We have redesigned our original program to meet the needs of a virtual conference: you will be able to participate in well-established formats and also try new ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of Geoinformatics. We use this opportunity to make the GI_Forum fit for the challenges of the future and are excited for you to join us in this adventure.

Virtual GI_Forum 2020 at a glance

Here’s a brief summary of the most important changes:

  • We’re extending our program to a full week, from July 6 – 10, 2020
  • The maximum number of parallel session will be limited
  • Sessions will be shortened to 45 minutes
  • Keynote presentation and panel discussions will emphasize thematic foci
  • Short “highlight” presentations by authors with enough time for Q & A or break-out group discussions
  • Live Workshops offered to enhance your skills
  • Interactive poster session with brief presentations by the authors
  • Virtual EXPO with the possibility to find out about the latest products and discuss them in-depth with exhibitors in private chat rooms
  • Virtual social events & creative challenges

Our program is available online

GI_Week 2020 online program

as of May 28, subject to change.

Poster Gallery 2020

Visit our virtual Poster Gallery and vote for the best poster via the Hopin poll. Please note that only posters that are presented in one of the two presentation slots can enter the competition.

GI_Week 2020 online program

Keynote Speakers

Jürgen Döllner

Computer Graphics Systems, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany

Keynote Speaker Profile

Geospatial Artificial Intelligence: Potentials for 3D Point Clouds Keynote (English) on Monday, 6th of July, 10:00 (CET) >Abstract & Short bio

Anne Hale Miglarese

Founder & CEO, Radiant Earth Foundation

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Innovation in Geospatial Analytics for Land, Sea and Space”

Keynote (English) on Wednesday, 8th of July, 16:00 (CET)

>Abstract & Short bio

Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Data & Deception:  Geographies of Misinformation and Incivility in Social Media” Keynote (English) on Tuesday, 7th of July 2020, 16:00 (CET) >Abstract & Short bio

Orhun Aydin

Senior Researcher in Spatial Statistics, ESRI

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Spatial Solutions to World’s Complex Problems: The Rise of Spatial Data Science”

Keynote (English) on Thursday, 9th of July, 16:00 (CET)

>Abstract & Short bio

Tim Cole

Professor of Social History & Director, Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol, UK

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Remembrance and Geomedia: remembering, teaching and researching the Holocaust through GIS”

Keynote (English) on Wednesday, 8th of July 2020, 9:00 (CET)

>Abstract & Short bio

Richard Simpson

Meta Moto Pty Ltd.

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Pathways to Digital Earth”

Introduction to the Unconference (English) on Friday, 10th of July 2020, 9:00 (CET)

Richard’s presentation is available here:

“Imagining Digital Earth: From the vision of Digital Earth to Digital Twin Earth and Industry 4.0”

GI_Forum Journal Issue 1-2020 is available online now!

Authors of Full-/Short Papers will highlight the most interesting aspects of their contribution in a 7-minute presentation. If you want to prepare beforehand, or read more after a presentation, you can

Access the papers online