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URISA's Caribbean GIS Conference: Call for Workshop and Presentation Proposals

Call for Workshop and Presentation Proposals – Brief extension. Don't delay!

Submit a workshop proposal

Submit a presentation proposal


Why should you present at the URISA Caribbean GIS Conference?

  • Engage with your peers across the region.
  • Contribute to knowledge enrichment and exchange.
  • 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? 

The educational program is developed through a peer review of submissions received. Members of the Conference Committee will spend countless hours reviewing, debating and discussing submissions. 

Call for Workshop Proposals - Due May 8, 2019
Brief extension. Don't delay!

Do you enjoy teaching/presenting?  Want to help transfer knowledge to the community?  The 2019 Conference Planning Committee is soliciting educational content and instructors for full-day and half-day conference workshops. Conference workshops will be scheduled on Monday, November 18 and attendance at one workshop is included with full conference 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 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 the conference. 

Suggested Workshop Topics:

  • Disaster Management
  • Application Scripting and Development
  • GIS Program Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enterprise GIS
  • Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), CrowdSourcing, Citizen Engagement
  • UAS Usage, Strategies, Legalities
  • Open Source GIS
  • Policy Creation and Agreements
  • Standards Development
  • Addressing Issues
  • Professional Development & Certification 
  • ArcGIS Applications & Topics
  • Other topics of interest to the community that would best be presented in a half or full-day course setting

Link to Workshop Proposal Submission Form:  Full or half-day Workshop Proposals

Call for Presentation Proposals - Due May 8, 2019
Brief extension. Don't delay!

The 2019 Conference Planning Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, panels, and lightning talks. All abstracts will be reviewed and considered for the educational program. The following list is not meant to be restrictive, but as a guide to stimulate ideas. Be bold, think outside the box! All proposals received will be reviewed and considered for the program.

Presentation Themes and Topics to Consider: 

Environmental Applications using Geospatial Technologies

  • Natural Resources Management
  • Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Earth Observations
  • GIS in Agriculture and Sustainable Resources
  • Modelling the Marine Environment with GIS
  • Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)
  • Other related topics

Managing How Humans Impact the Community

  • Flood Risk Modelling & Mitigation (e.g. Coasts, Rivers, Watersheds, etc.)
  • Disaster and Emergency Response Planning using GIS
  • Geomatics
  • Land Management and Administration
  • Land Use Planning
  • Transportation and Public Works
  • Crime, Safety and National Security
  • Citizen Engagement
  • GIS for Public Health Care
  • GIS for Human Geography (e.g. Census, Elections, etc.)
  • GIS for Non-profit & Humanitarian Applications (e.g. Refugees, homeless, aging, disabled, etc.)
  • Other related topics

Technological Advances in GIS

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Geospatial Cloud Computing
  • Application Development
  • Automation, Artificial Intelligence, R & Machine Learning
  • 5G & The Internet of Things
  • Open Source GIS
  • Mobile & Web GIS
  • BIM for GIS
  • Indoor Mapping
  • Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry & LiDAR
  • Drones & UAVs
  • Other related topics

Governance, Education and the Future of GIS

  • GIS Leadership & Management
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Data Management
  • Realization of ROI Benefits for GIS
  • The Value of Standards in GIS
  • Legal & Ethical Issues Impacting GIS
  • GIS Policy Making & Governance
  • GIS in Education & Academia: Certification vs Certificate vs. Diploma vs. Degree
  • Mapping your way into a GIS Career
  • Women in GIS
  • Introducing GIS to the Next Generation (From Primary School and Beyond)
  • Mentorship
  • Evolution of GIS over the Decades
  • Volunteering in GIS (eg: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, GISCorps, MapAction, involvement with professional associations)
  • Other related topics

Business Intelligence

  • Addressing in the Caribbean
  • GeoMarketing & Sales Campaign Management
  • Crowdsourcing / PPGIS Applications
  • Event Planning using GIS (e.g. Olympics, World Cups, etc.)
  • Facilities Management
  • Application Development
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Integrating Geolocation to Business Workflows
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Smart Cities
  • Utilities & Telecom (e.g. Water, Sewage, Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, etc.)
  • Other related topics

Presentation Formats: There are numerous presentation formats to fit your style... from formal speaking slots and panel discussions to IGNITE-style talks. Please indicate the presentation format that is best suited for your proposal when you submit your proposal (note that the committee may ask you to reconsider your preferred format to fit the program needs).

  • Complete SessionA 60-90 minute comprehensive session with collaborative problem solving and knowledge sharing. Indicate learning objectives, skills gained, and takeaways. Action plan for follow-up after the event would be well-received.
  • PanelA 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 different aspects of a particular topic.
  • Individual Presentation: Each presenter is allotted 15 to 30 minutes, plus a few minutes for questions. Presentations of this type will be scheduled with other presentations to form a cohesive session of 60 or 90 minutes in length.
  • Ignite-Style Presentation: A big hit every year, Ignite-style presentations (also known as lightning talks) are limited to five minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). The best presentations are both educational and entertaining!  

Link to Presentation Proposal Submission FormPresentation Proposals: Panel, Complete Session, Individual Presentations and Ignite-Style Talks


  • Deadline for Submission: May 8, 2019 - brief extension!
  • Acceptance Notification: June 3, 2019 - June 17, 2019
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: September 9, 2019 (After that date, unregistered speakers will be removed from the program.)
  • Conference: November 18-21, 2019

Links to Online Submission Forms: 

Presenter Suggestions & Expectations:

  • Presenters should make the topics as relevant as possible to the Caribbean or instance of small developing islands/states.
  • Submission of a proposal implies availability to attend the conference.  All accepted presenters must register  and pay the registration fee. If a presenter plans to participate in only the session he/she is scheduled in ('speak and leave'), registration fees may be waived, however a registration form must still be completed.


  • Presentations that market specific products and services are not acceptable at the conference. Exhibiting/sponsoring opportunities to promote your company's products and services will be abundant at the conference.

  • All accepted presenters must submit either a formal paper (preferred but not required) or presentation with notes (i.e. PowerPoint/Prezi) during the conference for inclusion in the proceedings. Your session moderator will collect the papers/presentations during the conference on a thumb drive.

  • All participants must read and abide by the URISA Event Code of Conduct to promote a respectful experience for all.

  • To accommodate conference 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 Conference Slide Template will be distributed to all presenters, even if you only use it for your presentation title and name.

  • During the event, there are often concurrent sessions with multiple presentations. In order for all attendees to access all of the good ideas being presented, URISA produces the Proceedings which is distributed to all attendees after the conference. Presenters are expected to submit their presentations, with a brief narrative for distribution to attendees. It can be emailed or provided on thumb drive transfer on site at the event.

Presenters are encouraged to incorporate specific ‘takeaways’ and lessons learned to make the attendees’ experience as valuable as possible. Consider alternative ways of delivering information, perhaps incorporating audience activities and discussion, multimedia, peer to peer sharing and other ways to promote active learning. PowerPoint presentations are an effective tool for sharing data, key points and storytelling. But do you really need slides? Steve Jobs once said, “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” If slides don’t add value to your overall message, don’t use them. Take some time to consider some interactive presentation ideas like these:

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