SCGIS Conference


2020 Virtual SCGIS Conference Series Beginning July 20th


Dear SCGIS Community, 


In these uncertain and isolating times, SCGIS is working to find ways to support and bring value to your work and provide an opportunity for us to come together to exchange ideas and build further strength and resilience into our community.  


Beginning July 20th, we will kick off the 2020 Virtual SCGIS Conference Series, a sequence of presentations, workshops, and panels on conservation GIS, all available for FREE and spread over a few weeks. Additionally, we will have a few intensive skill workshops for a small fee.


While not the same as coming together in person for a few days, a primary benefit of the virtual conference series is that for the first time we have the opportunity to make the conference available for EVERYONE in our community to attend, in a true global meeting of the minds. If you can’t attend a session in real time, our sessions will be recorded and posted to our website and made available to our members to watch at a later date. To avail yourself of the recorded sessions, begin or renew your membership today.


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.


 To kick off the series on July 20th, 1PM EST, 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) and have very limited seating, so snag your tickets soon

  • Tues July 21, 2pm EST - Spatial Analysis with R, Part I
  • Wed July 22, 12pm EST - Creating Dashboards from Field Data
  • Thu July 23, 1pm EST - Web GIS for Conservation
  • Fri July 24, 2pm EST - Spatial Analysis with R, Part II
  • Mon July 27, 1pm EST - Spatial Analysis Workflows in ArcGIS Pro
  • Tues July 28, 2pm EST - Spatial Analysis with R, Part III
  • Wed July 29, 1pm EST - Spatial Analysis with R workshop, Part IV. R-ArcGIS Bridge
  • Thu July 30, 1pm EST  - QGIS and Remote Sensing 1 - Intro to Remote Sensing using Open Source Tools
  • Fri July 31, 1pm EST - QGIS and Remote Sensing 2 - Advanced Remote Sensing: Land cover change analysis


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 EST - Conservation Remote Sensing Network
  • Thu July 23, 4pm EST - The Nature Conservancy
  • Mon Aug 3, 1pm EST - Career Panel
  • Thu Aug 6, 1pm EST - DC Chapter
  • Fri Aug 7, 1pm EST - Land Trust Panel


The heart of our yearly conference, however, is you. It is important to SCGIS that we provide you a platform for individual members to share their research, initiatives, techniques, and accomplishments. Should you wish to present, we will soon be sending out full instructions on submitting an abstract and talk.  Each free user-submitted session will be grouped into 10-15 min presentations, with time for a live feedback and Q&A with the audience. 



Registration will be handled through Eventbrite. All of the sessions (both paid workshops and free events) can be found here, and each event must be registered for separately. Once you have registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you with instructions for accessing the session.


We hope you are well and that you will be able to attend a workshop or free session, and share your work virtually with the SCGIS community. 



The SCGIS Conference Committee