Prof Henk Scholten, Scientific Director of the Spatial Information laboratory (SPINlab) at the Department of Spatial Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Geospatial Media and Communications for the year 2015. The award shall be presented during Geospatial World Forum on May 25, 2016 at World Trade Centre, Rotterdam. The jury, comprising of renowned professionals representing industry, academia, government and multilateral organizations, met in December ‘15 to select this year’s Geospatial World Leadership Awardees.
While recognizing Scholten’s contribution as a teacher, entrepreneur and advocate of geospatial technologies ranging over 4 decades, the jury feels privileged to have chosen him for Lifetime Achievement Award. Scholten has been passionate about providing new perspective to geography through combining mathematics and geography opened a new era of modeling, predicting enhancing overall understanding of the world we live in. Having very unique social characteristics and instincts, he has immensely contributed in overall development of GIS/geospatial community worldwide.