Call for Papers

Learning and Leading Through Service

Esri’s education outreach team invites you to exchange ideas and best practices with fellow GIS educators and administrators at the 2015 Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California. Participating in the conference will connect you with others who share your professional interests, making it the premier thought-leadership event for those involved in GIS education. Technical sessions and hands-on workshops help you keep your edge.

The conference theme for 2015 is “Learning and leading through service.” Service learning is an increasingly common element of formal and informal instruction. GIS empowers students to design and produce meaningful place-based projects that benefit communities while developing 21st-century skills. The 2015 Education GIS Conference will include special sessions that highlight inspiring examples of learners using GIS for social good. 

Saturday and Sunday July 18-19 will include plenary sessions, lightning talks, featured user presentations, and facilitated panel discussions related to the conference theme and other topics. You’re welcome to propose your contribution by October 31, 2014. See “session types” below.

The Education GIS Conference will continue on Tuesday, July 21 with a third plenary session followed by a series of self-organized “unconference” sessions. Proposals for the unconference sessions will be accepted at the event.

Deadline for submissions: November 7 , 2014

Submit Your Abstract


Lightning Talks are very brief presentations that last no more than five minutes and that focus on one key point. The focus may be an idea, a successful project, a cautionary story, a collaboration invitation, a quick tip, or a demonstration. Lightning talks are energetic and fun.

Featured User Presentations describe new research findings or innovative projects in 15 minutes. They should include the goals for the work, present the results or lessons learned, and explain how the audience can use information presented. Good presentations elicit audience participation. A limited number of proposals will be selected by the Agenda committee for Featured User Presentations based on alignment with the conference theme.

Panel discussions are conversations among panelists and with their audience about a given topic. A moderator facilitates the conversation to make sure that voices are heard, and that the conversation stays on-topic. Discussions are not presentations; few if any slides are used. 


Abstract Content and Formatting

  • The proposal should answer the following 3 questions:
    • What is the issue you are addressing?
    • What have you done?
    • What are the results and impact?
  • The presenter biography should be 25 words or less.
  • The title should be 10 words or less.
  • Three to five keywords should be submitted. Organizers will use these to assign presentations into sessions.
  • The information you enter is used for publishing purposes (e.g. website and agenda). Please do not use bullet points, numbering, special symbols, or all capital letters. Submissions must be in English.

Presenter Information

The Agenda committee will evaluate all proposals and make selections based on topic, content, originality (e.g., not reruns from previous years), and time available.

  • A detailed program of presentations will be provided prior to the conference.
  • A projector, screen, and internet access will be provided in each presentation room.

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