Starting from May, we are looking forward to an exciting roster of outstanding speakers on a range of topics covering themes of current interest for UNIGIS alumni, students, and everyone else. The open u_Lecture webinar series offers a LifeLongLearning opportunity to graduates and everyone keen to follow developments across the exciting field of Geoinformatics. See below for details on upcoming talks, and preview further speakers we keenly anticipate this term:
>> Make sure you mark your calendars not to miss these unique opportunities to learn from and interact with these outstanding individuals!
>> You can watch the recording of past u_Lecture webinars here > UIA webinar channel
May 16, 5:30pm CET >Register for recording
>Dr Jonny Huck (Lecturer in Geographical Information Science, University of Manchester): “The Hammer of GIS”: Embracing Vagueness Participatory Mapping
One of the greatest challenges in GIS, and particularly Participatory GIS, is the representation of data that do not fit well into the normative point, line and polygon representations upon which GIS and related algorithms are often predicated. In spite of a broad understanding that these representations are incompatible with many types of data collected from the public, especially those relating to their spatial thoughts and feelings, many researchers still persist in using them. This frequently leads to a situation whereby the representation dictates the type of analysis, rather than the other way around. This webinar will explore this issue through an examination of recent research into conflict, segregation and ‘community belonging’ in Northern Ireland; and demonstrate the way in which novel methods and data models can avoid this situation, and so permit a greater level of insight into complex social phenomena.
Bio: Dr Jonny Huck is a Lecturer in Geographical Information Science at the University of Manchester, specialising in the geospatial software development. Jonny is a fellow of Furness College at Lancaster University, the GIS Lead for the interdisciplinary Digital Humanities group at the University of Manchester, a member of the national steering committee for GIS Research UK and a member of the Research Approvals Group for the Consumer Data Research Centre.
June 26, 5:30pm CET
>Dr Mike Wood (Lecturer in Environmental Management, University of Salford)
Bio: Dr Mike Wood is a Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Salford. Mike’s research cuts across the broad subject of environmental management, with a particular focus on applied research to inform environmental decision-making, management and policy development. Much of his research utilises GIS in the assessment and management of pollution and natural resources. Mike is a Chartered Member of the Society for Radiological Protection (CRadP MSRP) and Full Professional Member of the International Union of Radioecologists. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
More information on upcoming talks will be published soon!