From November 30 – December 10 2015, Professor Michael Leitner was invited to the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. This trip was financed by a Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS) Teacher Mobility Award. The Jagiellonian University has been consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Poland and among its most prominent alumni are the astronomer, mathematician, and cartographer Nikolaus Kopernikus and the former pope Johannes Paul II.
During his stay, Professor Leitner guest-lectured several classes and gave a formal presentation to the Institute on Innovative Research on Spatial Crime Analysis, Modeling, and Mapping. He was also invited to give formal talks at the University of Szczecin and the University of Wroclaw. Future research collaborations may look into the geography of crime committed by visitors to the Tatra National Park. This park is located in both Poland and the Slovak Republic. This research would be carried out together with the chief park ranger, who, at the same time, is a doctoral student in geography at the Jagiellonian University. Another collaborative effort would analyze the social implications and meanings of graffiti that has been traditionally sprayed onto buildings, boards, etc. by two rivaling fan groups of the two main soccer clubs in Cracow (Cracovia Cracow and Wisla Cracow). This research among other things would entail the mapping of the graffiti using spatial video acquisition system technology.
While enjoying a sabbatical from LSU, Professor Michael Leitner will next visit the University of Tübingen in Germany to teach a short course on Crime Mapping and Modeling followed by another CEEPUS Teacher Mobility Award financed trip to the Department of Geoinformation Science at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.