In its mission to build and nurture an interdisciplinary community of spatial thinkers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Center for Spatial Studies sponsors an annual luncheon event that features 3-minute presentations from a dozen or more faculty, students, and staff at UCSB, and community members from the Santa Barbara region.
Captured on video, Lightning Talks are a series of delicious, rapid-fire talks on spatially-flavored topics. Each presenter is allotted three minutes to develop a topic. The disciplinary span of these talks illustrates the ubiquity and centrality of spatial reasoning and spatial representation across the sciences, arts, and humanities. They include talks on spatial themes related to art, biology, environmental management, geography, information technology, library science, psychology and brain sciences, linguistics, literature, marine science, mathematics, music, transportation, and several other areas of spatial interest.