Call for Bids, 2016 Digital Earth Summit

Call for Bids to Host the 2016 ISDE Digital Earth Summit

The International Society for Digital Earth is calling for bids to organize and host the Digital Earth Summit in 2016. The ISDE hereby invites all interested organizations to submit letters of intent and/or bid proposals to host the event. ISDE encourages our members, and other organizations or institutions, to consider this hosting opportunity, and also to disseminate this information to organizations that might be interested.

The Final closing date for all Bids is Oct. 31, 2014.

The Digital Earth Summit, a Conference series held by ISDE biennially during even-numbered years, provide academic platforms for state-of-the-art discussion and in-depth dissemination of all the broad research fields of Digital Earth. The summits are widely recognized as ranking among the most significant conferences for scientific exchange in the fields of Digital Earth,including earth observation technology, geospatial information science, geo-data intensive research, virtual reality and visualization of Earth. The summit is an excellent opportunity for scientists, decision-makers, engineers and educators to consider the latest theories, principles and frameworks of Digital Earth. In the past, Summits have been high-quality venues for promoting an expanded consensus of the Digital Earth concept, and fostering the international development of Digital  Earth.

The summit has previously been held in Auckland(2006), Potsdam (2008), Nessebar (2010) and Wellington (2012). This year the summit will be held on November 9-11, 2014, in Nagoya, Japan (

Bid proposals are required to provide completeinformation on the following:

Informationabout the Host Organization:

- Nameand introduction

- Contact information (contact person and title, address, telephone, fax, email, web site,etc.)

- Governmental/organizational supporting documentation

- Members,staff and structure of the Local Organizing Committee

Summit Planning:

- Proposed dates and location(s)

- Facilities and venue(s)

- Expected number of delegates

- Summit Theme and Program

- Projected financial arrangements (financial guarantees, budget, registration fees, sponsorshipfees, etc.)

All requested information contained in the Guidelines in mandatory for any Bid to be considered.If additional information or clarification is required, the ISDE Secretariat will be available. Guidelines for bidding is available at Activities - Bidding to host Symposium & Summit on the ISDE website (

Selection Process

Call for Bid  proposals

May 2014

Final Bid  proposals due

31st October  2014

Bid decision

Jan. 15, 2015

MOU signed


Successful  bidder announced


Upon the awarding of the summit to the successful bidder, the host organization will sign a negotiated memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Secretariat of ISDE. The Announcement of  the Summit Host will be made via the ISDE website and mailing list.

The bid, including all supporting documentation, should be sent by email to:

Prof. Wang Changlin

Executive Director of the Secretariat,

International Society for Digital Earth


Room A708, No. 9 Dengzhuang South Road

Haidian District, Beijing 100094, China.

Tel: 0086-10-82178196

Fax: 0086-10-82178916