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Special Session: Food – local and global challenges

Despite national and international efforts challenges related to food production, distribution, and consumption are on the rise. That’s why the United Nations has set ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture as one of its Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030. However, problems are multi-layered: the coexistence of hunger (under nutrition) and obesity (over nutrition), the overexploitation of natural resources and the large amounts of food lost and wasted are some food paradoxes discussed by experts and in literature.

To address food-related challenges a host of issues, from growing income and wealth disparities, gender parity, ageing demographics to culturally-specific diets, education, and climate change impacts are of importance. Here, the benefits of the use of GI technology (mapping and visualization, statistical and spatial analysis, simulation and modelling, satellite imagery analysis, and participatory GI approaches, etc.) brought to food related research, are well received.

The session highlights current research on food security, safety, sustainability, and sovereignty and the role that GI technology can play in local and global food movements.

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)


Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, short paper or poster. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website until Feb. 1, 2019 and will be subject to double-blind peer review. Authors of accepted full and short papers are invited to present and discuss their papers in the special symposium. For guidelines on submission, please visit > Journal Instructions for Authors. Accepted full and short papers will be published in the Open Access GI_Forum Journal. Publication will be online (see The publication is included in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. We also invite contributions to a poster session to be held within the symposium. Posters will be published online through the conference website.

Call for Papers is open from October 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Call for Poster submission is open from October 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019

Contribution Submission


For questions, please contact Sabine Hennig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), University of Salzburg – Z_GIS.

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