Nov 15 2018

Call for Abstracts: Due 23 Dec 2018

Organized for the second time, the International Society of Participatory Mapping (ISPM) conference brings together scholars, planners and practitioners working with participatory mapping and spatial participatory methods. Hosted by Aalto University in Finland, the 2019 conference provides a platform for presenting recent advances within the field of participatory mapping and initiating discussion on the current state and future directions of the research.

Rapidly increasing applications of participatory mapping methods within and beyond academia challenge the community to enhance transdisciplinary collaboration and to advance the circulation of good practice. With the theme “Let the people map”, the ISPM 2019 conference invites us to approach these questions with a special focus on novel ways of facilitating dialog between participatory mapping researchers and practitioners.

ISPM is pleased to invite authors to submit abstracts for oral presentations, to be delivered at the ISPM conference 2019 – Espoo, Finland: Let the People Map. The abstract submission period is from 22nd of October until 23rd of December.

The conference will be held in Espoo, Finland from 17-19 June 2019. The conference will revolve around following themes related to the field of participatory mapping, and will feature prominent experts presenting upon critical issues. The main themes of the conference include:

  • Participatory mapping in enhancing the dialog between research and practice
  • Participatory mapping in research on health and well-being
  • Mapping landscape values and development preferences in areas under transition
  • Participatory mapping in marine and coastal planning processes
  • Participatory mapping in special age groups (children, elderly)
  • Participatory mapping in the global south: land use planning and natural resource management
  • Participatory mapping outside academia – examples from practice
  • Use of web-based tools for participation in spatial planning
  • Participatory mapping methodologies: participatory mapping technologies and analytics

However, other research fitting the scope of the conference but not particularly falling into any of the categories listed above are also welcome for submission.

The abstracts need to be submitted through the online system accessible here. Please read the following guidelines carefully before preparing your abstract, and ensure all contact information is accurate while completing the submission process.

Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the applicants will be notified about the review outcomes during February 2019.

Submission guidelines:

The abstracts need to be in plain text format and maximum 300 words. It is recommended to avoid using references. If necessary, provide a list of references at the end of the abstract.

The submission form can be found on submission system’s first page under Authors, Make Submission.

Once you have completed the form and submitted your abstract, you will receive a submission ID to your email. Please use this ID for any future correspondence related to you submission. Please also take note of the password that you have entered during the submission process. You will need your submission ID and password later to make any changes to your submission or check its status in the online system. Please note that withdrawing and editing your submission through the online system will be possible only during the submission period.

If you have any questions or you have any difficulties with submitting your abstract, please contact us at


If you are interested in organizing a hands-on workshop (a one or two-hour session), please contact us with your plan at abstracts@ispm-conference.comduring the abstract submission period.

Important Dates

October 22, 2018: Abstract submission opens

December 23, 2018: Abstract submission deadline

Late February 2018: Notification regarding the submissions

Questions? Please send email to


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