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This masters’ programme focusses on issues relating to management, maintenance and optimisation of large (national) spatial databases for delivery of services.  It is delivered over two years in part-time mode to suit mid-career professionals and further information is available at: http://www.dit.ie/spatialinformationmanagement

The modules completed are:

Semester 1 – Spatial Data Acquisition 1 (coordinate reference systems & GNSS), GI Science 1 (fundamentals), Project Management, Spatial Data Acquisition 2 (Remote Sensing)

Semester 2 – GI Management 1 (legal & data quality), Spatial Data Infrastructures, GI Science 2 (data analysis), Spatial Databases

Semester 3 – GI Management 2 (FME & Organisational Strategy), GI Case Studies, e-Government Service Provision, Research Skills

Semester 4 – Masters dissertation


Application Process:  On line application system on DIT website (see url above). Entry Requirements: 2.2 in undergraduate degree, less is acceptable if significant relevant experience is available (normally assessed via interview process).


Next Student Intake: September 2015

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IEOS2014 – 30th and 31st October 2014. Registration now open, second call for abstracts announced and limited exhibition spaces remaining. – Registration is now open for the 8th Irish Earth Observation Symposium. Please visit http://ieos2014.com/ for more info on how to book your place.  – The abstract deadline has been extended – abstracts (maximum 300 words) can be submitted as a word document or pdf to the conference organising committee at info@ieos2014.com up until 5pm on the 30th September. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for an oral or poster submission, and include your full contact details. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to attend, and there will be prizes for the best oral and poster presentations from postgraduate students. – There is a limited number of exhibitor spaces remaining, please send an email to info@ieos2014.com if your company is interested in finding out more. Regards, IEOS 2014 Committee

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Teagasc & the RDS have been running a series of lectures on Global Issues around Food security. The last of these is Next Tuesday 1st of July, in the Mansion House at 6.30pm where minister of ag Simon Coveney will talk on  “Ireland’s Response to Global Grand Challenges in Agriculture & Food”. Its a topic very relevant to the EO community as climate and food are the main divers in new EO applications from Copernicus and the context for much of the RS funding coming down the line.

To resister for the free event got to:







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Somehwhat offf topic:

Teagasc 3 Year PhD Walsh Fellowship

€22,000 Per Annum

Sustainability and Consumers’ Use of Mobile Optical Recognition Systems in Food Related Search

Walsh Fellowship Number: 2014054


The penetration of smartphones and iPads has risen rapidly over the past 18 months, reaching over 50% of the Irish population in 2013. These devices, sometimes referred to as optical recognition systems, possess mobile optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities enabling phone users to scan either Quick Recall codes (QR) or the package itself to link in to the company’s website or augmented reality (AR) applications. This presents food companies and the food industry in general with an opportunity to engage directly with consumers at the point of purchase or consumption. The project aims to develop a greater understanding of consumers’ usage of these devices to search for and access food related information thereby assisting companies and support agencies evaluate the strategic opportunities presented by these new technologies.


By adopting a mixed method approach to the research, this study will track and explain mobile OCR usage to engage with food products; it will identify the motivations underlying these engagements; it will assess the role of sustainability (across environmental, social, and economic dimensions) in encouraging search and engagement; and it will identify the potential to communicate the sustainability message using mobile OCR devices. Ultimately, it will inform key food company strategic decisions related to marketing, communication, packaging and brand development.



Applicants should have or expect to have a good primary degree (First or Second Class Honours) or Masters in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Food Marketing, Agri-business, Marketing & Management, Commerce, Applied Psychology). The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and be prepared to undertake fieldwork using a range of data collection techniques.


This three year Teagasc Walsh Fellowship forms part of a joint research project between the Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc and the Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork. The student will be based at the Teagasc Food Research Centre at Ashtown, Dublin 15 (under the supervision of Dr Maeve Henchion and Stuart Green) and will be registered at University College Cork (under the supervision of Dr Alan Collins, Dr Mary McCarthy and Dr Carol Kelleher). The Fellowship will start as soon as possible after 1st of October 2014 when the most suitable candidate is appointed. The fellowship provides an annual stipend of €22,000. University fees are deducted from the stipend which is tenable for 3 years.

Further Information/Applications

Dr Maeve Henchion, Dept. of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc, Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)1 8059515                        email: maeve.henchion@teagasc.ie

Dr Alan Collins, Dept. Food Business and Development, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)21 490066                        email: a.collins@ucc.ie


Application Procedure

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest simultaneously to:

Dr Maeve Henchion (maeve.henchion@teagasc.ie) and

Dr Alan Collins (a.collins@ucc.ie).

Closing date Monday June 9th, 2014

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Survey Ireland 2014

Survey Ireland 2014 will take place at DIT Bolton Street on Wednesday 9th April 2014 from 9:10 until 16:00. An exhibition of equipment and services will run in parallel with talks on a wide range of current topics relevant to the surveying and geospatial industries. Attendance is free but registration is required.
Full details are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/surveyireland2014/. The event is supported by the Dublin Institute of Technology and the School of Surveying and Construction Management (www.dit.ie/surveyingconstructionmanagement).”

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Conference on Agriculture and Future Weather Patterns
5 December 2013, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin

Irish livestock production is pasture-based and grass growth is a key factor both in
terms of the production potential and profitability of the livestock
sector. This means Irish agricultural systems and weather are
inextricably linked. This was exemplified by the fodder crisis during
the winter and spring of 2012-13 which resulted in significant losses to
Irish agriculture.
Increased weather volatility may pose serious challenges for Irish
This conference will:
• Update stakeholders on the most current assessments of climate
and future weather volatility
• Provide an assessment of the impact of the recent fodder crisis
on agriculture and lessons learned
• Unveil exciting new research in monitoring grass growth and
providing decision -support
• Identify stakeholder needs in terms of building on-farm
adaptive capacity
There is no charge for the conference, but registration is essential.
To register please email your name, organisation and contact details
to: weatherconference2013@teagasc.ie


More detail on speakers here: weather flyer

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  • The Earth Gathering is a 3 day event bringing together perspectives to help us better understand these interactions, and to show how research, enterprise and policy can shape our economy and society in ways that help sustain our economy and environment.

    UCD Earth Institute brings together a range and depth of expertise to understand the relationships between energy, the environment, climate change and hazards; to relate science to policy, and support the challenge to meet our climate change and energy obligations; to inform the public and policy process; and to commit to making Ireland an innovation hub for green technologies.

    Registration is now open at https://earthgathering.eventbrite.ie/

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