McMaster University held their annual celebration for GIS Day on November 17, organized by Patrick DeLuca. The day consisted of lightning talks focusing on research from both the natural and social sciences. The talks showcased how interdisciplinary GIS is as there were presenters from the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, DeGroote School of Business, Department of Anthropology and Department of Biology. The speakers also consisted of undergraduate students, Master candidates, PhD candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows, professors, GIS analysts and network and library managers.

This is a great event for students to see the research that is occurring within the McMaster community. Students from different faculties and departments have the chance to demonstrate how they utilize GIS in their studies and get a different perspective of GIS from the research of their McMaster colleagues.

GIS Day also exposes undergraduate students to possible research and project opportunities in the near future. For example, Dr. Tristan Carter, from the Department of Anthropology, mentioned he was looking for students to help him with his research project in Greece. Also, Anastassios Dardas presented his app, Concious Commuter, from the annual Esri App Challenge which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

For those who could not attend the event, we took over McMaster’s Snapchat account for the day to exhibit some of the highlights and presentations. The pictures and videos were viewed by over 2000 McMaster students and alumni. Here are a few pictures taken from GIS Day posted on Snapchat:


Also, a big thank you to Iain Greensmith from Esri who brought an amazing cake and Esri swag for the event!