Principal Prof Mapstone opens the Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute

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.

Prof Mapstone with Prof Mike Batty (left) and Tony Edwards (right).

Steering committee of BEGIN, director Prof Doug Benn (right) and associate directors Dr Urska Demsar and Dr Jed Long.

Kick-off workshop – 3 September 2018

We are hosting a kick-off workshop on Monday 3 Sep 2018 to officially open our new research network, the Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute (BEGIN).

The aim of the institute is to bring together all staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students in the School of Geography & Sustainable Development who work with geographic data and to provide a platform to promote collaboration, teaching and outreach. The Institute will encompass such varied disciplines as Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing, Glaciology, Sedimentology and Palaeoecology and the kick-off workshop will showcase the work that we do in these areas.

We are delighted that the institute will be opened by the Principal of the University of St Andrews, Prof Sally Mapstone. We are further delighted to confirm a keynote address by Prof Mike Batty from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London, as our first iPOWER speaker of the 2018/19 academic year and the first BEGIN speaker ever.

Final programme