Geography Alumna Dawn Wright hosts Esri Science Symposium

Nearly 400 people attended the first ever Esri Science Symposium as part of both the UC and the GIS Education conferences [hosted by Esri Chief Scientist and UCSB Geography alumna Dawn Wright]. A very stimulating and enjoyable time was had by all. Here are some resources to visit:
  • Esri blog post announcing the symposium
  • Keynote of Dr. Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and President of the American Geophysical Union at Her keynote was entitled, “What will be necessary to understand and protect the planet… and us?” A reaction panel of distinguished GIScientist was chaired by UCSB Geography emeritus professor Mike Goodchild, and included UCSB geography alumnus Marco Painho.
  • Some great photos of the keynoter and the panelists at
  • A stream of tweets during the keynote, reaction panel, audience Q&A, and reception at
Next year they will field a new GIScience panel to respond to a new domain science keynote which will be delivered by Jon Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, possibly in tandem with his new Chief of Science, Shannon Bennett.