GeoTech Rwanda 2015

International Conference on Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

November 18 - 20, 2015 , Kigali - Rwanda

Paper Submission Deadline extended to 23 October 2015

The conference at a glance

The International Conference on “Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development” is jointly organised by the College of Science and Technology of the University of Rwanda, through its research Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (CGIS) and the Department of Geography, in collaboration with the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente (UT/ITC), The Netherlands. The conference will be held in Kigali-Rwanda, on 18th to 20th November 2015. The main objective of this conference is to share knowledge and experiences on cutting-edge research and innovations using geospatial information technologies to address critical issues on sustainable urban and rural development at local and national levels. The conference targets professionals, technologists, planners and managers from institutions of higher education, governmental institutions, NGOs and the private sector who are using or have an interest in geospatial technologies and their use in spatial development issues.

We are pleased to invite you to participate by submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. Please submit your abstract through the Submission Form or send an email to conference-ur-itc@utwente.nl  by 31 July 2015 15 August 2015, mentioning ‘GeoTechRwanda 2015’ in the subject line. Abstracts must  be submitted in English and should contain no more than 300 words.

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The Scientific Committee will decide on the selection of abstracts and  selected authors will be invited to submit their full papers. The Scientific Committee intends to select a number of the full papers for a special issue in the Rwanda Journal, an official publication of the University of Rwanda. The conference format consists of different interactive sessions: plenary panel sessions, paper sessions, poster sessions and networking opportunities (e.g: EALAN members gathering/meeting).

GeoTechRwanda 2015 is organized in the framework of the NUFFIC funded NICHE project “Strengthening the Capacity of Geo-Information and Earth Observation sciences at the National University of Rwanda, for the sustainable environmental and socio-economic development of Rwanda”. The implementing organizations (CGIS/UR and ITC/UT) both provide financial and in kind contributions.

Conference Theme: Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

Sessions will be organized around the following sub-themes:

Land administration

  • Land policy
  • Land management
  • Land registration and cadaster
  • Land Information Systems
  • Surveying and mapping techniques for land administration

Environmental sustainability

  • Climate change impact, mitigation and adaptation
  • Environmental changes and resilience
  • Forest management
  • Wetland management

Food security and sustainable agriculture

  • Agricultural monitoring and crop mapping
  • Water resources management for agriculture
  • Crop insurance, Innovation, techniques …
Spatial planning and development

  • Strategic urban and regional development strategies
  • Geospatial support systems for spatial planning and management
  • Smart cities
  • Engaging stakeholders through geospatial technologies
  • Modelling spatial development and environmental risks
  • Planning sustainable urban and rural transport systems
  • Building on the one-stop approach

Cross-cutting

  • Spatial data infrastructure and geospatial data management
  • Acquisition and processing of remotely sensed data (satellite sensors, airborne sensors, unmanned autonomous vehicles, …)
  • Disaster risk reduction and management
  • Health Geographics
  • Environmental health

Important dates
First call of application: 1 June 2015
Conference duration: 2.5 days
Conference dates: 18 to 20 November 2015
Important dates:

  • Abstract submission: 31 July 2015
  • Abstract submission is extended to 15 August 2015
  • Acceptance notification: 31 August 2015
  • Registration: 31 September 2015
  • Short paper / Full paper  submission: 15 October 2015
  • Paper Submission Deadline extended to 23 October 2015
  • Poster submission: 1 November 2015

Conference fee: The conference is free of costs for pre-registered participants. Organisers are pleased to announce that participants who submit full papers can apply for financial support (travel and accommodation grant). To apply for financial support send an email to conference-ur-itc@utwente.nl.


Venue: Nobleza Hotel, Kicukiro/Kigali – Rwanda (noblezahotel.com)


Conference co-chairs: Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Twarabamenye and Prof. Mr. Dr. Jaap Zevenbergen

Steering committee: Prof. Manasse Mbonye , Principal of CST – University of Rwanda | Prof. Dr.Ir. Tom Veldkamp, Rector of ITC/University of Twente | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Verdiana Grace Masanja, Director of research – University of Rwanda | Dr. Gaspard Rwanyiziri, Director of CGIS – University of Rwanda

Scientific committee: Prof. Mr. Dr. Jaap Zevenbergen (Chair) | Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Twarabamenye (Vice-Chair) | Prof. Dr. Ir. Tom Veldkamp | Prof. Dr. Ing. Verdiana Grace Masanja | Prof. Dr. Elias Bizuru | Prof. Dr. Andy Nelson | Dr. Richard Sliuzas | Dr. Sherif Amer | Dr. Theophile Niyonzima | Dr. Charles Bucagu | Dr. Monica Lengoiboni | Dr. Alphonse Nkurunziza.

Organising committee: Dr. Gaspard Rwanyiziri (Chair) | Dr. Sherif Amer (Vice-Chair) | Dr. Jean Pierre Bizimana (Secretary) | Ms. Clarisse Kagoyire (Organizer) | Dr. Emmanuel Havugimana (Member) | Mr. Alban Uwacu Singirankabo (Member) | Mrs. Saskia Tempelman (Member) | Mr. Frodouald Nsanzumuhire (IT) | Mr. Jean de Dieu Haragirimana (Administration & Logistics).