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Welcome to the Joint Summer School in Information Science (JoSSIS)

The Joint Summer School in Information Science (JoSSIS) represents the realization of a long-standing idea by which the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR) from Switzerland and University of Zadar (UNIZD) from Croatia will extend their existing academic activities by providing additional educational and research opportunities to students during the summer break (August/September). In 2022, we were joined by a new partner – the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland (Austria).

At all three institutions we share a common interest for a wide range of topics in the broader field of Information Science as well in relevant topics from other related academic fields or disciplines.

Our courses are designed to challange and inspire participants in a open minded and joyful learning environment without forntiers. In addition to intensive learning, research and development, JoSSIS also promotes the idea of active networking and spending time together in interesting fun and sports activities. And all this takes place in Zadar, one of the most beautiful cities on the Adriatic coast.

Joint Summer School in Information Science 2022 will be held at the University of Zadar from 29th August till 9th September 2022.

JoSSIS courses are free to all participants who are later, after receiving the official acceptance letter, responsible for other personal costs that will incure during their stay in Zadar (travel, accommodation, food, etc.).

JoSSIS 2022 courses and lecturers

Course 01: Eye Tracking

Exploring the usefulness of interactive visualizations or visual analytics systems is a challenging task, however, using eye tracking to track the users’ eye movements can be of great help to identify certain design flaws in the visual stimuli.

Michael Burch

Michael Burch studied computer science and mathematics at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of Trier in the fields of software engineering and information visualization. After having been a PostDoc at the Visualization Research Center (VISUS) in Stuttgart, he moved to the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands as an assistant professor in visual analytics and eye tracking. From October 2021 he works at the Institute for Data Analytics, Visualization, and Simulation (DAViS) in Chur, Switzerland.

Course 02: Sales Summer School

Sales people are some of the most sought after positions by digital businesses. This elective will help you to acquire sound knowledge to start & build your career in sales for digital business models

Manuel Hartmann

Manuel founded to help B2B Tech Startups with entrepreneurial sales support. Before, he built the sales organisation for a Swiss B2B Machine Learning startup and co-led projects. In addition, he teaches a Design Thinking and a Sales for Digital business course at FH Graubünden. He holds a M.A. HSG in Business Innovation.

Course 03: Digital Storytelling

This elective will help you understand different methods of digital storytelling, forms of presentation and elements of success will enable you to develop their own successful multimedia stories.

Elisabeth Oberndorfer

Elisabeth Oberndorfer got her Master’s degree in Journalism and New Information & Communication Technologies at the University of Salzburg. She started her career as an editor and reporter at the online newsroom of Austrian Daily newspaper Der Standard and later served as deputy editor-in-chief of a trade publication for digital industries. In 2013 she moved to San Francisco to cover technology and startups for German magazines. In 2017 she helped build the media startup Addendum. As their head of digital products, she was responsible for building digital products and storytelling formats. Oberndorfer launched her own media company in 2021, which runs the business newsletter Smart Casual and the female-focused business platform Smart Maguire. She also does consulting and workshops in the field of digital media and entrepreneurial journalism.


Summer School in Information Science is a joint effort of three institutions from Austria, Croatia and Switzerland.

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR) / Switzerland

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is an innovative and entrepreneurial university of applied sciences with over 2,000 students. It trains people to become responsible and skilled professionals and managers. As a university of applied sciences with strong regional roots, University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons attracts students from beyond the canton and even from outside Switzerland with its welcoming atmosphere.
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University of Zadar, Department of Information Sciences (UNIZD) / Croatia

University of Zadar is the largest integrated University in the Republic of Croatia, which includes 25 university departments. Departments perform studies on three levels: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. The total number of students in the previous mentioned studies is 6000, and the total number of the University’s employees is 598, out of which there are 422 teaching staff.
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University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Burgenland / Austria

The UAS, with its two campuses in Eisenstadt and Pinkafeld, has been offering its unique degree programmes, with the right mix of theory and practical training, for over 25 years. Today it has got one of the best reputations for success in Austria with more than 11,000 graduates in senior positions.
We offer a wide range of bachelor and master degree programmes in five areas: 1) Business Studies, 2) Information Technology, 3) Energy and Environment, 4) Health, 5) Social Work
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Student dorm/hostel

Tequila Bar Hostel
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Lazy Monkey Hostel
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