IAOA events are events directly (co-)organised by the Association. They generally include reductions in participation fees for members, limited support for attendance on application, and publication agreements established by the Association (currently IOS press).

The flagship IAOA conference is the
The International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS), held biannually.

Past FOIS events are listed in the
FOIS series website - the FOIS 2014 conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, September 22-26, 2014.

Other main IAOA events include the
Interdisciplinary Summer Schools on Ontological Analysis and the IAOA Summer Institutes, held in an alternating manner.

The next
IAOA summer school 2014 will be held in Vitória, Brazil, between September 15-19, directly preceding the FOIS conference. The IAOA summer school 2012 was held in Trento, Italy. The last IAOA Summer Institute 2013 was held in Fiesole (Firenze), Italy.

Further events include the
Ontology Summits, the WoMO workshops, as well as the FOMI workshops - links to past and upcoming events can be found in the blog below.

Final call for participation: IAOA Summer Institute in Applied Ontology - Ontology of processes in the human environment, in engineering, and in business

The International Association for Applied Ontology (www.iaoa.org), in cooperation with the Vespucci Initiative (www.vespucci.org), organizes its first Summer Institute in Applied Ontology in Florence, Italy, on July 17-23, 2011. Applications will close soon.

The IAOA promotes interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, and applications of ontological analysis more generally.

This first Summer Institute in Applied Ontology will focus on the topic of Process Ontology and its applications to the analysis of processes in the human environment, in engineering, and in business.

The Summer Institute facilitators will be:
Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Werner Kuhn (University of Muenster, Germany)
David Mark (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA).

Date: July 17-23, 2011, Process Ontology: 

Venue: Firenze, Italy (see 

Accommodation: hotel, bed and breakfast, or camp ground in Fiesole (20 minutes by bus from Firenze; shuttle bus or car to venue)

Application: at vespucci.org and www.iaoa.org, until the end of April, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: continuing.
Grants may be available for participants with special financial needs, if these are stated and justified in the application.

Goals and Contents:
Understanding processes has become one of the key challenges to society: how much does our climate change, and why? how can deforestation of the Amazon be put under control? how can manufacturing processes be optimized? Process ontology provides the theory, tools, and techniques to analyze processes and to improve the design and use of information systems that support human decisions in dynamic situations. The institute will feature tutorials on ontology, progressing into research discussions and group work on the ontological analysis of processes.

Participants will learn to:
- apply basic ontological distinctions and formal ontology;
- sort out the different kinds of things that go under the name "process";
- identify spatio-temporal patterns underlying processes;
- understand implications of choosing between three- and four-dimensionalism
- relate existing process ontologies to each other;
- specify complex states, processes and events in terms of simpler ones;
- design domain-specific process ontologies (e.g. in manufacturing, e-commerce, geography, biology) from more generic ontologies.

CFP: FOMI 2011 - 5th Workshop on Formal Ontologies Meet Industry

FOMI 2011 - 5TH Workshop on Formal Ontologies Meet Industry
July 7-8, 2011 – Delft, Netherlands

- Paper Submission: March 5, 2011
- Acceptance Notification: April 9, 2011
- Camera Ready: May 14, 2011
Virginia Dignum, Information and Communication Technology, Delft University of Technology
Pieter Vermaas, Philosophy, Delft University of Technology
For any question, contact fomi2011@tudelft.nl

Presentation at the First IAOA General Assembly - 13 May 2010 (Toronto, Canada)

Please find the presentation slides of a talk given by the newly elected IAOA Executive Council, held at the FOIS 2010 conference, here.

FOIS 2010 / WoMO 2010 Proceedings

The proceedings of FOIS 2010 have been published here. The proceedings of WoMO 2010 can be found here. Both are freely available online for IAOA members in the Member’s Area.

First IAOA Executive Council Elections - Apr/May 2010 (virtual event)

The IAOA will elect its first Executive Council, beginning on April 28, 2010. Read all about the process in this Wiki.

WoMO 2010 co-located with FOIS 2010

The 4th International Workshop on Modular Ontologies, WoMO-2010, will be co-located with FOIS-2010. Find the CFP here.

Proceedings of FOMI 2009

The proceedings of FOMI 2009 have been published here.

FOIS 2010 - 11-14 May 2010 (Toronto, Canada)

The 6th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems, FOIS 2010, will be held in Toronto, Canada, 11th-14th May 2010, and we are now calling for papers to be considered for inclusion in the conference. Find the CFP here.

Presenting IAOA at the Ontolog Forum - 18 Jun 2009 (virtual event)

In a Virtual Panel Session at the Ontolog Forum on Thursday, 18th June entitled: "Announcing the International Association for Ontology and its Applications", members of the executive council presented their views on the role of the association and the future of ontology. Go here for the minutes, recordings and discussion captured during the meeting.
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