The GIS in Central Asia Conference – GISCA 2015 ”Geospatial Management of Land, Water and Resources" was held in May 14-16, 2015 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The main objectives of this English language conference were to bring together GIS academics, researchers and practitioners from the Central Asian and other countries and to encourage international cooperation and knowledge exchange in GIS education and science. GISCA 2015 was locally organized by the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration (TIIM) within the EU Tempus GE-UZ project, jointly with the Austria-Central Asia Centre for GIScience (ACA*GIScience) and the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS), University of Salzburg, Austria. The conference is supported by Trimble, ESRI and media partners from the Geoinformatics industry.
More than 150 participants from Austria, China, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, UAE, UK, USA and Central Asian countries have enjoyed scientific research presentations and discussions, exchanged experiences and findings of international initiatives on GIS education and research. The cultural program of the conference offered excursions to the ancient cities Samarkand and Bukhara, to the Aral Sea region and other historical and natural sites. Pre-conference workshops organized within the EU Tempus GE-UZ project were presented at GISCA 2015 by students of the Uzbekistan universities and trainers from EU institutions.
The 10th anniversary of the GISCA conferencedseries was celebrated and the valuable contribution of “GIS in Central Asia” conferences in educational and research cooperation in the region has been mentioned by the conference participants. Dr. Michael Gould, ESRI Global Education Manager has highlighted the importance of Geoinformatics in the social-economic development of countries in his keynote “GIS education to create the next generation of decision-makers”. Participants have expresses thanks to the local conference organizing team of the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration for their hospitality and excellent facilities for this really international event.