The GIScience Steering Committee invites proposals for hosting GIScience 2020. GIScience is typically a 3-day conference, with an additional day of pre-conference workshops and tutorials. GIScience conferences have been held biennially since 2000 in even years (see, drawing between 200 and 400 attendants. The typical timeframe for the meeting is September to October.

We solicit applications by an internationally known individual to be the General Chair for GIScience 2020. General Chairs need to be familiar with the conference series and the disciplinary breadth and diversity of the community. Proposals should describe an adequately sized Organization Committee, consisting in part of people from the region where the conference is planned, with adequate experience.

The conference site should be at an attractive and easily reachable destination, offering affordable rates for participants. It will need an auditorium for 300+ attendants, and 3-5 rooms for parallel sessions, each with up to around 100 seats. The pre-conference workshops and tutorials will need a number of rooms, to be specified in the proposal, each seating up to 50 (potentially at a site in the near neighborhood of the conference site).

Proposals have no prescribed format, but should at least include:
• The candidate’s credentials as organizer (with a complete CV and publication list in the appendix).
• A description of the conference venue for which the candidate has secured availability, and enough detail about the rooms and facilities.
• The proposed dates (possibly with an alternative set of dates).
• Information on hotels in the vicinity of the conference site, in several categories.
• Logistics for travelling to and from the conference, including information about the nearest airport and suggestions for local transportation from hotels.
• A tentative budget with break-even participant numbers.

The GIScience Steering Committee will review proposals and select the winner, thus choosing a conference site and General Chair for 2020. It will then work with the General Chair to appoint two or three Program Committee co-chairs. Proposals may indicate potential candidates, but appointments to these crucial roles shall happen after discussion with the Steering Committee.

All proposals need to be submitted as a single PDF file to Werner Kuhn (, who will share them with all Steering Committee members who have no conflicts of interest. They are due by March 31, 2019, with a decision to be expected in April 2019. Some communication with any of the Steering Committee members during the preparation of a proposal is encouraged.

GIScience Steering Committee
Scott Bell, University of Saskatchewan
Tom Cova, University of Utah
Matt Duckham, RMIT University
Max Egenhofer, University of Maine
Sara Fabrikant, University of Zurich
Christian Freksa, University of Bremen
Werner Kuhn, University of California Santa Barbara (acting chair)
Harvey Miller, Ohio State University
Edzer Pebesma, University of Muenster
Ross Purves, University of Zurich
Martin Raubal, ETH Zurich
Renee Sieber, McGill University
Kathleen Stewart, The University of Iowa
Robert Weibel, University of Zurich
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne
Ningchuan Xiao, The Ohio State University
Monika Sester, Leibniz Universität Hannover