the UCGIS 2020 Hawai'i Symposium 

Thursday May 28 - Monday June 1, 2020 | Hawai'i Pacific University | Honolulu, Hawaii

Preliminary Schedule
Poster Session
Symposium Registration
Workshops & Workshop Registration
Lodging and Transportation
FAQs about Hawaii and Travel



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 Symposium sessions will 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 challenges that were articulated during the 2016 Symposium (link to final report), three current initiatives being pursued by our Research Committee (details published soon), 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. 

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2019: Proposal deadline for a session or individual presentation
  • December 31, 2019: Decisions by the Program Committee 
  • March 15, 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!

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 Hawaii 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. Here's our UCGIS President Karen Kemp sharing a video overview of our Hawaii venue! 

The 2020 Hawaii Symposium Program Committee looks forward to your participation.

  • Karen Kemp, University of Southern California, Chair
  • Justine Blanford, Penn State University
  • Jeremy Mennis, Temple University
  • Enki Yoo, University at Buffalo
  • Cindy Zhang, University of Connecticut