2021 Lightning Talks – Call for Speakers

This is a call for interested speakers for the 2021 edition of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies Lightning Talk series on ​Tuesday, March 16, 2021 ​(time to be determined). This annual series of ​3-minute​ lightning talks typically brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on thought-provoking ​spatial topics of all kinds​. This year, since it will be an online session, we are reaching out much more broadly for participation across the globe.

This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to share your work, bold ideas, or special interest. ​We’re looking for intrepid presenters—students, faculty, colleagues, staff, friends, alumni—to give inspirational, educational, or just plain entertaining talks related to geography, GIScience, or space. The talks may be serious or funny, as long as you follow the mantra, “​enlighten us, but make it quick​.

Do you think you’re up for the challenge of presenting an interesting, spatially-relevant topic in just three minutes with no more than 3 or 4 slides? We are inviting speakers to sign up here no later than ​Monday, February 22, 2021​ ​(but preferably sooner)​.

Since we have limited speaker slots, we will let you know by March 1 if you have been selected to be one of the Spatial Lightning Talks speakers.

Contact us if you have any questions! And please help distribute this call widely to anyone who may be interested in giving a talk. ​Participants from all disciplines and walks of life are welcome.

If you are not interested in speaking but would like to attend this light-hearted, thought-provoking event, please RSVP and register here.

Special note: ​The 2021 annual Center for Spatial Studies ​Lightning Talks​ will be dedicated to the memory of Paul Wilson, who was one of the Center’s most avid and constant participants of all things spatial. Paul’s presence at our ongoing activities will be sorely missed.

Rui Zhu ruizhu@geog.ucsb.edu