Advancing Science through GIS:
Today's Challenges and Preparing for the Future

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 environmental scientist followed by a conversational response panel of distinguished speakers who will react to the address and discuss from an information technology/infomatics/GIS perspective, how best to implement its vision. 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 in Ballroom G (right next door).

Keynote Speaker

Margaret Leinen

Margaret Leinen

A highly distinguished national leader and oceanographer, is the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego (UCSD); UCSD vice chancellor for marine sciences; and dean of the School of Marine Sciences. She is also president of the American Geophysical Union, a member of the Leadership Council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, past chair of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science Section of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and past president of The Oceanography Society.

Before joining Scripps in 2013 as its eleventh director, she served as vice provost for marine and environmental initiatives and executive director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a unit of Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that she served for seven years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as assistant director for geosciences and coordinator of environmental research and education. She oversaw a budget of $700 million, led government-wide planning for climate research, and co-led government planning for ocean research. While at NSF, she presided over and directly influenced some of the most consequential programs in marine, atmospheric, and earth science.