Upcoming ESRI Education User Conference Combines a Passion for Education and GIS

                               Educators Will Learn How to Launch and Grow GIS Projects and Programs

Redlands, California—May 5, 2009—Education professionals will gather to explore the power of spatial thinking July 11–14 at the 2009 ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC). The conference, to be held this year at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California, will provide an exceptional forum for collaboration among educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals with all levels of geographic information system (GIS) experience.

Attendees will kick-start their conference experience during the Plenary Session as ESRI education team members explore the latest applications and resources in the ESRI education community. Keynote speaker Dr. Henk Scholten will talk about the role of GIS in the development of spatial thinking. Scholten is professor of spatial informatics on the faculty of business economics at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as well as scientific director of SPINlab at the Center for Research and Education on Spatial Information at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Scholten is also the president of UNIGIS International, the association of 17 universities around the world that coordinates GIS education and research.

Following the plenary, a collection of paper sessions will address a wide variety of interests including GIS in teaching, administration and planning, libraries, museums, and youth programs. During these presentations, educators will delve into topics such as building a GIS program and community mapping projects. Attendees will also be able to visit the EXPO to network and take a look at GIS products and services provided by educational, commercial, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Attendees will have several opportunities to test-drive ESRI's GIS software. The Hands–On Learning Lab will offer GIS tutorials that can be completed at each individual's own pace. Computers will be set up with 45-minute prerecorded lessons, and ESRI staff will be on hand to answer questions. ESRI instructor-led computer labs will provide another way to improve GIS software skills. These 75-minute workshops will cover ESRI software including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Server.

EdUC registration includes Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14, of the 2009 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC), the world's largest gathering of GIS professionals. The education community will greatly benefit from ESRI UC activities including the inspiring Plenary Session—where special recognition is given to invited youth—and the Academic GIS Program Fair where attendees will be able to talk with representatives from higher education GIS programs. To find out more about the EdUC and to register online, visit www.esri.com/educ.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.


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