We are still in the process of confirming the programme for GISRUK 2019, and once we confirm elements we will update this page.

Our key headlines
  • Early Career workshops (see details): We will have a series of workshops starting from Tuesday lunchtime and concluding at Wednesday lunchtime. We have refreshed these a little from those held at previous conferences so keep an eye out for more details.
  • Three keynote speakers (see details): See below for our confirmed speakers.
  • Panel session (see details): This will discuss the topic 'How will the opening up of geospatial data help the GIS community'. We are in the final stages of confirming the panel for this session so will be updating this over the next few weeks.
  • Early career parallel session:There will be a dedicated parallel session for early career researchers to present ideas for current or future research.
The draft programme starts at 12:30 on Tuesday lunchtime for the workshops, and then Wednesday/Thursday start at 9am. On Friday the plan is to start at 9:30. The academic programme will finish at 17:30 at the latest each day, apart from Friday when we plan to finish by 13:00 to allow you all to travel home. We will hopefully confirm the programme soon so check back here or keep an eye out on social media (@GISRUK) for announcements.

The final programme will be made available online with all accepted abstracts, and there is no plan to print a full programme for attendees. Within the venue a small number of printed schedules will be made available on a day-by-day basis for those who require one.

Keynote speakers

We have three great keynote speakers now confirmed. More details about each of these will appear here soon!

Wednesday 24th April - Professor Renee Sieber

Renée Sieber is a professor of geography and environment (jointly appointed) at McGill University, in Montréal, Canada. She is also affiliated with McGill’s School of Computer Science, McGill’s Digital Humanities Working Group and the Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre of Quebec. Sieber works at the intersection of social theory and computer code. She is best known for her research on Public Participation GIS/ Participatory GIS. She authored the definitive review of PPGIS, which has been cited over 1000 times. She was awarded the CAG’s GIS Study Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her PPGIS research and her role in supporting GIS research in Canada. She sits on the executive committee of Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada, which will be holding its 7th conference in February in Banff. Sieber just concluded a SSHRC Partnership, called Geothink, which investigated how citizens and cities interact via the geospatial web 2.0, crowdsourcing and open data. She is currently researching the role of artificial intelligence in civic governance.

Thursday 25th April - Dr Gobe Hobona

Dr. Gobe Hobona is the Director of Knowledge Management for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The OGC is an international industry consortium of over 521 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards for geospatial technologies. Dr Hobona is responsible for the OGC’s knowledge management strategy to create an environment that enables the OGC membership to identify, create, represent, share, distribute, and adopt insights and experiences across programmes. His other roles within the OGC include being Chair of the OGC Naming Authority and the OGC Architecture Domain Working Group. Prior to joining OGC staff, he was the Consultancy Team Leader and Head of Applied Research at Envitia. During his time at Envitia, he was the technical lead of a multi-year geospatial research project sponsored by a major UK government ministry. He has also previously held postdoctoral research posts at Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham. He is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Friday 26th April - Thierry Gregorius

Thierry Gregorius is a GIS and Geomatics professional with over 20 years' experience in Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, having worked for companies like Royal Dutch Shell and Landmark Information Group, where he occupied global and senior leadership positions. For the past 6 years he has worked as a management consultant with Exprodat Consulting (a Getech group company), where he is currently pursuing his passion for helping people transform how they work - with GIS or otherwise. Thierry holds a PhD in Satellite Geodesy from Newcastle University and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Panel session

Theme: How will the opening-up of geospatial data help the GIS community?

Chair: Professor Mark Birkin, Univerity of Leeds and Alan Turing Institute - more info...

Confirmed panelists:
  • Professor Alex Singleton, University of Liverpool - more info...
  • More to be announced soon!

Early Career Workshops

We will be offering 4 workshops which are aimed at early career workshops. Details of these will be announced very soon.
Workshop 1
  • Title: TBC
  • Theme: Accessing open data and using API's
  • Being run by: Newcastle Urban Observatory (web site)
  • Date/time: TBC
  • Outline: TBC
Workshop 2
  • Title: TBC
  • Theme: TBC
  • Being run by: ESRI UK/Addy Pope
  • Date/time: TBC
  • Outline: TBC
Workshop 3
  • Title: TBC
  • Theme: GIS in industry
  • Being run by: Industry representatives
  • Date/time: TBC
  • Outline: TBC
Workshop 4
  • Title: TBC
  • Theme: Visualising spatial data
  • Being run by: Newcastle University
  • Date/time: TBC
  • Outline: TBC

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