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Keynotes and Collaboration in China

Paul Longley and James Cheshire visit Nanjing and Beijing

Keynotes and Collaboration in China

In late October, Professor Paul Longley, with James Cheshire, visited Nanjing Normal University, China, and the State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information Systems in Beijing.

In Nanjing, Paul delivered a keynote address to a packed audience at the Spatially Integrated Humanities and Social Science Conference - only the second conference in China to be devoted to using GIS in the social sciences. Paul and James also attended presentations by researchers involved in a large-scale project to map Chinese family histories. They were able to share their experiences with UCL Geography's WorldNames Profiler project, opening channels for future collaborative work. Their hosts also kindly organised a tour of Nanjing with its cultural and culinary highlights.

Another packed audience awaited Paul in Beijing where he spoke for 90 minutes about the past ten years of GIS research. The talk was full of examples from work at UCL and the latest edition of Longley et al.'s Geographic Information Systems and Science. After a week James flew home while Paul continued his travels to a conference in Sanya.


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