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 spatial and temporal aspects of culture 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 Three-Dimensional People Factor: Culture and People in Time and Place’ Symposium will gather UK, US and other international experts and practitioners from defence, academia, OGDs and NGOs to seek understanding of contemporary issues involving cultures through application of spatial and temporal social science analysis tools and methods.

The themes of the Symposium will include cultural and spatial perspectives on: Human Geography and Defence Engagement activities; Russia, with special reference to its Near Abroad; Cultural Heritage Protection; the Middle East; and People and the Environment (Health, Economy and Demographics).

These topics will be addressed through a combination of plenary speakers and breakout sessions. The breakout sessions provide opportunities for facilitated discussion that will be focused on specific questions dealing with the Symposium’s topics through regional, organisational, technical, functional, and practical considerations.

Our speakers now include:

CO Defence Cultural Specialist Unit, UK; Professor Peter Stone


Cranfield University;

Australian Geospatial Organisation;

Map Action;

US Army Corps of Engineers;

Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa project;

The UK Joint Service Cultural Property Protection Capability


Delegate £770  - Online payment £730

Government/Academia UK and Overseas, Cranfield Alumni,  MOD Trading Funds £510  - Online payment £490

MODUK Civil Servants (including Dstl) £395 - Online payment £375

UK Military £240

Confirmed submitted Speakers £100


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Double Display £1385 - Online payment £1315 - Two persons

Extra person for display £190

Uk Military Rates

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Substitutions are welcome and may be made at any time, at no charge, provided the organisers are informed prior to the start of the event. If you have to cancel your booking, please do so in writing to Cranfield University. Cancellation up to 10 working days prior to the start date is subject to a £100 administration fee, after which, regrettably, no refund can be made. Refunds will be processed after the event.

Programme changes

It may be necessary, for reasons beyond the control of the organisers, to change programme content, speakers and/or timing of the event. Neither Cranfield University nor the Defence Academy is liable for any changes.

UK Military Rates

Rates advertised are for serving UK Military staff (RN, RM, Amry or RAF), Symposia at Shrivenham reserve the right to cancel the booking/application or hold any monies paid as a credit toward a full payment.


Access to and use of any presentations provided are for attendees use only, sharing, reproduction is forbidden without the authors permission. Cranfield accept no responsibility for any data loss due to conversion to PDF.

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