Call for Papers

Creating a Brighter Future

You’re invited to exchange ideas and best practices with fellow GIS educators and administrators at the 2016 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.

This year’s conference theme is “Creating a brighter future.” Creativity is both satisfying on a personal level and vital for societies responding to change.  More than ever, the ability to create something new is a skill to be cultivated in all people, at all levels of education, in all disciplines.  The 2016 Education GIS Conference celebrates those who imagine and build solutions that apply geography for a brighter future.

Saturday and Sunday June 25-26 will include plenary sessions and lightning talks related to the conference theme and other topics. You’re welcome to propose your contribution by November 16, 2015.

The Education GIS Conference will continue on Tuesday, June 28 with self-organized “unconference” sessions, special interest group meetings, and a special symposium on GIS in science.

Deadline for submissions: December 2, 2015

Submit Your Abstract


Lightning Talks are very brief presentations that last no more than ten 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.

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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