Geospatial Forum

The Geospatial Forum brings together researchers, educators, practitioners and students of the geospatial sciences in an exciting series of lively presentations and discussions of cutting-edge work.

Join the Geospatial Forum listserv to receive email announcements about upcoming events; simply send an email to John Vogler ( with the subject line “Add to Geospatial Forum listserv.” You can also add the Geospatial Forum calendar to your Google Calendar.

Geospatial Forums are recorded and available on the center’s YouTube channel typically within 24 hours. An archive of presentations dating back to 2014 is available on iTunes U.

Livestream the Forum:

Watch live and submit questions for the guest speaker by visiting

At-a-glance schedule for Fall 2021

Based on current NC State community standards as well as guest speaker arrangements, we expect the Fall 2021 Geospatial Forum will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual delivery. We continue to monitor the situation and will move to fully virtual if needed. Whether in person or virtual, all forums will be livestreamed during the semester.

Current Semester Geospatial Forum Schedule
Date Day Time Presenter
Sep 02 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Diego Riveros-Iregui
Sep 30 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Prof. Catherine D'Ignazio
Oct 14 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Daniela Jones
Nov 04 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Dr. Marynia Kolak
Nov 18 Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm GIS Week: Dr. Lauren Bennett and Ankita Bakshi

Dr. Diego Riveros-Iregui

Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill; hosted by Dr. Katie Martin

Carbon Fluxes across Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments in a Tropical Alpine WatershedAbstract

Prof. Catherine D'Ignazio

Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning, Director of the Data + Feminism Lab in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); hosted by Rachel Kasten

Data Feminism and MappingAbstract

Dr. Daniela Jones

Research Assistant Professor in NC State's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and CGA Faculty Fellow; introduction by Dr. Natalie Nelson

Precision Agriculture to Decarbonize our National Energy NeedsAbstract

Dr. Marynia Kolak

Assistant Director of Health Informatics, Senior Lecturer in Geographic Information Science, and PI of Healthy Regions + Policies Lab at the Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago; hosted by Dr. Aaron Hipp

The Next US Covid Atlas: Reanimating Data Analytics with Stories, Connection and Geographic ThinkingAbstract

GIS Week: Dr. Lauren Bennett and Ankita Bakshi

Dr. Lauren Bennett is Software Development Lead, Spatial Analysis and Data Science at Esri, and Ankita Bakshi is Senior Product Engineer, Spatial Statistics at Esri; hosted by the GGSO

Machine Learning Explained: Finding Spatial ClustersAbstract

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