Spatial Science Colloquium 2023
Spatial Development and Digitalisation: Interactions, trends and future pathways
Date and place: 4 July 2023 (online) | 5 July 2023 (in presence) Berlin
The process of digitization leads to far-reaching changes in society. This is linked to various and sometimes contradictory expectations, hopes and fears with regard to spatial development: How are location perspectives and the mobility of households or companies changing? What does digitization mean in terms of resource conservation and ecological services? Will urban areas be the winners and rural areas the losers? How inclusive, transparent and creative are forms of digital participation or design? What are consequences for spatial planning and development? And finally: Are transformations towards sustainable spatial structures and processes favoured or hindered?
After approximately two decades of scientific debates and political strategies on digitization at all levels as well as, in particular, the considerable acceleration caused by the pandemic, an interim conclusion on intensive interactions between digitization and spatial development seems urgently needed. The Spatial Sciences Colloquium 2023 therefore aims to discuss the current state of research and practical experiences and to identify future goals and challenges.
The focus will be on four key causal complexes:
- Governance, planning and management
- Socio-economic transformation, land use and mobility
- Socio-ecological transformation, agriculture and energy
- Knowledge co-production, innovation and social learning
The event combines two different formats:
Spatial Science Colloquium: online July 4th, 2023 (in English)
Spatial Science Colloquium: live July 5th, 2023 (only in German)
For both days, renowned scientists were invited to speak on the topic of "Spatial Development and Digitization":
Keynote on 4 July | Prof. Dr Orit Halpern, Chair of Digital Cultures and Societal Change at Technische Universität Dresden and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology & Anthropology of Concordia University Montréal/Canada
Keynote on 5 July | Prof. Dr Annette Spellerberg, Professor for Urban and Regional Sociology at the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau