• First Announcement: PhilGEOS 2013 – Geomatics for a resilient agriculture and forestry

    by  • June 11, 2013 • Announcements, Updates

    First Announcement

    philgeos logoThe Department of Geodetic Engineering of the University of the Philippines – Diliman is pleased to announce PhilGEOS 2013 which will be held on November 28-29, 2013. PhilGEOS 2013 is a follow-up activity to the successful and very 1st symposium on Geomatics in the Philippines (PhilGEOS 2012). In its second year, PhilGEOS 2013 will focus on the role of Geomatics in Agriculture and Forestry.

    Agriculture provides one of our most basic needs: food. On the other hand, forestlands provide a range of crucial goods (wood and non-wood) and environmental services (e.g., clean and reliable water supply, protecting against landslides, erosion and land degradation, providing or enhancing the habitat of aquatic and terrestrial animals, providing a range of products for household use or sale, and providing employment) [1]. Recently, the agriculture and forestry sectors have been at risk to climate change and variability. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Stations has reported that in various places around the world climate change is contributing to decreased agriculture and forest productivity. In the Philippines, typhoons and flooding cause massive destruction of our agricultural areas and forestlands. Being the provider of our most basic needs, resiliency in the agriculture and forestry sectors must be built in order to achieve two long term goals: achieve food security, and adapt to the changing climate.

    With these matters at hand, PhilGEOS 2013 is being organized to provide a venue for the discussion and sharing of  experiences on the current state of Philippine’s agriculture and forestry sectors, and on how geomatics can be a useful tool in making these sectors resilient in the midst of climate change change and climate variability. It aims to gather not only educators, researchers and the Geomatics industry from different parts of the country; it will also gather people and companies engaged in agriculture and forestry as they can benefit from geospatial technology and from collaborating with the academe and government. More details are posted in the PhilGEOS 2013 website.

    Call for Abstracts

    Everyone is invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations in the parallel technical sessions of PhilGEOS 2013.

    Researchers, faculty members, geomatics professionals and practitioners, as well as undergraduate and graduate students conducting researches and applying geomatics technologies such as remote sensing, GIS, surveying, GPS, etc. in agriculture and forestry, and closely-related areas  are encouraged to submit abstracts. We also invite individuals working with the agriculture and forestry sectors to submit abstracts in order to share their experiences in agriculture and forest management, and on how geomatics became useful or can become useful in sustainable management and for building resiliency of these sectors.

    Abstracts should have a maximum of 500 words, and as much as possible, focus on the symposium theme “Geomatics for a resilient agriculture and forestry“ and associated topics. All submitted abstracts will be screened by the PhilGEOS Technical Program Committee.

    Abstracts should be submitted online through the unified Registration and Abstract Submission page. Authors who have successfully submitted their abstracts will receive a notification e-mail.

    15 October 2013:     Deadline for Abstract Submission
    16 – 23  October 2013:     Notification of Acceptance of Submitted Abstracts
    16 October 2013:     Start of Submission of Full Papers
    31 October 2013:     Deadline  for Submission of Full Papers

    Want to support PhilGEOS 2013?

    PhilGEOS 2013 is looking for partners, co-presentors, sponsors and patrons. Last year’s PhilGEOS 2012 was supported by several institutions and companies.

    We have several attractive sponsorships available and would be happy to work a package which  satisfies you or your company’s expectations around impact and budget.

    For a thorough discussion of these packages, contact us:

    PhilGEOS 2013 Marketing Committee
    Telephone Number: (+63-2) 920-8924 / (+63-2) 981-8500 local 3124
    Look for: Engr. Rosario Concepcion Ang / Ms. Ma. Elena Cruz Ignacio