Upcoming Events and Training

Generally a very good place to go from here is the RGS Research Groups page. Each committee has a page informing interested parties about events and opportunities that may get subsumed by the mainstream.

However, below is a list of events that have been brought to our attention and we would like to share with you.

The role of environmental movements in transformations to sustainability
A seminar at the University of Eastern Finland
29-30(31) January 2019
This is both an open invitation and a call for papers for a researcher and PhD seminar on Science & Activism, held at the University of Eastern Finland 29-30(31) January 2019.  
Organizers: LYY Institute, www.uef.fi/lyy & CORE project, www.collaboration.fi  
Aim of the event is to share ideas and discuss the role of activism, in its various forms, in transformation towards sustainability. Our perspective to activism is broad. Within the context of sustainability transition, we invite papers which approach the challenges and benefits of combining activism and science, the role of environmental movements, citizen engagement in policy processes and scientific research, co-production of knowledge, analyses of the driving forces behind resistance and conflicts (e.g. environmental justice issues) etc.   
On the first seminar day we will hear participant presentations after a thematic plenary:  
A key note by Maija Faehnle (CORE -project): Solving complex problems togehter – activism as challenge and opportunity for collaborative governance.  
On the second day we will continue with the participant presentations and organize a round table discussion but also enjoy plenaries given by our invited guest speakers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: 
A keynote by Mariana Walter: A perspective on radical transformations to sustainability: resistances, movements and alternatives 
A keynote by Marta Conde: Counter-expertise and co-production of knowledge: interface between science and activism 


We welcome presentations from various disciplines and multiple scales, from global analyses to local case studies. We invite you to one or both days by just taking part or by presenting your research related to the themes described above.   
You are also welcome to join the open lectures given by our guests from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a trip to Koli national park on Thursday (see the programme and titles of the lectures below).  


About practicalities:  
If interested in presenting, please submit your abstract (max. 250 words. Include a title, name and affiliation of the presenter) to LYY coordinator Outi Ratamäki (at outi.ratamaki(at)uef.fiby 15 December 2018 the latest. Call for papers is open for all researchers and PhD students.    
Deadline for registering to the event is 15 January 2019. You should register here: https://elomake.uef.fi/lomakkeet/21213/lomake.html. 


Seminar is free of charge and open for all. 


On Tuesday evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant; everyone is welcome to join but should cover their own expenses. Travel costs of the shared ride to Koli will be covered. Preliminary programme for the Koli trip can be found in the registration form. About Koli: http://www.koli.fi/en 
Further information from: outi.ratamaki(at)uef.fi 

1st International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding
Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Environmental Peacebuilding Association is delighted to announce the call for proposals for the 1st International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding. The conference will take place at the University of California, Irvine from October 23-25, 2019.  For the first conference, we are highlighting two special themes: (1) technology and innovation in environmental peacebuilding, and (2) Colombia. The conference will also cover a range of topics concerning environmental conflict and peacebuilding. We are soliciting abstracts for panels, roundtables, and posters along the following themes:

Special Theme 1 Technology and Innovation in Environmental Peacebuilding
Special Theme 2 Environmental Peacebuilding in Colombia
Theme 3 Environmental Governance, Law, and Conflict Prevention
Theme 4 Environmental Mediation and Peacemaking
Theme 5 Post-conflict Environmental Peacebuilding
Theme 6 Gender and Environmental Peacebuilding
Theme 7 Environmental Peacebuilding in a Changing Climate
Theme 8 Causes of Conflict

In addition, people may propose panels, roundtables, posters, or other contributions on other themes related to environment, conflict, and peace. We welcome contributions from practitioners, academics, students, and journalists, among others. Panels will include 3-5 paper presentations, with adequate time for discussion.  Roundtables are a discussion-oriented session without formal presentations. Most panels and roundtables will be 90 minutes long.  There will be a poster session on October 23, 2019, with the posters remaining on display for the duration of the conference.   Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 150 words. Panel submissions should include a 100-word summary abstract plus all the individual paper abstracts (150 words each). A roundtable submission should include a 200-word abstract describing the nature of the roundtable, participants, and format. Proposals for panels and roundtables should only include people that have indicated their willingness to participate. A person may make more than one proposal.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2018. The Conference Scientific Committee will review the submissions and expects to send notification of its decisions by January 31, 2019.

Marine and Coastal climate change: science for policy through effective engagement

The UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) and British Ecological Society’s Climate Change Ecology Special Interest Group invite you to a joint conference at Charles Darwin House, London on Wednesday 7th November.

The conference will provide an overview of the work of MCCIP, which has acted to collate and synthesise evidence on marine and coastal climate change impacts to support decision making. In addition to finding out about the latest marine climate science, this conference will also give an opportunity to learn about how this knowledge is being applied across a range of sectors, from conservation bodies to industry trade associations. The challenge of engaging with different audiences on marine climate change will be explored, and looking forward, we will collectively agree on what more needs to be done to bring marine climate change issues to the fore.

Socially Just Transport Research Group are Planning Two Seminars

1. “Improving decision-making through accessibility instruments”. Dr Benjamin Büttner. Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning. Technical University of Munich. Tuesday 2nd October, 18:00.

2.  “Exploring socio-spatial inequalities in station-based bike-sharing schemes: Case studies from Brazil and Spain”. Esther Anaya. PhD Candidate, Research Postgraduate. Centre for Environmental Policy. Imperial College London. Tuesday 16th October, 18:00. 

The venue for both seminars will be Petter Hall room, (G01), Central House, UCL. 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0NN.

3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography

This event is to be held at the University of Liverpool, 17-18th December 2018 and there are BURSARIES AVAILABLE and priority is given to CGWG members who are RGS fellows – including postgraduate fellows

Following the success of the 1st and 2nd International Conferences for Carceral Geography held at the University of Birmingham, the Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) will organise the 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography at the University of Liverpool.

The 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of work on all forms of carcerality; camps, confinement, custody, detention and incarceration, from carceral geographers, and scholars, scholar-activists and practitioners from all disciplines. Contributions from Early Career Researchers are especially welcomed.

The conference theme of “counterpoints and counter-intuition” is intended encourage both a diversity of perspectives on the carceral, and to stimulate discussion of that which is or was unanticipated, had been unimagined, or was unforeseen.

‘Counterpoint’ is a term used in musical theory to describe the relationship between voices that are simultaneously independent yet interdependent. We deploy this term here to describe the differing perspectives which characterise carceral research – including scholar-activism aligned to abolitionism or reductionism, and research conducted within and with the formal approval of, carceral establishments. We see all of these voices as purposeful and productive, and through this theme we seek to highlight both their independence, and the interdependences between them. All perspectives are welcome, and the theme of ‘carceral counterpoint’ encourages constructive and collaborative dialogue across the diversity of perspectives.

Through the theme of ‘carceral counter-intuition’ we seek to explore the unexpectedness of carcerality, its unimagined forms and its unforeseen aspects – and simultaneously to interrogate their apparently counter-intuitive nature. Carceral geographers and others have noted that the carceral exists in unexpected places beyond the formal contours of detention or prison; carceral scholarship is increasingly identifying previously under-recognised aspects and consequences of confinement, and innovative methodologies are uncovering under-researched elements of carceral experience. And beyond the ‘academy’, 2018 has itself brought the ‘unanticipated’. An unexpected heatwave in Europe has caused deterioration in prison conditions – yet climate change research tells such that such extreme weather events are increasingly likely. And the US has seen the unthinkable – the separation of migrant families at the border and the incarceration of migrant children – in a move depicted by the Trump administration as an inevitable consequence of the enforcement of a ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy.

This CFP is intentionally broad, reflecting the diversity and expansive nature of carceral geography. All contributions are welcome, but in this 3rd International Conference we particularly invite papers which speak to the carceral counterpoint and counter-intuitive – in other words, which draw attention to the unexpected, unanticipated and/or unimagined aspects of carcerality, and which critique their counter-intuitive character.

Please send abstracts of 250 words by a closing date of 1 October 2018. Successful contributors will be notified by 31st October.

Conference registration will be free. Catering for both days will be available at the cost charge of £27 to include lunch and all refreshment breaks. An optional conference dinner will also be available.

There will be a limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries available for paper presenters. These will be limited to £50 for speakers travelling from the UK outside of London; £100 for speakers travelling from London, and £200 for speakers travelling from outside the UK. Accommodation bursaries will be limited to £50. Priority for bursaries will be given to CGWG members who are also RGS Fellows and to speakers who have not previously received financial support to attend the annual conference. For more information on how to join the CGWG, please see: https://carceralgeography.com/join/

Abstract submissions should be submitted using the Abstract_submission_form (which asks for information about any travel and accommodation bursaries required) and emailed to jennifer.turner@liverpool.ac.uk by 1st October 2018.

Registration for the event will open towards the end of October 2018. Please keep a look out at:https://carceralgeography.com/ or via @carceralgeog for more details as they appear!


Instructor: Dr. Ashton Drew (KDV Decision Analysis LLC, USA)

Dates and place: February 18th-22nd, 2019; Capellades (Barcelona, Spain)

Course Overview

This course is for individuals considering developing Shiny apps to deliver their research. Thus, the goal will be to teach the skills necessary to translate static products (your current analysis in R) to dynamic products delivered via a simple web-based graphic-user interface.

After a brief survey of the available basic tools (widgets such as slider bars, check boxes, and pick lists), we will move quickly to learn more advanced interactive features.

Activities interspersed throughout the class will provide hands-on practice with sample biological and ecological data. By the end of the course, students will have built a portfolio of example code and will have designed, constructed, and published at least one example Shiny app.

Why Shiny?

Shiny turns static data products into interactive web apps. With interactive and reactive data visualizations, your audience directly engages with your data for stronger communication and better understanding. The Shiny apps can easily be launched directly to the web via shinyapps.io or Shiny Server to be run by anyone (they don’t need to download your data or have R!).

Applied Bayesian Modelling for Ecologists and Epidemiologists

This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them, and have practical experience with the BUGS language for common ecological and epidemiological models. The experience gained will be a sufficient foundation enabling you to understand current papers using Bayesian methods, carry out simple Bayesian analyses on your own data and springboard into more elaborate applications such as dynamical, spatial and hierarchical modelling.

This course will be delivered by Prof. Matt Denwood in Glasgow city centre form the 15th – 19th October 2018.


The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) and the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) are pleased to announce the first of a six-part series of events entitled Geo+Data London. Their events aim to provide an environment for those working with geographic data to meet, share, and learn from experiences and best practices as demonstrated by industry and current academic research.

The event will be held at University College London on Tuesday 2nd October, from 6pm to 8.30pm. See here for a map of the location.

Please register your attendance through Eventbrite. Registration is free, but it is mandatory. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Bear Care Group 2018 Conference – New Delhi, India

Teaching in geography, earth and environmental sciences: a workshop for early-career academics

A two day workshop hosted by GEES on 28-29 November 2016 for researchers with less than 5 years’ higher education teaching experience.

PostgraduateStudentships PhD Funding Fair

This will take place on Tuesday 6th December in central London and 26 Universities will be there. The event offers (according to their website):

  • Dedicated events focussing on the needs of potential PhD students
  • Face-to-face opportunities to discuss your PhD plans and aspirations
  • An opportunity to meet high quality Universities with definite PhD funding to offer
  • Chance to chat to current PhD students about their experience of looking for and being a PhD student
  • Talks on how to apply for a PhD and funding