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  • Gregoire Dubois
    ... RESEARCH CONFERENCE on Socio-Economic Research and Geographic Information Systems: Socio-Economic Impacts of New Geographic Information Handling
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      RESEARCH CONFERENCE
      on
      Socio-Economic Research and Geographic Information Systems:
      Socio-Economic Impacts of New Geographic Information
      Handling Technologies

      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)

      Preliminary Programme

      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
      United States:

      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.


      Invited Speakers:

      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)

      Methodological issues:
      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
      accompanying guests.

      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
      application form.

      No funds are available for scientists from Central and Eastern
      European countries.


      Please notify any of your colleagues who may be interested in
      attending this conference.

      (Please quote this conference reference number in any correspondence:
      99-111).

      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
      excursion.

      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
      conference)

      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

      Additional information and paper application form available from Ms.
      Anne Hermans, European Science Foundation, 1, quai Lezay-Marnésia,
      F-67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France, Tel. +33 388 76 71 35, Fax. +33 388
      36 69 87, E-mail: AHermans@...,



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