The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2018 theme is “Data for our changing Earth: Realizing the Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data”. The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 – 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for ESIP’s activities over the next three years. The 2018 theme will be woven into meeting sessions, collaboration-area activities and community outreach, with the goal of improving dialog between Earth sciences data producers, distributors and end-users.


Early registration (through June 30, 2018) is $415 for members and $550 for non-members. After June 30, the registration fee rises to $515 for members and $650 for non-members. The student registration fee is $150 (This does not go up). A special one-day rate is available for $200. A full refund will be given until June 30. No refunds will be issued for canceled registration after June 30.

All registrations include lunches, morning and afternoon food and beverage breaks and the poster session reception. We encourage attendees to go green and use online meeting materials to navigate the meeting, but printed copies of the program and schedule will be available upon request.

The 2018 Summer Meeting is at Marriott University Park in Tucson, AZ.


A blocks of rooms have been held at a group rate of $93, within GSA per diem rates for Tucson. The blocks will be held until July 2, 2018 or they are filled, whichever comes first.

Transportation to University Park Hotel

The hotel is 20 minutes from the Tucson airport.
Airport Shuttles:
  • TBD

Meeting Location

The ESIP Summer Meeting will be held in the University Park Hotel, Tucson, AZ.


ESIP meetings are interdisciplinary and inclusive. They are a member-led mix of plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities that 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.

We have adopted Sched to share our meeting schedule. Sched allows you to sign up for sessions ahead of time, show you who else is coming and will send email reminders every morning of the meeting with a list of things you signed up for. We will share the Sched link after call for sessions closes.

Pre-ESIP Meetings & ESIP Workshops:

DataONE Users Group Meeting

Details will be announced here:

Goings On:

Research as Art

Wednesday, 7-9pm 

This is a gallery-style event that uses visual media to show how the ESIP community uses data.The goal of Research as Art is to show how the ESIP community uses data, and the diversity of the work done by our members. 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 be offered; your name tag includes a ticket good for one drink of your choice. Please note that this event replaces the traditional Wednesday evening poster session.

FUNding Friday Draw-a-thon (poster making session)

Thursday, 7-10pm 

Join us for a collaborative, creative poster-making session that will help you prepare for FUNding Friday. 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.

FUNding Friday

Friday, 8:30-9am

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. Complete rules are here.

Thanks to our Member & Meeting Sponsors!

ESIP meetings are a truly collaborative effort. Our thanks to those who volunteered to lead sessions, present posters and contribute content to individual sessions. We extend a sincere thank you to the ESIP Visioneers, led by Denise Hills, who ensured that ESIP continues to innovate at each of our meetings.

If you organization would be interested in sponsoring the ESIP meeting, please see our Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Erin Robinson, Executive Director (

Sponsoring Members

ESIP gratefully acknowledges the funding it receives from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS which support the work of the ESIP community and makes our meetings possible.

Call for Sessions

We are inviting you to submit session proposals for the 2018 ESIP Summer Meeting in Tucson, AZ! We especially welcome sessions related to our theme: Data for Our Changing Earth: Realizing the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Sessions are generally 1.5 hour blocks and fit one of the following formats:

  • Breakout Session—presentation-style session with multiple speakers sharing lessons learned, a new tool or new initiative.
  • Panel Session—panel-style discussion with one moderator and a group of experts who represent different perspectives on a common topic.
  • Workshop Session—classroom-style session to teach attendees; should be hands-on with limited use of slides.
  • Working Sessions—roundtable-style session where participants work together to solve a specific problem.
  • Business Meetings—dedicated planning time for Collaboration Areas.

Submit your session here. Please provide as much information as you can. If your session contents shift a bit later on, you will be able to update the content on the 2018 Summer Meeting Sched page until the meeting.

Sessions will be accepted until COB Monday, April 9, 2018. You can see a list of currently submitted sessions below.

NOTE: ESIP will be gathering meeting content on the (soon to be open) ESIP Figshare portal ( This means you will not need to enter content into the ESIP Commons. You will need to have an account with Figshare. This new portal will provide each session with a DOI, and connect content to each moderator/speaker’s ORCid. You will receive more information on this soon. Research as Art will have its own call for submissions. Posters/demos are submitted first during Registration, and then digital copies will be uploaded to the Figshare portal for the Summer meeting.

Speaker | Moderator Information
  • All rooms will have a macbook at the podeum. Speakers should have their slides loaded on a USB device to plug-in to those laptops.
  • The projection in all rooms is 16:9.
  • All rooms have in-room speaker systems, i.e. your video clips can have sound.
  • If you have a remote presenter/participant, all remote-participation information is posted per-session in Sched.
  • After your presentation, upload your session content (PPTs, Session Notes, etc.) directly to Figshare – here are the instructions.