Esri's First EMEA User Conference Promises a "Magic Carpet" Ride

With the advent of the new millennium and the implication of a new beginning, Esri is staging its first combined GIS for the New Millennium logoEuropean/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) user conference. Straddling both Europe and Asia, we chose Istanbul, Turkey, as the venue to stage the "unity" conference.

Comments Frank Holsmuller, Esri Europe's EMEA marketing manager, "While our past regional conferences have always been successful, we thought we would try something a little different this year. By bringing together international users of our GIS software from diverse backgrounds and geographic regions, we hope that the conference will act as an even better catalyst to stimulate new ideas and directions for the use of GIS technology in the new millennium."

The conference will be hosted by ISLEM GIS, Esri's well-established Turkish distributor, and will be held October 18-20. It will be preceded by a special GIS Management Seminar held October 16-17. Conference speakers will include Dr. Halil Sogut, president of ISLEM GIS; Jack Dangermond, president of Esri; Lawrie Jordan, president of ERDAS; Mats Soderberg, president of MS GIS; and David Maguire, director of product planning at Esri.

The conference will feature a wide variety of activities including plenary sessions, software presentations, workshops, user presentations, poster exhibits, and much more. Retired Lt. Col. Mats Soderberg will be conducting a special presentation on the use of GIS by the military. Product specialists will be demonstrating Esri's GIS software and the ERDAS remote sensing and geographic imaging software products. They will also be available for individual consultations. The grand prize for the map poster contest is a trip to Esri's international user conference in San Diego in 2001!

Concludes Dr. Halil Sogut, "I would like to extend a warm welcome to our international community and encourage them to attend Esri's first EMEA conference to share with us an event, which we promise will be both technically and culturally stimulating."

For more information about the conference, visit the Web site at or contact Ms. Miles Wight (e-mail:; tel.: +90-312-235-6490; or fax: +90-312-235-5682).

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