Wisconsin Geospatial News

Registration now open for 2018 UW-Madison Geospatial Summit

Registration is now open for the 2018 Geospatial Summit at UW-Madison.

Event Details

The Geospatial Summit will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Gordon Event Center, 770 W. Dayton Street in Madison. This is the first year the Summit will be held in November rather than its usual timing in April. This change was made to move the event closer to GIS Day and to the beginning of the academic year.

The day starts off with a keynote address by Prof. Joe Mason of the UW-Madison Geography Department, who will speak on the recent flooding in Wisconsin and the utilization of LiDAR and other geospatial technology to analyze such events. Mason’s keynote will be followed by a paper session featuring three speakers from UW-Madison. Prof. Adena Rissman from Forest and Wildlife Ecology will discuss her current conservation easement mapping project in the state. Laurel Legenza, Comparative Health Systems Global Pharmacy Fellow in the School of Pharmacy, will discuss a project to map and analyze spatial variations of antibiotic resistance across the state. Jon Lourigan, CAD Manager in Facilities Planning, will discuss LiDAR technology to collect data on building interiors.

These papers will be followed by a Career Fair, with representatives of local geospatial agencies and companies on hand to talk about what they do and the opportunities they offer to prospective students.

Following the Career Fair, there will be a panel session focusing on geospatial technology for emergency management, planning and mitigation. Researchers and practitioners will discuss how geospatial technology can be used to predict and prepare for disasters, as well as disaster monitoring, recovery and resiliency. This session will be moderated by Jim Giglierano, Wisconsin’s Geographic Information Officer.

Prof. Lynnette Dornak, of the Geography Department at UW-Platteville, will deliver the final keynote address of the day. Her talk will focus on the impacts of climate change on Lyme disease risk in North America. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about geospatial research at another UW system institution.

Plan to attend this day full of interest and value for students, staff, faculty and practitioners at UW-Madison and in the extended university community.


As usual, the Geospatial Summit is free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, please register here.

The event is being sponsored by the State Cartographer’s Office and the UW-Madison GIS Professional Programs, both affiliated with the UW-Madison Geography Department.

Bonus Workshop

An Esri Open API and Scripting Workshop is also being offered in conjunction with the Summit. The workshop will take place all-day on Nov. 7, and is being sponsored by Esri and the UW-Madison GIS Professional Programs. Seating is limited. More information and registration can be found here.