Mid-Career Workshop

I-GUIDE 2024 Mid-Career Workshop

Navigating Geospatial Data Science for Mid-Career Geospatial Researchers and Instructors

University of Minnesota · July 11-12, 2024 · Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Applications Accepted through May 20, 2024 at 11:59pm PT


Join us in Minneapolis in July 2024 for "Navigating Geospatial Data Science," a workshop designed for mid-career geospatial researchers and instructors. This workshop will help you learn the foundations and prepare you for the cutting-edge aspects of geospatial data science, including the latest tools and technologies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own research or curriculum projects, ensuring that learning is rooted in practical application to enhance their careers. With individualized feedback provided throughout and after the workshop, each attendee can refine and improve their projects.

Beyond the core focus on skill and knowledge building, this workshop will provide networking opportunities designed to foster connections among like-minded professionals eager to explore integrating geospatial data science into their careers.

The workshop will use the "Convergence Curriculum for Geospatial Data Science" and the latest platforms and projects supported by the NSF I-GUIDE institute project, positioning participants at the forefront of geospatial education and research innovation.

Key Details

  • FREE registration.  The workshop is free for all accepted applicants.
  • All accepted applicants will be provided with meals during the workshop.
  • Applicants who are traveling from outside the Twin Cities metro region will be provided hotel accommodations and travel support.
  • The workshop has a target capacity of 10-12 individuals.

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 20, 2024 at 11:59pm PT:  Application Closes
  • Monday, May 27, 2024:  All applicants notified of decisions
  • Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 11:59pm PT: Deadline to accept
  • Thursday, July 11 - Friday, July 12, 2024:  In-Person Workshop at the University of Minnesota


  • This workshop is targeted to mid-career academic faculty, researchers, technical staff, and librarians working and teaching within the sphere of GIS and geospatial applications.  Mid-career government and industry professionals interested in GIS and geospatial research and education are also welcome.
    • "Mid-career" is defined as 7+ years following the completion of a terminal degree for academic applicants or 10+ years of professional experience for non-academic applicants.
  • Applicants must be currently affiliated with a United States institution.
  • Applicants who are not US citizens may need to report their visa status.
  • All attendees must be able to participate in-person at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota for both days of the workshop.  Remote participation options will not be available.
  • All attendees will be provided with meals for both days of the workshop.
  • Hotel accommodations and travel support will be available to attendees traveling from outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1

  • 9:30-10:45 Session: Welcome and Introduction to I-GUIDE Mid-Career Workshop
  • 10:45-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:45 Session: Introduction Geospatial Data Science
  • 12:45-1:45 Lunch Break
  • 1:45-2:00 Afternoon Planning and Rapid-Fire Personal Project Sharing
  • 2:00-3:15 Session: Hands-On Activity
  • 3:15-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-4:45 Session: Collaborative Brainstorming for Personal Projects
  • 4:45-5:00: Wrap Up
  • 6:30: Dinner (Optional)

Day 2

  • 9:30-10:45 Session: Hands-On Activity
  • 10:45-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:45 Session: Virtual I-GUIDE the Team
  • 12:45-1:45 Lunch Break
  • 1:45-3:00 Session: Collaborative Work on Personal Projects
  • 3:00-3:30 Project Sharing and Wrap Up
  • 3:30-4:30 Optional Networking and Project Feedback Session

Application Process

  • Use the application form provided below to submit an application to the mid-career workshop.
  • Provide a brief  statement of interest (up to 500 words) and a current CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • Applicants are welcome to include a brief description (up to 200 words) of a project they wish to pursue during the workshop, or on which they plan to apply the skills learned in the workshop.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Support

Please reach out to Eric Shook (eshook@umn.edu) and Kate Vavra-Musser (kvavramu@umn.edu) with any questions regarding the workshop and application process.

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