Curriculum Vitae


Martin Metzler, Geographer

Date of Birth


Marital Status




Professional Education

to be expected in spring 2004

Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Geography, Justus Liebig University Giessen.

January 1998

M.Sc. Geography, Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Professional Experience Record

February 1999 - Jan. 2004

Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs- und Umweltforschung (ZEU), University of Giessen:

  • Coordination of scientific cooperation between the University of Giessen and Chinese universities and research institutions
  • Preparation of major research proposals in China
  • Planning and direction of field work in China
  • Organisation of conferences with international participants
  • Moderation / presentation of research results (meetings, conferences, exhibitions)
  • Public relations: Compilation of information materials, cooperation with newspapers and television companies.
  • July 2003

    Sri Lankan – German Enterprise Service Systems Promotion (ESSP) Project - Kandy

  • Advisor for GIS and database applications
  • Assesment, documentation and analysis of a Regional information system
  • March – April 2002

    Provincial Development Project Ha Tinh, GTZ, Vietnam:

  • Compilation of training manuals
  • Conduction of training courses
  • Establishment of a digital planning information system.
  • Sept. 2000 – June 2002

    SITICOM Group, Frankfurt:

  • Advisor for GIS and database implementations
  • Preparation of project proposals
    (e.g. for Deutsche Bahn, City of Hamburg).
  • October 2000

    Enterprise Information Project (EIP), GTZ, Sri Lanka:

  • Conceptual development of a Regional Information System (RIS)
  • March – April 2000

    Enterprise Information Project (EIP), GTZ, Sri Lanka:

  • Database management
  • Training of counterpart staff in GIS and database applications
  • Development of marketing instruments.
  • Jan. 1999 – Sept. 2000

    Project Service Consultants (PSC) Giessen:

  • Consultant in GIS applications and environmental issues in development countries and the FRG
  • Regional planning
  • Teaching of academics on post graduate GIS training.
  • Sept. – Jan. 1999

    Umweltbüro Wolf, Rodgau:

  • Establishment of a cadastre of polluted industrial sites for the City of Hanau and former military areas: Development of a GIS-based information system.
  • March – Aug. 1998

    everyware Computer GmbH:

  • Examination of goods, stock control
  • Supervision of EDP unit and staff.
  • May – August 1996

    Consultant with GTZ HQ:

  • Establishment of the WWW based "Resources Management Information System" (REMIS).
  • July 1995 – April 1996

    Consultant with the RRDP Kandy, GTZ, Sri Lanka:

  • Compilation of planning and monitoring documents,
  • Further promotion of GIS and EDP applications
  • Preparation, conduction and documentation of a national GIS Workshops.
  • Feb. – June 1995

    Trainee with GTZ, Division Multisectoral Urban and Rural Programmes and country department Brazil:

  • Coordination of processes in the area of assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Conceptual development of the instruments Land Use Planning (LUP) and Regional oriented Programme Planning (ROPP)
  • Preparation of International Conferences.
  • August – Sept. 1994

    Volunteer with a NGO in Brazil, funded by Gustav-Adolf-Werk:

  • Establishment of a digital land use plan
  • Teaching of English courses.
  • June – July 1994

    GAIL-INAX Architektur-Keramik:

  • Supervision of EDP system.
  • July – August 1992

    Conservative Concept GmbH, Frankfurt (financial services):

    · Advice of foreign clients, development of special software for clients.




    Mother tongue





    Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish and Portuguese:

    Good basic knowledge


  • Arbeitskreis Südostasien (Study Group South East Asia)
  • Arbeitskreis Naturgefahren (Study Group Natural Hazards)
  • Arbeitskreis GIS (Study Group GIS)
  • Board of Directors of Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs- und Umweltforschung, Giessen
  • Deutscher Verband für Angewandte Geographie, DVAG (German Union of Applied Geography, member of the Board of Directors)
  • International Geographical Union, IGU
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