Symposium on Geographic Perspectives on Infectious Diseases (June 18, 2019)

The Geographic Perspectives on Infectious Diseases in Humans, Animals, and the Environment Symposium will be held on June 18, 2019, at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University, in Boston, MA. The event is co-hosted by the World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group and the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. By serving as a platform to join researchers and community practitioners in the social and health science disciplines, this event will highlight the use of global geospatial data in infectious disease applications, encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations, and strengthen professional networks. For more information, please visit the Symposium website for the event flyer, details about poster abstract submissions, and registration link. For additional questions, please contact the WWHGD team, Gwyneth Holt or Matthew Grafel.

GEO Symposium 2019 (May 27-29, 2019)

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Symposium 2019 will be held from May 27-29, 2019, at the World Meteorological Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland. Using the theme, “Earth Observations for Impact”, this event will provide an international platform for representatives from GEO’s Work Programme activities and initiatives to share research or program updates, identify strategies to enhance the impact of Earth observations in the area of sustainable development, and expand professional networks. Session topics will focus on the development of the 2020-2022 GEO Work Programme, addressing continued support for GEO efforts over the next three years. Current participants in GEO Flagships, Initiatives, Community Activities or Foundational Tasks are invited to attend the symposium and share experiences with the GEO community. Additionally, those persons who are interested to learn more about the use of Earth observation data and information are invited to attend and become involved in the diverse activities of the GEO community.

For more information, please visit the GEO Symposium website for the conference agenda and registration link. For additional questions, please contact the GEO Secretariat’s Work Programme Coordinator, Craig Larlee.

First International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium (June 18-20, 2019)

The first international Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium will be held from June 18-20, 2019, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction Center, in College Park, Maryland. This event is co-organized by the European Organisation for Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). Themes will address defining the operational paradigm, connecting data and information providers, helping end-user communities find information that they seek, and supporting the end-to-end value chain. A gratuitous training opportunity on Earth observation data products will be offered on June 17, 2019, prior to the start of the symposium. Abstracts can be submitted for poster presentations until April 12, 2019.

For more information, please visit the first international Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium website for the conference program and registration.

70th International Astronautical Congress: Washington, DC (October 21-25, 2019)

The 70th International Astronautical Congress will be held from October 21-25, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. This event was organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and supported by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). Using the theme, “Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future”, this meeting will provide an international platform for scientists and other experts in the space industry to share innovative technology and research findings, identify approaches to enhance scientific collaboration and engagement, and expand professional networks. The meeting will offer diverse scientific presentations in six technical sessions, including Science and Exploration, Earth Observation and Satellite Applications and Operations, Advancements in Scientific Technology of Space Systems, Infrastructure of Systems Sustaining Space Missions, Interactions of Space and Society, and the Global Technical Symposium on Spaceflight and Space Communications. Abstracts for technical sessions can be submitted for oral or interactive presentations until February 28, 2019.

For more information, please visit the 70th International Astronautical Congress website for general conference information and registration.

Geoscience & Society Summit: Stockholm, Sweden (March 18-21, 2019)

The Geoscience & Society Summit, hosted by the American Geophysical Union, Geology in the Public Interest, and the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University, will be held from March 18 to 21, 2019, in Stockholm, Sweden. This event will serve as an international platform for scientists and other stakeholders to discuss local and global challenges related to natural resource sustainability and propose strategies that strengthen collaborations within the geoscience community. At this meeting, participants will attend five general workshops that: 1) define the problem; 2) identify approaches to enhance interdisciplinary coordination and engagement; 3) ensure solution-oriented actions to overcome challenges; 4) facilitate group dialogue to discuss challenges and summarize recommended actions; and 5) propose specific actions to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations and meet sustainability goals. Each workshop will incorporate four key themes of concurrent sub-workshops: 1) energy and minerals sustainability; 2) climate change and ocean- and habitat-health; 3) water and agricultural production sustainability; and 4) environmental hazards, human health, and social justice. 

For more information about this meeting, please visit the event website for the conference registration and agenda.

WHO’s First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health: Geneva (October 30-November 1, 2018)

The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will be held from October 30 to November 1, 2018, at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This event was organized in collaboration with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and United Nations Environment, and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Using the theme, “Improving Air Quality, Combating Climate Change – Saving Lives”, this meeting provides an opportunity for representatives from national governments, intergovernmental agencies, academic universities, research institutions, and civil society, to discuss global health challenges related to air pollution. The first two days will incorporate meetings to discuss scientific evidence about air pollution, identify challenges, and propose strategies to mitigate negative effects on human and environmental health. The third day will include meetings to facilitate discussion on achieving related Sustainable Development Goals, suggest approaches to further engage national health systems, and encourage sustainable political commitment by national governments and other stakeholders.

For more information about this conference, please visit the event website for the conference objectives, agenda, and remote participation link.

First Global Forum for Heat and Health: Hong Kong (December 17-20, 2018)

The First Global Forum for Heat and Health will be held from December 17-20, 2018, in Hong Kong. This forum is an initiative of the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN), an international collaborative effort of the World Health Organization, World Meteorological Organization, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office, and several academic, meteorological. and health service partners. This event will provide an international platform for scientists and other stakeholders to facilitate collaborative learning about local and global evidence-based initiatives in heat and health sciences and develop a technical agenda to highlight the GHHIN scientific priorities. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend hands-on simulations and skills-based workshops on heat communications as well as travel to local health-health project sites.

For more information about this international forum, please visit the event website for the prospectus, agenda, and registration.

GEO Week 2018: Kyoto, Japan (October 29-November 2, 2018)

The GEO Week 2018 will be held from October 29 to November 2, 2018, at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan. This meeting provides an opportunity for GEO’s 105 member governments and 126 participating organizations to evaluate global initiatives in thematic areas, promote further collaborations, and advance GEO efforts. Using the theme, “Supporting a Resilient and Sustainable World”, the event will address GEO’s three priority areas of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first two days of GEO Week will have meetings and side events that are open to the public, and the second two days of GEO Week will include closed meetings for official plenary delegates.

For more information, please visit the GEO Week 2018 website for the conference agenda, side events, and registration.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018: Washington, D.C. (December 10-14, 2018)

The 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be the first ever AGU conference at which there are sessions specifically listed for the new “GeoHealth” section. To encourage participation in these sessions, AGU has made the following two provisions:

  1. An abstract submitted to a GeoHealth section does not count against the one abstract per lead author limit. So you can submit to a GeoHealth session and still submit another abstract to a different session.

  2. Recognizing that many relevant GeoHealth speakers are not AGU members, AGU is waiving the membership requirement for submitting to GeoHealth sessions. This is being done in two ways: (a) through reciprocity agreements with several major professional societies, including the American Public Health Association, International Society of Exposure Science, and International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, such that their members can submit abstracts directly to the AGU Fall Meeting; and (b) by direct request from GeoHealth session Chairs on behalf of speakers submitting to their session.

Abstracts for all AGU sessions, including GeoHealth, can be submitted for oral and poster presentations until August 1, 2018. Please review the full list of GeoHealth sessions that are accepting abstracts.

For more information, please contact Ben Zaitchik, Secretary of the AGU GeoHealth Section.

11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium: Kyoto, Japan (October 24-26, 2018)

The 11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium will be held from October 24-26, 2018, at the Kyoto Terrsa, in Kyoto, Japan. Organized by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), this meeting aims to provide an opportunity for the Asia Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) community to evaluate initiatives in thematic areas, promote further collaborations, and advance GEOSS efforts. Using the theme, “Strengthening Regional Cooperation through AOGEOSS for the SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework”, the symposium will address GEO’s three priority areas, describe collaborations among Task Groups, and discuss future steps to advance these initiatives. At the symposium, the Kyoto Statement will be adopted, noting future AOGEOSS initiatives, and promoted at the GEO Week 2018 Asia Oceania Day side event.

For more information, please visit the GEOSS Asia Pacific Symposium website for the conference agenda and registration.

AmeriGEOSS Week 2018: São Paulo, Brazil (August 6-10, 2018)

The AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 will be held from August 6-10, 2018, at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in São José dos Campos in São Paulo, Brazil. In partnership with the INPE and the Center of Marine Biology of University of São Paulo (CEBIMar), this meeting aims to provide an opportunity for the AmeriGEOSS community to evaluate overall progress, including achievements and challenges, and propose activities to meet the regional focus areas related to agriculture, biodiversity/ecosystems, disasters, and water. At this meeting, experts will also offer six workshop training sessions on the use of Earth observations at INPE (São José dos Campos) and CEBIMar (São Sebastião). 

Abstracts can be submitted for oral and poster presentations until June 29, 2018.

For more information, please visit the AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 website for the conference agenda and registration.