORE (Policy)



AARSE is excited to announce our latest initiative to improve remote sensing and GIS knowledge and awareness across the continent. We aim to list spatial science skill development institutions across Africa. Each newsletter will provide a short overview of one institution. To include your institution on this list please send a request to Click here to view a list of institutions.

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The CSE was established by the Senegalese authorities with the United Nations Programme of Assistance to the Sudano-Sahelian Region (UNSO). In its early years, the CSE has focused on building capacity in targeted areas such as geomatics applied to the monitoring of bush fires, urban dynamics, plant growth and livestock, but also early warning systems, the development of information systems, etc. In partnership with CIRAD and GeoSystems France, the CSE also regularly organizes international training sessions lasting a month, usually focused on remote sensing, mapping, modelling, and the use of GPS. READ MORE

RESEARCH BRIEF: Call for content

Herewith we invite our readers to provide research briefs on a recent case study or a new methodology. Research briefs should include application field, key results, impact, status of application, area of application, algorithm & data used, and contact to author/organization.
Please send all content to