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International Final Conference

The TEMPUS GE-UZ International Final Conference was jointly organized with the annual GIS in Central Asia Conference (GISCA 2015). The Conference was held in May 14-16 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on ”Geospatial Management of Land, Water and Resources”. The GISCA 2015 was locally organized by the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration (TIIM) in cooperation with Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience (ACA*GIScience) and the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS), University of Salzburg, Austria. The conference was supported by Trimble, ESRI and media partners from the Geoinformatics industry.

The main objectives of this conference were to bring together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners focusing on the Central Asian countries and to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS education and science.

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More than 150 participants from Central Asian countries and Austria, China, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, UAE, UK, USA have enjoyed scientific research presentations and discussions, exchanged experiences and findings of international initiatives on GIS education and research.

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The cultural program of the conference offered excursions to the ancient cities Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, to the Aral Sea region and other historical and natural sites.

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Pre-conference summer schools were organized within the EU Tempus GE-UZ project. The results were presented at GISCA 2015 by students of the Uzbekistan universities and trainers from EU institutions.

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The 10th anniversary of the GISCA conference series was celebrated and the valuable contribution of “GIS in Central Asia” conferences in educational and research cooperation in the region has been mentioned by the conference participants. Michael Gould (esri Global Education Manager) has highlighted the importance of Geoinformatics in the social-economic development of countries in his keynote “GIS education to create the next generation of decision-makers”. Participants have expressed thanks to the local conference organizing team of the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration for their hospitality and excellent facilities for this really interesting international event.

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The conference proceedings will be available on the official website soon and selected papers of the conference will be published in the special issue of the International Journal of Geoinformatics.