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Call for Abstracts

UCGIS 2021 Symposium: Advancing GIScience-informed Policy Solutions

Monday June 7 - Friday June 11, 2021  (online)

(Direct link to the online form for abstract submissions.)

Our world is facing unprecedented health, economic, social, and environmental challenges, and the GIScience community has a responsibility to respond and advance solutions. This symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners to show how GIScience theories, technologies, and methods can be employed for geospatial policy and decision-making to create a healthy, economically vibrant, socially just, and environmentally sustainable world. 

The 5-day Symposium will include paper presentations, panels, lightning talks, a poster session, and workshops. See here for the current description of the full set of sessions.  This Call for Abstracts is only for the specific sessions listed here below.  In each case, a 250-word abstract is required.

  1. Environmental Sustainability-based Policy Solutions
    1. Format: Paper Presentations
    2. Eligibility: Open to all
    3. Organizer: Cindy Zhang, University of Connecticut
  2. Smart and Resilient Cities
    1. Format: Paper Presentations
    2. Eligibility: Open to all
    3. Organizer: Angela Yao, University of Georgia
  3. Student GIScience Research
    1. Format: Lightning Talks or Posters. Lightning talk abstracts that are not accepted will be considered for a poster.
    2. Eligibility: Students only 
    3. Organizer: Suzanne Wechsler, Cal State University, Long Beach
  4. Poster Session: GIScience Applications and Research
    1. Format: Poster Session
    2. Eligibility: Open to all
    3. Organizers: Suzanne Wechsler, Cal State University, Long Beach, and Diana Sinton, UCGIS

Student Research Awards

UCGIS is pleased to announce that excellence in student scholarship will be recognized with cash awards in several categories – poster, lightning talk and paper sessions. Cash awards up to $250 may be available, and students must be from a current UCGIS member institution to be eligible. UCGIS thanks Esri for its generosity in supporting this student scholarship activity. 


Important Dates

  • February 1, 2021: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • February 28, 2021: Applicants notified of decisions by review committee
  • June 7 - 11, 2021: Symposium and Workshops

Registration Requirements

Every paper, poster, or lightning talk presenter is required to register for the UCGIS Symposium. Presenters who do not register may be dropped from the program.

Program Committee

  • Jeremy Mennis, Temple University
  • Kevin Curtin, University of Alabama
  • Alberto Giordano, Texas State University
  • Jane Read, Syracuse University
  • Suzanne Wechsler, Cal State University - Long Beach
  • Diana Sinton, UCGIS