CIST organises an international conference every other year, centred on multi-disciplinary themes and gathering both the territorial research sphere and its stakeholders.


CIST2020 - Population, Time, Territories

Registrations will open at the beginning of October.

The 5th international conference will take place on the brand new campus Condorcet Paris-Aubervilliers in November 2020


  • CIST2018 - 4th international conference, Representing territories?, Rouen, March 22-24, 2018

    CIST2018 – Representing territories

    After three conferences that have successively sought to define and lay the foundations for territorial sciences (CIST2011), to go beyond disciplinary frontiers and boundaries (CIST2014), namely through interdisciplinary collaboration, and to explore territorial social demand (CIST2016), the 4th CIST conference is aimed at mobilising the territorial sciences to address the question of representation.
    The conference’s objective is to use this approach and to determine its contribution to the analysis of territories from a theoretical, methodological and empirical point of view.

  • CIST2016 - 3rd international conference, Looking for territories?, Grenoble, 17&18 March 2016

    En quête de territoire(s) ? / Looking for territories?

    The first two CIST conferences –Founding Territorial Sciences, in 2011, and Frontiers and Boundaries of Territorial Sciences, in 2014– addressed a number of theoretical and practical issues in the territorial sciences. The third edition of the conference, to be held in 2016, will continue this tradition by examining the expectations of citizens, inhabitants, and public and private bodies with respect to territories.

  • CIST2014 - 2nd international conference - Frontiers and boundaries of territorial sciences, Paris, 27&28 March 2014

    Frontiers and boundaries of territorial sciences

    Territories are both a social construction and a material existence observed by different disciplinary fields. This broad interdisciplinarity constitutes a difficult but necessary frontier. Another frontier that needs crossing is the all-too-frequent distance between researchers and stakeholders in territorial development. Territorial data are a way of rendering these confrontations productive.
    The 2nd CIST international conference aimed to tackle these new frontiers by exploring six priority themes.

  • CIST 2011 - Founding conference - Founding territorial sciences - Paris, 23-25 November 2011

    Founding territorial sciences

    CIST’s founding conference aimed to establish the interdisciplinary field of territorial science in France by making it part of existing research networks in other countries.


2 in-house seminars in 2010 and 2012

  • 2nd in-house seminar - Territoires en actions - Paris, 29&30 November 2012

    Territoires en actions

    With a focus on analyzing the interaction between research and social demand, this annual seminar had three specific objectives:
    – Prepare the 2nd CIST international conference (March 2014)
    – Compare the research done by CIST focus areas and their progress in terms of territorial science
    – Make progress on the issues of relations between research and territorial stakeholders

  • CIST founding seminar - October 26th-27th, 2010

    CIST’s first seminar (in French) was preceded by two workshops: “Focus Areas and Themes” and “Interactions between Research and Social Demand”.