Christchurch secures geo science conference


Christchurch will host more than 300 leading international scientists for the International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience) in 2025.

Held biennially since 2000, this is only the second time the event has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The conference is being organised by the University of Canterbury (UC), along with partners at University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Otago, and supported by ChristchurchNZ and Tourism New Zealand.

“For international GI scientists, our city will be a living classroom,” said Megan Crum, ChristchurchNZ Head of Business Events.

“We are an ideal example of a bicultural and multicultural community experiencing fast demographic and economic change, urban growth and rebuilding, alongside a diverse biosphere and sometimes turbulent physical geography. Christchurch is also a gateway to Antarctica, and it has an economy tied to the land through a large agricultural sector plus a fast-growing technology sector.”

Professor Saurabh Sinha, UC Executive Dean of Engineering, said they were looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the world.

“UC’s impactful research solves local and global challenges, and we pride ourselves on our inclusive community and delivering a high standard of research-led education that is accessible, flexible and future focused,” he said.

Benjamin Adams, UC Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, is the lead local chair for the conference.

“As our organisation team demonstrates, we have a strong and growing local research community in GI Science working across all of New Zealand’s universities,” he said.

“New Zealand is a place where interesting and varied GI Science research is being conducted and crucially where the application of geographic information science is felt across all sectors of society.”

The four-day event will be held from 26-29 August 2025.