Call for Proposals!  the UCGIS 2020 Hawai‘i Symposium

Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

May 28 - June 1, 2020

Our 2020 Hawai‘i Symposium will model the exciting and innovative ways that geographic information science and its technologies (GIS&T) are connecting islands across academia. It will be structured to highlight and promote the deliberate integration of GIS&T research, education, and application activities at universities and with our non-academic partners. During hour-long sessions, we will showcase cohesive themes, individual projects, and lines of scholarly activity being undertaken by groups of individuals that model these convergent practices. Individual sessions will explore how related research, education and application activities are woven together to jointly address societal needs. Themes and topics that demonstrate collaborations across multiple departments within a single academic institution or collaborations across multiple universities are invited. We also encourage sessions that highlight university partnerships with researchers and educators outside of academia.  

The themes of these sessions can reflect the broadly diverse application world of GIScience as well as fundamental and persistent issues in basic GIScience research. We strongly encourage sessions that draw directly from recent and current UCGIS endeavors, such as the research grand challenges (pdf) that were articulated during the 2016 Symposium, three current initiatives being pursued by our Research Committee, or topics related to our recent 2017-2019 Symposia themes (CyberGIS, Geospatial Data Science, and the Spatial Humanities). There can, of course, be a blending or mix across these ideas. Creative approaches to the proposed thematic framework are encouraged. For details about selection criteria and how to submit a session proposal, please see our 2020 Hawai‘i Symposium webpage.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2019: Proposal deadline for a session or individual presentation
  • December 31, 2019: Decisions by the Program Committee
  • March 31, 2020: Early-bird registration deadline for the Symposium
  • Thursday May 28 - Monday June 1, 2020: Symposium and Workshops
  • June 30, 2020: Invitations for paper submissions to a special journal issue (pending)

Hawai‘i? Wow!

Yes! This will be UCGIS’ first meeting in Hawai‘i. May is the ideal month to visit the 50th state: it is low tourist season and the weather is wonderful. Be assured we are doing our best to keep all the conference expenses as affordable as possible and we’ll be watching carefully for exciting deals on airfares to tell you about. We know that air travel has a heavy carbon footprint, and we are negotiating the opportunity for UCGIS and our participants to purchase carbon offsets, if they choose. 

Our meeting will be held at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s harbor-front Aloha Tower Marketplace campus. New 2- and 3-bedroom campus dorm suites located on the second and third floors of the marketplace will be available to our participants at very modest prices. Watch our 2020 Hawai‘i Symposium webpage for forthcoming information on room reservations and Symposium registration, and listen to our President, Karen Kemp, as she shares a video overview of our Hawaii venue! 

GIS&T Body of Knowledge

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UCGIS part of new National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator Award

UCGIS is a partner in a $1 million grant from a new interdisciplinary NSF program to foster building an "open knowledge network" for spatial decision support technologies. Individuals from UCGIS’s leadership group are members of a team of 13 researchers and practitioners from 10 different institutions and organizations who are collectively focused on spatial decision support (SDS) systems, a systematic approach that improves access to tools for analyzing geographic data. With this project, the team will address persistent challenges to integrating information across complex organizational networks and across an array of data and tools developed for narrow (often disciplinary) applications.

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