January 9-11th, 2018 – Bethesda, MD

Save the Date!

The 2018 ESIP Winter meeting will be the week of January 8, 2018, in Bethesda, MD.


The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2018 theme is ‘Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications.’ The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 – 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for the Federation’s activities over the next two years. The 2018 theme will be woven into meeting sessions, collaboration-area activities and community outreach, with the goal of improving dialog between Earth sciences data producers, distributors and end-users. In addition to the theme, ESIP will also be celebrating 20 years as a community!


ESIP meetings are interdisciplinary and inclusive. They are a member-led mix of plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities that encourage discussion about emerging and persistent topics in Earth science data, provide exposure to new technologies and emerging concepts, and facilitate relationships with colleagues from across institutions and disciplines. Among the attendees 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.

Early registration (through December 18, 2017) is $415 for members and $550 for non-members and will open in October. After December 18, the registration fee rises to $515 for members and $650 for non-members. The student registration fee is $150 (This does not go up). A special one-day rate is available for $200. A full refund will be given until December 18. No refunds will be issued for canceled registration after December 18.

All registrations include lunches, morning and afternoon food and beverage breaks and the poster session reception. We encourage attendees to go green and use online meeting materials to navigate the meeting, but printed copies of the program and schedule will be available upon request.

The 2018 Winter Meeting is at the Bethesda North Marriott, Bethesda, MD. Make your reservations using this link.

#ESIPfed on social media

We encourage social media users to follow @ESIPfed on Twitter and @Federation-of-Earth-Science-Information-Partners-ESIP on Facebook for meeting updates and information. Please share your meeting experience and photos on your social media platform of choice, and tag your posts with #ESIPFed. Later we’ll gather some of these posts and media into a Storify to tell the story of what happens at an ESIP meeting.

We are inviting you to submit session proposals for the 2018 ESIP Winter Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland! We especially welcome sessions related to our theme: Promoting techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications. Sessions are generally 1.5 hour blocks and fit one of the following formats:

  • Breakout Session—presentation-style session with multiple speakers sharing lessons learned, a new tool or new initiative.
  • Panel Session—panel-style discussion with one moderator and a group of experts who represent different perspectives on a common topic.
  • Workshop Session—classroom-style session to teach attendees; should be hands-on with limited use of slides.
  • Working Sessions—roundtable-style session where participants work together to solve a specific problem.
  • Business Meetings—dedicated planning time for Collaboration Areas.

Submit your session here. Sessions will be accepted until COB Monday, October 30, 2017. See submitted sessions below.

Please provide as much information as you can. If your session contents shift a bit later on, you will be able to update the content, including updating your speakers, on the 2018 Winter Meeting Sched page until the meeting.

We will continue to curate all meeting content on the ESIP Figshare portal (esip.figshare.com). You will need to have an account with Figshare. This portal will provide each session with a DOI, and connect content to each moderator/speaker’s ORCid.

NOTE: There will be a separate Call for Posters.

Submitted Sessions