The conference programme is now final.
There are a number of pre-conference workshops taking place on Tuesday 27 August prior to the start of the main conference. Below you can find out more about each of the workshops, along with details of how to book your place - some can be booked through our main conference registration, while others have specific instructions below. Please note that all these events are running at the same time, and so it will only be possible to attend one workshop.
All those registered to attend a Tuesday workshop are very welcome to attend the opening conference drinks reception and welcome from 18:00 on Tuesday 27 August, in the Marquee.
Tuesday 27 August 2019, 1.00pm - 5.15pm (lunch from noon), RGS-IBG. Organised by the Postgraduate Forum
PGF-ACTS provides a training and networking opportunity for postgraduates attending the RGS-IBG Annual Conference. As it is held the day prior to the start of the Annual International Conference, it provides an opportunity for postgraduates to get to know other delegates and the conference venue before the start of the full conference. Sessions will be held on making the most of the conference, on publishing in geography, and on applying for funding.
Booking is available through conference registration. A programme is now available to view.
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Tuesday 27 August 2019, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
This pre-conference event, which takes place at the most high-profile black-focused archives in the UK, features the launch of the Race, Culture and Equality Working Group (RACE)'s report on resources for black-focused research in the UK, presented by Natalie Hyacinth. Professor Rashad Shabazz will also talk about his research, and Black Cultural Archives' Hannah Ishmael will talk about the importance of the archives for researchers. There will also be discussion about black-focused research in the UK and the resources that we need to support it.
A programme will be available shortly here.
This event is now at capacity. To be added to the waiting list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 27 August 2019, 12.30pm - 5.30pm, RGS-IBG
Facilitators: Dr Jennifer Hill (UWE, Bristol: Academic Consultant on the Degree Standards Project), Professor Helen Walkington (Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Stephanie Wyse (Professional and Policy Manager, RGS-IBG)
This half day workshop aims to develop participants’ understanding of assessment and feedback literacy, the nature of academic standards and the role of professional judgment in assuring standards within the discipline. The workshop adopts an active learning approach, with an emphasis on building understanding through valuing participants’ experiences and prior knowledge. The facilitators encourage active participation through a variety of activities, enabling the sharing of good practice. The workshop will cover the purposes of assessment, assessment reliability and validity, principles of effective assessment and feedback, and moderation and calibration with reference to key benchmarks for academic standards.
The workshop is aimed at academic staff with responsibility for leading programmes, and who are aspiring or new external examiners in the subject. It will be relevant to those staff who are looking to step up their leadership responsibilities by providing a strong scholarly foundation of assessment and feedback literacy and standards.
Please note: You can book this workshop alongside your main conference booking, or on its own. You do not need to attend the Annual International Conference to attend this workshop.
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Tuesday 27 August 2019, 2.00pm - 5.30pm, RGS-IBG
This event, sponsored by the Quantitative Methods Research Group and led by Dr Robin Lovelace from the University of Leeds, will provide an introductory, hands-on, and fun session getting started with spatial data in R. The workshop will bring together data, maps and R (soon-to-be) enthusiasts to demonstrate the ‘power of the command line’ to solve geographic challenges using open source software. Critically, the ‘data science’ approach demonstrated in the course enables reproducibility, something that geographers have recently started to address with a shift to open source, community-driven tools. The workshop will be based on the recently published open source book Geocomputation in R (contents and source code) of which is freely available worldwide, to minimise barriers to participation in geographic research.
You need to have prepared three things before the course:
1. A decent, charged battery
2. The software needed for the course, meaning a recent version of R (at least R 3.6.0) and RStudio (installed within the past year)
3. Spatial packages installed on your computer. See here for more on the pre-requisite packages.
Places are free and must be booked in advance.
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