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Canada GIS Days – Call for Presenters

We’re only a few months away from Canada’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Days!

Due to the success of last years’ virtual event we’ll be going virtual again this year. Take a look at 2020’s event schedule and presentation recordings to get inspired and excited for this year’s GIS Days, which promises to be even more thrilling than last year. The event will run from Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 19th and will be completely free for anyone to attend.  The event will include presentations, tutorials, plenary presentations, and even some virtual social events!

Presentations can be related to any topic – from Shakespearean literature to public health to mapping the surface of mars to everything in between – as long as the project incorporates some element of maps, geography, and/or GIS. Presenters can be staff, students (graduate or undergraduate), faculty, or community members. Presenters do not have to be affiliated with Western and we encourage a diversity in presentation topics from a variety of expertise levels. The event is entirely free to attend and participate in, and there will be monetary prizes (Peoples Choice Awards) awarded for presentations by popular vote.

We are currently accepting presentation submissions for lightning talks (7-minutes), demonstrations (15-minutes), and tutorials (30-minutes). The deadline for submissions is the end of day October 11thHowever, to release our preliminary schedule, we encourage you to submit your presentation topic early. You’ll be able to add to and edit your abstracts and bios once we have the schedule in order.

The call for presentations, along with the link to the submission form is available at: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/12869e9955124bdaa7b105e2883f7c40?portalUrl=https://westernu.maps.arcgis.com

The GIS Days planning team will be organizing a lightning talk guide to help you in preparing your presentation. The event will use Zoom Webinar, and the team will be running practice sessions for presenters ahead of the event. Synchronous presentations are recommended, however, asynchronous presentations are accepted as well. Presentations will be sorted into blocks led by a session chair and supported by two moderators. If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the event as a volunteer, please reach out to GIS Days coordinator Liz Sutherland.


Keep an eye on the GIS Days event page for more information about the event as it is released.

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