An Introduction To Using GIS/QGIS In Biological Research

Training Course – An Introduction To Using GIS/QGIS In Biological Research, Glasgow, 27th – 28th January 2020

GIS In Ecology will be holding an introductory training course on using GIS in biological research in Glasgow on the 27th and 28th of January 2020 (the exact venue will be confirmed shortly). It will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, the author of GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates (Pictish Beast Publications), and will provide an introduction to using GIS in a wide variety of biological research situations ranging from the basics of making maps through to studying the spread of diseases and creating maps of species biodiversity. It will consist of a series of background sessions on using GIS mixed in with practical sessions where you will work directly with GIS software to complete various tasks which biological researchers commonly need to be able to do. It will be followed by a second two-day course titled An Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling in the Marine Environment at the same venue.

This introductory GIS will primarily be based around QGIS (also known as Quantum GIS), which provides a user-friendly, open-source, free alternative to commercial GIS software packages, and it is becoming increasingly widely used in both academic and commercial organisations As a result, it is aimed at both those with no GIS experience, but wish to learn how to to do GIS with QGIS, and also those who are familiar with using commercial GIS software, such as ArcGIS, but who wish to learn how to use QGIS as an alternative. However, this course is taught using software-independent approach, and it is also open to those who wish to learn how to use ArcGIS to do biological GIS.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 16 people. The course will cost GBP 295 per person (with a discounted rate of GBP 200 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To book a place, click on the button below to pay the course fees with a credit/debit card. For more information, or if you would prefer to pay using another method (such as a bank transfer), contact If you would also like to book a place on our introductory species distribution modelling course that will be held at the same venue immediately after to this introductory GIS course, you can do so here.

Please Note:If you choose to pay using the button below, please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received an email from us confirming your booking for a specific course (this may take a couple of days, depending on how busy we are).

Fee Options

If you cannot attend this course in person, a shorter, online version is available. To find out more, click here.

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have completed) on request.

Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK. For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.

The course will be held in central Glasgow at a venue that will be confirmed closer to the time.

Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets. Information on hotels in Glasgow can be found here and while information on hostels can be found here. As a general rule, if you can find accommodation near the venue or one of Glasgow s Subway stations (click here to see where these stations are located), you will be able to get to the venue very easily.