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15th international symposium on geospatial health, 28-29 JUNE NAPles, italy


The International Society of Geospatial Health (GnosisGIS) is delighted to announce the 15th International Symposium on Geospatial Health to be held in Naples, Italy on 28-29 June. We welcome submissions on all aspects of the application of geographical information systems, remote sensing, global positioning systems, spatial statistics and other geospatial tools, both in human and veterinary health.  A Young Researcher Award will be given to a student presenter. The theme of this year’s meeting is: Geospatial Science for Future Pandemic Resilience - from detection and monitoring to prediction and prevention.


Centro Congressi Federico II, Via Partenope 36, 80121 Napoli


  • GnosisGIS Member          €200/€250 (Early/Late)
  • NonMember                      €300/€350
  • Workshop Member                       €75
  • Workshop Non-Member              €125
  • Conference Dinner                      €100

 *Early Bird rate before 25 May 2022

 Registration includes welcome reception, participation in conference, conference materials, and coffee breaks.


Sherif Amer, Laura Rinaldi, Robert Bergquist, Jen McCarroll


Deadline Extended to 10 May 2022 (notification of acceptance 20 May)


Naples offers a large variety of (nearby) accommodation options. Symposium participants need to individually make arrangements for accommodation.

Hotels near the conference center: Hotel Royal ContinentalHotel VesuvioHotel Santa LuciaHotel ExcelsiorNH Hotel


Prio to the symposium, three half-day workshops will be offered. Subjects are Spatial Statistics, Agent Based Modelling and Developing an Ontology for Geospatial Health. Details on workshops are provided below.

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to Geospatial Statistical Analysis and Modelling

    The objective of this half-day workshop is to introduce you to basic methods for geospatial statistical analysis and modelling. The methods discussed are based on the two aspects of spatial statistical analysis and modelling: spatial data exploration, and spatial data modelling.

    On spatial data exploration, we will look at the different measures of spatial proximity, global and local measures of spatial association or spatial autocorrelation (e.g. the Moran’s index), and spatial smoothing or spatial filtering.

    Spatial data modelling seeks to associate a primary attribute of interest with other attributes, also termed covariates or explanatory variables. Of critical importance is the consideration of spatial autocorrelation in such models. Here, we will focus on spatial regression models such as the spatial autoregressive (SAR) and conditional autoregressive (CAR) models. Real datasets will be applied to demonstrate the methods using either the R or Geoda software. A minimum of five participants is required.

  • Workshop 2: Agent Based Modelling for Dummies

    In this workshop, we will try to answer all questions you have about using ABMs for health applications. We will explain what agent-based modelling is and why/when to use agent-based modelling in the health domain. We will look at several examples of health-related ABMs, including a model for Cholera in Ghana and a Covid-19 model for the Netherlands. 

    This half-day workshop will combine hands-on experiences with short presentations and question and answer sessions. Before this workshop, you can mail your questions (p.w.m.augustijn@utwente.nl) to ensure that they will be addressed during the workshop, or you can come completely unprepared to see if we can inspire you. A minimum of five participants is required.

  • Workshop 3: Developing an Ontology for Geospatial Health

    In this half-day workshop, we aim to co-create an initial version of an ontology for Geospatial Health domain via discussion with interested experts active in this field. An ontology is a graphical representation of a scientific domain, consisting of concepts that belong to this domain, including the relationships that exist between these concepts. One ontology of the GI-Science domain is the EO4GEO BoK (for details see). 

    Over time, we would also like to create links between the GI-science and the Geospatial Health ontologies. Prior to the workshop, you can mail your questions (p.w.m.augustijn@utwente.nl), or you can come completely unprepared to see if we can inspire you. A minimum of five participants is required.

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Past GnosisGIS meetings


The 14th International Symposisum on Geospatial Health was hosted by the European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, Belgrade, October 2021. Since the symposium was largely conducted online no group photograph could be made. An overview of pictures taken during the symposisum can be viewed here.

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2019 Liverpool, UK

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2018 Moscow, Russia

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2017 Baltimore, USA

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2016 Brisbane, Australia

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2015 Basel, Switzerland

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