CFP — Spatial Information for Human Health (Dec 9-11, 2015), UCSB

Spatial Information for Human Health
December 9–11, 2015
University of Santa Barbara, California

The Center for Spatial Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara), is launching a new biennial series of unconferences, entitled SPATIAL, with the goal of reaching out to domain specialists to inspire and guide research on spatial information. Each edition will focus on applications of spatial information as a primary force to push the frontiers of Geographic Information Science, Spatial Cognition, and related fields. Instead of listening to paper presentations, attendees will debate new ideas, address challenges, and discuss how to improve solutions.

This interactive program will feature:

• Invited presentations
• 5-minute lightning talks
• Interactive poster sessions
• Demonstrations—live or video
• Plenary debates
• Challenge competitions
• Two- or four-hour workshops and tutorials
• Breakout group discussions
• Paper or proposal writing sessions
• walks on the beach with informal discussions
• Hackathons

The inaugural SPATIAL 2015 will be dedicated to applying spatial information to human health. It will challenge the state-of-the-art in research on spatial information by discussing spatial approaches to problems and opportunities around human health. Attendees will share and develop bold visions, new insights, and best practices in applications of spatial information to the study of epidemics, nutrition, aging, health psychology, and other aspects of human health. The objective is to advance our understanding of how spatial information must evolve to better support such studies. Thus, insights are sought on research questions around spatial information more so than on health itself. The innovation is to pursue such insights through real-world problems in a close dialogue between health and spatial experts.

Call for Proposals

Contributions to Spatial 2015, Spatial Information for Human Health, are invited.

Submissions are strictly limited to two pages (including text, diagrams and figures, and a 250-word bio-sketch of the applicant). Proposals will be reviewed by the program chairs, using the criteria of innovation, grounding in actual problems, and clarity. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit final versions for publication online before the meeting.

Submissions should:
• argue a viewpoint on a topic
• summarize lessons learned in a health application of spatial information
• present a new application idea or design
• describe a problem to be solved
• discuss a new pedagogical approach
• or suggest any other relevant topic for discussion

To submit an online application, please go to EasyChair at

Please note: Attendance is self-funded, with an intentionally low general registration rate of $200 and student registration rate of $100.

Dates to remember
• Proposals due: May 31, 2015
• Acceptance notification: July 15, 2015
• Attendance confirmation: October 15, 2015
• Unconference: December 9–11, 2015

For more information, please go to

Program Chairs
Marcia Castro (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Matt Duckham (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Werner Kuhn (Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB)

Hosted jointly by
Center for Spatial Studies
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara

This entry was posted by Stephen Matthews on March 18, 2015 in Announcements, Forum, Uncategorized

About Stephen Matthews

I am Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography (Courtesy Geography) and a transdisciplinary researcher with a broad set of interests in the social , demographic, and health sciences. I have a proven record of successful management of infrastructure, training, mentoring, and research grants. My objective is to be a catalyst for new projects and to provide opportunities for others. Specialties:Spatial demography, health disparities, race/ethnic segregation and income inequality, and food and built environment. The concept of spatial polygamy (the simultanoeus attachment to multiple embedded, non-hierarchial, and discontinuous places [contexts]).