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.


Conference theme


All geospatial submissions are welcome, with submissions aligned with the conference theme especially so. The conference theme is Finding our way to a better future:


Society is facing some significant global challenges. They are not necessarily new challenges, 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.


First call for abstracts


We 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 guiding questions, under the central theme Finding our Way to a Better Future, are:

  • What is 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.
  • How can we enable seamless geospatial data? This might include good geospatial data governance, next-generation spatial data infrastructures and improved methods for knowledge representation.
  • How can we ensure 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.
  • Geofutures: how can geospatial science and technology address key challenges for society? Challenges 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.


Abstract submissions


Abstract submissions will open soon. Please follow @GeospatialNZ on Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn to be notified when abstract submission opens, or sign up here:



Conference organisers


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.


Main organising team: Matthew Wilson (GRI/ University of Canterbury), Antoni Moore (University of Otago), Kathryn Salm (FrontierSI) and Graeme Blick (LINZ).


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