Who Should Attend

  • - Policy Makers
  • - Earth Observation Experts
  • - Researchers
  • - Community Leaders
  • - Government Officers
  • - Academic Institutions
  • - Technical GIS Experts
  • - Developers
  • - Lecturers
  • - Students and many more

Benefits of Participating

  • - Global Networking Platform
  • - Industry Driven Content
  • - Engage with experts
  • - Show case your work
  • - Best Abstracts Awards
  • - Key Note Speakers

The objective of this conference is to spur exchange of ideas on fast tracking application of earth observation and geo-spatial technologies in development decision making.

This conversation began in RIC2017, RIC2018 and continues in RIC2019 bringing on board more industry, government, researchers, academia and community players with the focus of discussing the relevant and use of earth observation in promoting sustainable development as stipulated in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme for this year's conference is

"Earth Observation for Evidence-Based Decision Making"

 Earth:  The planet on which we live “the world “
Observation: Is the action or process of carefully watching someone or something, “THE EARTH”.
Evidence: Is anything that you see, experience, read, “OBSERVE”, or causes you to believe that something is true or has really happened.
Decision Making: The thought process of selecting a logical choice from the available options based on “EVIDENCE”.


The key questions is how can we use earth observation information to effectively address problems that impact livelihoods in globally? Take for instance, a community in the Kenyan Northern Rangelands grappling with the problem of invasive species affecting fragile ecosystems. A farmer in Kericho, Kenya, losing his/her tea crop due to frequent frost occurrences. An urban planner in Kigali, Rwanda, tasked with the duty of human resettlement from hazard prone areas.

A resident of Kasese, Uganda waking up to the reality of floods destroying his/her livelihood. A Maasai lady in Tanzania, struggling to empower herself economically and socially through improved access to education, healthcare, reliable and safe drinking water, in the face of a changing climate. A drought ravaged horn of Africa where land use and spatial patterns changes, lack of water and pasture precipitates conflicts and loss of lives. Migrations and refugees crisis in Europe. From such scenarios and many others, how can society improve how livelihood-changing decisions are made?

RIC 2019 therefore, provides a platform for science policy exchange, innovation hub and user engagement between the Earth Observation users. The theme for this year’s conference “Earth Observation for Evidence Based Decision Making” aims to inspire presentation of innovative and creative ideas on the use of earth observation information in addressing societal problems.