Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability
8th – 9th September 2014, University of Southampton
This year, Geography & Environment at the University of Southampton will host the first NRG BESS Early Career Conference on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability.
We kindly invite all early career researchers (postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and technicians) to attend, present a poster or give a talk. Abstracts for presentations and posters can be submitted for one of the four main conference themes: Upland Rivers, Coastal Landscapes, Urban Ecosystems and Lowland Multifunctional Landscapes. We will, however, accept abstracts for all related research. To submit an abstract, please click here.
Early-bird registration and first round abstract submission: July 15th
Final date for abstract submission: August 1st - no abstracts will be accepted beyond this date!
Final registration: August 15th
Please click here to go to the registration page where you can also book accommodation and your place at the conference dinner.
Event Date: 14/07/2014
Event Location: London
The AHRC, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, is organizing an all-day roundtable meeting that brings together AHRC-funded researchers with other arts and humanities researchers specialising or with an interest in risk.
Aims of the Roundtable
The roundtable will help to explore the distinctive insights and perspectives that arts and humanities research can bring to cross-disciplinary, public and policy debates about risk and to identify potential future emerging research agendas relating to risk within the arts and humanities.
Call for Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are invited by 16th June 2014 from researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities. There are approximately 15 places available to attend the roundtable, and successful applicants will be notified by Monday 23rd June.
Full details of the roundtable and how to apply are available in the call document (PDF 30KB, opens in new window).
Any queries please direct these to Ian and Nathan:
With increasing attention to new and different outlets for disseminating research, geographers are encouraged to enhance their ability to communicate complex geographical ideas to wider audiences, to help increase the amount of geographical content on Wikipedia, and to consider ways in which Wikipedia can be incorporated into research, teaching and learning.
Geographers are invited to attend this wiki workshop, to learn and share the variety of ways Wikipedia can be used in geographical research, teaching and learning, and to receive hands-on training in editing Wikipedia content from the Wikimedia Foundation. No prior experience is needed (but experienced editors welcome to share their knowledge).
Date and time: Monday 7 July 2014, 1pm to 5pm
Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Cost: Free, but places are limited
Find out more and book your place: https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Wiki_Workshop_for_Geographers
Attendance is encouraged from PhD students, early-career researchers, tutors, lecturers and other geographers interesting in using Wikipedia in their research and/or teaching.
Although the event is free, the Society regrets that there are no funds available to cover travel or other costs of attending.
Questions may be directed to Stephanie Wyse at RGS-IBG, RHED@rgs.org.
Thursday 5th June 2014, 10am-5pm, at the University of Manchester
Effectively publishing and publicising research is an essential and rewarding part of academic life. Proactive engagement with wide and diverse audiences, both academic and non-academic, will ensure that the work that you do has a powerful impact. It is an essential skill needed for the development of a successful academic career.
This one-day workshop, aimed at early career researchers including postgraduates, will equip participants with the skills and information needed to successfully disseminate research outputs. A range of expert speakers will focus on different aspects of publishing and promoting research: (1) journal editors discuss getting a paper accepted and published; (2) media experts focus on distilling information to the general public; and (3) experienced academics discuss the key requirements for engaging with the wider world.
The event is free, but limited to 20 places so early application is advised. Participants are asked to submit a short abstract (max 300 words) for a piece of research that they are undertaking or thinking of undertaking. This could be a summary of a thesis chapter. This piece of research will form the basis of practical sessions, where the idea is adapted for various appropriate audiences.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the British Society for Population Geographers and the University of Leeds. If you would like further information, visit the website at www.findyourvoice2014.moonfruit.com or contact Nik Lomax, N.M.Lomax@leeds.ac.uk.
To apply, please email your abstract submission to email@example.com by Friday 22nd May and include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject line. Applicants should also include their full name, year of study or number of years since graduating, place of work or study, and whether they are a member of either the Population Geography Research Group or the British Society for Population Studies.
Loughborough University, 14th-15th April 2014
This conference is a great opportunity to present your research to fellow postgraduates in a supportive environment and this year has been extended in length to enable more postgraduates to present and more time for informal discussion.
Loughborough University is pleased to host the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-term Conference on 14th –15th April 2014. This is a supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work to the postgraduate community. We invite research ideas and findings from all geographical aspects, both physical and human, to be presented either orally or by poster. This meeting will provide a unique networking opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary research. The two keynote speakers are confirmed to be Prof John Anderson and Dr Hilary Geoghegan.
The mid-term conference is open to all postgraduates, at any stage of their research. We particularly encourage first year students to attend, since the relaxed environment is perfect for those presenting for the first time.
Please go to http://store.lboro.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=70 to register.
Registration closes Friday 22nd February 2014. For any enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the past decade the development of open source digital technologies has for the first time put the means of mapping in the hands of ordinary citizens. They can now create maps that tell their own story; they can use GPS to plan their journeys by land or sea, they can go ‘geo-caching’ and adventure into new and unfamiliar environments in search of buried treasure…
In practice, however, the outcome has been far from empowering. These developments have occurred in the context of processes of globalization which have hollowed out the resources of locally-situated knowledge and marginalised many of its communities of interest and affiliation. As a result there is a growing tension between the enlarged scale of social networking through virtual media and the narrowing scope of social ambition and economic opportunity navigated within the urban public realm.
Against this background this series aims to bring together geographers and ethnographers, environmentalists and computer scientists, artists and writers, in a shared conversation around the possibilities of challenging panoptic and forensic cartographies which marginalize or pathologise populations perceived to be obstacles to ‘progress’,‘modernity’ or ‘public order’. It will also explore alternative strategies of ‘counter-mapping’. Each session combines theoretical and practical presentations around a specific theme. The series is organised by the Living Maps Network as part of a programme of initiatives designed to produce a re-mapping of East London’s past, present and future.
The next event is ‘Hidden Histories’ and will take place on Feb 11th at The Building Exploratory in Farringdon, London. For more details and the full programme of events please have a look at the flyer.
2014 RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014, London, 26-29 August 2014.
Session convenors: Emma Spence (Cardiff University) and Richard Scriven (University College Cork, Ireland)
The aim of this session is to explore the different ways in which postgraduates are (co)producing social and cultural geographies through their research, collaborations, methods, and encounters. Postgraduate research is frequently at the forefront of changes and challenges in the discipline, with large research projects, funding agendas, and national and institutional policies fundamentally shaping the work undertaken by postgraduates, but this is largely unrecognized or lacks serious reflection and discussion. This session allows for considerations and explorations of how ‘co-production’ is manifest in this arena by engaging with the diversity of postgraduate research.
We are seeking postgraduates to present a ‘snapshot’ of their research and co-productions. In line with the title of the session, we seek contributions that focus on one element, such as new fields of inquiry, theoretical emphasis, emerging methods, collaborations, and innovations. We ask applicants to provide a snapshot (whether a photograph, a quotation, a field diary entry, an image of an object, or mini-video clip, for example) complete with an abstract (of max 150 words) that explains how the snapshot showcases both contemporary social and cultural geography research and elements of co-production.
It is envisaged that the ‘snapshot’ will be the main artifact around which each contribution is orientated. In order to facilitate discussion, we encourage participants to consider presenting in innovative and engaging ways by fully utilizing their snapshots.
Please email prospective contributions to both session organisers Emma Spence (email@example.com) and Richard Scriven (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th February 2014. Please include:
- A title for your ‘Snapshot’
- The Snapshot
- An abstract (max 150 words)
- A short description of how your presentation will use your Snapshot (max 100 words)
- Your name, affiliation and contact details (email address)