South Africa


The International Symposion on Remote Sensing of Environment is convened biennially by the International Centre on Remote Sensing of Environment (ICRSE) and the International Committee on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ICORSE), a standing committee of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). The 2015 edition of the Symposium took place in Berlin, Germany, in 2015.

The 2017 symposium is hosted by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and coincides with the adoption of the African Space Policy and Strategy by the African Union Heads of State and Government in January 2016. The programme includes sessions on topics such as "Disaster Resilience and Geohazards" and "Data and Information Systems and Spatial Data Infrastructure".

The conference of the Disaster Management Institute South Africa is the biggest annual disaster management conference in Africa and routinely attracts more than 350 delegates. This year's theme is "the 2030 resilience, sustainability and adaptation mandate: a new action agenda for disaster risk reduction". The theme is inspired by the outcomes of the Sendai Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which includes the 18 March 2015 release of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The conference provides an annual opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in disaster management from across Africa to gather and share skills, knowledge and experience. 

The conference will focus on disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change response. 

The CoastGIS Conference series began with what was planned as a ‘one off’ conference held at University College Cork, Ireland, in 1995. The goal then – and now – was to focus on how information technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are used in coastal zone management, science and research. Over the years – with the forthcoming CoastGIS 2013 being the eleventh in the series of conferences – new topics were added to the list of themes covered by the conferences, including marine and coastal spatial data infrastructures (SDIs), marine spatial planning, public participation in coastal decision making and socioeconomic issues. The CoastGIS conferences were conceived and structured to foster an increase in knowledge of GIS and related information technologies among technical people and for researchers in the fields of marine science and coastal zone management. Over the years, as coastal/marine researchers and managers have become more IT literate, especially in... read more

The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda will be hosting the first Disaster Science and Management Conference on 2 and 3 March 2015 in collaboration with the National disaster management centre and other sector departments.

The conference is organised in two parts as follows:

First event: A 3 day Pre-conference workshop and exhibition with the theme "GIS and remote Sensing as Decision Support tools for Disaster Management". This event will be held at University of Venda from the 25 to 27 February 2015.

Second and Final event: A two-day Conference and Exhibition event with the theme "Disaster Risk Science and Management: South Africa’s Response to a changing global environment". This event will take place at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane from 2 to 3 March 2015.

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Share knowledge and information on disaster risk science, disaster risk reduction and management by scholars,... read more


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