The Austrian Academy of Sciences (bi-) annually through its Commission for GIScience is awarding the GIScience Prize named after Prof Waldo Tobler to a scientist having demonstrated outstanding and sustained contributions to the discipline worthy of inspiring young scientists in Geoinformatics or Geographic Information Science, and having accomplished significant advances in research and education.
Based on nominations received, the 2016 prize was awarded to Prof David M. Mark (SUNY distinguished professor and NCGIA director). Congratulations! To quote Waldo Tobler who graciously agreed to be connected with this prize: "David Mark is a very worthy candidate. In my opinion he is one of the most original thinkers in the field. A very fine scholar and important individual in GIS. His contributions are of the sort that will last! "
On June 6, the inaugural prize was presented to David Mark in person in Vienna at an Austrian Academy of Sciences function, following his lecture on "How do People Conceptualize the Landscape? Fundamentals for Geographic Information Science".