1st International Space Syntax Phd Conference

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is delighted to host the 1st International Space Syntax PhD Conference organised by the International space syntax steering committee's interim executive committee represented by Akkelies van Nes (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Meta Berghauser Pont (Chalmers University of Technology, and Laura Vaughan (University College London). The executive committee is supported by the reviewing committee represented by Claudia Yamu (University of Groningen), Chiara Garau (University of Cagliari), Evgeniya Bobkova (Chalmers University), Kimon Krenz (University College London), Sharifah S.S. Mahdzar (University Teknologi Malaysia) and Wendy Tan and Remco de Koning (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences). Given the current pandemic this international space syntax PhD conference will be held online in June 2021.

The conference addresses PhD students who apply space syntax in their research. The conference’s main aims are to nourish the space syntax academic debate among young academics, provide the PhD students with feedback for their work in progress, and to help building them their own space syntax PhD community and support network.

Key to the workshop is content-related discussions and feedback for PhD researchers work in progress. PhD students will present their work via an online conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom) to a panel of space syntax experts who provide with immediate feedback. These feedback rounds will be moderated by one of the organising committee members with another nominated member who will be responsible for note-taking and summarising the feedback in writing. In addition, this feedback will be sent to the PhD student after the PhD conference to support her/his further research work.

While full papers are not required to participate in the PhD conference, participants are invited to submit a full paper for consideration for a future special issue of Journal of Space Syntax (JOSS) or another suitable journal.

Key points: 

  • The conference will take place for 1-2 days in late June 2021.
  • There will be no charge to participate in the conference.
  • Students are invited to submit a 400-500 words extended abstract + references and a single image 1400x800 pixels (width x height) for consideration by Thursday 1st April, 2021.
  • Please add email, affiliation, city and country on the abstract.
  • We aim to confirm acceptance by mid-May at the latest. 
  • Content of the research must have a space syntax focus, although we welcome interdisciplinary research.
  • Assessment will be on the basis of relevance to the conference aims, academic quality, and scope.
  • Students must have been enrolled in their PhD studies for at least 1 academic year.
  • Acceptance will be dependent on confirmation by the student’s supervisor of their status, and that this presentation is being made with their approval.
  • Participation as an observer is encouraged for any student, scholar, or practitioner with an interest in the subject of space syntax.
  • We are seeking submissions on topics in the following areas (all topics can be contemporary or historical or, indeed, pre-historical):
    • Housing and Domestic Space
    • Complex Buildings and Organisations
    • Towns and Cities
    • Methodology and software development

All inquiries and abstracts shall be send to prof. dr. Akkelies van Nes: avn@hvl.no

Department of Civil Engineering
Division of Communications and External Relations

13th International Space Syntax Symposium

Due to the Covid-19 the 13sss is postponed from 2021 to 2022. The 13th International Space Syntax Symposium (13SSS) will be held in Bergen in Norway from 20th to 24th June 2022, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL

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