From 15-17 May 2014, Valletta will be the geographic epicenter of Europe when it will host the 35th annual conference of the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO). Map of the EUROGEO conference location – Logistics information
The event programme includes keynote presentations, papers and posters as well as the following
16 May: Half-day LIDAR Processing workshop
The event is run in conjunction with the Geography Department Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta. It has the theme The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information and will highlight an increasingly important and rapidly growing field affecting all aspects of society in Europe and beyond.
Key output of the conference will be the establishment of a series of interdisciplinary research groups around the key challenges to be addressed by the forthcoming Horizon 2020 EU programme for research and innovation. Horizon 2020 aims to “tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprises to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential (EC Horizon 2020, 2013)”. Geographers will have without a doubt a very important role the play in this debate as spatial information is increasingly produced, used and shared by citizens in a wide variety of applications. See multimedia examples here and here.
The launch of the seven-year Horizon2020 research programme took place in November 2013, the EUROGEO 2014 conference will be an opportunity to network with others on relevant research themes.
Time will be provided in the programme for selected groups to meet and plan their future activities.