An explanation of how GISRUK works and where it came from

The GISRUK Steering Committee

GISRUK is governed by a committee of volunteers drawn from across UK Universities and related agencies:

  • Duncan Whyatt (Chair) Lancaster University
  • Brian Barrett University of Glasgow
  • Joana Barros Birkbeck College, London
  • Nick Bearman University of Liverpool
  • Stefano De Sabbata University of Leicester
  • Claire Ellul University College London
  • David Fairbairn Newcastle University
  • Bruce Gittings University of Edinburgh
  • Nick Groome Ordnance Survey
  • Jonny Huck University of Manchester
  • Nick Malleson University of Leeds
  • Peter Mooney National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Paul Norman University of Leeds
  • Addy Pope ESRI-UK
  • Lizzie Stutchbury Association for Geographic Information
  • Zena Wood University of Greenwich


Each year, we award a number of conference prizes:

  • Best Paper
  • Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher
  • Best Poster
  • UCL CASA Prize for the best paper on Spatial Analysis, in memory of Sinesio Alves Junior

The History of GISRUK

The Geographical Information Science Research UK conference began life in 1993 as the UK's national GIS research conference, which was held at the University of Keele, and was chaired by Prof. Mike Worboys. Since then, GISRUK has been held each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, and we are now looking forward to our 27th conference, to be held in at the University of Newcastle in 2019.

Original GISRUK Logo

GISRUK conferences are primarily aimed at the academic community, but welcomes delegates from government, commercial and other sectors. The conferences attract those interested in Geographical Information Science (GIS) and its applications from all parts of the UK, together with the European Union and beyond. The disciplinary range is broad including, but not limited to, Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology, Computer Science, Planning, Archaeology, Geology, Geomatics and Engineering.

The GISRUK conferences have the following aims:

  • to act as a focus for GIS research in the UK, while welcoming researchers from Europe and beyond
  • to provide a mechanism for the announcement and publication of GIS research
  • to act as an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research ideas
  • to promote active collaboration amongst researchers from diverse parent disciplines
  • to provide a framework in which young researchers (including students) can see their work in a national and international context

Previous GISRUK Venues