Meetings & Events


Announcing  the

11th International Symposium on Geospatial Health
GnosisGIS 2017

and a

GnosisGIS Workshop on Spatial Statistics

November 3-5, 2017  │ Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The International Society of Geospatial Health will host the 11th International Symposium on Geospatial Health in Baltimore, Maryland, November 3-5, 2017.  The theme of this year’s meeting is ‘GeoHealth —  new horizons for mapping and modeling animal and human diseases:  digital resources, spatial methods, one health’.

The 2-day meeting held prior to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene(ASTMH) Annual Meeting (Nov 5-9, 2017) will include invited plenary papers and concurrent sessions to present results of submitted abstracts.

Registration includes access to meeting facilities, meeting supplies, coffee breaks, and lunch and dinner on the 4th.

November 3 │  Arrival & Welcome Reception
November 4 │  Meeting Presentations and Dinner
November 5 │  Meeting Presentations to conclude early afternoon prior to beginning of ASTMH

The International Society of Geospatial Health – GnosisGIS is pleased to host a workshop on spatial statistics, taught by Dr. Donal Bisanzio, a global health epidemiologist and modeler at the University of Oxford.  The workshop is held prior to the 11th International Symposium on Geospatial Health – GnosisGIS 2017 and is open to the public.

The use of spatial statistics continues to increase in public health to answer questions linked with plant, animal, and human health.  This GnosisGIS workshop is designed to provide an introduction to spatial statistics tools to public health researchers. The workshop includes frontal and practical lessons. Our aim is to lead the attendees through the process of investigating spatial heterogeneity in their data. Additionally, the frontal lessons include examples showing real studies where spatial statistics were applied to answer public health questions. Practical sessions will be performed using Opensource software, GeoDa, to improve knowledge and skills of attendees in applying statistical methods to analyzing geodata. At the end of the workshop the attendees will have a good knowledge of the concept of spatial autocorrelation, how to identify spatial heterogeneity in their data, and how to apply baseline spatial statistics using GeoDa.


  • Introduction to spatial-autocorrelation
  • Foundation of spatial statistics
  • Identify spatial autocorrelation at global and local scale
  • Spatial regression
  • Break
  • Introduction to GeoDa with practical examples
  • Spatial analysis lab
  • Question session

Friday, Nov 3, 2017
1-5 pm
: Ruth Room, Baltimore Hilton
              401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
COST:  $ 75 GnosisGIS Members
             $100 NonMembers


Dr. Bisanzio is a global health epidemiologist with a veterinarian background. His research focuses on the study of vector-borne and parasitic diseases in humans and animals with major public health impact. His multi-disciplinary research projects have included studies of West Nile virus in the USA and Italy, Lyme disease in Italy, malaria and poly-parasitism in Kenya, Dengue in Mexico and Peru, and leprosy in Brazil. Dr. Bisanzio's studies are performed using field and satellite data, results of laboratory studies, and sophisticated statistical/mathematical analyses to construct static and dynamic models to identify risk factors for the introduction, persistence, and spread of vector-borne and parasitic infections. Dr. Bisanzio is a Senior Postdoctoral Modeler in the Malaria Atlas Project, University of Oxford, investigating  malaria burden at global scale.




2017 Annual Meeting

ASTMH 66th Annual Meeting
November 5-9, 2017
The Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland USA