Professor Marcus Foth FACS

Invited Talks

Marcus is an ACM Distinguished Speaker. You can book one of his presentations for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program. The ACM will cover the cost of transportation to travel to your event. As a member of the QUT Speakers’ Circle, Marcus donates any honorarium from speaking engagements to the QUT Learning Potential Fund. Get in touch for booking inquiries.

Marcus has given invited talks at leading research institutions, including Aalto, Aarhus, Harvard, KAIST, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, MIT, Tsinghua University, University of Oxford. The following list presents a selection of keynote speeches and invited talks.

Upcoming Talks

  • Foth, M. (2018, Dec 31). Join our fight to save wombats from mange. Invited talk at the Woodford Folk Festival, QLD. (www >)
  • Foth, M. (2018, Nov 19-20). Supplying Our Future Cities with Energy, Water and Food. Invited panel member at the Urban Motion congress, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  • Foth, M. (2018, Nov 14). Connected Urbanism and Cohabitation in the Smart City. Invited talk at the Urban Media Art Symposium, Media Architecture Biennale 2018, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. (www >)
  • Foth, M. (2018, Nov 14). Digital Placemaking – Shaping Public Landscapes. Invited panel chair at the Digital Publics Symposium, Media Architecture Biennale 2018, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. (www >)
  • Foth, M. (2018, Nov 12). Connected Urbanism and Cohabitation in the Smart City. Invited talk at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. (www >)
  • Foth, M. (2018, Oct 29). Towards More-Than-Human Cities. Invited talk at City as Lab – The Smart Cities Research Forum, Smart Cities Week, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  • Foth, M., & Heitlinger, S. (2018, Oct 19-21). Towards More-Than-Human Cities. Invited talk at the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) Conference, Melbourne, VIC. (www >)

Previous Talks

  1. Foth, M. (2018, Oct 18). The Legal and Regulatory Challenge. Invited roundtable discussion chair at the 2nd Annual KPMG / Public Sector Network Smart Cities Series, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  2. Foth, M. (2018, Oct 13). How will blockchain affect the future of business and your organisation? Invited speaker at the Industry Leadership Day on Leveraging the Shared Data Economy, QUT EX, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  3. Foth, M. (2018, Sep 19-21). Smart Cities beyond Fad and Hype: Connecting People, Place and Technology. Invited keynote talk at the Planning Institute of Australia Queensland State Conference, Gladstone, QLD. (www >)
  4. Foth, M. (2018, Sep 17-18). The Rise of the Lifestyle Town: An Opportunity for Regional Australia? Invited talk at the Australian Regional Development Conference, Tweed Heads, NSW. (www >)
  5. Foth, M., Light, A., Heitlinger, S., & Rodriguez, A. (2018, Aug 31). Methods to Study Gaps: The Ethics of the Invisible. Invited talk at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual conference, Sydney, NSW. (eprints >)
  6. Foth, M. (2018, Aug 28-30). Smart Cities beyond Fad and Hype: Connecting People, Place and Technology. Invited keynote talk at the 5th International Conference on User Science and Engineering (i-USEr 2018), Selangor, Malaysia. (www >)
  7. Foth, M. (2018, Aug 27). Connected Urbanism & Cohabitation in the Smart City: Towards More-Than-Human Futures. Invited talk at the Universiti Teknologi Mara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (www >)
  8. Foth, M., & Powell, W. (2018, Aug 8). Blockchain and distributed ledger technology: Opportunities and implications for managers. Invited course facilitator at QUT EX, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  9. Foth, M. (2018, Aug 3). Connected Urbanism and Cohabitation in the Smart City. Invited talk at the Centenary Symposium: Cathedral Thinking – Designing for the next Century, University of Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  10. Foth, M. (2018, Aug 2). Buses, Trains and Wired Brains. Invited panel member at the Real World Futures conversation, QUT, Brisbane, QLD. (www >) (watch >)
  11. Foth, M. (2018, Jul 22). Blockchain Will Save Us? Invited panel member at Colloquia Sundays, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  12. Foth, M. (2018, Jul 16). Putting consumers in the data driver’s seat. Invited panel member at the query:data Consumer Data Conference of the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC), Melbourne, VIC. (www >)
  13. Bilandzic, A., Foth, M., & Hearn, G. (2018, May 3-4). Open Innovation for Crowdsourced Product Development: The Case Study of Quirky.com. Invited talk at the 20th International Conference on Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ICRIC 2018), Rome, Italy. [Best Presentation Award] (eprints >)
  14. Foth, M. (2018, Feb 8). Co-Creation in the Smart City: Collaboration Frameworks for Participatory Citymaking. Invited guest lecture in Information Technology, Society, and Public Policy (UAP 5564), Virginia Tech, USA.
  15. Foth, M. (2018, Jan 19). Smart Cities beyond Fad and Hype: Connecting People, Place and Technology. Invited talk at the University of Turku, Finland. (www >)
  16. Foth, M., & Powell, W. (2017, Dec 4). The Promise of Blockchain for Food & Agriculture. Invited talk at the QUT Blockchain Research Seminar Series, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD. (www >) (watch >)
  17. Foth, M. (2017, Nov 30). Ecocide or Existence: Designers in Arms. Invited panellist at OZCHI 2017, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  18. Foth, M. & Tomitsch, M. (2017, Nov 21-22). Citizens breaking out of filter bubbles: Urban screens as civic media. Invited talk at the Visualisation Matters Symposium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  19. Foth, M., & Dixon, B. (2017, Nov 15). Smart Cities beyond Fad and Hype: Connecting People, Place and Technology. Invited course facilitators at QUT EX, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  20. Mitchell, P., & Foth, M. (2017, Nov 6). Algorithmic futures and the future city. Invited talk at Future Affects: A Collaboratory on Art, Affect and Automation, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  21. Foth, M. (2017, Oct 31). Co-Creation in the Smart City: Collaboration Frameworks for Participatory Citymaking. Invited webinar for the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Queensland. (www >) (watch >)
  22. Foth, M. (2017, Oct 27-28). Connected Urbanism and Cohabitation in the Smart City. Invited talk at the Green Institute Conference, Canberra, ACT. (www >) (eprints >)
  23. Foth, M. (2017, Oct 16-17). Collaborative City: Providing Citizens with the Tools to Actively Shape Their Communities. Invited facilitator at the CityIgnite conference, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  24. Foth, M. (2017, Oct 10). The Future of Cities between Utopia and Dystopia. Invited talk for the Envisage Workshop at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  25. Foth, M. (2017, Sep 28-29). Beyond Fads and Hype: Smart Cities Connecting People, Place, and Technology. Invited keynote talk at Urbanity’17, Brisbane, QLD. (www >) (watch >)
  26. Hughes, H., Foth, M., Dezuanni, M., & Mallan, K. (2017, Sep 18-21). Social Living Labs for Informed Learning: An Innovative Approach to Information Literacy for the Changing Workplace. Invited talk at the 5th European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), Saint-Malo, France. (eprints >)
  27. Foth, M. (2017, Sep 14). Digital Urban: Citizen Experiences in the Smart City. Invited keynote talk at the Digital Leadership Exchange jointly organised by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Malaysian Public Administration Training Institute, and Malaysian Administration and Modernisation Planning Unit, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (www >)
  28. Foth, M. (2017, Sep 6). Making Smart Cities a Reality. Invited panellist at the KPMG / Public Sector Network Smart Cities Series, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  29. Foth, M. (2017, Sep 1-3). The Next Urban Paradigm: Cohabitation in the Smart City. Invited talk at the New Economy Conference, Brisbane, QLD. (www >) (watch >)
  30. Foth, M. (2017, Aug 9). Are Smart Cities for Everyone? Invited panellist in the Queenslanders in Conversation series, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD. (watch >) (listen >)
  31. Foth, M. (2017, May 30). We should create cities for slowing down. Invited talk at the Queensland Community Engagement Summit, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  32. Foth, M. (2017, May 5). Smart Cities, Inclusion, and Sustainability: Towards the Post-Anthropocentric City. Invited talk at the Research Symposium “Rebooting Smart Cities for Social Justice and Digital Inclusion,” University of Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  33. Foth, M. (2017, Apr 11). Smart Cities, Urban Informatics, and Sustainability: Challenges & Opportunities. Invited talk at the M-ITI Seminar Series
, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Funchal, Portugal. (www >) (watch >)
  34. Foth, M. (2017, Mar 30). Smart Cities from Cradle to Grave: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Ways of Life. Invited keynote presentation at the Living+ Forum, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. (www >) (watch >)
  35. Foth, M. (2016, Nov 28). Can smart cities provide more sustainable ways of life? Invited talk at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne. (www >)
  36. Foth, M. (2016, Sep 14). Human-Computer & Human-Food Interactions: Beyond Nutritional Data and Educational Information. Invited talk at the Center for Digital Technology & Management (CDTM), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. (www >)
  37. Foth, M. (2016, Aug 26). A People First Approach to Smart Cities: Media Architecture, Placemaking, and Citizen Action. Invited talk at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. (www >)
  38. Foth, M. (2016, Aug 10). Why we should design smart cities for getting lost? Invited talk at Aarhus University, Denmark. (www >)
  39. Foth, M. (2016, Aug 1). Why we should design smart cities for getting lost? Invited talk at Aalborg University, Denmark. (www >)
  40. Foth, M. (2016, Jul 13). Why we should design smart cities for getting lost? Invited talk at the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme 2016, University of Oxford, UK. (www >)
  41. Foth, M. (2016, Apr 13). Participatory Visualisation and Assessment of Risks: A Crowdsourcing Approach. Invited talk at Locate16, Melbourne, VIC. (www >)
  42. Foth, M. (2015, Oct 23). Urban Informatics Beyond Data: Media Architecture, Placemaking, and Citizen Action. Invited keynote talk at the Understanding the City with Urban Informatics workshop, held in conjunction with the 24th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2015), Melbourne, VIC. (eprints >)
  43. Foth, M. (2015, Oct 15). Digital Cities. Invited panellist at the Brisbane Development Association (BDA) seminar, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  44. Foth, M. (2015, Oct 11). Housing for a Better Future. Invited panellist at Brisbane Open House, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  45. Foth, M. (2015, Oct 2). Youth Entrepreneurship with Open Data: Providing New Career Pathways for Young People. Invited keynote talk at the Open Cities | Open Data symposium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  46. Foth, M. (2015, Oct 1). Urban Informatics: Towards Collaborative and Participatory Citymaking. Invited presentation at the Smart Future Cities conference, Newcastle, NSW. (www >)
  47. Foth, M. (2015, Sep 25). Urban Informatics. Invited speaker at the 2015 Future Shapers Forum, Institute for Future Environments, QUT, Brisbane, QLD. (watch >)
  48. Foth, M. (2015, Sep 5). Brisbane 2050: Imagining Our Future City. Invited panellist at the Brisbane Writers Festival, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  49. Foth, M. (2015, Jul 31). Housing Futures: My Home is My (Castle) City. Invited panellist at the Architecture Media: Design Speaks series, Melbourne, VIC. (www >)
  50. Foth, M. (2015, Jul 8). On Miscellaneousness, Impact, and World Domination: A Yarn from the SDP 2004 to Now. Invited presentation at the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme 2015, University of Oxford, UK. (www >)
  51. Foth, M. (2015, Jun 5). Urban Informatics:
 Towards Collaborative and Participatory Citymaking. Invited presentation at the ✗Communicate Symposium, Vivid Ideas Festival, 
Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  52. Foth, M. (2015, Apr 24). Designing Healthy Cities: The Role of the Citizen, the Role of the Family Doctor. Invited presentation at the Future of General Practice (#fgp15) conference, Melbourne, VIC. (www >)
  53. Foth, M. (2014, Dec 3). The Future of Design. Invited panellist at OZCHI 2014, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  54. Dezuanni, M., Foth, M., Mallan, K., Hughes, H., & Allan, C. (2014, Nov 10-11). Fostering digital participation in regional and rural Australia. Invited presentation at the Symposium on Broadband Enabled Communities and Regional Economic Development, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD. (eprints >)
  55. Foth, M. (2014, Jul 11). Smart Cities: A key to urban liveability or yet another tech fad? Invited keynote presentation at the 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Kingscliff, NSW. (www >)
  56. Foth, M. (2014, Jun 12). People, Place & Technology – Exploring the Future of Society and the Urban Experience in the Digital Age. Invited presentation to the Brisbane Development Association, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  57. Foth, M. (2014, Mar 20). From Smart City to Smart Citizens. Invited keynote presentation at the Henry Halloran Trust Urban Research Festival, University of Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  58. Foth, M. (2014, Jan 20). From Smart City to Smart Citizens. Invited keynote presentation at the workshop “Do It Yourself networking – An interdisciplinary approach,” Schloß Dagstuhl, Germany. (www >)
  59. Foth, M. (2013, Oct 31). Advocacy & Advantage. Invited panel member at the Open Access and Research Conference, QUT, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  60. Foth, M. (2013, Oct 29). From Smart City to Smart Citizens. Invited panel member at the Digital City Networks panel discussion, Planning Institute of Australia, Brisbane Square Library, QLD. (www >)
  61. Foth, M. (2013, May 3-5). Uncommons: Social Capital & Social Practices. Invited panel moderator at MediaCity 4, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. (watch >)
  62. Foth, M. (2013, Feb 10). Libraries turn Starbucks? On Co-Working Spaces, Collaborative Learning, Community Engagement, and Coffee. Invited keynote presentation at the New Librarians’ Symposium (NLS6), Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  63. Foth, M. (2012, Sep 21). The Library beyond (just) the Book: Collaboration and Co-working Spaces for New Technology and New Technological Practices. Invited keynote presentation at the NSW.net Technology in Libraries Seminar, State Library of NSW, Sydney. (www >) (watch >)
  64. Foth, M., Forlano, L., & Bilandzic, M. (2012, Jul 13). The City is My Office: Urban Design of Collaboration and Co-working Spaces. Invited presentation at the OII SDP Alumni Conference, Oxford, UK. (www >)
  65. Wajcman, J., Dutton, W. H., & Foth, M. (2012, Jul 12). Ten Years in the Life of the Internet. Keynote Panel at the OII SDP Alumni Conference, Oxford, UK. (www >) (watch >)
  66. Foth, M. (2012, Jul 2). From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. Invited presentation to the Lyceum Club, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  67. Foth, M. (2011, Sep 21-23). Urban Informatics Research and Insights for Libraries, Cultural Industries and Innovation Systems. Invited presentation at the iCS-OII 2011 Symposium, A Decade in Internet Time, University of Oxford, UK. (www >)
  68. Foth, M. (2011, Aug 1-5). Urban Informatics for Citizen Engagement. Invited presentation at the International Conference for the Integration of Science and Technology into Society (ICISTS), KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea. (www >)
  69. Foth, M. (2010, Sep 26). Urban Informatics. Invited presentation at the Lift@Hungary Workshop, Pécs, Hungary. (www >) (watch >)
  70. Foth, M. (2010, Sep 24-25). Urban Systems, Ubiquitous Computing and Cultural Life. Invited presentation at the After the Cultural City Conference: New Positions for Culture in Urban Development, Pécs, Hungary. (www >)
  71. Foth, M. (2010, Jul 26-30). Human-City Interaction: HCI Technology in the U-City. Invited presentation at the International Conference for the Integration of Science and Technology into Society (ICISTS), KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea. (www >)
  72. Foth, M., & Choi, J. H.-j. (2010, Jun 9). The Urban Informatics Research Lab: Research Collaborations with Industry Partners. Invited presentation at tieto.com, Helsinki, Finland. (watch >)
  73. Foth, M. (2010, Feb 10). Urban Informatics in Creative Industries. Trois amuse-geules. Invited talk given at the Making Connections: Innovations in Research event, QUT, Brisbane, QLD. (watch >)
  74. Foth, M. (2009, Dec 1). Urban Futures: A Performance Based Approach to Residential Design. Invited presentation at the Interacting with Information Technologies Workshop of the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure, CSIRO ICT Centre, Hobart, TAS. (www >)
  75. Foth, M., Starkey, D., & Hearn, G. (2008, Dec 4-5). Urban Futures: A Performance Based Approach to Residential Design. Invited presentation at the Workshop on Embodied Interaction in Mobile, Physical and Virtual Environments, HCSNet Summerfest 2008, University of New South Wales, Sydney. (www >)
  76. Podkalicka, A., Green, J., & Foth, M. (2007, Sep 6-7). Diversity, Youth, YouTube: Deriving Audience Strategies for Public Service Broadcasting. Invited presentation at the Transforming Audiences Conference, University of Westminster, London, UK. (www >)
  77. Foth, M., & Choi, J. H. (2007, Sep 5-6). Exploring the Local Impact of Web 2.0 Paradigms on the Communicative Ecology of Urban Residents. Invited presentation at the Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0 Conference, York, UK. (www >)
  78. Bilandzic, M., & Foth, M. (2007, Sep 5-6). Transferring Web 2.0 Paradigms to a Mobile System for Social Navigation in Public Inner-City Places. Invited presentation at the Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0 Conference, York, UK. (www >)
  79. Bilandzic, M., & Foth, M. (2007, Sep 3-5). CityFlocks: A Mobile System for Social Navigation in Urban Public Places. Invited presentation at the Locative Media Summer Conference, University of Siegen, Germany. (www >)
  80. Foth, M. (2007, Aug 15). Urban Informatics: The Internet, Locative Media and Mobile Technology for Urbanites. Invited talk at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK. (watch >)
  81. Hearn, G., & Foth, M. (2007, Jun 6-10). Communicative Ecologies. Panel organisers and chairs at the 8th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association (MEA), Mexico City. (www >)
  82. Foth, M. (2007, May 24-28). Neighbours versus Friends Who Live Nearby: Communication Technology in Urban Neighbourhoods. Panel organiser and chair at the 57th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Francisco, CA. (www >)
  83. Foth, M. (2006, Dec 1). Using Wireless Technology and Locative Media to Digitally Augment a Society of Friendships. Invited presentation at the Wireless Cultures & Technologies Workshop of the ARC Cultural Research Network, University of Sydney. (www >)
  84. Foth, M. (2006, Nov 14-15). Using Drupal to Promote the Health of LGBT Queenslanders. Invited presentation at the Making Links Conference, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  85. Foth, M. (2006, Sep 27-30). Challenges and Opportunities of Internet Technologies to Support Social Networks of Urban Residents. Panel organiser and chair at the Association of Internet Researchers conference (AoIR IR 7.0), Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  86. Montgomery, A. L., & Foth, M. (2006, Jun 19-23). Finding a Voice through New Media and Digital Storytelling: The Fanchong Cherbourg Connection. Panel presentation at the 56th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Dresden, Germany. (www >)
  87. Foth, M. (2005, Nov 14-15). Open source tools for community interaction. Invited presentation at the Making Links Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  88. Foth, M. (2005, Oct 12). Networked Individualism of Urban Residents: Discovering the Communicative Ecology in Inner-City Apartment Complexes. Invited presentation at the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) Innovation Forum, QUT, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  89. Foth, M. (2004, Nov 8-9). Design for online community interaction. Invited presentation at the Making Links Community Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW. (www >)
  90. Foth, M. (2004, Oct 13). People, Place, Technology. Invited presentation at the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) Innovation Forum, QUT, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  91. Foth, M. (2004, Aug 17). The Melbourne Media Map. Invited presentation at La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
  92. Foth, M. (2004, Aug 1-4). Towards a design methodology for online community networks to grow sustainable neighbourhoods. Paper presented at the Doctoral Consortium of the ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference, Cambridge, MA. (www >)
  93. Foth, M. (2004, Jul 14-31). Designing for place-based personalised networking to animate urban neighbourhoods. Invited presentation at the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Oxford University, UK. (www >)
  94. Foth, M. (2004, Jul 5). The Malmö Media Map. Invited presentation at Malmö University, Sweden.
  95. Foth, M. (2004, Jun 11). Designing for place-based personalised networking to animate urban neighbourhoods. Invited presentation at the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) Communities & Place workshop, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  96. Foth, M. (2004, May 17). Web Tools and Online Community Design. Invited presentation at the AFAO/NAPWA HIV Educators Conference, Sydney, NSW.
  97. Foth, M. (2004, Jan 29). The Sydney News Media Map. Invited presentation at University of Technology, Sydney, NSW.
  98. Foth, M. (2003, Nov 26-28). Towards a design methodology for online communication networks to grow sustainable communities of place. Paper presented at the Doctoral Colloquium of OZCHI 2003, Brisbane, QLD. (www >)
  99. Foth, M. (2003, Sep 19). Building Youth Communities through an Internet Radio Network. Invited presentation at the CIRAC Postgraduate Conference 2003: Research Outputs in the Creative Industries – Challenging Traditions, QUT, Brisbane, QLD.
  100. Foth, M. (2003, Aug 4). Connectivity does not ensure community: On social capital, networks and communities of place. Invited presentation at the Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT, Brisbane, QLD.
  101. Foth, M., & Bumann, G. (1999, Sep 30 – Oct 1). What we need to know about our users: a new monitoring method. Invited presentation at the Siemens AG International Web Conference, Keystone, Colorado, USA.