What to expect

Every year anew we’re trying to make our GI_Week in Salzburg as diversified as possible, focus on different and current topics, and try new session formats. A significant part of our participants are GI_Forum regulars, who repeatedly return to Salzburg in the first week of July to learn about the latest trends and developments, to meet “old” colleagues and make new friends. Participants who attend GI_Forum for the first time especially enjoy the homely atmosphere.

We’re looking forward to an interesting GI_Week! You can find more information on the various activities in our program:

Program Overview

Tuesday, July 7

13:00 – 17:00 Check-in & Registration Welcome Desks
13:30 – 17:30 Lectures | Workshops | Networking Breaks Lecture Halls | Foyers
17:30 – 19:00 GI_Forum Opening Lecture Hall B
19:00 – 22:00 International Ice Breaker West Terrace

Wednesday, July 8

08:00 – 17:00 Check-in & Registration Welcome Desks
9:00 – 10:15 Lectures | Workshops Lecture Halls
10:30 – 12:00 AGIT Opening (in German) A- AudiMax
Verleihung AGEO Awards
12:00 – 13:00 EXPO Opening EXPO Foyers
Lunch Break
 13:00 – 19:00 Lectures | Workshops | Networking Breaks Lecture Halls | Foyers
19:00 – 20:00 Poster Session Ground Floor
19:00 – 22:00 EXPO Night EXPO Foyers
get.together with the exhibitors

Thursday, July 9

08:00 – 17:00 Check-in & Registration Welcome Desks
09:00 – 13:00 Lectures | Workshops | Networking Breaks Lecture Halls | Foyers
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
UNIGIS get.together (by invitation only)
 Reviewer-Meeting (by invitation only)
14:00 – 18:00 Lectures | Workshops | Networking Breaks Lecture Halls | Foyers
18:30 Evening Buffet Piano Terrace

Friday, July 10

07:15 ener_GI | Scenic Run (tbc) Nawi pond (weather permitting)
08:00 – 13:00 Check-in & Registration Welcome Desks
09:00 – 10:30 Lectures | Workshops Lecture Halls | Foyers
10:30 – 11:30 EXPO Brunch EXPO Foyers
11:30 – 13:00 Lectures | Workshops Lecture Halls
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 AGIT & GI_Forum Closing A – AudiMax
Award Ceremony: Best Studnet Paper; Best Poster
Results Satellite Image Quiz
15:00 – 16:00 Farewell with a glass of wine Welcome area

Keynote Speakers

Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Data & Deception:  Geographies of Misinformation and Incivility in Social Media”

Keynote on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 17:00

Click here for abstract & short bio

Jürgen Döllner

Computer Graphics Systems, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany

Keynote Speaker Profile

Title to follow asap

Keynote on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:30

abstract & short bio to follow asap

> in the meantime, visit  https://hpi.de/doellner/index.html

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 on Thursday, July 9, 2020, time tbc

Click here for abstract & short bio

Cynthia A. Brewer

Cartographer, Professor, Head of Department of Geography, Penn State, USA

Keynote Speaker Profile

“Systematizing Cartographic Design”

Keynote on Friday, July 10, 2020, 13:30

Click here for abstract & short bio

Program coming soon

We’ll provide the link to our program in April 2020.

Until then: stay informed about what’s happening by signing up to our Z_GIS Newsletter (>http://newsletter.zgis.at/registration/).

Young Researchers Corner

Young Research Matters!

To encourage young researchers in their scientific work, we pay special attention through our special offers and events.

Young Researchers’ Corner: Meet our keynote speakers!

At the Young Researchers’ Corner young scientists meet the keynote speakers in an informal atmosphere and discuss their research and received impulses for their further academic careers. This is part of the specially designed “Future Forum”.

Find out more about the forum at > http://agit.at/programm/#Chancenforum

Best Student Paper Award

Submit a full paper contribution and take part in our trophy!

Topics and Special Sessions

Call for Papers is currently closed. (The next Call for Papers opens October 1, 2020).
Please make sure to mark your submission as “student contribution” on our platform.


  • Confirmation of student enrolment at a higher education institution, to be sent to office@gi-forum.org
  • Non-student co-authors are prohibited
  • Oral presentation at GI_Forum in Salzburg


  • Full paper submission according to the author information and formatting guidelines. All authors’ deadlines apply
  • The paper will be reviewed by our review committee
  • Please also include a short Curriculum Vitae


The student paper will be published in the GI_Forum Journal.

Geoinformatics Trophy Award:

The best student paper will be awarded by the review committee. The student trophy award ceremony is scheduled during the closing session on Friday. The Geoinformatics Trophy includes: a certificate, free symposium participation for the upcoming year, and a grant worth € 500,-.

Apply for an Conference Stipend – sponsored by Esri

Esri Stipends amount to EUR 400,- each, and will typically cover both the conference fees and accommodation during the conference. Up to three Stipends are available for full-paper contributions in English only. They are awarded based on the results of an international review process. Apply via paper submission process.