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EIS-NEWS Keeping Africa Informed Issue 86 July 2009 A Network for the Co-operative Management of Environmental Information in Africa EISAFRICA- Phone: +27 12 349 1068 Fax: +27 12 349 2080 Postnet Suite No: 156 Private Bag X 15 Menlo Park, 0102 Pretoria, South Af- rica AfricaGIS™2009 Growing excitement and anticipation around the AfricaGIS™2009 conference and exhibi- tion is mounting.
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Keeping Africa InformedIssue 86 July 2009 EIS-NEWS
AfricaGIS™2009
Growing excitement and anticipation around the AfricaGIS™2009 conference and exhibi-tion is mounting. The preparations for Africa’s largest Geospatial Science & Technology gathering is progressing well. The AfricaGIS™2009 conference will be opened by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda and there will be several of the high ranking Ministers from the host country as well as members of parliament of neighboring countries. We have also secured several high profile Geo-Information experts whom have honored us with acceptance as keynote speakers for the plenary sessions. Hon. Dr Wilbur Ottichillo, MP of the Government of Kenya, Director of Google Earth Outreach, Rebecca Moore and Dr. Alex de Sherbinin from UN-Habitat will make presentations on the opening day. Also confirmed are Keynote presentations from the; Jane Goodall Foundation, Lilian Pintea; US Geological Survey, Larry Theiszen; US Department of State, Dr. Lee Schwartz, Makere University, Prof. Joseph Obua; ESRI, Brent Jones; ITC, Rector Martien Molenar; and EUROGI’s, Bruce McCormack. Some of the confirmed exhibitors include the French Pavilion, AAG, WRI & EIS-AFRICA, ESRI, Google, Trimble, RCMRD, ITC, UN Agencies etc.
We have received more the 250 abstracts for the technical sessions and they have been evaluated. Only the best abstracts will be selected for presentations and this will ensure the conference is exciting, interactive and intuitive bridging scientific discourse with ap-plication innovations from the business community and local communities. Young schol-ars too, have submitted good abstracts that demonstrate the novel approaches in geo-spatial technologies and how they are contributing to searching solutions for Africa’s problems. Some of the young scholars are to be supported by institutions such as ITC, ISPRS to facilitate their travel and participation in the conference.
There are number technical workshops taking place in conjunction with the conference, nd th amongst these are GeoNetcast, Water and Resource Management (22 -24 Oct.); rd th GEOSS (23 -25 Oct.), GDEST workshop, GIS training workshops and more. These will add the flavor to the main conference discussions but also offer opportunities for on-spot acquisition of valuable skills for young scholars, business community and other interested participants.
Please keep visiting the website for updates on all these events and the venues where they will take place. Uganda offers very exciting tours in this diverse country of wonder-ful scenery, biodiversity and recreation places. Take advantage of the conference venue at the shores of the biggest fresh-water lake in Africa to enjoy its breathtaking scenery, swimming and exciting sport fishing while enjoying a lifetime experience with the rich culture in Uganda. Please visit the website www.africaGIS2009.org and register for the conference. The hosts and organizing committee look forward to receiving you in Kam-pala. Prepared by: Sives Govender, Shuaib Lwasa and Vilde Ulset
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