This is the final call for attendees for our upcoming introductory training 
course for those who wish to learn how to use GIS in biological research, and 
it 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.

The course will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 9th and 10th of April 
2018, and it will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, who has more than 15 years 
experience in using GIS for a wide variety of biological purposes. For those 
who cannot attend this course in person, a shorter online course based on the 
same materials is available from our sister site

The course 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 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.

The practical exercises on this course will be based on those in the recently 
published GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates  by 
Dr MacLeod, and a free copy of this book will be provided to all participants.

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 15 people, and the course will cost 
£295 per person (£200 for students, the unwaged and those working for 
registered charities). The course fees can be paid by bank transfer, PayPal, 
credit/debt card, Bitcoin, Etherium, Litecoin or through your institution. To 
book a place, or for more information, email

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 

The course will be held in central Glasgow at the IET Glasgow Teacher Building 
(14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB, UK).

Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow 
provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets.

GIS IN ECOLOGY - Providing Training, Advice And Consultancy On The Use Of GIS 
In Ecology

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Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP: £24.99
An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology; RRP: £44.99
An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology: Supplementary Workbook One - 
Creating Maps Of Species Distribution; RRP: £19:99

If you wish to purchase these books, visit:

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