Frontiers in GIS Science

Join us in San Diego at the Esri Science Symposium. This event will begin with a special Keynote Address, and include a discussion panel and reception to engage and enlighten scientists at the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) on the hot topics and pressing issues of the day such as climate change, sustainability, visualization and geodesign of earth futures, and related growth in geospatial technology for the betterment of both science and society.


Please note: You must be registered for User Conference or the Education GIS Conference to attend. 

Domain Science Involvement

The symposium seeks to broaden participation at the Esri UC beyond geographers and GIScientists to include those working in the domain sciences (e.g., ocean science, hydrology, ecology, forestry, climate science, geology/geophysics, agricultural science, conservation biology, sustainability science and/or geodesign, health sciences, and the social sciences).

Networking at UC

A further aim is to (re)crystallize a community of scientists normally scattered throughout the week in disparate sessions, by providing a special venue at the Esri UC for them to network and sharpen each other's knowledge accordingly.

Discussion and Reception

The Keynote Address will be delivered by a world-renowned scientist followed by a conversational response panel moderated by Mike Goodchild (UCSB emeritus) with Shaowen Wang (U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Sheila Steinberg (Brandman U.), Andre Skupin (San Diego State), and Christina Boggs-Chavira (California Department of Water Resources) + Jon Foley

The symposium will end with a brief open discussion/Q&A with the audience. Immediately afterword, there will be a hosted reception with delicious appetizers and drinks.

Keynote Speaker

Jon Foley

Jon Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Foley is the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, where he is also the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair. In this role, Foley leads the greenest museum on the planet and one of the most future-focused scientific institutions in the world.

A world-renowned scientist, his work focuses on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. Throughout his career, he and his colleagues have contributed to our understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, global food security, and the sustainability of the world’s resources. This work has led Foley to become a trusted advisor to governments, environmental groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and business leaders around the world.

Read more about John Foley