Event International Conference on Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

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Period [18/11/2015 - 20/11/2015]
Event location Nobleza Hotel, Kigali Kicukiro/ Kigali
Host Centre for Geographic Information of the University of Rwanda in collaboration with the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente (UT/ITC)
Event URL https://www.geotechrwanda2015.com/
Contact person Dr. Gaspard Rwanyiziri (Chair)
Email address: g.rwanyiziri@ur.ac.rw
Contributor Samuel Nshutiyayesu
Keywords Geospatial technologies, sustainable development,

Conference Theme: Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

The main objective of this conference is to share knowledge and experiences on cutting-edge research and innovations using geospatial information technologies to address critical issues on sustainable urban and rural development at local and national levels.

The conference targets researchers, professionals, technologists, planners and managers from institutions of higher education, governmental institutions, NGOs and the private sector who are using or have an interest in geospatial technologies and their use in spatial development issues.


Land administration
  • Land policy
  • Land management
  • Land registration and cadaster
  • Land Information Systems
  • Surveying and mapping techniques for land administration

Environmental sustainability

  • Climate change impact, mitigation and adaptation
  • Environmental changes and resilience
  • Forest management
  • Wetland management

Food security and sustainable agriculture

  • Agricultural monitoring and crop mapping
  • Water resources management for agriculture
  • Crop insurance, Innovation, techniques …
Spatial planning and development
  • Strategic urban and regional development strategies
  • Geospatial support systems for spatial planning and management
  • Smart cities
  • Engaging stakeholders through geospatial technologies
  • Modelling spatial development and environmental risks
  • Planning sustainable urban and rural transport systems
  • Building on the one-stop approach


  • Spatial data infrastructure and geospatial data management
  • Acquisition and processing of remotely sensed data (satellite sensors, airborne sensors, unmanned autonomous vehicles, …)
  • Disaster risk reduction and management
  • Health Geographics
  • Environmental health


  • Conference duration: 2.5 days
  • Conference dates: 18th to 20th November 2015
  • Important deadlines:
  • First call of application: 29th May 2015
  • Abstract submission: 31st July 2015
  • Acceptance notification: 31st August 2015
  • Short paper / Full paper and posters submission: 15th October 2015
  • Registration: 31st September 2015

A call for abstracts for an oral or poster presentation is open up to 31 July 2015, and abstracts can be submitted to conference-ur-itc@utwente.nl, mentioning ‘GeoTechRwanda 2015 in the subject line. Abstracts must be submitted in English and should contain no more than 300 words. For more information visit http://www.geotechrwanda2015.com .

The Scientific Committee will decide on the selection of abstracts and selected authors will be invited to submit their full papers. The Scientific Committee intends to select a number of the full papers for a special issue in the Rwanda Journal, an official publication of the University of Rwanda. The conference format consists of different interactive sessions: plenary panel sessions, paper sessions, poster sessions and networking opportunities (e.g: EALAN members gathering/meeting).


The conference is free of costs for pre-registered participants. Organisers are pleased to announce that participants who submit full papers can apply for financial support (travel and accommodation grant). To apply for financial support send an email to conference-ur-itc@utwente.nl.