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Welcome to GISRUK 2011 at the University of Portsmouth

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 19th annual GIS Research UK (GISRUK). This year the conference is being co-hosted by the Ordnance Survey and the Department of Geography of the University of Portsmouth, from Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th April 2011. We look forward to welcoming you to the city of Portsmouth for what will be a varied, interesting and stimulating conference, covering key areas of geographic information science research as well as a diverse range of applications including geo-semantics, historical GIS, health and coastal geomorphology. The conference will follow its usual format of pre-conference workshops (starting on 26th April), plenary sessions from invited keynote speakers, and oral presentation of papers in a series of parallel themed sessions. A full social programme which includes a dinner aboard HMS Warrior will also feature during the conference.

The conference will be held in:

Portland Building
University of Portsmouth
Portland Street


GISRUK 2011 welcomes papers from across the range of contemporary GIS research but will particularly welcome papers that target the following themes:

  • Open Source GI and Web 2.0
  • GIS for schools and colleges
  • Disaster risk management
  • Remote sensing
  • GeoSemantics
  • Historical GIS
  • Health geography
  • Coastal and fluvial geomorphology
  • Urban planning and modelling

Submit a paper

The GISRUK Conference Series

Established in 1993, the GISRUK conference series is the UK's national GIS research conference and is primarily aimed at the academic community. Each annual conference attracts delegates from all parts of the world from disciplines including geography, computer science, planning, archaeology, geology, geomatics and engineering.

The GISRUK conferences aim to act as a focus for GIS research in the UK and provide a mechanism for the announcement and publication of GIS research. They also provide a forum for the discussion of research ideas, promote collaboration amongst researchers from diverse disciplines and offer postgraduate students the opportunity to showcase their work in an international context.

So if you supervise research by PhD students or researchers please persuade them to contribute; if you are a postgraduate in a field relating to GIS you are most welcome to present at GISRUK 2011.

Young Researchers’ Forum

The Young ResearchersÂ’ Forum (YRF) will run as usual before the main GISRUK conference, on the afternoon of Tuesday 26th April and the morning of Wednesday 27th April 2011. This valuable training opportunity is designed to raise awareness and confidence amongst research students in GIS, addressing a range of issues of importance related to embarking upon, progressing with and successfully completing a research project.


Again, as is traditional, there will also be special workshop events prior to GISRUK2011 on Tuesday 26th April.

Conference registration and accommodation details

Register for GISRUK

Accommodation details


RGS-IBG QMRG and GISc Research Groups bursaries for GISRUK 2011

The QMRG and GISc Research Groups of the RGS-IBG offer a total of four postgraduate student bursaries for the 2011 GISRUK conference to the value of up to £145 each. These bursaries will cover the full registration cost at the student rate (£100) and fee for the young researchers forum (£45).

To be eligible for a bursary you need to have a paper or poster accepted in the main program (as main author or co-author) and be a Postgraduate Fellow of the RGS-IBG (or prepared to join RGS-IBG if awarded a bursary): 

To apply for a bursary, please send your accepted extended abstract to Seraphim Alvanides, by Monday 4th April, 4pm. The email subject should read "RGS-IBG GISRUK bursary application" and you also need to provide your RGS-IBG fellowship number or state that you are prepared to join RGS-IBG if awarded a bursary.

Important dates

August 1st 2010               Call for abstracts begins

November 2010                Registration opens

January 7th 2011              Abstract submission closes

February 2011                  Notification of acceptance of paper

March 1st 2011                 Programme published

March 31st                        Closing date for registration

26th to 27th April 2011     Young Researchers Forum and pre-conference workshops

27th to 29th April 2011     GISRUK 2011


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