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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): BTAA GIS Conference

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BTAA Virtual GIS Conference

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) GIS Conference (Virtual Event)

November 8, 2023 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Established in 2020, the BTAA GIS Conference is a virtual event organized by geospatial information users and educators in Big Ten institutions to present their work, exchange information, and develop potential collaborations. It is open to all participants, including those outside of the BTAA network. 

The fourth annual BTAA GIS Conference will take place on Wednesday, 8 November 2023 (9:00 am CST).

This year’s BTAA GIS Conference will include:

  • A keynote presentation featuring Katie McDonough, Alan Turing Institute
  • Presentations and lightning talks on a wide variety of geospatial topics
  • Professional development panel discussions
  • A virtual map gallery

For more information, visit the main website for the BTAA GIS Conference 2023.

Registration for the 2023 conference is now open! Please register to ensure that you receive the Zoom links and invitation.

Coming Soon:


BTAA GIS Conference Call for Proposals

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) GIS Conference, November 8th 2023 -- Call for Proposals

The BTAA GIS Conference, presented by the BTAA Geospatial Information Network, invites proposals for its fourth virtual conference, taking place on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023. The BTAA GIS Conference is intended to promote conversation and collaboration between Big Ten researchers, educators, and students who use geospatial information. It is open to all who wish to attend, including GIS professionals and students who are outside of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

The planning committee seeks submissions for presentations, lightning talks and a map gallery. (For Map Gallery proposals, please see the Map Gallery guidelines and submission form.)

You do not need to be a member of a BTAA organization to present at the conference. We encourage submissions from any discipline and topics that use geospatial information in any format, including but not limited to: agriculture and natural resources; geography; engineering; business; health sciences; humanities; social sciences; GIS education; urban planning and infrastructure; GIS methods; DEIA and social/environmental justice; and the use of UAVs and GIS in academia. Presentations on applied GIS from campus infrastructure and municipal projects are also encouraged.

Proposals are due by 5pm CST on Monday, October 9th, 2023.