10th Annual European Forum for Geography & Statistics

Janusz Dygaszewicz

President of EFGS

Colin Bray


Padraig Dalton

Director General - CSO

Welcome to the official website of the 10th European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS)

This year’s conference takes place in Dublin from 2nd to 3rd November 2017 and is proudly hosted by Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi). The partnership between the CSO and OSi is long established and was recently underpinned by a commitment to collaborate in relation to the visualisation of statistical outputs, publishing certain geographies as Linked Open Data and fulfilling Ireland’s reporting responsibilities under the United Nations 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. READ MORE

What is EFGS?
The European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS) is a voluntary body which allows for the exchange of ideas among GIS experts in National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) and National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs) with a view to promoting the integration of statistical and geospatial information.
EFGS 2017 Dublin
The conference will be organised under three main themes which reflect the main challenges and opportunities for combining statistical and geospatial information. In addition to presentations relating to the above topics there will be keynote speakers as well as panel discussions which will be announced here.


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Jack Dangermond

President ESRI, Redlands California, USA

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Greg Scott

Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-GGIM at UN

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Declan O’Sullivan

Head of Intelligent Systems, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD.

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Timothy Trainor

Chief Geospatial Scientist for the U.S. Census Bureau

Lars H. Backer Prize

The Lars H. Backer prize in memoriam of Lars H. Backer will be awarded for major contributions to the development of a geospatial foundation for official statistics or for significantly improving the relevance of geospatial statistics for evidenced-based decision making. READ MORE

Ekkehard Petri and Pier-Giorgio Zacchedu are the 2017 winners of the Lars H. Backer prize


blog posts

  • Five People to Watch Out For at EFGS 2017

    Five People to Watch Out For at EFGS 2017

    This year’s EFGS Conference is about to kick off in Ireland’s capital city and plenty of international influencers and innovators have flown in to share their knowledge and experiences. Here’s just a flavour of who to watch out for (in order of appearance): 1. Jack Dangermond Who is Jack Dangermond? Colloquially known as the ‘godfather’...

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  • 7 Things You Should Know About Linked Data

    7 Things You Should Know About Linked Data

    Have you heard of ‘Linked Data’? It’s a computer science term that’s been buzzing around for about a decade, and while lots of people have heard of it, they’re still not entirely sure what it means. Linked Data is becoming increasingly important in the geospatial industry, so here are 5 things you should know about...

  • A trending topic: The UN Agenda for Sustainable Development

    A trending topic: The UN Agenda for Sustainable Development

    The United Nations (UN) have an agenda to achieve global sustainable development by 2030. To measure the success of this agenda, the statistical and mapping communities need to collaborate, but this collaboration comes with its challenges, all of which are being brought to the table at this year’s EFGS (European Forum for Geography and Statistics)...

Abstracts and Posters

Alan Meehan Abstract Poster
Anna Pia Mirto Abstract Poster
Arun Pratap Mishra Abstract Poster
Greg Yetman Abstract Poster
Jack Dangermond Presentation
Karin Hedeklint Abstract Poster
Kris McGlinn Abstract Poster
Peru Bhardwaj Abstract Poster
Piela Pasi Abstract Poster
Shuming Bao Abstract Poster
Stephanie Keogh Abstract Poster

local Information


Dublin Airport is located 5.4 nmi (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) north of Dublin in Collinstown, Fingal. In 2016, 27.9 million passengers passed through the airport, making it the airport’s busiest year. It is the 16th busiest airport in Europe. Read more…


Dublin City is renowned for its many fine hotels offering great services and facilities to make you stay as pleasant as possible. Many offer fine dining, pools and gymnasiums, comfortable bars and friendly and helpful staff.  Read more…


Founded by the Vikings, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire. Read more…


An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorised to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing and entering being fulfilled. Check the information. Read more…

Our Venue
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. Over the centuries, those entertained at Dublin Castle have included Benjamin Franklin, Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, John F. Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.