7th International Conference of the Union of Geographic Information Technologists (UGIT)


At Department of Geogrophy - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

“Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainable Development through Geospatial Technologies”

CDSGeo-2018 will be conducted at the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from 24th to 25th of November 2018.


The 7th International Conference of the Union of Geographic Information Technologists (UGIT) is planned to be conducted at the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Departments of Geography of the Bangalore University. This Conference will provide an excellent opportunity for Sri Lankan and international researchers, local and regional policy makers, and other organizations related to Geography and Environmental Sciences to present their research findings and to share their knowledge and experience in an interactive environment.

The conference will be held under the following thematic areas.

  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Regional Development and Land Use Planning
  • Sustainable Development

Around 100 academics and researchers from India including geographers, geologists, environmentalists, geospatial technologists, university students, and administrators and planners from government agencies are expected to participate in this Conference through the UGIT. We encourage research institutions, both governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector and industries to participate in CDSGeo-2018.

Important Dates

Event Date
Call for Extended abstracts10th February 2018
Abstract submission deadlineDeadline has met
Notification of abstract acceptance31st August 2018
Submission of Revised Extended Abstracts30th September 2018
Registration for foreign participants01st October 2018
Registration for local participants** Starting on 01st October 2018
Conference Dates24th and 25th November 2018

Abstract Submission


  • Authors are encouraged to submit their extended abstracts through electronic mail and all submissions will be duly acknowledged by the editorial board.
  • Authors should read the General Guidelines for Preparation of Extended Abstracts.
  • Authors must submit their extended abstracts using the template downloaded from the Conference Website.
  • The extended abstracts should be clear and written in British English.
  • Research work presented or published elsewhere should not be submitted to CDSGeo-2018. If plagiarism is detected in an extended abstract, it will be rejected without any further reviewing.
  • Extended abstract should be carefully compiled and thoroughly checked for the content and also for typographical errors. They should also reflect on findings of already completed research.
  • Once an extended abstract is accepted, it is obligatory for one of the authors to present the paper in the oral or poster forms at the Conference.
  • All extended abstract should fit to two to three pages and contain approximately 1000 words with introduction (~30% of total content); methodology (~20%); results and conclusions (~50%); a short list of references.
  • One or two figures and a table can be included in the abstract within allowed page limit.
  • An acknowledgment may be included in the extended abstract, but it should not be longer than a sentence.
  • If required, the source of funding of the research may be acknowledged by a single sentence.
  • After the notification of the reviewers’ comments, the corresponding authors should submit the revised version of the extended abstracts before the dead line.
  • Extended abstracts that are accepted will be published in the CDSGeo-2018’s proceedings after the final editing.
  • Authors can submit their extended abstracts under any of the five thematic areas of the Conference. However, if deemed necessary, the editorial board of CDSGeo-2018 reserves the right to change the theme of the extended abstract.
  • Authors must submit a duly completed author information form and a declaration form with signatures, confirming that the work documented in the extended abstract is an original research carried out by the authors and this work has not been published elsewhere.


  • Extended abstracts should be e-mailed to cdsgeo2018@gmail.com as an attachment on or before 31st July 2018.
  • Please note that all communications (i.e., sending review comments, informing decisions, submission of revised extended abstracts, proof reading of the extended abstracts and receiving camera ready copies of the extended abstracts, etc.) will be carried out only through e-mails.
  • The status of the extended abstracts that have been submitted can also be tracked using the Conference websites.

Oral Presentations

Authors of accepted abstracts will be allocated 15 minutes for the oral presentation, followed by a discussion time of 05 minutes. Authors are kindly instructed to prepare the presentation in Power Point format to comply with the above time allocation. Best research presenter will be selected in each session and awarded a certificate at the closing ceremony.

Registration Information


Registration fee

The registration fee includes a conference docket; a copy of the conference proceedings; entrance to all technical sessions; an evening snack (day-1); conference dinner and entrance to the cultural show (day-1); two refreshments and lunch (day-2). Additionally, Indian participants registered through UGIT will be provided accommodation on 24th and 25th November 2018.

Participants (Sri Lankan)
LKR 3000.00

Participants (Sri Lankan Students)
LKR 2000.00

Participants (UGIT members)
INR 3000.00

Participants (SAARC countries, except accommodation)
U.S. $ 30

Participants (Other countries, except accommodation)
U.S. $ 50

**Sri Lankan can pay the registration fee through Bank Transfer.

The account details are given below.

  • Bank  : Bank of Ceylon, Peradeniya
  • Account Name : Faculty of Arts Research and Fund Account
  • Account Number : 0001274686
  • Cancellation and refund will not be accepted after the registration
  • Please email the transaction slip and other proof of payment to cdsgeo2018@gmail.com or upload to Google form https://goo.gl/forms/0mnNjuxknzXgzj5O2

Conference Schedule

The Program on the First Day, 24th November 2018
Inauguration Session
13.30-14.30Registration (both foreign and local)
14.30-14.45Arrival of the Chief Guest and Ceremonial Procession
14.45-14.55Lighting of the traditional Oil lamp
14.55-15.15 Video clips of UoP and BU
15.15-15.25Welcome address by the Chairperson
15.25-15.35Address by the Head of the Department of Geography, UoP
15.35-15.45Address by the Chief Secretary of UGIT
15.45-15.55Address by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, UoP
15.55-16.05Address by the Chief Guest, the Vice Chancellor of UoP
16.05-16.20Address by the Guest of Honor (Sri Lanka)
16.20-16.30Vote of Thanks by the Secretary of Conference
Plenary Sessions: Chairperson (UoP or BU)
17.10-17.40Keynote address (BU) Climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction
17.40-18.10Keynote address (UoP) Sustainable Development and Regional Planning
18.10-18.50Panel Discussion (05 resource persons including two keynote speakers)
18.50-19.15“UGIT’s Excellency Awards - 2018”
National Anthems of India and Sri Lanka
20.00-12.30Conference dinner and cultural event
The program on the second day, 25th November 2018
08.00-11.30 Technical Sessions I (Climate Change)
08.00-11.30 Technical Sessions II (Disaster Risk Reduction)
08.00-11.30 Technical Sessions III (Natural Resource Management)
08.00-11.30 Technical Sessions IV (Regional Development and Land Use Planning)
08.00-11.30 Technical Sessions V (Sustainable Development)
11.30-13.30 Poster Sessions
13.30-16.00 Technical Sessions I (Climate Change)
13.30-16.00 Technical Sessions II (Disaster Risk Reduction)
13.30-16.00 Technical Sessions III (Natural Resource Management)
13.30-16.00 Technical Sessions IV (Regional Development and Land Use Planning)
13.30-16.00 Technical Sessions V (Sustainable Development)
16.00-16.30 Awarding ceremony

UGIT Awards & Prizes


An award is a form of honour, a kind of recognition aimed to felicitate one’s excellent contribution in a chosen field. An award is not only a great prestige or a mark of excellence, but is also a tremendous boost for someone to strive and excel higher and aim for even bigger accomplishments in life. It is the ultimate token of recognition of purest of talents and highest of achievements. With an object of encouragement and inspiration to teaching and research community UGIT is giving Excellency Awards since 2016. Annually the Awardees name and achievements would be appeared in UGIT’s Geographical Analysis Journal.


In each technical session, the best presentations of the original paper would be given certificates of “The best paper” at the closing ceremony.
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Three best posters would be selected from poster presentations and cash prize of Rs.5000, 3000 and 2000 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd would be given respectively along with certificates at the closing ceremony.
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Three best articles would be selected from the young technologist paper session for the Young Scientist / Technologist Awards. Eminent academicians would be in the selection committee for the entire selection process and the cash prize of Rs. 10000, 5000 and 3000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd would be given respectively along with certificates.
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Keynote Speakers

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Contact Us

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Congress Secretariat
Department of Geography
University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 (0)81 239 2672
Fax: +94 (0)81 239 2672
E-mail: cdsgeo2018@gmail.com

Dr. K. W. G. Rekha Nianthi

Prof. Ashok Hanjagi
Chief Secretary (UGIT) (ashokhanjagi@gmail.com)

Prof. Tilak Hewavasam (UoP)
Conference Secretary