At the end of 2021, as part of a university course on peace research, I started diving into the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its current production of minerals. During this research I came across IPIS and its Open Data Dashboard, which impressed me a lot. When I saw that there was a student job opportunity for the GIS and data analysis team, I applied; and beginning of 202
Met de wereld die in lockdown gaat als gevolg van de coronaviruspandemie, was eind maart 2020 misschien niet de optimale tijd om naar een nieuwe stad te verhuizen en een zes maanden durende stage te beginnen. Mijn verbijstering was snel weggenomen: Het IPIS-personeel heeft me goed ontvangen in het team en heeft me op afstand getraind in verschillende software, dus ik was al snel een GIS-stagiair.
It was early September when I started my internship at IPIS, but the story started way earlier. During my Master’s degree, I came across this research centre and used part of the extensive information it provides on artisanal mining and conflict in eastern DRC. Eventually, I ended up writing my thesis based on IPIS data. It seemed then very natural to apply for an internship in IPIS GIS team in or
This summer I joined IPIS as a GIS intern between my first and second year of master and discovered a group of professionals whose work drive insights for decision-making and governance through research and technology. Walking into the building, I was warmly greeted by the staff and discovered the vast collection of books in the library of this research institute. The last three months were full o
I arrived at IPIS in January of this year with the purpose to further improve my GIS skills and work on the topic of conflict mapping. Entering the IPIS premises and meeting the staff, my first impression of IPIS was that of a friendly and professional organization. They are lucky enough to be housed in an old monastery which seems like a small oasis in the middle of the loud and crowded city. Tha
In November of 2018, I left my job and country to move across the ocean for a GIS internship with The International Peace Information Service (IPIS). As I boarded my plane, I was full of anxious anticipation at what would await me in Antwerp, Belgium. I had no idea what to expect, but I was full of visions of big beautiful maps of Sub-Saharan Africa, reports documenting the realities of life as a
Hi, I’m Maryam, and I just finished a 4-month internship at IPIS. As I am leaving the team with a handful of experiences and prepare for my next challenge, here are some thoughts I wanted share about my internship! What do you do as a GIS intern, you might ask. Well, during the first week of my internship things got serious pretty fast as I helped organise one of the Missing Maps Mapathons which a