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Mount Everest Foundation
Late last year I became a trustee at the Mount Everest Foundation, an charity (and company) dedicated to "provide grants and recognition to assist particularly deserving expeditions for the exploration of, and scientific work in, the mountain regions of the world."...

posted on: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Mapping Workshop - Loughborough 3 Sept 2013
If you haven't clocked it already, I am involved in organising a workshop on the mapping of glacial landforms this September....

posted on: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

RGS Children's Lecture
Christmas sees a proliferation of lectures and meetings with, increasingly, many aimed at children (perhaps exemplified by the Royal Society)....

posted on: Sat, 08 Dec 2012 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Conference: Objective Geomorphological Representation Models
The IAG/AIG WG on Apllied Geomorphological Mapping (http://www.appgema.net/), together with the Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology (AIGEO), the University of Salerno, with the support of National Park Cilento and Vallo di Diano, and Geoparks are organizing an International Workshop on "Objective Geomorphological Representation Models: Breaking through a New Geomorphological Mapping Frontier" on 15-19 October 2012, in the Salerno University Campus, Italy....

posted on: Fri, 11 May 2012 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Travel with SAS......
As a follow-up to that last post, we are pretty well served for flights to Stockholm with Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted all flying out....

posted on: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Swedish PhD Defence
Just got back from a PhD defence at the Stockholm University in Sweden. Never having assessed a PhD outside the UK this was interesting as a process, as well as seeing some new research....

posted on: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

University of Ulster Visit
I'm visiting the University of Ulster tomorrow, so took the opportunity to fly up from Southampton to Belfast. The last time I flew to Belfast was by EasyJet from Luton which is pretty standard fare. So imagine my surprise when I boarded the FlyBe aircraft and noticed these blade shaped things spinning around on the outside. Spooky.

posted on: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

RSPSoc 2011
I'm currently attending RSPSoc2011 which is again producing a wide variety of topics all centred around remote sensing....

posted on: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Imagining the future of the journal - RGS Discussion Panel
I was invited on to a discussion panel entitled "Imagining the future of the journal" at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference last week (very brief coverage in THES)....

posted on: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Using Kindles in HE
I gave a talk yesterday about using Kindles in HE and, in particular, using them for marking, reading research papers and briefly pondering about their student use. This really comes out of my initial reactions to using the Kindle and further experience. Slides are linked below if they are of interest.

posted on: Wed, 11 May 2011 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

AGI'10: Open Source GIS
I gave a talk at the AGI this year on Open Source GIS. I've now placed the slides online as there were loads of URLs in them. The talk is by no means comprehensive in terms of open source geospatial software, but I gave a broad-brush approach providing examples of software from a wide range of domains we often use in the geospatial world. One extra element (as I'm a proponent of portable apps) is that, where possible, I've given links to portable (USB) versions of the apps. Hopefully this will prove useful to people.

posted on: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Photogrammetric Week
Photogrammetric Week has a long and enviable record as a high profile, quality, conference. In fact, amazingly for a "conference", it held its 100th Anniversary last year. And whilst it obviously focuses upon photogrammetry, there are many talks devoted to related topics (LiDAR, IfSAR etc). And, somewhat like RSPSoc Annual Conference they publish a set of extended abstracts which are really very useful. If you've missed these then the entire back catalogue is available. This is a fantastic resource and, being open access, means they are index by Google as well. RSPSoc need to take a leaf out of PW's book and do the same, otherwise they will languish on a dusty shelf.

posted on: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Camp Stansted
I left for RSPSoc 2010 yesterday. Flights from Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick all go in to Cork, but I reckoned that Stansted was easiest and caught the airport bus up late last night....

posted on: Wed, 01 Sep 2010 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

OS Trumped
Just returned from a pleasant day at the RGS-IBG annual conference. An event well worth attending as its mellow and covers a range of subjects. However it is largely colonised by human geographers, a strange breed. Thats not for want of the RGS trying to get physical geographers involved... Time will tell. Anyway the OS are one the of the primary (platinum?!) sponsors of the RGS (along with Land Rover and Rolex from memory). So the map of the venue, and how to get to it, prominantly displayed on the back cover of the abstracts naturally used Open Street Map data. Nice one!

posted on: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

1st year field trip to Swansea
I've just got back from our first year geography field trip to the Gower Peninsula. Designated the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1949, development is limited and so it is relatively unspoilt and quite wild....

posted on: Sat, 05 Apr 2008 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Free Our Data @ Kingston
OK, well its not quite the Free Our Data Campaign roadshow, but Charles Arthur, Technology Editor at the Guardian and one of the campaign founders, was speaking at Kingston last week. I would love to say that his talk was excellent, well founded and thoroughly thought provoking, but unfortunately I was ill and my colleague Ken was covering for me. However Charles apparently did stimulate quite a bit of discussion which he mentions here. So yes, we will be able to post the video once its been processed (and I'll be watching it!).

posted on: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

IGS British Branch Meeting
I attended the International Glaciological Society's British Branch meeting a couple of weeks ago at the School of Geosciences in Edinburgh....

posted on: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

DEMs, castle coffee and dodgy wifi
I've recently returned from a trip to the Geography Department at the University of Durham where I gave two research seminars on some of my close-range remote sensing and DEM visualisation work....

posted on: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

In a galaxy far far away....
I was speaking at the Society of Cartographers - 43rd Annual Summer School this week (gentle introduction to spaceborne DEMs) and whilst only there for the day, a thoroughly relaxed and pleasant affair it was too....

posted on: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

DMT Meeting and themes
So the reason for going to the US was to attend DMT07 which is principally aimed at geologists and cartographers from state geological surveys, although this year there were representatives from the UK, Czechoslovakia and Japan....

posted on: Thu, 24 May 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Long live the Car
Well if the Chinese are wedded to their phones, then the Americans are wedded to their cars. I had forgotten just how much space there is in American cities, and Columbia is no different....

posted on: Sun, 20 May 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Mistaken Identity
I'm actually presenting at Digital Mapping Techniques this week, hence the flight out of Gatwick, via Philadelphia, to Columbia (South Carolina)....

posted on: Sun, 20 May 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Train Ticket Price Increases
There seems to have been much written on the recent train ticket price increases. Whilst some fares remain protected (to an extent), others do not....

posted on: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Planetary Geosciences, Geological Society
I've just spent a couple of days at the Geological Society in Picadilly at a conference on Planetary Geosciences....

posted on: Thu, 09 Nov 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

China: Shopping Experiences
Had some time to go around a couple of shopping malls today and, again, an interesting experience. Supermarkets are very much like they are here, except with some local differences....

posted on: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Chinese Hosting
So far this week I have found the Chinese to be warm, friendly and very hospitable. They are genuinely interested in talking to you, finding out about western culture and discussing their own....

posted on: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Chinese KAPping
I took the Dopero 125 kite out with me to Wuhan to demonstrate KAPping to our hosts at the China University of Geosciences (yes, a whole university of over 25,000 students just doing geoscience!)...

posted on: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

China: First Experiences
I wasn't sure quite what to expect of "China". Stepping off the plane in August you are immediately hit with the heat....

posted on: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Heathrow Security
An interesting experience on a flight to Beijing today. Not having travelled internationally for a while, and with the heightened security after terrorist alerts in London, I wasn't sure what to expect....

posted on: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Free Our Data Public Debate
I attended an RSA public debate on access to data collected by public bodies. This was co-sponsored by The Guardian as part of their Free Our Data campaign....

posted on: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

BGRG Annual Conference
I've just returned from an exhausting three days at the British Geomorphological Research Groups Annnual Conference in Loughborough....

posted on: Sun, 02 Jul 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Ravens Ait - a haven on the Thames?
I had a day at Ravens Ait this week which is located on an island in the Thames between Hampton Court Palace and Kingston upon Thames....

posted on: Sat, 10 Jun 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

AGI Education Lecture: Professor Dave Unwin
I attended an evening lecture last week organised by the AGI (hosted by UCL) as part of their "education" series....

posted on: Mon, 29 May 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

SoTL 2006
I've just returned from two days at the London Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference. Whilst I firmly believe in delivering module materials to enable students to learn better, and am interested in trialing new methodologies, I have never actually attended a teaching and learning conference before....

posted on: Fri, 19 May 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

AGI 2006
Just a quick reminder to those that are unware; the AGI Conference and Exhibition has moved from Chelsea Village to the Business Design Centre in Islington. As a result, the date has moved from October to 12-14th September. Entry to the exhibition is free and the new (stylish) location should providing a fitting backdrop to this expanding event. Kingston University continues its decade tradition of providing high quality training in the completely new Solutions Centre. Watch this space for more details!

posted on: Wed, 17 May 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

AGI Open Source in GIS SIG
I was at an AGI organised SIG on open source software in GIS today. This was an excellent low key event that was (sadly) primarily attended by representatives from commercial GIS companies, with a smattering from academia....

posted on: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Elevation Models for Geoscience
I presented at the Elevation Models for Geoscience one-day meeting at the Geological Society last week....

posted on: Sat, 01 Apr 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Giles Lane from Proboscis
My third year class (Contemporary Issues in GIS) had a talk today from Giles Lane of Proboscis. Giles has a strong arts background and is driven by enabling communities to make innovative use of mobile technology. He has been involved in this sector since the late 1990s and, somewhat unusually, has worked with business, government and academia. And some of the technology deployed has involved the development of bespoke kit to support a variety of platforms for input (PDA, smartphone, interactive TV, web browser). Yet the focus is not technology led, but community led. My class certainly found this unusual and challenged their preconceptions about the the people and uses of GIS.

posted on: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

SPLINT Meeting
I attended a meeting today at the Royal Geographical Society on SPatial Literacy IN Teaching (SPLINT)....

posted on: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

SoC Publication
I've just had a paper published in the Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers following my presentation at their conference last summer. In the paper I outline the scope of open access journal publication, focusing on the Journal of Maps within the cartographic domain. The latter part of the paper provides further insight in to the use of Creative Commons licensing at JoM, as well as third-party copyright issues pertaining to the incorporation of data in maps published by JoM. Please see here for further details.

posted on: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry