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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

1st Edition

Geographical Information Systems with R: using R as GIS (Greece)

November 20th-22nd, 2019, Crete (Greece)

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Introduction to Geographical Information Systems with QGIS

Overview

A Geographical Information System is a set of data, tools, software and hardware, designed to store, manage, visualise, analyse, and represent spatial data, either in vector (points, lines, polygons) or raster (image, pixels) format. GIS is behind many activities of our world: from Google Earth and Maps, GPS navigation management of logistic and transportation services, land-cover maps such as CORINE, territorial planning, production of topographical maps and other thematic cartographies, to natural risk analyses and calculation of species’ potential distributions. Every activity using spatial data needs a GIS.

Do you know how to work with spatial data? Do you need to use a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) but you cannot buy professional software? Do not worry, there are many alternatives to freeware GIS that are at least as good as the professional solutions. However, it is not so well-known that you can use the famous programming language R as a GIS too.

This course will teach you the basic theory and practice of GIS using R. By the end of this 3-day practical course, you will have the capacity to visualise, map, and analyse spatial data, in vector as well as raster format.

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

This course will be mainly practical, with some theoretical lectures. All spatial processes and analyses will be performed with R, which is free and open-source software and allows automated and fully reproducible workflows. Students will learn to import different types of spatial data, visualise the data, perform spatial analyses, and represent the results in thematic maps.

LOCATION

Arolithos

Servili Tilissos
715 00 Heraklion, Crete (Greece)

DATE

November 20th-22nd, 2019

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

21 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 1 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

Places are limited to 20 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

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

Instructors

Neftalí Sillero instructor for Transmitting Science

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

Marcia Barbosa instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. A. Márcia Barbosa
CIBIO-InBIO, University of Évora
Portugal

Coordinator

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science
Greece

Requirements

Participants must bring their own computer with R installed. Basic knowledge in R is required. No previous knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is necessary.

Program

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.

  • Theory: Introduction to GIS.
  • Practical: Introduction to GIS with R: Import and plot data.
  • Theory: Cartography.
  • Practical: Cartographic projections.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019.

  • Theory: Vector G database base operations.
  • Practical: Attribute and spatial queries: join/merge, filter/subset, select by attribute, select by location, summarize, add/calculate new attributes (columns), plot attributes.
  • Theory: Vector analyses.
  • P: Vector analyses: buffer, merge, dissolve, intersect, unite, select, calculate the area.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019.

  • Theory: Raster GIS.
  • Practical: Raster analyses: rasterize, crop, mask, merge, distance surface, zonal statistics.

Fees

  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until August 31st, 2019):
  • 420 *
  • Regular (after August 31st, 2019):
  • 525 *
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
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  • Early bird (until August 31st, 2019):
  • 420 * + 210 = 630
  • Regular (after August 31st, 2019):
  • 525 * + 210 = 735
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Heraklion city, accommodation from Tuesday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

20 % discount will be applied to your fee If you belong to any of the Institutions listed HERE. Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinator).

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package option you will be hosted in Arolithos (take a look at the venue), in shared en-suite twin or triple rooms, although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that rooms will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a room with only women or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of single rooms is limited and if you prefer to have one please let us know as soon as possible. If you require more information on accommodation issues please contact the course coordinator.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, there are several accommodation options in Heraklion. However please be aware that it takes about 25 minutes by car from Heraklion to Arolithos and there is no public transport between both. Therefore course participants will find that staying in Arolithos is more convenient.

How to get to Arolithos from Heraklion, Chania or Rethimnon.

Arolithos street

Arolithos street (Heraklion, Crete, Greece)

Arolithos twin room

Arolithos twin room (Heraklion, Crete, Greece)

Arolithos twin room

Arolithos twin room (Heraklion, Crete, Greece)

Schedule

Course Schedule
  • Wednesday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.
Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Tuesday:
    • 19:00 Meeting at Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Heraklion) to take the bus to Arolithos. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information on the Arolithos website.
    • 19:30 Check-in at the Venue.
    • 20:00 Dinner.
  • Wednesday and Thursday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Friday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 19:00 Meeting at the Venue to take the bus to Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Heraklion).
    • 19:45 Arrival at Heraklion.

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.

Funding

Discounts

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).

Unemployed scientists living in Greece, as well as PhD students based in Greece 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 coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

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

Organizers

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Collaborators

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