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Welcome to the Conference

For information on Geo-Resolution 2022, which will be held on September 28 at Saint Louis University's Busch Student Center, please visit our new conference website.

Geo-Resolution App

Download the Geo-Resolution app to engage with the conference. Ask questions to the panelists, get the link to the virtual social networking sessions and communicate with other attendees through the app, among other things. You will find the app on your device’s App Store / Play Store by searching for "Geo-Resolution 2021."

Poster Session

The poster session features 29 student posters from across the region. Go explore the interesting topics and remember to vote for your favorite posters. The top posters will win cash prizes.

Registration Still Open

You can still register to attend Geo-Resolution online. We have reached out maximum capacity for in-person attendance. 

Register for Geo-Resolution 2021

Geo-Resolution 2021: Building a 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem

From Hard Problems to Opportunities

September 14, 2021

Mission Statement

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Saint Louis University (SLU) are co-sponsoring Geo-Resolution 2021 to continue the collaboration of government, academia and industry in growing the Geospatial Ecosystem in the Greater Saint Louis region.


A 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem requires the combined efforts of government, industry and academia to provide the enterprise data and services needed for informed decision-making, to increase our knowledge of the world, and to improve quality of life and societal conditions.

COVID-19 Note

Geo-Resolution 2021 is an in-person conference that will take place on the campus of Saint Louis University. Conference protocol is contingent upon Saint Louis City and CDC health guidelines. The conference will be digitally accessible to a remote audience.

Moderated Panel Discussions

  • Panel One: Hard Problems in a Geospatial World. In a world of hard problems, everything happens in time and space. Geospatial science captures those problems and aids in building solutions. As problems evolve in their complexity, the geospatial profession must do the same. This panel will explore how government, industry and academia are maturing geospatial technologies and their application to today’s and tomorrow’s problems.
  • Panel Two: Preparing the Next Geospatial Generation. The exponential growth of location data and imagery require a new workforce with digital skills and an understanding of geomatics to tackle hard problems. This panel focuses on how to create an equitable talent pipeline though traditional academic degrees, workforce development, the importance of lifecycle outreach from K-16 through retirement, and training trajectories for those looking to transition into the geospatial field.
  • Panel Three: Geospatial Ethics: Privacy, Persistent Surveillance and Connectivity. Personal activity via GPS location is shared with outsiders at increasing rates. Individual data can be broadcast during daily activities. What are the safeguards, and how is the need for public safety balanced with the expectation of privacy? Explore ethical issues involved in living in a world of ever-increasing surveillance and connectivity.  
  • Panel Four: Geospatial Opportunities and Innovation. Local leaders talk about opportunities in the Saint Louis region as a geospatial center of excellence. They will share the initiatives that pave the way to an inclusive, coordinated, innovative and growing ecosystem.

 Featured Events

  •  “Leaders’ Look” Developments in the Geospatial Ecosystem. NGA Director Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, SLU President Dr. Fred Pestello and Harris-Stowe State University Interim President Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith will share their perspectives on the growth and development of the Geospatial Ecosystem in the Greater Saint Louis region.
  •  Special Broadcast: Why a Geospatial Career? Ask Young Professionals. Young professionals discuss why they chose a career in geospatial innovation and take questions from students in the audience. The event will be recorded and made available to high-school and middle-school students.

Student Mentoring Lunch with Career Exploration

Local leaders from industry, academia and government will join students for a networking lunch to discuss local geospatial career opportunities, the types of skill sets in-demand, and how to grow the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce. Attendance for this event is by invitation only.

Poster Session

High-school, college and university students are invited to create posters depicting the critical role of geospatial techniques in their research. Posters will be on display during the conference. On September 6, the posters will be posted online, along with videos of the authors explaining their research. Conference registration will be required to attend the poster session on-site.

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