Current and reliable geoinformation forms the basis of an orderly and sustainable development of each country. Just consider e.g. the role of geoinformation in setting up a land register, or geoinformation as the basis of orderly and transparent urban and rural planning, or the monitoring in agriculture with the prediction of crop yields or failures due to environmental disasters using earth exploration data, etc.
The important role of geoinformation for a sustainable development is also demonstrated by the close relationship between geoinformation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UN) in 2015, in particular end poverty (Objective 1), sustainable cities and communities (Objective 11), peace, justice and strong institutions (Objective 16), climate action (Objective 13) or clean water and sanitation (Objective 6).

The acquisition, processing and provision of geoinformation with a focus on developing countries has been the focus of the master's program Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics for 20 years. During this time almost 500 alumni completed the program, about 80% coming from developing economies. In the past 20 years, much has changed in the field of geoinformation, e.g. in ​​ collection and accessing geodata:
- Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Crowdsourcing, increasing involvement of civil society in the collection of spatial data,

- Free provision of earth exploration data - both in raw form and in ready-to-use form through appropriate services

- Geoportals to provide spatial data at international and national levels, which will provide easy access to data, including Open Data policies.

To update the knowledge of the alumni of the study course – but not only -  the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart has been offering its regional conferences AGSE - Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment - for several years. These conferences offer
- Education and training on the latest developments in geo-information, in particular as a contribution to the use of geo-information for the sustainable development, as well as
- Closer networking of alumni among each other

As main focus, the conference AGSE 2019 will cover the following topics:
- Use of the new possibilities of Sentinel satellite data in the framework of the EU Copernicus project for sustainable development tasks
- The role of civil society in collecting and providing geoinformation through VGI and crowdsourcing
- The role of geoinformation in relation to the United Nations SDGs, in particular with regard to the derivation of appropriate indicators or monitoring.

Contact: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, agse@hft-stuttgart.de