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Dear Colleagues welcome to Theoretical_Geography_VVOIP_Debates website and the upcoming online colloquium titled:

Debate 2:
Is Theoretical Geography Discovered or Invented?
November 7th-8th, 2019

The VVoIP stands for Voice and Video over Internet Protocol and allows researchers to participate at low-budget directly from your office in a scientific panel discussion on the subjects related to your interests and research.

The Theoretical_Geography_VVOIP_Debates are effective, convenient, and inexpensive video-conferencing encouraging the free and effective exchange of ideas, concepts and research results.

Theoretical_Geography_VVOIP_Debates provides an opportunity for a critical review of the intersection between theoretical geography and GIScience. It is intended that this review be of value to the broadly interdisciplinary community of scholars who increasingly make use of geographic information and spatial reasoning in research and teaching. Presentations and discussions will feature historical and intellectual perspectives, current status, and challenges for on-going investigations in such topics as computational cartography and modeling, landscape dynamics, space-time analysis, spatial thinking, time geography, and visualization of spatial patterns and processes.


Theoretical Geography (Bunge, 1962) and the series Harvard Papers in Theoretical Geography (1967-1972) harnessed terminology and a mode of thinking— “theoretical geography” that was in stark contrast to the dominant traditions of descriptive “regional geography” of the prior century. Modeling spatial patterns and processes, applying mathematical logic, and developing computational cartographic and spatial analysis methodologies are central to theoretical geography’s perspective for explanation and prediction in geography. This view gained traction following World War II as an outcome of geography’s quantitative revolution and it continues through bi-annual scientific meetings of the European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, among other initiatives.

Today, the term theoretical geography is used rarely, especially in the Americas. In part, this is attributed to ambiguity and contestation in the meaning of “theory” among scholars in the social and humanistic disciplines, including human geography. Yet, early and contemporary pioneers of quantitative and theoretical geography provided important epistemological and methodological grounding for what, by the early 1990s, had developed as a robust inter-disciplinary geographic information science (GIScience).

Scientific Committees

International Scientific Committee

Debate 2: Scientific Committee


Debate 2: Organizational Committee

  • Dr. Matteo (Matt) Ferensby - Organizer and moderator,
  • Anna Adamchewsky - secretary, bookkeeping, © managing, and General Data Protection Regulation privacy:Eu.png Regulation (EU) 2016/679,
  • Mikołaj Sienicki - computer administrator, webmaster, and technical editor,
  • Anja Förster - graphics, design, and general tasks of data managing.

Topics of Debate 2: Is Theoretical Geography Discovered or Invented?

The title of this debate is rather provocative to discuss a complex relationship between scientific methods of physics, mathematics and theoretical geography with the hope of finding new directions to advance the former. If one views the brain in its evolutionary context then the mysterious success of mathematics in the physical sciences is at least partially explained. The brain evolved in order to deal with the physical world, so it should not be too surprising that it has developed a language, mathematics, this is well suited for its purpose. Why then the same brain cannot provide a language to deal with theoretical geography world? How to replace physical laws describing innate objects with a physical-like description of human actions and activities?


The Program of the Debate 2: Is Theoretical Geography Discovered or Invented: November 7th - 8th, 2019 will be updated in consecutive updates. Follow this site for updates. The participants and the public are asked to follow the below table for a timetable of the program.

Confirmed Lectures (as for Oct. 1st, 2019):
1. Dr. Mike Batty - Do We Design Our Understanding of Cities or Do We Discover It? A Conundrum for our Time,
2. Dr. Mike Goodchild - Invention and discovery in GIScience,
3. Dr. Roger White - From the Invention of Discovery to the Discovery of Time,
4. Dr. Daniel Sui - Theoretical Geography is Neither Discovered nor Invented.

Dates to Observe

The colloquium will take place on November 7th through 8th, 2019.

In order to accommodate fellow researchers from different time-zones, the colloquium will start at 5 pm of European Time (GMT+1). Depending upon the final geographical distribution of participants, the opening time may change accordingly. Here is Time_Zone_Calculator for your convenience [19]

The live broadcasting of colloquium for the public will start at the some time.

Action Deadline
1 Conference announcement Conference date minus 2 months
2 Registration Conference date minus 2 weeks
3 Abstract, PowerPoint, Recent Papers Submission Conference date minus 1 week
4 Distribution of the above materials between participants Ongoing Process
5 Equipment quality and Skype related skills testing Conference date minus 1 week
6 Login to conference site and testing Conference date/hour minus 1h
7 Conference First Day Conference date/hour
8 Conference Second Day Conference date/hour
9 Chairperson Summary of Conference Conference date plus 1 day
10 Conference Voice and Video Proceedings Publication Conference date plus 1 week


Registration is required for all conference participants preferably until October 15th, 2019

It is recommended to make the registration online by forwarding to e-mail address the following customary information:

  • Your full name,
  • Institution address,
  • Phone number, Skype name,
  • Tentative title of your PowerPoint presentation,
  • Abstract.

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Confirmation will be sent to all participants by the organizers upon receipt of registration and payment.

Registration Fee (VAT excluded)

Is Theoretical Geography Discovered or Invented?: November 7th - 8th, 2019
Is Theoretical Geography Discovered or Inventer? Debate

Colloquium Fees

Early Registration

(before October 15th, 2019)

Regular Registration

(after October 15th, 2019)

Junior researchers, postdocs & Ph.D. students €190 €380
Senior Researchers €290 €390

Note that the fee is given in € (Euro). We cannot accept cash payments. Every transaction must go through the bank account. The payments via are also welcome. Registration date = participant wire date.

Cancellation policy of registration

All the cancellations and changes must be sent to the organizer in written form (paper). All refunds will be processed after the conference. Please send your exact bank account details in the written cancellation.

Refund of the registration fee will be made as follows:

100% refund (minus an administrative fee of €67.23 (net)) – in case of cancellation received before October 15th, 2019.

No refund – in case of cancellation, received after October 15th, 2019.


All payments should be made in €. All charges due to bank transfers have to be paid by the sender. Let us know ( if you require a proforma invoice before payment. In all remaining cases, we will forward an invoice right after the payment will be received.

Bank (wire) transfer (in €) has to be made to:

  • Bank Name: Santander Bank
  • Street: Aleja Jana Pawła II 17
  • City: 00-854 Warszawa
  • Country: Poland, European Union
  • Account #: IBAN PL23799999950652418805040001
  • Account Holder Name: KS/Villa Europa

Your Lecture

Your lecture will be presented in an ordinary (usual) way using MS PowerPoint presentation. In order to allow the participants and the public to view your PowerPoint presentation please use the Skype feature titled Screen Sharing (just click on Skype icon Icon.png)

We advise having plenty of light in your room. Make sure that your microphone is all the time off, except the time when you're delivering a lecture and ask a question. Otherwise, all background noises will be recorded.

Debate Proceedings

Published At:

All debate proceedings will be video-voice recorded and after required editing will be published on the internet at the debate website and various repositories.

Sponsoring Institutions

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the following institutions:

  • European Commission: Research and Innovation[21]
  • Freie Universität Berlin[22]
  • University of Warsaw[23]