GIS IN CENTRAL ASIA CONFERENCE – GISCA’18 “Geoinformatics for Regional Development”



"Geoinformatics for Regional Development", June 14-17, 2018

Al-Farabi KazNU, Almaty, Kazakhstan

The annual ‘GIS in Central Asia’ Conference - GISCA 2018 has issued the Call for Papers and has opened registration for the conference scheduled for June 14-17 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The main objectives of this English language conference are to bring together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners from Central Asian and other countries and to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS education. In 2018, GISCA is focused on the theme of "Geoinformatics for Regional Development". Geographic Information Science as a conceptual foundation, Geoinformatics as the methodology and GIS as software technology are powerful instruments for linking information across different sources by location. This is exactly what is needed to successfully manage our environments and natural resources, our economies and ultimately our societies. Key themes (additional themes and sessions are welcome) of the conference are:

  • GIS for Regional Sustainable Development
  • GIS for Environmental and Ecosystem Management
  • Development of Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • GIS for Disaster and Emergency Management
  • GIS for Business and Logistics
  • New Trends and Technologies in Surveying, Cadastre and Land Management
  • Professional and Continuing Education in Geoinformatics
  • Remote Sensing Applications
  • GIS for Public Health
  • Geo-Information technology for natural and cultural heritage management
  • Tourism and GIS

GISCA 2018 is being organized locally by the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with support from the Research Centre for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia (Almaty) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The GISCA conference series and its publications are managed by the AustriaCentral Asia Centre for GIScience - ACA*GIScience supported by Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Commission for GIScience. The conference looks forward to additional sponsorship from the Geoinformatics industry.

The conference committee accepts scientific papers on the stated conference themes with a focus on the Central Asian Region. Active participation in the conference is invited via presentation of a paper or poster, or through workshop attendance. Accepted papers in English will be reviewed and published in the News of Al-Farabi KazNU. Selected papers will be recommended for publication in the International Journal of Geoinformatics (

We request to disseminate this CFP to all interested GIS educators and professionals. The deadlines are March 31, 2018 for submission of paper abstracts and May 14, 2018 for accepted full papers by email to All information about GISCA 2018 registration, preliminary agenda, paper submission and visa application procedures are available at

We look forward to meeting you at GISCA 2018!

On behalf of the conference committees: Conference secretary: Dr. Gulnara Nyussupova, Tel/Fax: +7 727 377 3335 (1227) / +7 727 221 14 88 Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Al-Farabi avenue, 71 Almaty, 050040, Kazakhstan