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EEO/AGI Scotland Professional Seminar Series 2015-16

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment

eoo1516The waiting is over! AGI Scotland are sponsoring the Edinburgh Earth Observatory (EEO) team for another programme of exciting talks.

The first talk is NEXT week – Fri 2nd Oct – with Cecilia Macintyre, Head of Census Quality and Data Exploitation at the National Registers of Scotland.

The full programme, and details as they come in can be found on the EEO website.

Seminars are held at 4.30pm in the usual venue – Old Library, Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Refreshments and nibbles will be available. Any changes will be advertised on the website nearer the time and also on this blog.

All talks are followed by AGI Geo-Drinks from 5.45, open to all and held in the Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ.

See our website for updates, abstracts, Google calendar, and further
information:

http://www.eeo.ed.ac.uk/seminars/programme.html

Do make a note of these in your diary. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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EEO-AGI Scotland Seminar: “Remote Sensing of forest fires (focus on Mediterranean ecosystems)”

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar, organised by the University of Edinburgh and kindly co-sponsored by the AGI, will be given by Dr. Ioannis Gitas, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The seminar will take place this Friday 13th March at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

See you there!

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EEO-AGI Scotland Seminar: “Death certificates, historic IQ measures, birth certificates – mapping our pasts and reconstructing our lifecourses”

February 25, 2015 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Prof. Chris Dibben, Chair in Geography here at the University of Edinburgh.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 27th Feb at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

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About Smart Energy: This Thursday’s AGI-S #geobig5 Annual Event

February 22, 2015 Leave a comment

BulbAgainst the backdrop of volatile prices and increased demand for renewable sources the challenges facing the energy sector have never been greater. The need for resilient, smart solutions, and the opportunities for Smart Energy are therefore immense. The use of technology to optimise all parts of the energy system from supply, storage to the demand and consumer is driving a new wave of innovation.

This event focuses on some key areas within the Smart Energy arena and the part that geospatial has to play. Indeed, these issues and the case studies discussed are relevant beyond just Smart Energy and provide opportunities for many sectors to use geospatial information to impact on this changing market.

Supply and production are themselves subject to innovation in new technology. There is no longer a straight forward top-down picture of a few large operators generating at scale, but a landscape of distributed, small energy generators. Renewable sources of energy by their very natures are subject to fluctuations in supply. The flexibility to manage these mixed sources and predict supply is key.

Smart Energy systems are not going to appear overnight, but will be a continuous retrofitting and re-imagining of the current infrastructure. Planning for this new technology is key, from a local urban level to a regional and broader dimensions. Understanding of the landscape and the potential to support new infrastructure is vitally important.

workshopThe smart grid is the link from the supply to the citizen, providing wider opportunities for innovation in energy management. The ability to make the current distribution systems smarter and be responsive to issues. Sensors and automated switching systems provide a higher degree of control than have ever been previously available.

At the heart of a smart grid, smart metering provides the ability to see individual customer situation within hours, or even in real time. But the citizen considerations of smart energy are far beyond the data provided to maintain our networks. We must also consider how our behaviour may be influenced through access to this information and how our policy makers can use these data in issues of fuel inequality.

The potential for geospatial information and technology to input into this picture should be evident. Smart Energy needs geospatial for data management, analysis and location awareness – but are the opportunities being realised? Are we clear about the challenges and demand for the skills geospatial can offer and are we ready to engage?

Register Now

There are limited places still available for our Annual Event – the full programme and details are available online. AGI Members can attend for just £69 +VAT.

In addition to a full programme, this event has excellent opportunities for networking and an exhibition of our event sponsors & supporters: ESRI UK, Ordnance Survey, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Sterling Geo, CGI, thinkwhere and Heriot-Watt Energy Academy.

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AGI Scotland Annual Event: BOOK NOW!

February 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Smart Energy, 26 February 2015, at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

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With a theme based around geographical information in the context of Smart Energy, this year’s event promises to shed light on the critical role of the GI profession in an area significant to all of us, the supply of energy.

Offering the traditional unique opportunity for networking with GI professionals from across all Scottish sectors (and beyond), the event is hosted by AGI Scotland in partnership with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

As the capacity of the Edinburgh Carbon Innovation Centre is limited, make sure you avoid disappointment by booking soon!

 

AGI Geo the Big FiveThe core focus of this year’s AGI Scotland Big 5 event is security of future energy supply and the need for a new approach to sustainable energy production. Key subjects covered by speakers will include understanding citizen needs alongside environmental and policy challenges  – key variables in a field that is highly dependent on a detailed geospatial understanding.

The case studies and speakers will demonstrate techniques and understanding that can be transferred and applied to a range of areas.

Plenary Speakers Announced:

Chris Stark is Head of the Scottish Government’s Electricity Division, managing the Scottish renewable energy strategy and the operation of the energy market in Scotland.  He previously headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team.  Chris joined the Scottish Government in 2009, following an early career in Whitehall.  He has wide experience in economic policymaking, following work in HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Professor Stuart Monro is a prominent Scottish geologist and science communicator. He graduated in Geology from Aberdeen University in 1970 and then received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh while embarking upon a lengthy career with the British Geological Survey, making a number of distinguished contributions to the understanding of the geology of central Scotland and the application of geology to environmental issues.

Announced Session Speakers include:

  • Andy Seaton – Scottish Government Heat Map
  • Ciaran Higgins (Derryherk) – Energy Master Planning
  • Paul Georgie (GeoGeo) – Low Carbon Living
  • Veronique Morel (Ecometrica) – Modelling for Biomass potential
  • David Howard (CEH) – A landscape view of energy
  • Vin Sumner – City-zen, Serious gaming
  • Bob Gatliff (BGS) – Unconventional gas
  • Jelte Harnmeijer (JHI) – Low Carbon energy solutions

Further speakers and the full programme will be announced shortly.

Register Now

AGI Members receive significant event discounts. Find out about AGI Membership.

Our principal partners – ESRI and Ordnance Survey – are sponsoring this event. We’re delighted to also recognise the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation as a Gold Sponsor and Sterling-Geo as Silver Sponsor.

Sponsorship opportunities are available across the Geo:The Big 5 event series for 2015.

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EEO/AGI Scotland Seminar: “VGI and Citizen Science: what we know and what next?” Prof Muke Haklay, UCL

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Prof. Muke Haklay, Professor of Geographical Information Science, University College London.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 16th Jan at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

We look forward to seeing you all at 4.30.

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EEO Seminar: “A fresh look at the object-field dichotomy” – Prof. Mike Worboys, Univ. of Greenwich

December 4, 2014 Leave a comment

EOO1415This week’s EEO-AGI(S) seminar will be given by Prof. Mike Worboys of Professor of Spatial Informatics, School of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, University of Greenwich and Honorary Professor here in GeoSciences at Edinburgh.

The seminar will take place THIS Friday 5th Dec at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

Also a reminder that following all EEO-AGI(S) Seminars are AGI Geo-Drinks for informal professional networking held from 5.45 in Teviot Library Bar, Bristo Sq, EH8 9AJ. All welcome – please do come along and meet colleagues and fellow AGI members.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events
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