Call For Papers

Author Guidelines

GeoTechRwanda 2015 conference will feature plenary sessions, oral sessions, poster sessions and an exhibition. The main theme of the conference is “Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development”. The conference solicits contributions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations.

 Abstract submission is extended to 15 August 2015. Closed.

Abstract submission: 31 July 2015. Closed.

Acceptance notification: 31 August 2015.

Short paper submission: 15 October 2015.

Paper Submission Deadline extended to 23 October 2015

Poster submission: 1 November 2015.

If an abstract is accepted by the Scientific Committee for a paper, the author is encouraged to submit a short paper of 3000 to 4000 words (including abstracts, references, appendices and other materials), no later than 15 October 2015. The short paper should be submitted in Word format (NOT .pdf) and adhere to the provided paper template. Here is  a template for formatting your paper.

If an abstract is accepted by the Scientific Committee for a poster, the author is encouraged to submit a poster as a .pdf document, no later than 1 November 2015. We recommend a poster size of A1 (width: 594mm, height: 841mm).

Accepted short papers will be orally presented in the parallel session tracks. Abstracts and accepted short papers will be published in a conference proceedings volume to be made available on a usb drive. Kindly note that GeotechRwanda2015 is free of charge for those who submit a short paper/poster.

The Scientific Committee will decide on the selection of short papers and selected authors will be invited to submit full papers. The Scientific Committee intends to select a number of papers for a special issue in the Rwanda Journal, an official publication of the University of Rwanda. Suggested topics include, but not limited to, the following:

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


  • 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