GI_Forum provides a platform for dialogue among geospatial minds, informing the GeoInformation Society, contributing to a more just, ethical and sustainable society.

GI_Forum 2020 connecting spatially – virtually

This year’s GI_Forum has originally been planned with the theme “connecting spatially” in mind and the question about how Geoinformatics as a method became a key discipline of digitalization in all spheres of our daily lives.

While the theme of our conference didn’t change, the circumstances surrounding it certainly did: Due to the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s GI_Forum will take place as virtual conference, together with the German-language AGIT and its EXPO – all under the umbrella term “GI_Week”. We’re excited to try new formats together with you, especially designed to enhance connection between us.

GI_Forum is organized by the University of Salzburg, under the coordination of the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS and in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

New digital formats to maximize networking opportunities

Networking between participants will continue to be a key aspect of this year’s virtual GI_Forum. Communication-enhancing, digital formats will allow experts in research and development and the industry sector to discuss the latest issues and applications, gain hands-on experience in live workshops and webinars, or chat during one of our virtual social events.

Exhibitors will be presenting their latest products in the “digital Foyer” and be available for one-on-one meetings via a private chatroom.

This new digital format allows us to think in new dimensions and will at the same time serve as prototypes for future hybrid conferences.


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