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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!

 

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events

Unmanned Aerial Systems – Free Event This Thursday

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Edinburgh by Drone - GeoGeo

Edinburgh by Drone – GeoGeo

Last call for our Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Focus event on Thursday!

Bookings have been strong and we’re expecting a great turn out so don’t leave it too late if you would like to join us. You must book online before you attend – it’s free for AGI members and only £12 for non-members.

We’ll be welcoming you from 3.30pm on the day, with a bit of time to have a look at the drones before we kick off with our great speaker line-up at 4pm:

  • Craig Jump, Sky View Video
  • Paul Georgie, GeoGeo
  • Alasdair Mac Arthur, University of Edinburgh, Geosciences
  • Paddy Davies, Horizon AP
  • Pauline Miller, James Hutton Institute

Book online now.

In the meantime, here is a preview from GeoGeo. See you Thursday.

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EEO-AGI(S) Seminar: “The Grandest Views: Re-discovering the Power of Physical Relief Models

May 15, 2015 Leave a comment

This season’s closing EEO-AGI(S) seminar, organised by the University of Edinburgh and kindly co-sponsored by the AGI, will be given by Dr. Gary Priestnall of the University of Nottingham.

The seminar will take place next Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm. Please note the change of *day* and *time*. The venue as always however is the Old Library, Geography Building, Univ. of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP.

See you there!

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Help Map Vulnerable Places

April 7, 2015 Leave a comment

missingmapsAGI Scotland members may be interested in the first Missing Maps event being held in Glasgow this week. We asked organiser Duncan Bain to share some information with us about this new initiative –

“The Missing Maps project helps Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Red Cross by creating maps of vulnerable places, providing a vital resource for their on-the-ground staff as well as local people.

The first Missing Maps event in Glasgow takes place on Thursday 9th April at the Project Cafe on Renfrew Street.

Missing Maps mapathons are open to everyone. You can come and learn how to create maps and contribute to a global mapping project, OpenStreetMap. All you need is a laptop, some spare time and enthusiasm, and you can take part in humanitarian work from Glasgow.

At our first Missing Maps event in Glasgow people will be on hand to help you learn how to map at your own pace. If you want to know more about how you can prepare for a mapathon, this guide gives some tips.

We are being generously hosted by The Project Cafe, an amazing community space and social enterprise cafe.

We have created a facebook page for the event, so please, invite your friends and we look forward to meeting you at the first of what we hope are many Missing Maps Glasgow events ”

You can sign up to attend the event online.

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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.

Categories: AGI Scotland, Events
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