Friday 12th June saw the GIS Update conference take place in the Geography Building in Edinburgh. This annual event brought together an audience of 55 current and former students together with the staff involved in the GIS programme to hear about current research and trends in industry and academia. It also gives students access to those working in the GIS industry to discuss careers and employment opportunities.
Speakers coming from a range of organisations gave talks discussing the use of GIS in organising major sporting events, the future of cartography, heatmapping, the delivery of cloud-based GIS solutions, climate change and the use of GIS in geomorphological and geological applications. The day also included demonstrations of work currently being developed as part of ongoing student dissertation projects as well as the popular ‘question time’ which concluded the formal programme for the day.
The conference also provides an effective means of maintaining contacts with our widely-spread alumni network, spilling over into social events on Friday evening and Saturday.