7 December 2016 // 09:00 – 11:30


Institut de géographie
191 rue Saint-Jacques 75005 Paris France

This lecture from Michael Goodchild takes place in room 316 / Institut de géographie, Paris 5e

The principle that nearby things are more related than distant things has been advanced as a First Law of Geography. It is a disarmingly simple statement that has abundant and important practical ramifications, and is formalized as the foundation of geostatistics. Are there other principles that might qualify as laws about the geographic world, and might some of these laws apply to places rather than spaces?

Michael Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Until 2012, he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Spatial Studies at UCSB. He received his BA in physics from the University of Cambridge in 1965 and earned a PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969. He was elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 2010. He was also the recipient of the Vautrin Lud Prize in 2007. Professor Goodchild has published many books and over 500 articles. His research focuses on geographic information science, spatial analysis and data uncertainty.

Free admission subject to availability.
The lecture will be filmed.


Video of Michael Goodchild’s lecture