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
  • David Fairbairn (Secretary and Treasurer) Newcastle University
  • Andrea Ballatore Birkbeck, University of London
  • Brian Barrett University of Glasgow
  • Nick Bearman University of Liverpool
  • Bruce Gittings University of Edinburgh
  • Nick Groome Ordnance Survey
  • James Haworth UCL
  • Jonny Huck University of Manchester
  • Peter Mooney National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Addy Pope ESRI-UK
  • Stefano De Sabbata University of Leicester
  • Elizabeth Stutchbury Association for Geographic Information
  • Zena Wood University of Greenwich


Each year, we have a number of conference prizes and awards:

  • Best Paper
  • Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher
  • Best Poster
  • The UCL CASA Award 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, most recently at the University of Newcastle in April 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


GISRUK Chairs Past and Present

GISRUK 2019 (Newcastle) provided a rare opportunity for all four of the past and present GISRUK chairs to get together in the same place at the same time:

GISRUK Chairs Past and Present

L-R: Mike Worboys, David Parker, Duncan Whyatt (current chair), Bruce Gittings