Workshop Announcement: Women in Geospatial Sciences, Building Leaders for Tomorrow

Syracuse University will host the second of two workshops aimed at advancing the careers of women in the geospatial sciences and creating peer-mentoring networks at and between The Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, Cornell, SUNY-ESF, SUNY-Buffalo, and other regional institutions of higher ed.

The 1½ day workshop will identify challenges women currently face in our universities, and provide recommendations to retain women leaders in the geospatial sciences through active engagement and building of peer mentorship networks within departments and also across the university and between universities.

This opportunity stems from the first TRELIS (Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM – Geospatial Sciences) workshop run by the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the University of Maine in Madison, WI in May 2018, and is funded by a Carolyn Merry Mini-Grant from TRELIS, UCGIS, and the University of Maine, with support from PSU and SU.

The objective of the workshops is to build a TRELIS network within and between PSU, SU, Cornell, SUNY-ESF, SUNY-Buffalo, and other regional institutions of higher education, by providing an opportunity for career coaching that will enable women to build a network of mentors and peers. The interactive workshops will address themes discussed during the TRELIS workshop in Madison, including: Work-Life Integration (WLI), Career Trajectories & Leadership (TL), Mentoring & Coaching (ML), Communication & Language (CL) and Obstacles, Conflicts & Solutions (OCS).

The workshops are designed to provide a ‘safe place’ to foster discussions and to bring together women faculty in the geospatial sciences from the different institutions. The first workshop was held at The Pennsylvania State University in November 2018.

Who can participate?

The workshop will host participants drawn from each institution.  The workshops are open to women who work in the geospatial sciences at all career stages, including mid- and early-career faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students.

LOCATION: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

WORKSHOP DATES: Monday May 13, 2019 (2pm) through Tuesday May 14, 2019 (4pm)

Please note that participants are expected to attend the entire workshop, so please make necessary arrangements.

EXPENSES AND COSTS: We will provide snacks both days, dinner on Day 1, and breakfast and lunch on Day 2.  We will also provide funding for travel and lodging for participants who need to travel to SU.


Application deadline: Ongoing until full

Announcement of acceptance: Ongoing until full



Justine Blanford, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geography, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute,

Jane Read, Syracuse University, Department of Geography,


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