Workshop: Integrating Scientific Research and Policy with Spatial Data

PhD workshop

Integrating Scientific Research and Policy with Spatial Data 

16-17 April 2012


Landscape ecology is the study of interactions, across space and time, between the structure and function of physical, biological and cultural components of landscapes. In a world of evidence-based policy, collaboration between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners is essential, and spatial data and GIS applications are a common interest.

This workshop provides an opportunity to explore how research can best inform policy and practice, and some of the key issues relating to spatial data and GIS applications. The workshop will focus on the needs of the participants and will be highly interactive.

Outline programme

People with extensive experience of working at the science-policy interface, and deploying spatial data in GIS applications will provide introductory presentations and promote subsequent discussion. Participants will be encouraged to give short presentations on issues they have encountered in linking their work with policy and practice, and in using spatial data and GIS applications. There will be ample opportunity to bounce ideas, learn from each other, and find solutions together.

Monday 16 April

Landscape ecology and policy:
Richard Smithers

Tuesday 17 April
Spatial data and application of GIS:
Kevin Watts and Phil Handley

Target group

PhD candidates affiliated to Landscape Ecology.

Dates and Fees

Date : April 16 and 17
Location : The University of Reading
Fee : £30 (members)
         £80 (non-members)
* Includes: Course, 2x lunch, 1x dinner.

Additional funding

It is possible to apply for funding for travel and accommodation costs.

Information & Registration

Please register your interest at :
Or contact : students [at] iale [dot] org [dot] uk



Student Conference Travel Award (SCTA)

The ialeUK awards a number of travel grants each year to students with an interest in landscape ecology. The award is open to all students registered at a UK University who are attending a taught course at Masters level or are undertaking a degree by research. In general, awards are designed to assist postgraduate students to attend the annual conference of ialeUK and for research postgraduates to travel to other meetings, including the European and International Meetings of the IALE. Funds of up to £250 can be applied for. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a short report of their conference attendance for the ialeUK newsletter.

Students should use the SCTA application form (below) and send it to:

Dr Peter Carey, Treasurer of ialeUK
Bodsey Ecology Limited, 4 Bodsey Cottages, Bodsey Toll Road, Ramsey, Huntingdon, PE26 2XH
bodsey [dot] ecology [at] btinternet [dot] com

SCTA application form