06 March 2015

AGILE 2015 - 18th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Lisboa, Portugal, 9-12 June, 2015.

WorkshopTitle: Geospatial Thinking: Research, educational and societal aspects

Workshop Date: 09/06/2015

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Venue: SANA Metropolitan Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal


What is common in tasks such as reading a map, finding your way in a shopping mall,  interpreting a diagram, and understanding the spatial distribution of a phenomenon or the association of places and events? They are all tasks that rely on a mental skill called spatial or geospatial thinking, an important ability for sciences and everyday life.

The goal of this workshop is to promote the value of spatial thinking and suggest ways to  enhance it. We envision that this workshop will provide insights on the research questions  that relate to geospatial skills, how geospatial thinking can be integrated in education and to what extent the level of spatial awareness influences societal activities.

On behalf of the AGILE SIG on Geospatial Thinking and the GEOTHNK Project, we invite you to participate at the Workshop: Geospatial Thinking: Research, educational and societal aspects.

The development of geospatial thinking skills  is the key to the increase of highly skilled citizens not only regarding geospatial disciplines (such as Geography, Environment, Geology, Cartography, etc.) but also in social sciences and humanities. The objectives of the workshop are to present the main aspects of geospatial thinking towards building a geospatially thinking society.

Workshop Topics

Contributors are invited to submit short papers which topics include, but are not limited to:

  • spatial thinking

  • geospatial education

  • geospatial semantics in education

  • ICT platforms for spatial teaching and learning

  • open resources for geospatial education

  • digital agenda for Europe

  • ...


Agile Special Interest Group in Geospatial Thinking (http://www.agile-online.org/index.php/news/262-agile-special-interest-group-on-geospatial-thinking)

GEOTHNK project (http://www.geothnk.eu), led by the National Technical University of Athens - OntoGeo Research Group (http://ontogeo.ntua.gr/)

Workshop Format and Length

There will be a mixture of invited talks, paper presentations, demonstrations, and discussion sessions.

Tentative Agenda

14:00 - 14:10 (after lunch)

Welcome NTUA & ΑGILE

14:10 - 16:00


14:10 - 14:40 "Geospatial Thinking: Research, Education and Societal Challenges", Marinos Kavouras, NTUA [pdf]


14:40 - 15:00 "GI@School - Learning and Communicating with Geotechnologies", Vanessa Joy Anacta, WWU Münster [pdf]


15:00 - 15:20 "Scale and Context for Differentiating Spatial and Geospatial Thinking", Diana Sinton, USGS [pdf]


15:20 - 15:40 "Teaching Spatial Thinking from Interdisciplinary Perspectives - Spatial Thinking 2015 at COSIS 2015", Heather Burte, Tufts University [pdf]


15:40 - 16:00 "The Esri-AAG Geomentor", Joseph Kerski, ESRI  [pdf]

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00


16:30 - 17:00 "The GEOTHNK platform", Eleni Tomai, NTUA [pdf]

17:00 - 18:00 "Setting the AGILE SIG Agenda: Major research challenges on spatial thinking", Brainstorming session - all participants



End of workshop

Workshop Chairs

Chair: Prof. Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, AGILE Council member

Co-chair: Prof. Lars Bernard, University of Dresde Germany, AGILE Council co-chair


Submissions should follow the Agile short paper template (max 2000 words). The template is available under Word 2003 .doc template and word 2010 .docx template

Submissions should be send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. either in word or pdf form.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 24/04/2015

Notification of acceptance: 04/05/2015

The workshop is open to all interested. Its cost will be covered by AGILE's GEOTHNK project. There is no fee for the participants. A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the workshop.

Workshop material including invited talks and accepted short papers will be made available from the workshop website. In the case of large interest and significant contributions, the possibility of publishing a special journal issue will also be explored.


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Semantic Pathways for Building a Spatially-Thinking Society