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CalGIS 2020 Call for Workshop and Presentation Proposals

CalGIS 2020 - February 9-11, 2020
Long Beach, California

We invite you to share your work using GIS and geospatial methods in all application areas and disciplines. As geospatial tools and technology have permeated our world, geospatial applications are present in all aspects of our lives ranging from “traditional” uses in government, industry and academia to emerging fields of location analytics, big data, drone mapping across disciplines as diverse as journalism, tourism, marketing and many others.  Regardless of how you implement geospatial technology in your work we encourage you to share. CalGIS provides a forum for GIS practitioners from students to seasoned professionals to share their experiences, lessons learned, and tips and tricks with colleagues across the state. Participation in CalGIS can be submitted in multiple formats, including presentations (individual or panel), posters and interactive maps, workshops, town halls, or any other means you’d like to suggest for best sharing your work.

The CalGIS 2020 educational program is developed through a peer review of submissions received. The members of the Planning Committee will collaboratively develop the  educational program shortly after the submission deadline.   

Why should you present?

  • Get recognized for your achievements and enhance your professional profile.
  • Increase the visibility of your organization and your project.
  • Help somebody else who is facing similar challenges.  
  • Receive valuable Contribution Points toward your GISP certification or renewal.
  • Discuss your work in a meaningful way to a variety of individuals.
  • Receive valuable feedback from your peers. Are you on the right track?

Call for Workshop Proposals – Due September 23, 2019

Do you enjoy teaching/presenting?  Want to help transfer knowledge to the GIS community in California?  We are soliciting educational content and instructors for full-day and half-day workshops. These courses are scheduled on Sunday, February 9 and attendance at one workshop is included with full registration. 

Suggested topics are provided for general reference only.  We welcome workshop topics of interest at all levels of expertise, from beginner to expert.  Learning objectives and takeaways will be vitally important components of your proposal, along with a full course outline, any pre-requisites or knowledge required, classroom setup needs, and instructors' biographies. If selected, instructors for each workshop may elect to receive an honorarium or free registration to CalGIS 2020.

Suggested Workshop Topics:

  • Data Quality Management/Metadata/Best Practices
  • Leadership and Management
  • Professional Development & Certification
  • Open Source or Commercial Geospatial Applications
  • Ensuring Map and App Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
  • Use of UAVs/Drones
  • Cartography
  • URISA Certified Workshops
  • Other topics of interest to the community

Workshop Proposals – Due September 23, 2019

Submit your workshop proposal via this form

Call for Presentation Proposals - Due September 23, 2019

The agenda is developed by reviewing submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The 2020 Planning Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, mini-workshops, and panel discussions.

We welcome topics of interest at all levels, from beginner to expert.  All proposals received will be reviewed and considered for the program.

Presentation Format:

  • Complete session—Comprised of one subject covered by one or more presenters. The expectation is that the depth and complexity of the issue merits the longer time. A complete session is 90 minutes in length.
  • Panel discussion —A panel is a 60-90 minute presentation which encourages interaction and discussion between the panelists and the audience. Panel presentations should include at least three panelists all speaking on aspects of a particular topic.
  • Mini-workshop—A 90-minute seminar, forum, or tutorial presented by an individual or small team on a particular topic. Topics could range from a technical “how-to” to policy and governance.
  • Single presentation—individual presentation that will be scheduled on its own. Each presenter is allotted approximately 25 minutes, including questions from the attendees.

Presentation Proposals – Due September 23, 2019

Submit your presentation proposal via this form

Additional Opportunities

Do you have a paper map, project poster, story map, or interactive web map application that you’d like to show at CalGIS 2020?  We can do that!  

Check back soon for the details and deadlines.


  • Deadline for Proposals: September 23, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: October 16, 2019
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: January 8, 2020 (After that date, unregistered speakers will be removed from the program.)
  • Event: February 9-11, 2020

Important Notes:

  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches or commercials. Presentation submissions by industry representatives must include a co-presenter who is a user.  The focus must be on education and not selling a product a service. 
  • All accepted presenters must submit either a formal paper (preferred but not required) or presentation with notes (i.e. PowerPoint/Prezi) for inclusion in the proceedings. Your session moderator will collect the papers/presentations during the conference on a thumb drive.
  • To accommodate event management, presenters are expected to meet deadlines. The conference utilizes a Sched App for the online publication of the event schedule, individual presentations, speaker biographies, exhibitor profiles and attendee networking. Presenters will receive instructions to upload their biographies and engage with the community upon acceptance.
  • Breakout session rooms will be moderated and equipped a screen, projector, and cables to plug into the presenters’ laptop (it is the responsibility of the presenter to verify their laptop’s compatibility with provided cables). A PowerPoint Slide Template will be distributed to all presenters, even if you only use it for your presentation title and name.
  • All accepted presenters must register and pay the registration fee. Acceptance as a presenter does not register you for CalGIS 2020 — registration fees are required.

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