Conferences

EUROGEO conference Porto 2024

“COMPROMISED GEOGRAPHY: SPREADING A NEW WORLD”.

The conference will start on 30 May 2024 and conclude on 01 June 2024 (Fieldtrip on 1 June 2024).
Location: Porto/ Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

Detailed program of the conference with sessions

 Conference Strands:

  • What is the importance of the Noosphere in the dissemination of geographic knowledge?
  • What options for a (more) intelligible and effective geographical discourse?
  • What are the implications of AI in the evolution of geographic methodologies?
  • How to promote a (less) committed geographical research?
  • What’s the organization of a new deglobalized world?

Keynote speakers

Nico Van de Weghe (Ghent University, Belgium)
How Generative AI is Changing Our World
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Abstract:
Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) is not limited to just one domain. It encompasses everything from text and data analysis to image, sound, and much more. But what does this mean for us? Perhaps without realizing it, through our daily digital interactions, we contribute to the growth and evolution of GenAI. It goes beyond mere scientific research. Educators, students, businesses, and essentially everyone will experience the impact of GenAI. While this technology has the potential to transform the way we learn, work, and interact, it also underscores the importance of digital literacy to navigate our way consciously and critically through this new digital world. In this presentation, we delve deeper into this fascinating world.

Prof. dr. Nico Van de Weghe is a full professor of GIScience, a scientific discipline at the intersection of computer science, social science, and natural science. GIScience involves the study of geospatial information and how people understand the world. It also addresses how phenomena of the world can be stored, represented, and analyzed. It lies at the basis of GeoAI, which is the goal of enabling machines to learn to reason and analyse spatially like a human. Since his PhD research in 2004, Van de Weghe has had a broad interest in knowledge-based AI, specifically spatiotemporal reasoning and analysis. As in all areas related to AI, data-driven approaches are becoming increasingly dominant in GeoAI. Therefore, Van de Weghe is currently focusing on research in both knowledge-based and data-driven GeoAI. He is exploring the possibilities of combining both into hybrid GeoAI, which might be a next important step in generative AI.

Miguel Bandeira (University of Minho, Portugal)
Local geography and the irreplaceable virtue of the direct and live

Abstract:

Geography is one of the oldest and most perennial disciplines of knowledge taught and learned in the global education system. It is practically omnipresent in the curriculum of the history of European education. For better or for worse, it has expressed the challenges of our contemporary societies, going beyond the strict training of younger generations or a particular type of scientific knowledge. Geography has been more about common sense than the specificity that nobles the many and most recent scientific disciplinary affirmations. What it has achieved as a “liberal art,” a design that has always had difficulty imposing, has faded into epistemological identity. Of course, this is irrelevant outside a corporate framework. Knowledge advances regardless of its regimentation. Whatever meaning it has, or whatever we want to give it, geography has, over time, been a field of civic education. There is, however, a semantic and operational heritage that needs to be reconstructed and valued, not because it can be a guarantee of professional continuity and identity for geographers, but because of its potential to demonstrate a way of being, above all, in the educational process and decision support. It is necessary to return to reflecting and exercising a critical spirit, with a philosophical, social, and political scope, as a scientific-pedagogical objective, handling the corporeality of the territory rather than being dazzled by permanent innovation or by all the technological, uncritical, and subservient followings, so often only to justify disciplinary survival. We will discuss the resurgence of locally-based geography, articulated in the perennial mechanism that gives it its raison d’être: scale and orientation. In valuing direct and live interaction, realizing the exploratory vocation and itinerary attitude it contains. Just as sociology doesn’t make sense without social intervention, economics without finance, history without archives, there is no geography without being on the ground. Geography teachers are the officiants of democratically recognized geography, those who give it its true raison d’être in the epistemological broth that is boiling today.

Miguel Bandeira is a Pro-Rector of the University of Minho for Sustainability and Campus Planning and Management. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Literacy, Didactics and Supervision at the Institute of Education of the same University. He graduated in Geography from the University of Porto (1982), completed his master’s degree at the University of Coimbra (1993) and has a PhD in Human Geography (2002), with aggregation from the University of Minho (2015). He was a member of the Board of the National Geography Commission; he was part of the first National Board of the Association of Geography Teachers, of which he was a founding member and the first representative in the northern region of the country; he was also one of the founders of the Center for Geography and Spatial Planning Studies (CEGOT) – with the Universities of Coimbra, Porto and Minho – where he integrated the research line “Cities, Competitiveness and Welfare” and the P3DT group – Public Policies, Planning and Territorial Planning group. He is currently President of the Cultural Council of the University of Minho, and on the Board of Directors of the Bracara Augusta Foundation (Braga). He is currently Chairman of the Cultural Council of the University of Minho, and the Board of Directors of the Bracara Augusta Foundation (Braga). He is also a member of the Local Housing Council (Braga) and of the Strategic Council for Sustainable Development of the municipality of Braga. He integrates the Scientific Council of the Asociación Red de Cooperación del Patrimonio de las Vías Romanas – Iter Romanum – the European network promoting the application of Roman roads to become a European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe.

 

Submission is now open, early bird rates until 29th February, 2024.

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EUROGEO-Conference-session proposal

Geography Education
Geospatial Technologies
Geographic Science and Artificial Intelligence
Geopolitics and Geostrategy
Environmental, Human, Social, Economical and Cultural Geography

Detailed program of the conference with sessions

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Dear Colleagues,

The 2024 EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference will be organised in ––– in Porto, Portugal. We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts for papers, workshops, posters or organised sessions on any aspects of geography or interdisciplinary fields of work/research, for the EUROGEO 2024 Conference:
“COMPROMISED GEOGRAPHY: SPREADING A NEW WORLD”.

Description

Geography contains knowledge, provides skills and generates unique opportunities that allow us to understand the meaning of, and intervene in, the changes occurring in the world.
The consolidation of territorial dynamics originating in the past or the “shrinking” of times and spaces associated with technological innovations impose new responsibilities on the research, training and professional practice of the geographer.
It is about this ‘Compromised Geography’ with the vertigo of the world’s recomposition, on different scales of analysis, whether environmental, geopolitical, social, economic or, among others, educational, that we challenge you to come to FLUP – Porto, Portugal – to share methods, processes and experiences that allow geographers to streamline procedures.

Important Dates

Submission of Session Proposals: January, 26th 2024
Approval of Session Proposals: January 31st, 2024
Submission of Abstracts for papers, posters or workshops: May 10th , 2024

Early bird rates will be available until  February 29th, 2024
Deadline of registration for presenters: May 10th, 2024
Deadline of registration for non presenters: May 10th, 2024

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