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Training Course - An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology, Glasgow, 16th - 18th January 2017

GIS In Ecology will be holding an introductory training course on using GIS for marine biological research in Glasgow on the 16th to 18th of January 2017. It will be taught by Dr. Colin D. MacLeod, the author of An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology (Pictish Beast Publications). It is aimed at those just starting to use GIS in their research and who have little or no existing knowledge of this subject area.

All the practical exercises will be done using a standard data set so you do not need to have your own data to do this course. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 16 people. The course will cost £395 per person (£300 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To book a place, fill in the form below or email (you can also use this email address if you have any questions or need any further information about the course's content).

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have completed) on request.

To attend this course, you must bring your own laptop computer with an appropriate GIS software package installed on it. This can either be the freely available QGIS software or the commercially available ArcGIS software. For those wishing to use QGIS, you will need to download and install QGIS 2.8.3 (for those using Windows computers) or 2.8.4 (for those using Macs) rather than the latest version. The best way to download the correct version of QGIS for this course is to use the links on our GIS For Biologists webpage, which can be found here. If you wish to use ArcGIS software, you will need to have a fully licensed copy of it. This can be any version between ArcGIS 9.3 and ArcGIS 10.4 (with the preferred version being 10.4). You will also need a separate licence for the ArGIS Spatial Analyst extension. You can find information about how to get this software package by clicking here.

Regardless of the GIS software you choose to use, you will also need to have spreadsheet software, such as Excel, on your computer.

This course will be followed on the 19th and 20th of January 2017 by a course on titled 'An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling In The Marine Environment' at the same venue.

Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK.  For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.

The course will be held in central Glasgow at the IET Glasgow Teacher Building (14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB, UK - click here for information on how to get there and on parking if you are coming by car).

Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets. Information on hotels in Glasgow can be found here and while information on hostels can be found here.  As a general rule, if you can find accommodation near the venue or one of Glasgow’s Subway stations (click here to see where these stations are located), you will be able to get to the venue very easily. 




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