Cities’ COVID Mitigation and Mapping (C2M2) Virtual Symposium

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The registration deadline for the Cities’ COVID Mitigation and Mapping (C2M2) Virtual Symposium is days away. Don’t delay: Register now for this free, public symposium that illuminates what spatial data and participatory mapping reveal about the global consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for human lives and livelihoods.


Hosted through Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis, in partnership with the American Association of Geographers, the symposium is led by the Cities’ COVID Mitigation and Mapping (C2M2), a program of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State, through its MapGive open mapping initiative.


International experts will share their insight from working at the forefront of monitoring the pandemic, sharing their data on local economies and social impacts of the conditions imposed by the pandemic. Through panel discussions, lightning talks, and keynote speeches by global experts, this free, virtual symposium will reveal what spatial data and mapping can tell us about the pandemic, seen through a variety of lenses, with a hands-on workshop on the last day.


Here are just a few highlights of the program so far:


Tuesday, June 22 Adapting to Impacts on Migration and Tourism


Panel with Ivona Zakoska-Todorovska, DTM Regional Coordinator for Europe, and Nuno Nunes, Global DTM Coordinator & UK DOE Liaison, International Organization for Migration; Dr. Lu Wang, Professor of Economic Geography, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement; and Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki, Executive Chairman, Kathmandu Living Labs, a C2M2 hub partner


Keynote address by Lars Peter Nissen, Director, ACAPS


Wednesday, June 23 New Barriers and Drivers of Livelihoods and the Economy


Panel with Fikriyah Winata, PhD candidate, Department of Geography and GIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Dr. Robert Richardson, Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Michigan State University; and Dr. Gaston Mbonglou, Principal, UASG Advisors, C2M2 partner


Keynote address by Dr. Francis T. Koti, Professor, Department of Global Studies and Human Geography, Middle Tennessee State University


Thursday, June 24 Adaptations to Social Challenges – Poverty, Education, and Gender


Panel with Kevin Nelson, Urban Team Lead, Office of Land and Urban, USAID; Dr. Carlos Mena, Professor of Geography, Director, USFQ Institute of Geography, and Co-director, Galapagos Science Center at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, as well as a C2M2 hub partner; and Dr. Matthew Lorenzen Martiny, Associate Investigator, Instituto de Geografía


Keynote address by Dr. Julie C. Gamble, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Trinity University, Hartford, CT


Friday, June 25, Poster Presentations, Workshops, and Hands-On Activities


Harvard CGA-C2M2 Poster Presentations – see the work of the next generation of data scientists and geographers on COVID-19’s second-order impacts.


Building Better Dashboards with Akhil Kumar, Harvard CGA-C2M2 Student


Ouro Preto: The TripAdvisor Data Collector, presenter TBA


C2M2 Africa Hub City Navigator App with Dr. Ranjit John


Ulaanbaatar City Portal, with Enkhtungalag Chuluunbaatar, Co-Founder and Strategy Manager, Public Lab Mongolia


Explore Recovery Icons by Green Map System with Wendy Brawer, Green Map System Founder and Director.


Join us! Reserve your place below.


Cities’ COVID Mitigation and Mapping (C2M2) is a field-based program of the Office of the Geographer at the U.S. Department of State through its MapGive open mapping initiative. It is facilitated by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for project management and includes partnerships with subject matter experts at Harvard University Center for Geospatial Analytics and Colorado State University. For more information about the Cities’ COVID Mitigation Mapping (C2M2) program, please see the C2M2 website.