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16th International Symposium on Geospatial Health

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16th international symposium on geospatial health 


Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to invite you to the 16th International Symposium on Geospatial Health, which will be hosted by the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, The Netherlands in the week of 13 to 16 November 2023. The 2023 symposium will again be an exciting, affordable, two-day in-person event that brings together researchers and health professionals from different disciplines, from across the Globe, to share the latest advances in geospatial health research. The symposium is designed as a F2F event but will also facilitate online contributions.

The leading title of GnosisGIS 2023 ‘Interdisciplinary Geospatial Research for Planetary Health’ aims to expand horizons, strengthen communication, and improve interdisciplinary collaboration and research.  Subthemes include (1) roles and examples of Geoinformation Science in informing Planetary Health, (2) Planetary Health and Geo-AI, (3) climate change induced health risks. There is no exclusive focus on the main or sub-themes, they are indicative only. The meeting takes on the challenge of exploring subjects such as new data sources, emerging technologies, data-driven approaches, spatio-temporal methods, and impacts of climate change, human activities, and animal interaction on human and veterinary health.

GnosisGIS 2023 will present an interactive symposium format, that will combine pre-symposium technical workshops, keynote presentations, a panel discussion, scientific sessions, poster presentations, a student-led event, and a visit to ITC’s advanced Geo-Science Laboratories (Geospatial Computing Platform, VISUSE, theDISC, UAV centre, Geonetcast). The tentative symposium structure is presented in the figure below.

Submission Guidelines

We have opted for a two-staged approach. All presenters need to submit an abstract before 10 October (extended with a few days for flexibility). Those that (later) also wish to submit a paper need to do so no later than 1 February 2024. Qualifying paper submissions will be published in a special issue of our peer reviewed journal Geospatial Health. GnosisGIS members benefit from a reduced publication fee of €250.

information on Workshops

As indicated above, a number of workshop will be conducted as part of the symposium. Further information on the workshops is provided below.




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Conference dinner


Ontology Panel session & Matchmaking event

Free of charge

Online presentation


Registration and abstract submission (extended to 10 october)

The submission deadline has passed, we have received many interesting submissions and are now working on the programme which will become available in the first week of November.


U Park Hotel, on the university campus itself. Or hotel De Broeierd, just opposite to the campus. Both accommodations are about 5-minutes of walking from the conference center. The InterCity hotel is located in the city of Enschede itself (very near to the railway and bus station). Multiple alternative hotel accommodations are available in the city of Enschede itself. It takes about 10-15 minutes to reach the University Campus from the city center by bus). Symposium participants need to individually plan their accommodation.

We sincerely hope to welcome you in Enschede at our beautiful university campus coming November. If you are unsure if you will be able to join our symposium fill out our  mailing list and never miss an update !

With our warmest regards,

Sherif Amer, Laura Rinaldi, Robert Bergquist, Justine Blanford, Ellen-Wien Augustijn, Carmen Anthonj, Frank Osei, Marloes Penning de Vries, Caroline Kioko, Nils Tjaden (….and many others that are actively contributing to this event).


The detailed program of GnosisGIS 2023 including all abstracts can be downloaded here.