As in previous years, we have two pre-conference workshops organised.

Young Researcher's Forum

The Young Researchers' Forum (YRF) will run as usual before the main GISRUK conference, on the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd of April and the morning of Wednesday 3rd April 2013. This valuable training opportunity is designed to raise awareness and confidence amongst research students in GIS, addressing a range of issues of importance related to embarking upon, progressing with and successfully completing a research project.

The forum will cover:

  • What we are and what we do - Ourselves and our own research topics.
  • Presenting ourselves- The good, the bad and the ugly.
  • GISc: hammers hitting nails - Exploring the use of appropriate tools in our various areas of research
  • Critical Appreciation - An exploration of how to review published and other information critically, in order to understand the message and to determine its relevance to the context required.
  • Getting Published- An exploration of some of the various routes to publishing research findings and to identify the requirements, opportunities and limitations involved.

Timings [2nd April, 2013]: Registration 13.30; Course: 14.00 - 17.00

Timings [3rd April, 2013]: Course: 9.00 - 12.00

Geographic Data Visualisation in R [supported by TALISMAN]

This workshop is being run by Dr James Cheshire who is a lecturer at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. James runs a series of popular spatial data visualisation blogs including and his work has been featured widely in the popular press. In this workshop James will run a series of practical exercises that will introduce new users to some of the geographic data visualisation options in the statistical programming language R.

This workshop is being kindly supported by TALISMAN which is a node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and is based at the University of Leeds and University College London.

Timings [2nd April, 2013]: Registration 10.30; Course: 11.00 - 17.00

A full timetable and description for the course can be found [here].


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