219 volunteers of 29 different nationalities came together yesterday with one goal in mind: to put Malawi on the map. The Mapping Party, held at ITC, was the largest mapping event in the Netherlands and it helped approximately 250.000 vulnerable people in the African country of Malawi.
A ‘Mapping Party for Malawi’ will take place at the UT on Monday, the 14th of November, 2016. During the event, volunteers will structure the map of Malawi in order to strengthen the country’s ability to deal with disasters. The event will also be attended by the Dutch Princess Margriet and astronaut André Kuipers.
Born in the USA, studies in the Netherlands, work in Bolivia, Master’s degree in Spain and Sweden... and now a PhD position at ITC. That is Caroline Gevaert’s life in a nutshell. The research of this cosmopolitan PhD candidate is focused on mapping informal settlements with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ‘I can’t believe it’s my job,' she says about flying drones in Africa.