Pre-conference workshops

This year two workshops will be offered at GISRUK 2018:

Registrations are now open here.



GODAN ThinkTank

“Open geo data and open tools to achieve food security and sustainable agriculture for SDG 2030”

Wednesday April 18, 10:30-12:00, Lecture Theatre 5

This workshop is open to all GISRUK 2018 delegates.

The objective of the ThinkTank is to provide a forum for stakeholders in UK universities to share knowledge and propose strategies on improving the use of open data, open educational resources, open tools etc with the aim to expand Capacity Building and Training in AgriGIS to support Global Food Security.

This workshop will:

  • Use this opportunity to build upon the ideas from GODAN ThinkTanks in Nairobi 2016, Washington 2017 and aim to discuss ideas on how to synergise efforts for Open Geo Data and Open Tools to achieve food security and sustainable agriculture for SDG 2030;
  • Present the key outputs from the GODAN Local Farming Challenge 2017, Outputs from GODAN Ministerial Conference 2017 to give the background work till now.
  • Present examples of recent AgriGIS research – e.g. Geospatial binding for transdisciplinary research in crop science: the GRASPgfs initiative – will be shared and explore opportunities for future collaborative research in AgriGIS.



Early Career

The Early Career Researchers / Early Careers Network (ECR/ECN)

This workshop is open to all GISRUK 2018 delegates registered as students.

This valuable training opportunity will raise awareness and confidence in Early Career Researchers, addressing a range of issues that will help you complete your PhD and get the most from the GISRUK conference. We will cover:

  • What we are and what we do: ourselves and our own research topics.
  • Your PhD as an elevator pitch: what you do in 30 seconds.
  • What’s a conference for? Getting the most from GISRUK (and other conferences).
  • Networking (& social networking) as ways of getting jobs.
  • Getting Published: an exploration of some of the various routes to publishing research findings and to identify the requirements, opportunities and limitations involved.
  • Presenting your work: how to deliver a great presentation.

Early Career workshop schedule — Lecture Theatre 8

TuesdayApril 17
12:00 - 12:15Welcome & Introductions: Covering who we are / what we do (Nick Bearman)
12:15 - 13:15ECR/ECN Session 1: GIScience Research Tools (Bruce Gittings & Nick Bearman)
- Approaching GIS Research
- What does a PhD involve?
- Where do PhD students go?
13:15 - 14:15ECR/ECN Session 2: Career Stories (James Norris)
A chance to hear from people using GIS in industry and how they got there
14:15 - 15:15ECR/ECN Session 3: Networking 101 (James Norris)
- Why is it important
- How to get the most and make new contacts at conference
- Social networking
15:15 - 15:30Tea/ Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:30ECR/ECN Session 4: Publishing & Promotion (Nick Bearman & Bruce Gittings)
- Why do we publish?
- How & where do we publish? (not just academic journals!)
18:00Social – Dinner / networking drinks
WednesdayApril 18
09:30 - 11:30ECR/ECN Session 5: Transferable skills – research skills make you employable (Addy Pope, ESRI UK)
During your PhD you will develop a range of new skills that help you achieve your research objectives. Things that you take for granted are often what your future employer is looking for. In this session we will look at some of these and see how they would appeal to employers to ensure you don’t omit them from your CV.
11:30 - 12:00Tea/ Coffee - networking
12:00 - 12:30ECR/ECN Session 6: Introduction to GISRUK 2018 for the uninitiated
- What is GISRUK?
- The ethos of GISRUK
- How to get the most from the conference?
12:30 - 13:00ECR/ECN Workshop feedback / Lunch
13:00Main conference