We have a strong commitment to providing opportunities for conference participants to interact and learn from each other. A number of 'in person' sessions types are built into the symposium programme, designed specifically to promote interactions among members of the space syntax communityPROGRAMME OVERVIEW PDF
On the Symposium’s first day (before the opening ceremony), six workshops covering several themes of interest for space syntax research will take place. Workshop descriptions may be found here. The workshops provide opportunities to learn about recent technological and methodological developments, to update your skills regarding computational tools and analytical methods, and also to meet and discuss with colleagues focused on similar research interests. Participants are invited to bring their own laptops, case studies and research questions. Workshop registrations must be made until May 31th, 2017; each workshop has a maximum number of 30 participants.
Plenary sessions with keynote speakers offer formal presentations on topics of broad interest to the space syntax community. These sessions will comprise two speakers under a common theme: one speaker from inside the space syntax community and the other from outside. The plenary sessions will be scheduled at the beginning of each symposium day. Instead of the usual group "Q&A" following each keynote presentation, the audience will be invited to email questions arising from the talks to an address provided by the organization (or to record their questions personally). These questions will be addressed and developed afterwards by keynote speakers, at the Garden Session following their talk (see below).
Following each day’s plenary session, keynote speakers will also participate together in a ‘garden session’, taking place outdoors at the end of the day, on the conference venue’s gardens. The objective of these sessions is to produce informal and extended discussions, allowing the participants a chance to meet and talk with keynote speakers at length in a relaxed atmosphere, about issues arising from their presentation. The questions gathered on each plenary session (see above), will then be thoroughly addressed and will constitute the engine of the discussion, moderated by an experienced member of the space syntax community.
Paper presentations are grouped by general themes or topics into parallel sessions comprised of a maximum of five presentations, followed by group discussion. Each presenter in the session makes a formal twenty-minute presentation of their work; Q&A and group discussion follow after all have presented. Session Chairs introduce the speakers, keep time on the presentations, and facilitate the discussion.
Poster sessions present preliminary results of works in progress or projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. These sessions allow for engagement in informal discussions about the work with interested participants and for getting to know the community, especially for first-time presenters.
A selection of technical visits in Lisbon will provide excellent opportunities to further connect with participants and to enhance the symposium experience. Beyond the scope of their routes and contents, these technical visits are the main way of "breaking the ice" away from the formalities of the symposium hall, providing an informal setting for discussing different points of view.