July 6 - 8th, 2020

Ghent, Belgium


After already 3 successful International Conferences of SilkGIS, we are proud to announce you the 4th International Conference of SilkGIS (SilkGIS 2020) to be held in Ghent (Belgium), on July 6 - 8th, 2020 (technical visits July 9th).

The SilkGIS conferences were initiated by the Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia (RCEECA) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and were organized in the past respectively in 2017 in Isfahan (Iran), in 2018 in Chengdu (China) and in 2019 in Murmansk (Russia). The conferences aim to exchange ideas, technologies, scientific findings, and knowledge among academics, scientists, policy makers, public servants, and practitioners in the fields of geospatial information sciences and technology, natural resources, environment, planning, business and management.

SilkGIS is referring to the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes and to the exchange of knowledge along this network. There are traces of cultural exchanges over more than 2000 years. The larger region of exchange faces today important environmental issues which are strengthen by climate and land use changes. Geographical information is playing a major role in assuring stability and a safe future in the whole region.

SilkGIS2020 will focus on the role of GIS for a better management of land, water and the quality of life. Special attention will be given to (subjects not limited to) the development of the geospatial technologies and databases for biodiversity and ecosystems, big data in GI, mapping and management of natural resources, natural hazards and emergency management, water-drought issues in the context of climate and land-use change, GI for natural and cultural heritage,...

The organizer of the 2020 edition of SilkGIS is the department of Geography, Ghent University (Belgium).

The conference will start on Monday July 6th, 2020 afternoon and will be held till Wednesday 8th noon in the premises of Ghent University (Belgium), followed by by optional visits to Ghent University Museum and Library or Bruges (Wednesday) and Antwerp (Thursday).

Provisional program

Monday July 6th, 2020 morning registration (continuing during the whole conference)
  afternoon opening conference
coffee break
scientific sessions
  evening Icebreaker party
Tuesday July 7th, 2020 morning keynote
coffee break
scientific sessions
  afternoon keynote
coffee break
scientific sessions
  evening conference dinner (optional)
Wednesday July 8th, 2020 morning keynote
coffee break
scientific sessions
closing session
  afternoon visit to Ghent University Museum (GUM) and to the Ghent University Library (optional)
  afternoon excursion to Bruges (optional)
Thursday July 9th, 2020 whole day excursion to Sint-Niklaas (Mercator museum) and Antwerp (including visit to Plantijn-Moretus museum) (optional)


All attendees are required to register for the conference. The registration fee includes the access to all conference program and sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon coffee/teas. It is required that at least one author of each accepted paper registers in advance for the conference, so that the paper could be included in the conference program as oral or poster presentation.

Inscription fees

  until 2020, May 15th
(early registration and payment)
after 2020, May 15th
Registration conference (including abstract book, banquet Tuesday) 300,00€ 330,00€
Registration conference (including abstract book) 220,00€ 250,00€
Conference excursion to Bruges, July 8th (afternoon) 80,00€ 100,00€
Technical excursion to Antwerp, July 9th (whole day) 100,00€ 120,00€
Accompanying person (guided visit to Ghent city, banquet Tuesday) 130,00€ 150,00€

Important dates

January 16th, 2020 The official call for papers (oral and poster presentation) is open.
Please find template and instructions here.
March 1st, 2020 The registration will be possible starting March 1st, 2020 via the SilkGIS2020 website.
March 31st, 2020 Deadline for abstract submission
April 15th, 2020 Notification of acceptance of papers
May 1st, 2020 Publication of preliminary program
May 15th, 2020 Last day for early registration
6th - 8th July, 2020 SilkGIS 2020 conference
July 8th, 2020 Post-conference tour to Bruges
July 9th, 2020 Post conference tour to Sint-Niklaas and Antwerp


Ghent University
building Het Pand
Onderbergen 1
9000 Ghent (Belgium)

coordinates: 51°03'10" N, 3°43'13" E

Het Pand is the culture and congress center of Ghent University. It is a unique building is a former Dominican Monastery, situated beside the river Leie in the historic center of the city of Ghent.

Instructions for reaching Ghent coming from Brussels airports (BRU and CRL) or from Brussels-Midi railway station, will soon be putted on the conference website.

Scientific Committee

Organizing Committee

Contact information

UGent, Department of Geography, telephone number: +32 9 2644695

Practical information