HKBU's Centre for Geo-computation Studies and Department of Geography held the International Symposium on Geoenvironmental Informatics (ISGEI 2017) from 12 to 15 December.

A total of 150 scholars and experts from Mainland China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Belgium, Austria and Central Asian countries attended the symposium to share their latest research and the developments in their field of expertise.

Professor Gordon Huang, President of International Society for Environment Information Sciences, Professor Samuel Cushman of US Forest Service, and Professor Anthony Yeh of the University of Hong Kong were invited as keynote speakers.

There were three technology talks and six technical sessions during which 60 scholars presented their studies. The technical sessions included Geocomputation in Natural Disaster Studies, Geospatial and Cloud Computing, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Urban Modeling, Geoenvironmental Information, and Geo-Informatics of Water and Energy Cycles. The symposium included a Central Asia Forum on the collaborative research for resource and environment. 

In the forum, scholars reviewed the science and technology cooperation in Central Asia and discussed future collaboration. In addition, the second-term "Memorandum of International Consortium for Ecosystem Monitoring and Management in response to Climate Change in Central Asia" was signed by 22 institutes. Professor Bernhart Owen and Dr Chiu Hon-Chim of the Department of Geography led the field excursion to Hong Kong Geopark to introduce the geoenvironment of Hong Kong.

The ISGEI 2017 is a major academic event of the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences. The ISGEI 2017 aims to promote the extensive and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, technologies, scientific findings, and general knowledge in the area of geoenvironmental informatics.