The premiere geospatial event in Australia is starting to come together for 2018 as organisers recently opened the call for papers for Locate18 & GeoSmart Asia ’18, scheduled for 9-11 April in Adelaide.
The theme for the 2018 event is ‘The Art, Science and Business of Geospatial’, and organisers say the conference will bring a sharper focus on technological advancements in the geospatial industry with the aim of spurring new business models.
Chair of Locate Conferences Australia Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse says the new format will be in line with the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026Agenda), which aims to ensure the Australian spatial sector makes the most of growth opportunities.
“GeoSmart Asia has always been a successful platform for both spatial and non-spatial professionals in Asia and Pacific and every year it grows bringing different perspective and new thoughts to the user community,” said Dr Mohamed-Ghouse. “The collaboration between Locate and Geospatial Media will bring strengths and new insights to their respective delegates.”
India-based Geospatial Media runs the annual GeoSmart Asia and Geospatial World Forums. CEO Sanjay Kumar says the joining of expertise will promote the use of geospatial technologies for larger societal benefit.
“This strategic collaboration shall enable geospatial industry players from the region, as well as the international arena to get a deeper insight into the prospects, challenges and opportunities that awaits them in Asia Pacific region,” Kumar said.
In April 2017, the Locate Conference partnered with the International Society for Digital Earth to deliver one of the largest ever spatial gatherings in the Australasian region.
For hopeful presenters looking to take part in Locate18 & GeoSmart Asia ’18 Conference, Program Committee member Allison Hornery has a few tips: “We are particularly keen to hear about the ways that geospatial research, capabilities and technologies can be applied across a wide range of issues, sectors and disciplines. We are also very open to proposals for fresh presentation formats that are more experiential, participatory and engaging, and also exploration of adjacent themes such as skill development, design and communication.”
To submit an abstract or to find out more about Locate18 & GeoSmart Asia ’18, go to http://geosmartasia.org. The call for papers closes on 14 December.