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PLATIAL'23 – International Symposium on Platial Information Science

Begin: End: Location: U-Tower, Dortmund

Motto: Transforming Places

Places are not static. For example, social-ecological sacrifice zones influence how people see their own existence in partly economically shaped areas with detrimental social and health characteristics, or even support the formation of these zones through place-making. Likewise, gentrification can lead to territorial conflicts, including cultural hegemony, possibly leading to othering of previously resident people. The Ruhr – where PLATIAL’23 will take place – is a prime example of transformation itself, as it has undergone significant change as a (post-)industrial area over the last 150 years. These processes of transformation are not exceptions but the rule when it comes to fluid instantiations of place.

PLATIAL’23 particularly invites researchers to explore how transformations (in a broad sense) not only manifest in places themselves but are also reflected in platial information. Concepts of place based on social ontologies instead of merely geometric space conceptions are inherently predisposed to fluidity and change. However, this character is often not reflected in the way GIScience and related disciplines represent and analyse platial information yet.

Additional to the symposium’s theme, we welcome submissions of papers on the following topics:

  • Which approaches of place representation exist in different disciplines, and how can these be integrated?
  • How can we move forward the integration of platial information with GIS?
  • What are suitable strategies for addressing subjectivity in platial information?
  • In what ways can platial information theories accommodate the complexity of places?
  • How can we account for dynamics, change, and fluidity in platial information?
  • What is the role of scale in platial information?
  • In which ways can places be visualised, or conveyed in other forms?
  • In what ways could platial information inform future applications and technologies, such as question answering systems, scenario-based planning, and virtual/augmented reality?
  • Which novel perspectives could a platial lens enable in GIScience and cognate fields?
  • (Further topics are welcome if they fit the overall theme of this symposium.)

For further information including submission types, deadlines, the programme committe, and keynotes, please visit the PLATIAL'23 homepage:



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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