The Summit is over. And what’s next?

New ISIS Board member, Vice President for Education, Yagmur Denizhan at her speech at the Track “As we may teach” (photo: Kristóf Fenyvesi)

ciastellardiAnother presenter, Matteo Ciastellardi, in the same Track (photo: Kristóf Fenyvesi)

The Summit is over. We had a 5 days conversation about the information society and how the study of information can help respond to the challenges of our time.

The Summit was a first endeavour to gather people that want to have a say in shaping the future of our civilisation. Attendees highlighted the positive and negative impacts of applications of findings in information studies and questioning trends of underlying social developments.

They came from a plenty of disciplines and professions, representing a plenty of approaches. They came from 36 countries from all continents. We counted more than 350 completed or confirmed registrations, more than 300 invited speeches or interventions (by more than 60 speakers) or other presentations in plenary and semi-plenary sessions, 3 conference streams or 33 tracks, including a concert and an arts exhibition.

Wolfgang Hofkirchner meets computer artist Jörg Piringer, a former student of his, at the exhibition. In the background a snapshot of Piringer’s generative text video installation unicode infinite (photo: Kristóf Fenyvesi)

The General Assembly of the International Society for Information Studies (ISIS) that was the main organiser of the Summit voted for a new board. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg was President Elect and became current President of ISIS for the period 2015–2017. She will chair the ISIS Summit Gothenburg 2017.

The General Assembly voted unanimously for Terrence Deacon from the University of California, Berkeley, as new President Elect. At Gothenburg Deacon will become President for the period 2017–2019. He will chair the Summit in 2019 and bring the ISIS Summit to the “Bay” in the U.S.

The immediate next steps are to facilitate knowledge exchange among the participants and transfer to people not yet involved.

  • Currently we are in the process of putting about 200 extended abstracts ready for publication online.
  • We will also ask for the presentations to be made available, if authors agree.
  • Some streams of the plenary and semi-plenary sessions were recorded. We will put the videos and audios online.
  • If you want to share other videos and photos, contact us. We will collect them under the menu item “Media”.

If you want to write a full paper, visit the Submission site. There is a list of journals that might be appropriate.


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