Other Events


Opening Reception

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

18:00-20:00
Cost: Included in Registration Fee

The Conference’s Opening Reception will feature authentic Nova Scotian entertainment and will be a great chance to catch-up with old friends, make some new ones and get ready for the week ahead.
Please make sure you join us for this enjoyable kick-off to Digital Earth 2015!

A brief overview of Pier 21: For many Canadians, who came seeking adventure, employment and greater opportunities for their children, Pier 21 was their introduction to a new country. Many newcomers were happy just to be off their ship after a long and harrowing crossing over the Atlantic Ocean. For better or for worse, all immigrants remember the moment they stepped into the shed at Pier 21 and knew for certain that they were not in Europe anymore. The historical portion of the evening will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the 1.5 million immigrants and Canadian military service personnel who passed through Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971. In the Rudolph P. Bratty Exhibition Hall, exhibits will be open to provide you with the opportunity to discover our nation’s rich multicultural history. Explore Canadian stories of immigration and nation-building through interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and activities.


Opening Ceremony

Monday, October 5, 2015
World Trade and Convention Centre, Grand Ballroom, 200DE
8:30-9:20

Please join us on Monday morning for the Opening Ceremony of the conference. The event will begin with a surprise bang, followed by greetings from our conference Honorary Chairperson, government representatives, and the Presidents of the ISDE, GANS, and Saint Mary’s University.


Pub Night

Monday, October 5, 2015
Various Pubs
18:00 onwards

Join us this evening, to experience some of Halifax’s amazing food, drink and local live entertainment at one
of the city’s many pubs. You will find coupons in your registration kit for Durty Nelly’s, Stayner’s Wharf, The
Lower Deck, and The Old Triangle.


Public Lecture: Journey to the Stars

Monday, October 5, 2015
Scotiabank Theatre, Saint Mary’s University
19:00-20:00

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen is a modern-day explorer. On his path to the stars, he has taken part in geological expeditions in the High Arctic, explored alien caves and continues to regularly fly the CF-18 fighter jet. In Halifax to speak with future Canadian space explorers and scientists, he stops at St. Mary’s University to share his journey.


Celebration Ceilidh

Thursday, October 8, 2015
World Trade and Convention Centre, Grand Ballroom, 200DE

18:30-22:30
Cost: $85/per person

Ceilidh is a Gaelic word meaning a festive gathering of friends, new and old, to enjoy stories, music, dance and food. Our Digital Earth Celebration Ceilidh will not only feature fine Nova Scotia food, drink and entertainment, but also very special guests who will share their stories and vision for the Blue Planet. Our Ceilidh will also celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Mapping.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share food, festivities and fun with your fellow conference delegates, while our digital earth visionaries share their experiences and insights.

Dress is business or cocktail attire. The menu will feature delicacies from land and sea.

We hope to see you at the Digital Earth 2015 Gala Dinner! We expect this very special event to sell out so please register early, as space is limited. If you have already registered for the conference please call the conference secretariat at 902-422-1886 to purchase your tickets. If you have not yet registered for this very special event, you may do so as part of your conference registration.

This event is open to all in the geomatics and geography-oriented community.


Wrap Up-Jam, Closing Ceremony, & Closing Reception

Friday, October 9, 2015
World Trade and Convention Centre, Grand Ballroom 200DE

15:00-17:00

Please join us on Friday as we share insights and experiences from the week, hand out awards for the best student presentations at Digital Earth 2015, pass the flag onto the next host city, and announce the next host city for 2017. We invite you to help celebrate the success of DE2015, say goodbye to Halifax, and to thank the many people who made this exciting event happen!