Plenary Sessions

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Francine Dolins

Behavioral Primatology
Animal Spatial Cognition
Francine Dolins

Nonhuman Primate
Spatial Cognition
in Virtual Reality


This event takes place 23-27 May 2022

  • 14:00

  • 14:30
  • 15:00

  • 15:30
  • 16:00

  • 16:30
  • 17:00

  • 17:30
  • 18:00

  • 18:30
  • 19:00

  • 19:30
  • 20:00

  • 20:30
  • 21:00

  • 21:30
  • 22:00

  • 22:30
  • Monday 23
    •   Opening
    •   Gardenfors

    •   Social Time
    •   Tversky

    •   Social Time
  • Tuesday 24
    •   Levin

    •   Social Time
    •   Dillon

    •   Social Time
  • Wednesday 25
    •   Beynon

    •   Social Time
    •   Balasubramanian

    •   Social Time
    •   Dolins

    •   Social Time
  • Thursday 26
    •   Visualizations

    •   Tymoczko

    •   Social Time
    •   Overmann + Wynn

    •   Social Time
  • Friday 27
    •   Schich

    •   Social Time
    •   Cohn

      3PM UTC

    •   Social Time

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Monday 23
14:30 - 15:00 Opening
15:00 - 17:00 Gardenfors
17:30 - 19:30 Tversky

Tuesday 24
15:00 - 17:00 Levin
17:30 - 19:30 Dillon

Wednesday 25
12:30 - 14:30 Beynon
15:00 - 17:00 Balasubramanian
17:30 - 19:30 Dolins

Thursday 26
13:30 - 14:30 Visualizations
15:00 - 17:00 Tymoczko
17:30 - 19:30 Overmann + Wynn

Friday 27
12:30 - 14:30 Schich

Thursday 2
15:00 - 17:00 Cohn

Plenary sessions are allocated 2-hour slots during the days of the main event. Plenary speakers are given some freedom on how to manage their session. Generally, there will be a talk followed by a moderated discussion among the attendees. It is perfectly acceptable to finish a plenary session early and not exhaust the allocated 2 hours.

Visualization sessions are allocated 1-hour slots earlier in the days of the main events for short presentations by artists and designers who are displaying their work in the Spacious Spatiality Gallery. All attendees are welcome to join and there will be time for informal discussion following the short presentations.

Social breaks are allocated 30-minute slots. A virtual social space will be provided during the breaks for those willing to mingle and network informally with other participants. Tabarca is a small Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain where SEMF is planning a programme of scientific retreats. The social space (a Gather.Town room) is a virtual replica of the Tabarca island. Social breaks are allocated 30-minute slots. A virtual social space will be provided during the breaks for those willing to mingle and network informally with other participants. Tabarca

The event will be livestreamed on the SEMF YouTube Channel.

Those wishing to attend the online meetings and take part actively during the plenary sessions must complete a short online form by clicking the button below. Places in the online meetings are limited to ensure discussions after the talks run smoothly. All the information about the event logistics, including links to the virtual meetings, will be communicated via email to participants.

Registration open until 20 May.



One of the great challenges faced when attempting genuine interdisciplinary discourse is to break the barriers imposed by technical conventions and specialized jargon. Here is an interactive glossary of terms, taken mostly from the abstracts and materials provided by the plenary speakers, to aid in focusing the conversation on the conceptual core of the questions across disciplines:

See Field Guide


Applicants to Spacious Spatiality were selected to participate in the live plenary sessions on the basis of the potential for scientific cross pollination. The final group of participants is diverse and intersectional, a good reflection of the conference subject matter itself. Here are some data visualizations of the participant statistics.

See Participant Statistics


On June 1-2 a small-scale workshop will take place. The workshop will involve a small number of participants who will have the opportunity to share their research and ideas with peers coming from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Although all are welcome to apply, priority will be given to young researchers. Applicants will be selected based on the organizers' judgement on potential synergies and collaborations across scientific disciplines. The aim of this workshop is to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where scientific ideas can develop organically.

A schedule will be arranged so that each participant will have the opportunity to present a short talk on a topic related to some of the proposed questions (both original research and reviews of existing literature are welcome) with plenty of time for discussion and joint work in breakout groups. This event will be hosted online with a combination of Zoom meetings and a Gather.Town social space.



These are some of the fundamental questions and disciplines that will be touched upon during the event. Click here for a detailed list of proposed lines of enquiry.

Is the world fundamentally spatial?

Cosmology    Philosophy of Science    Computer Simulation    Mathematical Physics    Metaphysics    Metrology

What is the role of space in art?

3D Modelling    Visual Arts    History of Art    Aesthetics    Architecture    Creativity    Cultural Analysis

How formally special is our notion of space?

Topology    History of Mathematics    Differential Geometry    Philosophy of Mathematics    Category Theory

What cognitive systems process spatial information?

Spatial Cognition    Artificial Neural Networks    Animal Cognition    Plant Cognition    Information Theory    Swarm Cognition

How can we abstract, extend or apply the concept of space?

Foundations of Mathematics    Metamathematics    Philosophy of Geometry    Science of Science    Mathematical Modelling


Plenary Sessions

The main event will consist of a series of plenary talks by invited speakers followed by moderated discussion sessions.

Informal Discussion

A social meeting space on Gather.Town will be available for informal discussion during breaks. Participants will be able to use it at their leisure during the event.


This event will be hosted online. Details will be sent by email to registered participants. The plenary sessions and discussions will be livestreamed on YouTube

Follow-up Workshop

The main event will be followed by a three-day workshop where young researchers will have the opportunity to engage in a friendly collaborative environment.


The aim of this event is to foster scientific cross-pollination by bringing together researchers from diverse areas of expertise.


This is a free event. Registration for the 2022 edition of Spacious Spatiality is now closed.