The Three-Dimensional People Factor Symposium: Culture and People in Time and Place

The Three-Dimensional People Factor Symposium: Culture and People in Time and Place

27-29 June 2017 | Shrivenham

8.30am – 5.00pm

The interaction of people with the world as a system is hugely complex and needs to be understood by policy makers, humanitarian organisations, defence experts, and scholars alike.  Lack of understanding can lead to poor communication, mutual misunderstandings and conflicting solutions, which can sometimes lead to catastrophic outcomes.

Cranfield University and the Defence Geographic Centre will be holding a joint Symposium entitled ‘The Three-Dimensional People Factor: Culture and People in Time and Place’ from 27th to 29th June 2017.  This will combine the 10th International Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Workshop (SSKW), Cultural Heritage Protection, and wider cultural issues.

The themes of the Symposium will include cultural and spatial perspectives on: Russia, with special reference to its Near Abroad; Cultural Heritage Protection; the Middle East; and People and the Environment (Health, Economy and Demographics).  Papers on other relevant topics are also invited.

The symposium will gather UK, US, other international experts, and practitioners from Defence, academia, OGDs, and NGOs. We will seek to understand these issues through the application of spatial and temporal tools, social science analysis, cultural and social anthropology.

These topics will be addressed through a combination of plenary speakers and facilitated breakout discussions.

We have pleasure in inviting you to contribute by presenting a topic to complement those provided by invited speakers. Presentations on other relevant topics are also invited.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for oral or posters presentations by Friday 10 March 2017. If you wish to submit an abstract on the topics listed above, or on a topic that you consider is also relevant to the overall theme, please email your abstract of around 200 words to by Friday 10 March 2017. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Downloadable flyer

For further information and online registration please visit their website:

Please note that Symposia at Shrivenham events are held on a MOD establishment to which site access is restricted.  Such access may be denied at any time to anyone and, for security reasons, MOD has the right not to divulge the reason for denial of access.