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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Katja Janson

Project Coordination


Society needs science – this is my belief which stands for science characterized by social relevance and feasibility. Project coordination within the IRI THESys gives me the opportunity to be engaged in science for society in an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment – the only constellation in my opinion which might lead to findings and recommendations for future actions to achieve global equity and sustainability.


Katja Janson was project coordinator at the IRI THESys. She studied Geography, Cartography and Informatics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, specializing in Geoinformation Processing. She began her career as an academic researcher and project leader at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. On leaving this position, she founded and managed a cartography and spatial information processing firm, and simultaneously took up her current position at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geography Department, Germany.

Katja Janson has collected comprehensive work experience supporting research and teaching processes, in particular in the field of geoinformation processing, as well as independent teaching, information technology management and project coordination.  A three year leave to Lao P.D.R. in South East Asia and capacity building in Geomatics for staff at the National University of Laos expanded her intercultural competences, further increasing her value for the international environment at IRI THESys.

Before concentrating on project coordination at the IRI THESys, a position she has held since November 2012, Katja supported the foundation phase of the IRI THESys. She focused on the preliminary proposal for a Collaborative Research Centre.