Special Events

ESIP meetings feature a mix of plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities to 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.

Listed below are summaries of the special events happening at the meeting.

Drone Field Trip: Tuesday, July 19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Meet at registration desk at 6:00, flying location TBD. Prior to Friday's formal drone sessions, members of the Drones Cluster will carry out some demonstration drone flights with various sensors. Esri will be on hand to demonstrate processing the captured data with their new Drone2Map tools.

Jam Session: Tuesday, July 19 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Come and play (or listen) as ESIP members convene for a night of music and informal socializing.

New! How-to Plenary Talks: Wednesday, July 20 from 11:00-12:30 p.m. Part of the Summer Meeting plenary session is devoted to a series of short how-to talks by community members that show how they use, manage or visualize Earth sciences data. These are in the form of five-minute talks with 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds and nine-minute TED-style talks where the presenter remains in control of their slides.

New! Research as Art: Wednesday, July 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the main gallery of the 21c Hotel. Research as Art is a gallery-style event that uses visual media to show how the ESIP community uses data. We’ll display a range of entries that show the diversity of research done by members of our community, as well as their creativity and the impact of their work, in an engaging and accessible way. Drinks and snacks will provided. Please note that this event replaces the traditional Wednesday evening poster session.

FUNding Friday Networking: Thursday, July 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us at the Full Steam Brewery and Tavern for Full STEAM, a collaborative, creative poster-making session that will help you prepare for FUNding Friday (details below). Please plan to attend if you’re going to pursue a FUNDing Friday grant, we’ll have poster-making supplies on hand. This event is also for those looking to brainstorm a FUNding Friday project and people who wish to find project collaborators, but anyone is welcome to attend. The bar hosts trivia beginning at 8:00 p.m. for those who’d like to continue exercising their brains.

FUNding Friday: Friday, July 22 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. ESIP provides small grants to members and students to allow them to test new technologies and innovative ideas. We recognize that innovation requires a willingness to take risks; these grants give the community the freedom to be inventive and apply creative approaches to challenging problems. During this event, members and students are invited to pitch a project to meeting attendees via a poster and brief talk. Several grants of $5,000 are given to ESIP members and several grants of $3,000 are given to students whose projects are selected by attendees for funding. Awardees are expected to present the results of their project at a future meeting. See the list of previously funded projects here.


Co-located Events

DataONE Users Group Meeting, July 17-18, 2016

This two-day meeting features plenary presentations, topical breakout sessions and community led discussions. The 2016 meeting theme, Expanding Data Networks, will focus on the new challenges and efforts in making data accessible, discoverable and deliverable while promoting open data policies, standards and compliance with funders’ emerging data management requirements. A strong emphasis is on data synthesis and technological progress made in data network infrastructure. DataONE encourages DataONE Member Nodes, data scientists, researchers, scientists, students and others to submit abstracts for posters and talks.