Based on a broad spectrum of research topics, Z_GIS is contributing to awareness building and spatial thinking, to undergraduate as well as professional and graduate education through a complete range of educational programs and initiatives. Schools-oriented frameworks and teacher training target the broad area of general education, while Bologna-conformant degree programmes support the development of Geoinformatics professionals who are successful on many fields. Overall, capacity building and translation of research results into educational outcomes are a key element of Z_GIS’ strategic plan, which is aiming at supporting new insights through research as well as outreach to the GI community with highly qualified graduates.