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.

International Chapter Sessions

Chapter US time Local chapter time
Brazil Aug 20th, 4pm EDT Aug 20th, 5pm
India Aug 21st, 9am EDT Aug 21st, 6.30pm
Pakistan and New Zealand Aug 24th, 1am EDT Aug 24th 5pm NZ, 10am Pakistan
South Africa (canceled) Aug 24th, 10am EDT Aug 24th, 4pm
Cameroon & Slovenia Aug 26th, 12pm EDT Aug 26th 4pm Cameroon, 6pm Slovenia
Ukraine & Madagascar Aug 27th, 10am EDT Aug 27th 5pm
Latin America Aug 27th, 3pm EDT Aug 27th, 4pm
Russia Aug 28th, 11am EDT Aug 28th, 6pm
South Africa  Aug 31st, 10am EDT Aug 31st, 4pm

 User Community Sessions

Date       Topics
Tue Sept 1, 12pm EDT                 Adding spatial analysis capabilities to existing wetlands spring surveys; prioritizing connectivity linkages; communicating wildlife movements with open source software; and large scale conservation planning with GIS
Thur Sep 3, 1pm EDT Using remote sensing to estimate tropical dry forest coverage; open source air quality monitoring and mapping; and the use of GIS to increase environmental literary

Welcome Meeting (Completed)

We kicked off the series on July 20th, 1PM EDT, with our Welcome and Annual Membership Meeting, where we gave an introduction to SCGIS, went over the benefits of membership, and presented an overview of highlights from the past year. 

Workshops (Completed)

The workshops are offered for a low cost ($20 each) and have very limited seating.

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 (Completed)

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.

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..