The 8th International Symposium on Digital Earth 2013 (ISDE 2013)

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August 26, 2013 - August 29, 2013
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

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The ISDE Symposium, with the theme of “Transforming Knowledge into sustainable practise” is expected to attract some 1000 participants from all over the world. This bi-annual event has previously been held in Perth Australia, Beijing, China, San Francisco, U.S.A. It is the major Symposium about satellite and other Earth observation technologies and applications.
We have received 365 abstracts from scientists from 36 countries representing the work of their Universities, Companies, Research Institutions and International Organisations. Our 20 keynote speakers originate from Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
This Conference addresses scientists, decision-makers, politicians, private business and experts in the field of Digital Earth. “The Digital Earth is describing a virtual representation of the Earth that is georeferenced and connected to the world’s digital knowledge archives.” (concept first introduced in 1998 by Al Gore). “Digital Earth is a global initiative to construct a comprehensive virtual representation of the planet. It is a collaborative effort between Earth sciences, space sciences and information sciences to monitor and forecast natural and human phenomena.” (
In parallel to our diverse technical sessions we are running specialized workshops and special sessions on various topics (see our tentative program at We were able to commit quite a number of well-known and respected experts in the fields of the 16 themes of the conference to attract many international participants.
In addition we are providing an exhibition space that is constantly filling up with companies, research institutes and international organizations exhibiting their state-of-the-art projects and products for Digital Earth. We were able to commit national and international companies (i.e. BSEI from China, SCANEX from Russia, ESRI from the US as well as government organizations such as KeTTHA – Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia, ANGKASA – Malaysian Space Agency, etc.).
Also interesting to mention is the Youth Program: International Student Paper Contest, Summer School for young scientists and researchers and Student Competition (see: The ISDE8 Youth Program provides technical insight and training and enables networking for the professional future of students and young scientists.
The themes we are covering in this conference are;
(1) Digital Earth Vision & Innovation
(2) Earth Observation Technologies
(3) ICT Technologies including Spatial Data Infrastructure
(4) Empowering the Community, Engaging the Society
(5) Digital City & Green Cities
(6) Health & Biodiversity
(7) Digital Heritage
(8) Sustainability in the context of Digital Earth
(9) Geospatial Defense Intelligence
(10) Adapting to Global & Climate Changes
(11) Population Growth & Infrastructure Development
(12) Mining, Energy & Resource Development
(13) Natural Resource Management & Agriculture
(14) Early Warning, Emergency Management & National Security
(15) Land & Water Management
(16) Marine & Coastal Environment
(17) Natural Hazards & Pollution
We have a special session on “Transformation Towards a Sustainable Low Carbon Society (LCS)” with a panel of experts from around the world. The publisher Taylor & Francis in cooperation with Prof. Arthur Cracknell, an internationally recognized Professor from the University of Dundee, UK is providing a workshop on “Publishing and technical writing”. Very important and attractive input for researchers everywhere since they are measured nowadays on their technical output in terms of journal papers with impact! Digital City & Green Cities also gets special attention through the special session. Other hot topics are workshops on water security & management and converting research results into policy papers for decision makers.
Looking forward to meeting you in Kuching!

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Short Description: The Institute of Geospatial Science and Technology (INSTeG) is one of 30 centres of excellence at UTM. These centres ware created to gain the vibrant, innovative and productive research culture, apart from to maintain the status of a Research University. As a centre of excellence INSTeG practices integrative and collaborative research which involves multi-disciplinary teams, knowledge and networking at national and international levels. Motivation, zeal and high level of research integrity are imperative related to ethic and values to reach really excellent outcomes.

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