EDWARDSVILLE - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences is co-sponsoring the St. Louis Regional Women in Geospatial Technology Summit from 12:30-6 p.m., Thursday, June 27 at the T-REX Innovation Conference Center on Washington Ave. in St. Louis.

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The half-day conference features the contributions of women, who are creating, using and promoting geospatial technologies across industry, government, and education. The summit will include presentations and a panel discussion with emerging and established geospatial professionals in the areas of public health, intelligence, local government, education, and more.

Keynote speaker Dr. Odean Serrano, founder of the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Institute, will address how geospatial analytics are being used to combat wildlife trafficking in Africa. The summit will conclude with a student poster display and networking reception.

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Event co-chair Susan Hume, PhD, chair of the SIUE Department of Geography, will moderate a panel discussion on “Opportunities & Challenges for Women in Geospatial Technology.”

The public is welcome, including university, community college and high school students interested in geospatial technology-related careers. Participation is free, but registration is required at iswg.org/events/.

Joining SIUE as sponsors are the Society of Woman Geographers, Washington University in St. Louis Libraries and Missouri American Water.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000.

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