2020 Virtual Conference Agenda

Sessions and Agenda

The SCGIS Virtual Conference Series is broken into manageable bite sized sessions that we’ll keep rolling out throughout the summer, and announcing on Eventbrite.

Welcome Meeting

 To kick off the series on July 20th, 1PM EDT, we invite everyone, members and non-members alike, to our Welcome and Annual Membership Meeting! We will give an introduction to SCGIS, go over the benefits of membership and give an overview of highlights from the past year. 


Currently we have the first 3 weeks announced, including multiple technical workshops. The workshops are offered for a low cost ($20 each) and have very limited seating, so snag your tickets soon

Tues July 21, 2pm EDT Spatial Analysis with R, Part I
Wed July 22, 12pm EDT Creating Dashboards from Field Data
Fri July 24, 2pm EDT Spatial Analysis with R, Part II
Mon July 27, 1pm EDT Spatial Analysis Workflows in ArcGIS Pro
Tues July 28, 2pm EDT Spatial Analysis with R, Part III
Wed July 29, 1pm EDT Spatial Analysis with R workshop, Part IV. R-ArcGIS Bridge
Thu July 30, 1pm EDT QGIS and Remote Sensing 1 - Intro to Remote Sensing using Open Source Tools
Fri July 31, 1pm EDT QGIS and Remote Sensing 2 - Advanced Remote Sensing: Land cover change analysis

Talks and Panels

Registration is also open for many free sessions, including sessions from the DC SCGIS Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Remote Sensing Network (CRSNet) and Panel Sessions, with demonstrations and several of our International Chapters being added soon! Visit the Eventbrite page to register, and to check for new sessions to be announced.

Tues July 21, 1pm EDT                       Conservation Remote Sensing Network
Thu July 23, 1pm EDT Protected Area Management with Esri’s ArcGIS Solutions for Conservation
Thu July 23, 4pm EDT

Identifying Conservation Actions and Resilience in a Changing Climate: Using Geospatial Technology at The Nature Conservancy

Mon Aug 3, 1pm EDT Career Panel
Tue Aug 4, 4.30p EDT

Update on ArcGIS StoryMaps, Tips & Tricks for Managing an ArcGIS Online Organization

Wed Aug 5, 4pm EDT

Development and Implementation of the Suspect Rapid Ohi`a Death Trees Management Tracking System

Thu Aug 6, 1pm EDT DC Chapter
Fri Aug 7, 1pm EDT Land Trust Panel 

User Presentations

The heart of our yearly conference, is you. It is important to SCGIS that we provide you a platform to share your research, initiatives, techniques, and accomplishments.

We cordially invite you to present your work at the 2020 SCGIS Virtual Conference Series! These presentations will take place in September, be streamed to the community for free with time for Q&A, and available in recorded form to SCGIS members.

Please submit your talk here. Abstract and video submissions must be received here by August 14th to be considered.

In order to streamline this process and overcome some presenters’ connectivity limitations, we are asking everyone to submit here both a short abstract AND your actual 10-15 minute talk in video format*. If chosen, we will arrange for you to be live for a quick Q&A after we stream your talk.  Historically, we accept almost every single submission received as long as it touches on conservation work and GIS.  We will contact you for scheduling once we receive your submission.

Here are the details:

  • For the abstract, please give a BRIEF (no longer than 150 words) summary of your talk. 
  • For your presentation, please upload the recorded 10-15 minute slide presentation, very similar to one you would give at our in-person Conference.
  • We ask that all talks be in English.
  • As always, talks should be centered around your work in conservation GIS, and align with our value and mission. We hope through these presentations to help foster conversations, learning, connectivity, best practices, and growth in the Conservation GIS community. 


* Slide presentations with voiceover can be recorded in a variety of ways, including through the free software, such as Screencastomatic or the browser Chrome’s Screencastify. For nuts and bolts of how to use one of these, here’s a youtube video, or check out their websites.

* If you do not have PowerPoint, there are a variety of freeware options you can use, such as GoogleSlides, Canva, EMaze, etc..