The 26th GIScience Research UK conference is organised by the Pete Fisher Laboratory for Geocomputation and the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment of the University of Leicester. The MSc in GIScience at the University of Leicester is the longest standing GIS course in England and Wales. The course has run since 1988 and has gained an enviable reputation both in the academic community and the commercial sector.


Local organising committee

Dr Stefano De Sabbata (local chair)

Kerry Allen (design technician)

Prof Heiko Balzter

Dr Kirsten Barrett (workshops chair)

Dr Sue Easton (special events chair)

Dr Claire Jarvis (finance chair)

Dr Jörg Kaduk

Prof Kevin Tansey (sponsorships coordinator)

Pengyuan Liu (volunteers coordinator)

Dr Nick Tate (program chair)

Dr James Wheeler (equality and diversity, social events chair)


Equal opportunity

We welcome diversity and are striving to offer equal opportunities to all participants and interested parties. We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family circumstances, gender, political beliefs, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation, and socio economic background.



The GISRUK conference series is an international conference which has grown out of the UK’s national GIS research conference, established in 1993. We have held the conference at venues in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. GISRUK conferences are primarily aimed at the academic community, but welcomes delegates from government, commercial and other sectors. The conferences attract those interested in Geographical Information Science (GIS) and its applications from all parts of the UK, together with the European Union and beyond. The disciplinary range is broad including, but not limited to, Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology, Computer Science, Planning, Archaeology, Geology, Geomatics and Engineering.

The GISRUK conferences have the following aims:

  • to act as a focus for GIS research in the UK, while welcoming researchers from Europe and beyond
  • to provide a mechanism for the announcement and publication of GIS research
  • to act as an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research ideas
  • to promote active collaboration amongst researchers from diverse parent disciplines
  • to provide a framework in which young researchers (including students) can see their work in a national and international context