New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference 2019

Queenstown Memorial Centre, 18 September 2019

Photo: Queenstown from Bob's Peak by Lawrence Murray (CC BY 2.0)

Welcome to Queenstown!


The 2019 New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference will take place on 18 September, at the Queenstown Memorial Centre in Queenstown, Otago. We are pleased to announce that the conference is being run in conjunction with the 15th International Conference on GeoComputation, GeoComputation 2019, and encourage both NZ and international visitors to attend both conferences. GeoComputation 2019 will host some workshops on 18 September (also at the Queenstown Memorial Centre), then the main part of the conference will take place on 19-21 September.

The conference theme is Finding our way to a better future. Society is facing some significant global challenges: they are not necessarily new, but the awareness and urgency of these problems has escalated. The ability to effectively evaluate, understand and address these large-scale issues is vital if we are to make an impact on them.  We are also on the cusp of a step-change in how we live and work in our work with disruptive technology and big data changing our futurescape. How we can harness these changes for the benefit of society is key.


Most of these challenges include a location component at a variety of scales. Geospatial information helps us to makes sense of the problems and gives us a better way of framing and addressing them. Knowing where people and things are, and their relationship to each other, is essential for evidence-informed decision-making. Not only is real-time information needed to prepare for, and respond to, things like natural disasters and political crises, but location-based services are helping governments to develop strategic priorities, make decisions, and measure and monitor outcomes.


NZGRC-2019 will bring the geospatial community together to explore how research in geospatial science and technology can help to address these challenges over the coming decades – both in terms of technological foundations and applied areas – and to consider how geospatial research can contribute to future societal wellbeing and just transitions.

All geospatial submissions are welcome, with submissions aligned with the conference theme especially so. The conference theme is Finding our way to a better futureWe invite submissions from all aspects of geospatial research and practice – including theory, technology, application, and innovation. The conference will include a range of academic sessions including posters. The participation of early career scholars, postgraduate students, and government and industry practitioners is positively encouraged.


Conference key themes, under the overarching theme of Finding our Way to a Better Future, are:

  • The future of geospatial science and technology. Topics might include smart geocomputation and geoanalytics, such as dynamic-temporal GIS, scalable geospatial computation, uncertainty, visualisation and geovisual analytics, advanced sensing, citizen science and volunteered geoinformation, and rapid spatial data analytics.
  • Enabling seamless geospatial data. This might include good geospatial data governance, next-generation spatial data infrastructures and improved methods for knowledge representation.
  • Ensuring good decisions from spatial information. Good decisions are those which are usable, have strong social licence, and which leave no-one behind including indigenous communities.
  • Addressing key challenges for society using geospatial science and technology. Challenges may include: transitioning to a carbon neutral society, adapting to a changing climate, secure and sustainable food and agriculture, and sustainable cities and communities.


Submissions which address related areas are also welcome.

Thank you for your interest in NZGRC 2019! Submissions are now open, via the NZGRC 2019 EasyChair site.


All submissions which address the conference themes or related areas are welcome. We positively encourage submissions from early career scholars, postgraduate students, and government and industry practitioners.


All abstract submissions of a maximum of 300 words must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another conference. The following submissions are welcome:

  • Oral presentation (regular talk): 15 minutes plus 5 minutes of questions: detailed presentation of completed research projects
  • Oral presentation (lightning talk): 7 minutes plus 3 minutes of questions: summary presentation of ongoing or completed research
  • Poster presentation: an active session held over an extended buffet lunch. Presenters should be at their poster during this session – it will be a good opportunity to network about your work across the geospatial sector.


Due to limited space in the programme, the committee reserves the right to adjust the submission type as necessary.

Registration is now open for NZGRC-2019, via the conference Eventbrite page.


Ticket information

Tickets include morning and afternoon tea and coffee, lunch, and an networking icebreaker event in the evening. Purchased online only. Before the end of August there is a Standard entry fee of $150 and Student fee of $100 (exclusive of GST and booking fee). Late entry fees between the 1st and 16th September are $200 for standard and $150 for student entry fees. 


If you are attending GeoComputation 2019:

We are offering discounted NZGRC-2019 ticket prices for GeoComputation attendees of $90 (Regular) or $40 (Student), to be paid on top of the GeoComputation registration fee. To take advantage of this, please head to the GeoComputation 2019 website to purchase your registration. If you are not attending GeoComputation, please purchase your registration for NZGRC-2019 here.

The conference is being organised by the Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau in conjunction with the University of Canterbury, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University, in conjunction with GeoComputation 2019, running in Queenstown from 18-21 September.


Please contact us at:

Matthew Wilson,

Geospatial Research Institute,

Level 4, Julius von Haast Building,

University of Canterbury,

Private Bag 4800,

Christchurch, 8140,

New Zealand




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Main organising team


Main organising team and programme comittee:

Key dates:


  • Early June: Abstract submissions open
  • Late June: Registration opens
  • 26 12 July: Abstract submission closes (extended)
  • 31 July: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 1 – 16 September: late registration (+$50)
  • 18 September: NZGRC 2019 and GeoComputation workshops
  • 19-21 September: GeoComputation 2019