The 2022 President Greetings

Dear CPGIS members and friends,

Happy Chinese New Year! I wish you all auspiciousness, happiness and good health in the Year of the Tiger! As the 2021-2022 CPGIS President, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all your support to me and CPGIS. My appreciation also goes to the honorary president of CPGIS, Professor Hui Lin, the immediate past president, Professor Cuizhen Wang and the Board of Directors Chair, Professor Qinghua Guo, and the BOD and CPGIS members who have helped me settle in in the past year. All together, we are developing and promoting CPGIS toward a leading organization of GIScience worldwide. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, we stayed strong resilience and connections through a series of hybrid events. 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of CPGIS! We will have the following events and activities to celebrate the milestone of CPGIS: 

  • CPGIS Educational Webinar Series
  • CPGIS Students and Young Scholars Career Development Supporting Series
  • CPGIS Presidents Interview Series 
  • CPGIS historical multimedia data collection
  • CPGIS members contributed new book: “New Thinking about GIS”, edited by Professors Bin Li, Xun Shi, Axing Zhu, Cuizhen Wang, Hui Lin 
  • CPGIS “Go Home” Project
  • The 29th CPGIS Annual Conference (Geoinformatics 2022) will be held on August 15-18, 2022, in Beijing, China. More details are available at

We will continue collaterally sharing CPGIS news, event flyers, and announcements in multiple CPGIS media platforms, including Wechat Public Account, Wechat Group, Twitter, Facebook etc., aside from our conventional CPGIS website and CPGIS-L mail list. On behalf of the 2021-2022 President’s Office, Board of Directors, Regional Offices, and a list of energetic committees, I invite you all to participate in the incoming CPGIS events. 

I would also advocate for more representatives and volunteers to support CPGIS regional offices, especially from those under-represented countries in CPGIS. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or comments. We will continue to stay connected worldwide. 

CPGIS has effectively promoted the interchanges of GIScience, both in academia and industry. As always, with your involvement and support, I fully believe that CPGIS will continue to succeed and have a bright future..


Song Gao

University of Wisconsin-Madison