Call for Papers

SPATIAL COGNITION 2020/1 (SC 2020/1)

University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia,
August 2- 4, 2021

Our initial conference was scheduled August 2020; this is the postponed version of it; we are carefully observing the circumstances and will be hosting a virtual or a hybrid conference (with some talks in physical co-presence and some – virtually).  

Renewed Call for Papers 

Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, development, representation, organization, and use of knowledge about spatial objects in real, virtual or hybrid environments and processed by human or artificial agents. Spatial Cognition includes research from fields such as cognitive and developmental psychology, linguistics, computer science, geography, cartography, philosophy, neuroscience, and education. The conference is single-track, and the final program will be the result of a selective review process. The program will include oral and poster presentations of refereed papers, symposia and keynote talks. 


Sara I. Fabrikant (Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Steve Franconeri (Cognitive Science, Design, Northwestern University, USA)
Laure Rondi-Reig (Neuroscience, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France) 


CO-CHAIRS: Prof. Nora Newcombe (Psychology, USA), Prof. Jurgis Skilters (Cognitive Science, Computing Science, Latvia), Prof. David Uttal (Psychology, Education, USA) 


  • Thomas Barkowsky (Computing Science, Germany)
  • Iva Brunec (Cognitive Science, Canada)
  • Ģirts Burgmanis (Geography, Latvia)
  • Isabelle Charnavel (Linguistics, USA)
  • Claus-Christian Carbon (Psychology, Design, Germany)
  • Kenny Coventry (Psychology, UK)
  • Ruth Dalton (Architecture, UK)
  • Michael Glanzberg (Philosophy, Cognitive Science, USA)
  • Rob Goldstone (Psychology, USA)
  • Alex Klippel (Geography, Psychology, USA)
  • Barbara Landau (Psychology, USA)
  • Laura Lakusta (Psychology, Montclair State University, USA)
  • Suzi Lima (Psycholinguistics, Anthropology, Canada)
  • Tim McNamara (Psychology, USA)
  • Pritty Patel-Grosz (Linguistics, Norway)
  • Michel Peer (Neuroscience, Israel/USA)
  • Emily Grossnickle Peterson (Education, USA)
  • Baingio Pinna (Psychology, Arts, Italy)
  • Aina Puce (Neuroscience, USA)
  • Leo Selavo (Computing Science, Latvia)
  • Jose Sotello (Psychology, USA)
  • Mike Stieff (Chemistry, Education, Psychology, USA)
  • Katarzyna Stoltmann (Linguistics, Germany)
  • Daina Taimiņa (Mathematics, USA)
  • Ayumi Takemoto (Cognitive Science, Latvia)
  • Cees van Leeuwen (Neuroscience, Belgium)
  • Līga Zariņa (Mathematics, Geoscience, Cognitive Science, Latvia)
  • Mila Vulchanova (Psychology, Linguistics, Norway)
  • Yoad Winter (Linguistics, The Netherlands)
  • Joost Zwarts (Linguistics, The Netherlands)


GENERAL CHAIR: Prof. Guntis Arnicāns (Computing Science, University of Latvia). CO-CHAIRS: Dr. Līga Zariņa (Mathematics, Geoscience, Cognitive Science, University of Latvia), Kaspars Čikste (Finance Management & Coordination, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia)

Santa Bartušēvica (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)
Jeļena Glušakova (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)
Katarzyna Stoltmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Dace Šostaka (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)
Aisha Futura Tüchler (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)
Liene Viļuma (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)


  1. Submissions for Oral Presentations presenting original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Authors may choose to submit in either one of two ways. 
    • For inclusion in an edited volume: papers submitted for inclusion in a peer reviewed publication should be 12-17 pages in length. If accepted, reviewer comments will be sent to allow for revision for publication. 
    • Short papers not aimed at book publication should not exceed 1,200 words (including figures, tables, and references). Some short paper submissions may be accepted for poster presentation. 
  2. Submissions for Poster Presentations (abstracts) are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Poster abstracts should not exceed 500 words (including figures, tables, and references). 
  3. Submissions for Symposia or Workshops. Symposia or workshops may be scheduled on Sunday, August 1, 2021, in parallel with the satellite events. To organize a symposium, please send a 500-word overview, and then follow the rules for short papers. To organize a workshop, please submit a proposal not to exceed 1200 words.  

All submissions must be written in English, formatted according to APA standards. 

All submissions (short papers and abstracts) will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Accepted submissions must be presented at the conference (at least one author of each submission must register by 15 June 2021 or the presentation/poster will be dropped from the program). 

Proceedings will be indexed in WoS and SCOPUS.

All submissions must be made electronically through the online submission system EasyChair.

Contact regarding technical submission issues: Dace Šostaka ( ) 

  • All 2020 accepted posters will stay accepted in the postponed conference 2021, and all 2020-paper and poster submitters will have a discounted participation fee at the 2021 event. 
  • Workshops and Symposia 2020 are also postponed to 2021 (all accepted contributions stay accepted in the postponed conference August 2021). 

Please follow all updates on SC2020/1 and all co-affiliated satellite events. 


On Sunday, August 1, there will be a satellite events:

  • Introductory Workshop to Eye Tracking (Tobii Pro): Hands on workshop on Eye Tracking research in screen-based solutions.
  • Symposium: Developing Geospatial Expertise (Heather Burte, Jung Eun Hong and Michael N. DeMers)
  • Tutorial: Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence: Methods for In-The-Wild Behavioural Research in Visual Perception (Mehul Bhatt, Jakob Suchan, Vasiliki Kondyli and Vipul Nair)


Opening the Submission Site: February 16, 2021
Submission deadline (individual papers):  March 15, 2021 ,  April 1, 2021
Submission of symposia: March 15, 2021 April 1, 2021
Notification of paper acceptance: April 15, 2021 May 1 , 2021
Camera-ready copies of papers:  May 15, 2021 June 1, 2021
Early registration starts: May 1, 2021
Early registration ends: July 1, 2021
Conference and affiliated events:
Sunday, August 1, 2021: satellite events, workshops, and symposia
Monday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 4, 2021: main conference


Please address all correspondence regarding the organization of the conference to the conference email address: