University of St Andrews

Principal opens the Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute

Tuesday 11 September 2018

On Monday 3 September, Professor Sally Mapstone, the Principal & Vice Chancellor of the University, opened the Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute (BEGIN) in an event that showcased research of BEGIN members.

The institute is named after the father of Tony Edwards, a long-term friend and supporter of the SGSD, who was also present. The event started by a guest keynote by Professor Mike Batty, the Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London and Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).

The Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institute (BEGIN) is a network of data researchers in SGSD and the event consisted of presentations of research on varied topics, from geographic information science, to glaciology and palaeoecology. The event concluded with a showcase of posters, prepared by BEGIN PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

The photo to the left shows Professor Mapstone with Professor Mike Batty (left) and Tony Edwards (right).

The photo to the right shows the Steering committee of BEGIN, director Professor Doug Benn (centre) and associate directors Dr Urska Demsar and Dr Jed Long.

Photo of launch party