Call for Participation - 8th Digital Earth Summit

We are pleased to invite you to participate to the “8th Digital Earth Summit”, which will be held online on 30 November - 2 December 2020. The Summit with the theme of “Digital Earth in a Changed World: Challenges and Opportunities” is organized by the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and hosted by the Neogeography Group (Protvino Technopark, Russia) and the Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg (Austria).

Program: (CET time)

Day 1: November, 30  11:00 - 14:00

11:00 – 11:20  Opening Ceremony

  • Alessandro Annoni - President of the ISDE
  • Huadong Guo - Honorary President of the ISDE
  • Yuri Baturin — Corresponding member of RAS, astronaut
  • Eugene Eremchenko - Head of Local Organizing Committee

11:20 - 12:10  Session 1. Digital Earth 2030: what is new?

  • Digital Earth Vision towards 2030 (Alessandro Annoni)
  • Geospatial Industry: what is new (Sanjay Kumar)
  • AI Index (Ray Perrault)
  • Physical-digital environments (Stefano Nativi)
  • Digital Earth as a ultimate collection of Digital Twins (Richard Simpson)

12:10 - 12:40 Round Table Discussion and Q&A

12:40 - 13:20  Session 2. Digital Governance and Ethics

  • The governance of digitally-transformed societies: a European perspective (Massimo Craglia)
  • Digital Earth and ethics, an international educational approach (Yola Georgiadou)
  • Maps Ethics and Governance (Philippe de Maeyer)

13:20 - 14:00 Round Table Discussion and Q&A


Day 2: December, 01  16:00 - 19:00

16:00 – 17:00 Session 3. Digital Earth: Citizen Engagement

  • Introduction and framing of the session (Sven Shade)
  • The Declaration on Citizen Science for the Sustainable Development Goals (Jörn Knobloch)
  • Reflections on Citizen Science and Earth Observation (Steffen Fritz)
  • Aking a step beyond, from data gathering and analysis to co-design (Mel Woods)

17:00 - 17:30 Round Table Discussion and Q&A

17:30 - 18:30 Session 4. Digital Earth: Education and Capacity Building

  • Engaging Youth in ‘Geospatial’ (Josef Strobl)
  • Resiliency in Global GIScience Education (Justine Blanford)
  • Geospatial education on the cloud – the sky’s the limit (Geri Miller)
  • Distance vs. residential education online: what difference does it make? (John Wilson)
  • Open frameworks in geospatial education (Victoria Rautenbach)

18:30 - 19:00 Round Table Discussion and Q&A


Day 3: December, 02  11:00 - 14:00

11:00 – 11:50 Session 5. Sustainable Development Goals and Digital Earth

11:50-12:20 Round Table Discussion and Q&A

12:20- 13:10 Session 6. Digital Earth and State Audit

  • Scale-Independed Audit (Sergei Shakhrai)
  • Auto-audit of Digital Earth (Yuri Baturin)
  • Application of 3D documents in the land cadastre: problems of legal regulation (Maria Zaharova)
  • Auto-audit of Digital Earth (Astamur Tedeev)
  • Features of Legal Regulation of Big Data in the context of the development of the Digital Earth (Sona De Apro)
  • Digital Earth as a support environment and electronic code of laws as a tool for state decision-making (Andrey Morozov)
  • Geoinformation system as a controlling tool for external state audit bodies (Anna Zueva)
  • Automotive Digital Earth: Big Data, Insurance and Delictology (Nikita Nosov)

13:10- 13:30 Round Table Discussion and Q&A

13:30- 14:00 Closing Discussion.


All people who are interested in the topics are warmly welcome to attend the online Summit. For more details, please see the Summit website

If you have any query, please contact the Summit Local Organizing Committee at: