Training Opportunity: Beginner's QGIS

Are you completely new to open source GIS? CIEEM is offering a Beginner's QGIS course that will give conservationists and ecologists the necessary skills to produce survey maps, analyze and manage data, and prepare maps for use in reports. Ideal for those with no prior experience with GIS, participants will leave with a firm grasp on the basics, and with the ability to incorporate GIS into research projects.

This two-day course will take place on 30 September and 01 October 2020. Register here.

Date published: 2020/04/28

Beginner's QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners

The course is designed to enable you to become a competent GIS operator with a practical focus on producing survey maps and analysing data derived from your surveys. 

This course introduces you to the open source (free) QGIS software which is now an industry standard in the ecological, conservation, and consultancy sectors. It is suitable for complete beginners to GIS. We will cover basics including the QGIS interface, sourcing existing data, and creating background maps using this data. You will then be able to create new species records and habitat maps, classify data, undertake basic analysis, and prepare maps for inclusion in reports.

Delegates should allow time in advance of the course to pre-load the QGIS software and supporting files (links to these will be provided prior to the training). Please note that you will be required to bring your own laptop to the course.

Event Details

30 September - 01 October 2020

10:00 to 17:00

Kingston Quaker Centre
Fairfield East
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2PT

Lead Trainer/Speaker: Paul Losse

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Statutory Agency staff, conservation practitioners, students.

Knowledge Level: Beginner

Prior Knowledge: No existing knowledge of GIS is required. Good general I.T. literacy is expected.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the QGIS interface.
  • Create a basic map by uploading existing data, reordering layers and changing styles.
  • Classify and label habitat and species data.
  • Create new maps based on a habitat or species survey.
  • Create a new habitat map for use in a report.
  • Describe useful plugins for creating habitat maps.
  • Manage attribute data.
  • Carry out a range of simple queries.

Registration information, including ticket prices for CIEEM members and non-members, can be found on the training event page here.

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