SCGIS Conference

You are invited to attend our 2021 SCGIS Annual International Conference!  


In light of the ongoing pandemic and the value of connecting our community across continents, the Conference will once again be virtual.  It will consist of a series of online sessions between July 19th and August 4th.  Conference registration will be free to all who wish to attend, and we strongly encourage all attendees to join SCGIS if not already a member. 


To register, please visit our conference information and registration pages today!



We are pleased to announce two accomplished keynote speakers!


Walter Jetz


July 19, 2021: Walter Jetz received a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2002. He is a Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and in the School of the Environment at Yale University, where he arrived in 2009.

His research addresses global biodiversity dynamics in a changing world and integrates ecological, evolutionary, geographical, and environmental perspectives. One particular focus is the use of new technologies and data flows to study biodiversity distributions and responses to change across scales. Flagship projects include Map of Life (a research, education and information platform addressing the global geographic distribution of species), the Half-Earth Project Map (addressing global priorities for area-based conservation) and EarthEnv (near-global high-resolution environmental data for biodiversity applications). For publications see here.

At Yale, Walter Jetz founded and directs the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and its Max Planck-Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement of Global Change, an International Max Planck Center. For IPBES, he was member and co-manager of the Task Force on Data and Knowledge, chaired the Task Group on Indicators and was Lead Author of the Global Assessment. He is Scientific Chair of the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and co-chairs the Species Population Working Group of GEO BON.


Molly Burhans

July 26, 2021:  Molly Burhans combines her passion for people and the planet with her experience in GIS, design thinking, business development, and scientific research to understand and transform complex systems and make land work for good. As founder and Executive Director of GoodLands, Burhans helps communities manage their properties for environmental, social, and financial impact. She was the chief cartographer for the first global data-based maps of the Catholic Church, and her work combining faith, environmental stewardship and technology has received international coverage and acclaim. Burhans is an Ashoka fellow, a Henry Arnhold fellow, and the 2019 United Nations Young Champion of the Earth for North America. She has been involved with the Vatican Youth Symposium, Vatican Arts and Technology Council, United Nations Youth Assembly, and the Buckminster Fuller Catalyst program, and was an Echoing Green fellowship finalist.



SCGIS is pleased to announce this line-up of technical workshops. Each workshop is listed in US Pacific Time, and is offered at a cost of $28.

Date (July) Start Time (GMT -7, USA Pacific) End Time (GMT -7, USA Pacific) Topic Instructor
Tues 20th 8:00 AM 11:00 AM Spatial Data Analysis in R Part I Andy Lyons
Wed 21st 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Introduction to Google Earth Engine: Tracking Changes in NDVI Over Time Annie Taylor
Thurs 22nd 8:00 AM 11:00 AM Spatial Data Analysis in R Part II Andy Lyons
Thurs 22nd 1:00 PM 3:30 PM Creating and combining Story Maps, Interactive Maps, Surveys, and Dashboards for gathering, mapping, analyzing, and communicating information Joseph Kerski
Friday 23rd 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Exploring ArcGIS field apps Miriam Schmidts
Tues 27th 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Introduction to Remote Sensing using Open Source Tools Nancy Thomas, Cindy Schmidt
Wed 28th 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Open Source Remote Sensing: Land Cover Change Analysis Nancy Thomas, Cindy Schmidt


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The SCGIS Conference Committee