Brief Bio

I am a professor of geography, leading the Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group at the GIScience Center of the Geography Department at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. My research and teaching interests lie in geographic information visualization and geovisual analytics, GIScience and cognition, graphical user interface design and evaluation, including dynamic cartography. I am currently an elected member of the Swiss Science Council (SCC). I am co-initiator and past co-director of the UZH Digital Society Initiative (DSI). Other service included vice-president of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) 2015-2019, and program committee co-chairing of the international AGILE 2008, GIScience 2010, and COSIT 2015 conferences.


  • PhD in Geography, 2000

    University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

  • MSc in Geography, 1996

    University of Zurich (UZH)


  • +41 44 635-5150
  • UZH Department of Geography, Zurich, CH-8057, Switzerland
  • Enter Building Y25 (Geography) and take the stairs/elevator to the L-Floor, office 86 (Y25L86)
  • Tuesdays, 14:15—16:00H
  • @giva_uzh