GIScience 2023

The 12 International Conference on Geographic Information Science.
12 - 15th September, 2023. Leeds, UK.

GIScience 2023

The Twelfth International Conference on Geographic Information Science will be held in Leeds, United Kingdom, on 13-15 September 2023 (with workshops and welcome reception on 12 September). It is being hosted by the University of Leeds in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. GIScience is the flagship conference in the field of Geographic Information Science and the UK conference will continue the highly successful series that started in 2000.

The GIScience conference series regularly brings together more than 300 international participants from academia, industry, and government to discuss and advance the state-of-the-art in geographic information science. 12 September 2023 is dedicated to Workshops and Tutorials (the call for participation will be announced in December 2022). The main conference (13-15 September) consists of two refereed paper tracks: full papers and short papers (for full details see the call for papers). Further information about the conference series can be found at

GIScience proceedings are planned to be published in LIPIcs, the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics series. LIPIcs volumes are peer-reviewed and published according to the principle of open access, i.e., they are available online and free of charge. Each article is published under a Creative Commons CC BY license, where the authors retain their copyright. Also, each article is assigned a DOI and a URN. The digital archiving of each volume is done in cooperation with the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek/German National Library. A number of high-standing international conferences have already made the move to LIPIcs.

Organisation and Location

The conference will be organised by the School of Geography, University of Leeds, and the School of Political and Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.

General Chairs:

Programme Chairs:

Conference Theme - Disrupting Society

Geography students hold the key to the world’s problems” (Michael Palin)

COP26 in Glasgow, UK, highlighted the urgent need for a research and policy agenda that promotes sustainability in an era of potentially catastrophic climate change. We, as a community, have the skills and knowledge to use the latest theory, models and evidence to make a positive and disruptive impact. However, there are several key questions that we need to address. What do we need to be able to contribute to policy in a more direct and timely manner? What new or existing research approaches are needed? How can we make sure they are robust enough to be used in decision making? How can GIScience be used to link across citizens, policy and practice and respond to these societal challenges? What are the cross-scale local trade-offs that will have to be negotiated as we re-configure and transform our urban and rural environments? How can spatial data (and analysis) be used to support the co-production of truly sustainable solutions, achieve social buy-in and social acceptance? And thereby co-produce solutions with citizens and policy makers.

The GIScience conference series has always had a focus on fundamental research themes and questions. Papers advancing the field methodologically or theoretically are encouraged; those strictly dealing with applications are discouraged. This year we are also particularly interested in efforts that are directly engaging with stakeholders and citizens to inform better policy formation and intervention, especially at different scales of decision making. We are also interested in advances in work that is focused on developing new methodologies for improving the toolset that computational modellers and analysts have at their disposal.

In addition to the above, themes include:

  • GIScience for managing and responding to crises
  • Visualisation of complex spatio-temporal data
  • Model validation and assessment
  • Uncertainty quantification in GIScience
  • Urban analytics
  • Landscape decisions: from the ground up
  • Reproducibility, transparency and openness in spatial analysis and spatial evidence creation
  • Approaches to connect and share (open source) data and models
  • Movement analysis
  • Agent-based modelling of spatial phenomena
  • Revealing, quantifying, and reducing socio-economic inequalities with GIScience
  • Using new forms of data in GIScience
  • Spatial optimization and location modelling.

Key Dates

Full papers:

  • Submission: Mon 30th Jan 2023
  • Acceptance notification: Friday 24th March 2023
  • Conference registration deadline: 3rd July 2023

Short papers:

  • Submission: Mon 8th May 2023
  • Acceptance notification: Friday 23rd June 2023
  • Conference registration deadline: 3rd July 2023


  • GIScience 2023 Workshops: 12th September 2023
  • GIScience 2023 Conference: 13-15 September 2023

1st Call for Papers (September 2023)

We are pleased to accept submissions to the full and short paper tracks.

Full Paper Track

Full papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee. High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and published in LIPIcs, the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics series. Manuscripts must describe original work that has neither been published before, nor is currently under review elsewhere. Papers must be written in English and should not exceed fifteen pages (including title, figures, and references) in the required layout (see below).

Short Paper Track

Short papers that report on work in progress will be reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee. Accepted papers in this track will be selected for oral presentation and will be published in the LIPIcs conference proceedings. Short papers must be written in English and should not exceed six pages (including title, figures, and references) in the requested LIPIcs layout. In addition, each submission must have a subtitle ‘Short Paper’ to distinguish Full papers from Short papers.

Formatting instructions

The layout of any submission to GIScience, whether full paper or short paper, should follow the sample article provided by LIPIcs. LIPIcs also provides a LaTeX class and template for papers. Authors unfamiliar with LaTeX, but keen to try, are highly encouraged to use Overleaf, an online LaTeX editor that is easy to use and does not require any local installation. Overleaf comes with the LIPIcs class and template pre-loaded, so you can immediately start typing. Overleaf is also a collaborative writing tool, allowing multiple authors to work on their paper concurrently. Authors who want to use other text editors should stay close to the sample article’s layout for their paper submitted for review. Should their papers be accepted for publication, they have to be converted to LaTeX using the LIPIcs LaTeX class and template. Authors are responsible for the conversion of their papers to LaTeX.

Submission instructions and publication details (all tracks)

Submission for review. First submissions (for review) should be provided in PDF format through the conference website on Easychair.

Final submission. The accepted and revised papers must also be submitted through Easychair, but now as a zipped, complete LaTeX project, including all tex source files, figures in jpg or png, a bib file (alternatively, a bibliography section included in the tex file), and a pdf, all camera-ready.

Publication. In order for an accepted paper to be included in the conference program and published in the proceedings at least one of the paper authors has to register by the author registration deadline above (see Key Dates).