GEOSTATS: Conference on GIS & Socio-Economic Research
Socio-Economic Research and Geographic Information Systems:
Socio-Economic Impacts of New Geographic Information
Espinho, Portugal, 22-27 May 1999
Organising Committee: Professor Guido Martinotti (Chair, Università
Statale di Milano, Italy) Dr. Massimo Craglia (Vice-Chair, University
of Sheffield, UK) Dr. Marku Loytonen (University of Turku, Finland)
Professor Ian Masser (ITC, Netherlands)
Scope of the Meeting
Recent developments in the handling of digital geographic information
have created many new opportunities for socio-economic research.
Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning have been among the first
fields of application but many others have now started to take
advantage of these opportunities including Sociology, Criminology,
Public Health, Archeology, and Business Management to mention but a
few. The main objective of this Euroconference is to promote
interdisciplinary discussion, evaluate recent policy developments, and
identify methodological approaches which can be applied widely
throughout the social sciences. This Euroconference, is the second in
the series dedicated to GIS in the Social Sciences. The first was held
in Italy in 1997 with more than 100 participants from 20 countries,
sharing experiences and knowledge, and building new partnerships for
applications and research.
Themes of the Meeting
The programme of this conference is organised around three themes with
contributions from leading social scientists from Europe and the
1) recent policy developments in the US and Europe affecting the use
of Geographic information in the social sciences, including data
infrastructures, the emergence of an information-based society, and
the implications for privacy and confidentiality.
2) methods for the exploration and analysis of large and complex data
sets, and recent developments in the area of spatial modelling which
transcend disciplinary boundaries.
3) some examples of GIS applications in the social sciences such as
health, urban and regional planning, labour market analysis,
transport, sociology, regional economics, and political science.
It is envisaged that a significant contribution to all three themes
will come from the young researchers participating in the meeting, who
are encouraged to bring some material and make a short 5-10 minute
presentation of their research work. A poster session will also be
organised for those who prefer this medium.
Keynote: GIS and the social sciences, a US perspective:
Professor Ron Abler (American Association of Geographers)
Recent Policy developments:
Professor Ian Masser (ITC, Netherlands), Professor Trivellato (Italy),
Prof. Henrichsen (NSD, Norway)
Dr. Klaus Spiekermann (Univ. Dortmund, Germany), Professor Longley
(Univ. Bristol, UK)
Examples of Application Areas:
Professor Guido Martinotti (Univ. Milan, Italy), Dr. Marku Loytonen
(Univ. Turku, Finland), Dr. Massimo Craglia (Univ. Sheffield, UK).
This Conference is part of the Programme of European Research
Conferences which is run by the European Science Foundation in
association with several European scientific societies. Besides
natural and life sciences, this Programme also covers technical
sciences, economics, social sciences and humanities - as well as
interdisciplinary areas. The Programme is now largely financed by the
Euroconferences Activity of the European Union on a case by case
basis. The Conferences are mainly held all over the Europe Union. This
Programme promotes series of discussion meetings, held typically every
other year. As a rule, there are no proceedings. New ideas and results
discussed during the meeting should not be cited in publications
without the explicit permission of their author. All participants are
expected to attend for the whole duration of the Conference. The
Conferences are open to scientists from all over the world. The number
of participants will be limited to about 100. Selection is made on the
basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the
conference. A Conference Fee covering board and lodging and a
registration fee (including social programme (if any), group
transportation (if any)) will be charged to participants and a fee
covering board and lodging and social programme will be charged for
GRANTS TO YOUNG RESEARCHERS
A good number of grants covering the Conference Fee and possibly some
travel costs will be available, from the Euroconferences Activity of
the European Union, for young researchers (35 or under) who are
citizens of the European Union and Associated States (Iceland,
Liechtenstein and Norway), in particular for candidates from less
favoured regions in European Union and Associated States, industrial
researchers and women scientists. Grant requests from young
researchers should be indicated in the space provided on the attached
No funds are available for scientists from Central and Eastern
Please notify any of your colleagues who may be interested in
attending this conference.
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The conference will take place in Hotel Praia Golfe, Espinho,
Portugal, which is situated 15 km south of Porto and 20 km from Porto
airport. Group transportation from Porto airport will be arranged at
fixed times in the afternoon of arrival day, Saturday 22 May 1999 and
back after lunch, on departure day, Thursday 27 May 1999. Conference
fees include full board and lodging, a registration fee and a half-day
C O N F E R E N C E F E E S
Fees for conferees below include a Registration Fee of FF 1900
FF 4700 (conferee, meals + single room - or FF 4400 if paid 3 weeks
before the conference) FF 4200 (conferee, meals + twin/double room -
or FF 3900 if paid 3 weeks before the conference)
FF 2100 (guest, + double room - or FF 1800 if paid 3 weeks before the
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PAYMENT WITH YOUR APPLICATION FORM. Successful
applicants will receive the final conference programme and detailed
practical information 6-10 weeks prior to the conference. Information,
an application form and a tentative list of accepted participants
(6-10 weeks prior to the conference) will be available on our World
Wide Web server at: http://www.esf.org/euresco
Applications to attend should be mailed or faxed in duplicate by 12
FEBRUARY 1999, at the very latest.
Online information and registration form: http://www.esf.org/euresco
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