School of GeoSciences

EEO-AGI(S) Series Programme

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland

Space is the Place: Past, Future, Blue, Green, Near, Deep

Old Library, Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

Unless otherwise indicated, all talks are to be held in the Old Library at the Institute of Geography , University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh.

Note: In order to better-accommodate professionals attending talks, seminars are now held at 4.30pm in the Old Library, Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, except where otherwise stated.

These are then followed by AGI Geo-Drinks in Teviot Library Bar, EH8 9AJ at 5.45 allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Friday 29th Sep 2017, 4.30pm

Dr. Vanessa Lawrence, CB

Location International

Title: Location: Its role in solving issues facing you, our nation and our World

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Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB, HonFREng, FRGS, FRICS, FCInstCES, FRSGS, CCMI, CGeog is working internationally as a senior advisor to governments, inter-governmental organisations including the World Bank and large private sector organisations.

In addition, she is a Director of Location International Ltd which provides strategic advice and full operational capacity globally, to the public and private sector, as to how to gain from improving their own use of location information to enhance their decision-making and to meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stakeholders.  

Vanessa is a Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult whose focus is fostering innovation in the use of satellite data, the Honorary Colonel of 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers, on the Advisory Group of the Urban Big Data Centre, a Trustee of the Winchester Science Centre and the Royal Geographical Society, Honorary Vice-President of the Geographical Association, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor at Kingston University and a Patron of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust and MapAction.

Friday 17th Nov 2017, *4 for 4.30pm*

Joint EEO-AGI(S)/Hutton Club Seminar

Dr. Lauren Biermann

Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

Title: Building Bridges to Satellites: how the UK Government is encouraging uptake of remotely sensed data

Satellite Remote Sensing (RS) is not in its infancy, however, the UK Government has been cautious in integrating these data into policy and monitoring strategies. To address this, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) formally launched an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence (EOCoE) in October 2015, bringing RS scientists together to drive uptake of satellite data and deliver satellite-enabled solutions. In two years, the centre has delivered a number of key projects that have started to sustainably transform the way Defra operates. My talk will largely focus on three key marine examples, including development of near-shore water quality products using Sentinel-3 data, operational vessel detection and identification using Sentinel-1 radar imagery, and tracking of pelagic fish species in UK waters using a range of remotely-sensed earth observation data. My talk will also cover how improved communication through the EOCoE has allowed for rapid sharing of cross-cutting data, and introduce UK-GEOS, a new cross-departmental government EO service.

Friday 1st Dec 2017, 4.30pm

Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist, Google

Title: Googling the Future of Spatial

Friday 26th Jan 2018, 4.30pm *Change of Date*

David Henderson

Managing Director

Ordnance Survey Great Britain

Title: To follow

Friday 16th Feb 2018, 4.30pm

Julie Procter

Chief Executive

Greenspace Scotland

Title: To follow

Friday 16th Mar 2018, 4.30pm

Dr. Leif Isaksen

Lancaster University/Exeter University

Title: Pelagios: Linking Past and Future Spaces

Friday 27th Apr 2017 Tbc, 4.30pm

Prof. Jamie Pearce

CRESH Research Group, University of Edinburgh

Title: To follow