The ESIP Federation optimizes collaboration through in-person meetings and virtually through collaboration space on the Web. Partners utilize these neutral forums for knowledge exchange and collaboration–an intellectual commons of sorts–where practitioners solve common problems. This community-based approach is discipline neutral, with the technology solutions supporting science by improving discovery, access, integration and interoperability.

The ESIP Federation meets twice each year, in January and July. The winter meeting, held the first week of January in Washington, D.C. has a focus on higher level policy issues. The summer meeting, typically held in July, moves around the country to different locations. The summer meeting is technical in nature. These two meetings supplement interactions throughout the year by offering concentrated blocks of time to work collaboratively on issues of interest to the community. Each meeting has a theme, ranging from evaluating the impacts of data to defining data and information quality.

Anyone is welcome to attend an ESIP Federation meeting. Among the attendees at ESIP meetings are Earth science data and information technology practitioners; researchers representing a variety of scientific domains that include land, atmosphere, ocean, solid earth, ecology, data and social sciences; science educators; and anyone working in science and technology-related fields who is interested in advancing Earth science information best practices in an open and transparent fashion.

ESIP meetings feature plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities. Through these, attendees address emerging and persistent topics in Earth science data, gain exposure to new technologies and emerging concepts, and meet colleagues from diverse institutions and disciplines. 

Check out our summary of the 2015 ESIP Summer Meeting to find out more about what happens at an ESIP meeting. 

Upcoming Meetings

2016 ESIP Summer Meeting - July 19-22 in Chapel Hill, NC

Visit the meeting page for more information.

2016 ESIP Winter Meeting - January 6-8 in Washington, DC  

For all details on the Winter Meeting, see the 2015 Winter Meeting page

Important Dates:

  • August 20, Call for Sessions opens
  • October 20, Call for Session ends 
  • End of October, Agenda shared 
  • End of October, Registration opens
  • December 5, Room Block rates end
  • December 20, All meeting content due in the ESIP Commons (posters and session modifications)
  • January 6-8, ESIP Winter Meeting 

New! Sponsor an ESIP Meeting​

The ESIP biannual meetings are an excellent place to meet influential data practitioners, developers and executive decision makers in Earth and space science. We offer a number of sponsorship packages to meet your marketing objectives, gain lead generation and engagement. Learn more and contact Erin Robinson if you'd like to support an upcoming ESIP meeting. 


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