About the Conference

The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposiums are biannual meetings of the OGRS community dedicated to sharing knowledge, new solutions, methods, practices, ideas and trends in the field of geospatial information through the development and the use of free and open source software in both research and education. The 5th edition of the OGRS meeting series is going to be held in Lugano and follows: Nantes 2009; Yverdon-les-bains 2012; Espoo 2014; Perugia 2016.

What is Our Goal?

Open Science is being adopted by several Research fundations worldwide as core strategy to foster the knowledge diffusion. This represents a new approach to the research and educational processes based on OPEN data, source, methodology, review, access, educational resources.
While benfits are widley recognized, it is not always simple to put this approach in practice: resources, strategies and common practices may be an obstacle. In this year symposium the OGRS community want to focus the discussion on this topic to promote, discuss and find pathways to put Open Science in Action.

  • discuss a framework and highlight a rationale about geospatial open source technology usage in Open Science;
  • build a panel of scientific research and education practices dealing with open source initiatives in the geospatial fields;

October 9-11



Key Note


Tue 9 Oct 2018 13:30

Open Science

Luc Henry

Scientific Advisor, EPFL

Wed 10 Oct 2018 13:30

Open Licenses

Malcom Bain

IT lawyer, id law partners

Thu 11 Oct 2018 09:00

Open Education

Susanne Bleisch

President of GITTA, FHNW

9 Oct: 09:00 am - 12:00 am

An overview of Open Science

(SUPSI Open Science Week Event)
9 Oct: 13:00 pm - 18:00 pm

Open Science

(Keynote + plenary session)
9 Oct: 19:30 pm - 24:00 pm

OSGeo Townhall
& Open Science Fest

(Food and Drinks @ SUPSI)
10 Oct: 08:30 am - 11:00 am


(parallel workshops)
10 Oct: 11:30 pm - 18:00 pm

Open Software

(Keynote + plenary session)
11 Oct: 09:00 am - 12:30 am

Open Education

(Keynote + plenary session)
11 Oct: 14:00 pm - 18:00 pm

Open Access Policies

(SUPSI Open Science Week Event)

Important dates

21.06.2018 - Abstract submission deadline (~ 500 words)

04.07.2018 - Acceptance notification (for program inclusion)

15.09.2018 - Paper submission deadline (~ 1500 words) instructions

07.10.2018 - OGRS scientific board review

08.10.2018 - Open review period


Registration & Pricing

Early Bird Registration

Available until
120.- CHF (~100,00 €)
Students & Low income countries
25.- CHF (~20,00 €)

Regular Registration

Available from
240.- CHF (~200,00 €)
Students & Low income countries
50.- CHF (~40,00 €)

Student registration

Full-time students enrolled in a university can register as a student. Proof of status is required to process your registration. Students with an income (post doctoral and PhD candidates) are not eligible for the discounted student rate. Please send proof of your student status to OGRS2018 with your proof of payment.

Middle/Low-income economies registration

To encourage broad participation in the conference, organizers are offering lower registration fees for delegates from upper-middle-income countries, lower-middle-income countries and low-income countries (based on the World Bank Classification).

Accepted Methods of Payment

Registration can be paid by Credit Card or bank transfer.
The transaction fees must be bear by the pertecipant following the "The principal bears the costs (OUR)" principle: As the principal, you bear the costs for the payment order and the third-party flat fee charged by the recipient bank. The full amount indicated is credited to the beneficiary.

Registration and Payment

by Credit Card (on-Line)
Please use the following link: Credit Card payment
by Bank Transfer
Please send an email to ist@supsi.ch to receive instructions and an invoice to be paid by bank transfer.
1) The bank wire transfer and other related fees have to be paid by the participant.
2) After sending your registration payment by bank wire transfer, scan the bank receipt and attach the PDF file in an email.
3) If you are a student and used a student fee scan and send a copy of your student ID (with picture).
Mail should be sent to: EMAIL: ist@supsi.ch SUBJECT: "Payment NAME SURNAME (Note: Fill in NAME SURNAME with your full name, so that we will be able to monitor your payment with your registration entry)".

Event Partner

Open Source Gesoaptial Fundation

GITTA Association

Istituto scienze della terra

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica

4onse project

Citizen Science COST action


Event Location


Institute of Earh Sciences
Department for Environment Constructions and Design
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Campus Trevano, Via Trevano
CH-6952 Canobbio

T +41 (0)58 666 62 00
F +41 (0)58 666 62 09

Organized by OGRS2018 program committee