On Mon 3 Sept Prof Sally Mapstone, the Principal of the University, opened the Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute (BEGIN) in an event that showcased the research of BEGIN members. The institute is named after the father of Tony Edwards, a long-term friend and supporter of the SGSD, who was also present. The event started with a guest keynote by Prof Mike Batty, the Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London and Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).
BEGIN is a network of data researchers in SGSD and the event consisted of presentations of research on varied topics, from geographic information science to glaciology and palaeoecology. The event concluded with a showcase of posters, prepared by BEGIN PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.