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Pre-conference workshops

In addition to the conference programme running from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September, there are also pre-conference workshops being arranged by the Society's Research Groups, taking place on Tuesday 29 August 2017.


Brexit: a geographical conversation, organised by the Economic Geography Research Group and the Political Geography Research Group

Tuesday 29 August, lunch from noon, sessions from 13.00-17.30

Brexit is innately geographical, in its causes, reactions, and consequences. This event, organised jointly by the Economic Geography and Political Geography Research Groups of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), provides an opportunity to further develop geographical conversations about Brexit, with a range of initial provocations being provided by speakers followed by extended Q&A and discussion periods.

The programme for the afternoon is as follows:

12:00 – Arrival and lunch

Session 1: Chair – James Faulconbridge (Lancaster University)

  • 13:00 – Welcome (James Faulconbridge, Chair EGRG) and Key note address: David Goodhart (columnist in The Guardian, Financial Times and other media) ‘Brexit: the road to somewhere’
  • 14:00 – David Manley, Kelvyn Jones and Ron Johnston (University of Bristol): ‘The geography of Brexit – what geography? Modelling and predicting the outcome across 380 local authorities’
  • 14:30 – John Bachtler (University of Strathclyde) ‘Brexit and Regional Development in the UK’ 

15:00 – Tea/coffee

Session 2: Chair – Marco Antonsich (Loughborough University)

  • 15:30 - Kathy Burrell (University of Liverpool): ‘Putting Polish Migration in Brexit Perspective: Themes, Issues and Questions’ 
  • 16:00 - Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Warwick and Linnaeus University): ‘The Impossibility of Brexit: The Imperial Nostalgia of a ‘Small Island’’ 
  • 16:30 - Ben Anderson (Durham University) and Helen Wilson (Manchester University): ‘(Post)Brexit Futures’

17:00 – Panel discussion (Chair, Emil Evenhuiss, Cambridge University) in response to questions from the audience, finishing at 17.30

Abstracts for the papers to be presented are available here (PDF). 

Registration fees (including lunch and refreshments): Waged: £30; unwaged and students: £10.

Places can booked as part of your registration for the annual conference here. If you would like to add this workshop to an existing booking, or to attend the workshop without registering for the main conference, please contact the conference organisers at AC2017@rgs.org.


Introductory Computer Programming for Geographers Workshop

Tuesday 29 August, 10.00-17.00

Computer programming is not commonly taught to geographers, but the advent of NeoGeography, big data, and open GIS means that programming skills are becoming more important. Therefore, to help support geographers to begin the process of learning to program, the Software Sustainability Institute and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have provided support to run an introductory programming pre-conference workshop between 10am and 5pm on Tuesday 29 August at the Society in South Kensington ahead of the society's annual conference. The workshop will be free to attend, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. As space is limited, interested participants will need to apply for a place at the workshop by completing a short survey about their programming interests and background.  Applications closed on Friday 21 July; please contact AC2017@rgs.org to be added to the waiting list.

The Software Sustainability Institute and the Royal Geographical Society's Quantitative Methods and Geographical Information Science Research Groups have provided funding for a limited number of bursaries to help cover travel costs, to a maximum of £100. Further details will be provided to applicants selected for a bursary when they are invited to register.

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