Postgraduate workshop - notice of event

Integrating Scientific Research and Policy with Spatial Data

Date: TBC

Location: University of Reading 

Participants: minimum 15, maximum 30

Fee members: Free

Fee non-members: £20

Landscape ecology is the study of spatial variation in landscapes at a variety of scales. It includes the biophysical and societal causes and consequences of landscape heterogeneity. To study the spatial variation, GIS applications and spatial data are crucial. For both scientist and policy makers and planners. Therefore, collaboration between the two is highly essential to obtain valid results. In this workshop the lecturers offer multiple perspectives on some of the key issues concerning GIS application and spatial data, and the integration of scientific research and policy practices. The workshop has an interactive setting to facilitate dynamic discussions, learn from each other, and find solutions together. 




  • Increase knowledge on GIS and spatial data
  • Know where to find spatial data and how to share it correctly
  • Broaden your view on how to collaborate with policy makers and planners
  • Increase ability to empathize with other disciplines

Learning goals GIS and Spatial Data

  • How to find spatial data
  • How to share spatial data
  • What is adequate metadata
  • How to make social information spatially explicit

Learning goals Integration of scientific research and policy practice

  • How to involve policy makers/planners in your research
  • Overcome differences in terminology and methodology
  • How to deal with political factors



Day 1               Integrating scientific research and policy practice

Lecturers:         Richard Smithers & Pete Carey           

Day 2               GIS and Spatial Data

Lecturers:         Kevin Watts & Phil Handley