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1st Edition

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems with QGIS

November 12th-16th, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)


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Introduction to Geographical Information Systems with QGIS

Course overview

Do you know how to work with spatial data? Do you want to know how to do GIS with a free software?

A Geographical Information System is set of data, tools, software and hardware, designed to store, manage, visualise, analyse, and represent spatial data, either in vectorial or image (raster) format.

This course will teach you the base theory and practice of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) with the most widespread open-source GIS software: QGIS. By the end of this 5-day practical course, you will be able to visualise, map, and analyse spatial data.

The course will be mainly practical, with some theoretical lectures. All spatial processes and analyses will be performed with the most used open-source software, QGIS. Participants will learn to upload different types of spatial data, visualise the data, perform spatial analyses, and represent the results in thematic maps.

This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on any discipline using spatial data.


Can Carol

C/ Font de la Reina, 5
08786 Capellades, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there


November 12th-16th, 2018




35 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.


Neftalí Sillero instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Neftalí Sillero
Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais


Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science


No previous knowledge on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is necessary.


Monday, November 12th, 2018.

  • Introduction to GIS (theory).
  • Introduction to QGIS (practice).
  • Map representation (practice).

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018.

  • Cartography (theory).
  • Cartographic projections (practice).
  • Data sources (theory).
  • Image geo-referencing / Digitising (practice).

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018.

  • T: Vectorial GIS.
  • T: DB operations.
  • P: Attribute and spatial queries.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018.

  • T: Vectorial analyses.
  • P: Vectorial analyses.

Friday, November 16th, 2018.

  • T: Raster GIS.
  • Raster analyses.


  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until August 31st, 2018):
  • 525
  • Regular (after August 31st, 2018):
  • 655
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
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  • Early bird (until August 31st, 2018):
  • 525 + 330 = 855
  • Regular (after August 31st, 2018):
  • 655 + 330 = 985
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Barcelona city, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.


Accommodation Package

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Rural House Can Carol, in single-sex shared dormitories (2 – 4 people) with bathroom en-suite.

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Accommodation is included from Sunday (check-in) to Thursday (check-out). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also provided during the week, starting from the dinner of Sunday to lunch of Thursday (included).

Other accommodation options

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Can Carol: Where to stay near the Venue.

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)

Rural House Can Carol

Rural House Can Carol (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain)


Course Schedule
  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.
Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Sunday:
    • 19:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Capellades. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information on How to get there.
    • 20:00 Registration in the Hotel.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 20:00 Dinner.
  • Friday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 18:30 Meeting point in the Hotel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
    • 20:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.



Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Furthermore, a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 1 place and it will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.


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