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New post-doc position on the Fireflies project


Please see the following announcement for a post-doc to work on the FIre REcovery and Forest Loss in Eastern Siberia project at Leicester:
In this role you will lead the technical development and production of a system for detecting post-fire recruitment failure remotely, using input from earth observation imagery and field observations. In collaboration with a Research Associate based in Durham you will publish your outcomes in peer-reviewed journals of international standing.  You will represent the University of Leicester at international project meetings and presenting your progress of the research to international project partners, presenting your findings at academic and professional conferences.
This is a Full time, fixed term contract to 31 December 2019
The closing date for applications is midnight on 13 August 2018
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Kirsten Barret on 0116 252 5010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We anticipate that interviews will take place on 30 August 2018.



RSPSoc Business Innovation Award

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society is delighted to announce a new award to be presented each year at the societies’ Annual Conference focused around the commercial exploitation of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry. Entitled the ‘Business Innovation Award’, the award has been created to recognize the leading technologies, products and services the society's corporate company and individual members are delivering to user across different market sectors. 
The successful applicant will be awarded a certificate and a cheque for the value of £500.
Submission Criteria
The technology, product or service will have been launched within the last 3 years and have proven impact within the target market.
Submissions made should address the following questions:
1. Name of company
2. Name and description of the nominated technology, product or service.
3. How does the technology, product or service benefit the target market(s)?
4. Current market up-take to date?
5. Expected future impact
Nominations for this Award are to be considered by the Societies Council. The responses will be scored on the basis of the information provided against the specific criteria including the quality of the response.
Nominations should be sent by email to the Society’s office in Nottingham (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and must be received no later than 31th July 2018.


2018 EuroSDR Award for the best PhD thesis related to geoinformation science

2018 EuroSDR Award for the best PhD thesis related to geoinformation science

Since 2016, EuroSDR has recognised contemporary PhD theses that have significantly contributed to the development of geoinformation science in the context of national mapping and cadastral agencies (NMCAs). In order to enhance collaboration between European academia and NMCAs, as well as to engage young scientists in its research endeavours, EuroSDR is pleased to announce its 2018 competition:
2018 EuroSDR Award
for the best PhD thesis related to geoinformation science

In order to be eligible, a PhD thesis should have been successfully defended in the period from January 2017 to August 2018. The PhD topic should be related to one or more of the research areas covered by the EuroSDR commissions (see The call is restricted to applicants that completed their PhD study in Europe. Applications should consist of:
• A cover letter describing the main contribution/impact of the research contained in the thesis from a NMCA perspective (up to 300 words in English);
• A PDF copy of the successfully defended thesis (in any European language);
• An extended abstract of the thesis (1 000 – 1 500 words in English);
• A short video presentation describing the research of the thesis (maximum 3 minutes in English);
• A certificate evidencing the date of the successful PhD defence;
• Independent reviews of the thesis (if available, for example from the thesis examiners);
• Curriculum Vitae of the applicant.
All application material must be sent to the EuroSDR secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to arrive no later than 31st August, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The submitted application material will be evaluated by a committee approved by the EuroSDR Board of Delegates. Notification of the selected thesis will be issued by 5th October, 2018.
The author of the successful PhD thesis will receive an award of 500 EUR and be invited to present his/her work at the 133rd EuroSDR Board of Delegates meeting, to be held in Berlin from 14th to 16th November, 2018.

Previous PhD award winners: 2016, 2017


EuroSDR Secretariat
KU Leuven Public Governance Institute
Parkstraat 45 box 3609 – 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)16 37 98 10
www.eurosdr.netThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – @EuroSDR

Job Opportunity - Earth Observation Specialist at Rural Payments Agency

RPA is recruiting an interim Senior Earth Observation Specialist (@SEO) on a 12-13 month short term contract /FTA to join the Geospatial Information Tech Team at the HQ in Reading, Berks.
This is an existing opportunity to manage and oversee some of our remote sensing campaigns and operational business processes that use remote sensing on a national scale. The role forms part of our Intelligent Customer Function capability responsible for imagery acquisition and managing commercial earth observation suppliers.
If you are interested, please contact me:
Rupert Waite | Change and Service Design Directorate |Geographic Information, Technology, Strategy and Policy.
Rural Payments Agency | Room 200 | Northgate House| Reading | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 02077642381| Ext: 42381 | Mob: 07789 747488




Landscape Archaeology Conference 2018

We are inviting scholars and professionals to submit an abstract for our accepted remote sensing and archaeology session for LAC 2018 (Landscape Archaeology Conference) to be held in Newcastle and Durham, September 17th-20th. This year, the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society’s Archaeology group is collaborating with LAC to highlight the significant interdisciplinary research occurring between these subjects



Session chairs: Dr Louise Rayne (University of Leicester), Dr Chris Brooke (University of Nottingham) and Professor Danny Donoghue (University of Durham)

This session assesses the status of remote sensing applications in landscape archaeology and explores how their use could have a more significant impact on archaeological research and cultural heritage protection in future. It is organised in conjunction with the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), which has an Archaeology Special Interest Group. Remote sensing and GIS have rapidly been adopted by archaeologists for several key reasons: fast mapping of entire landscapes, analysis of large datasets, and a way of recording features in areas rendered inaccessible, for example in areas affected by current conflict and by land-use change. In recent years many image interpretation-based studies, classifications and automated detection projects (and thermal imaging, photogrammetry, lidar, SAR [Synthetic Aperture Radar] and the relatively low-cost and user-friendly sfm [‘structure-from-motion]) software packages) have been applied to cultural heritage protection as well as recording and analysis. Applications have also sought to demonstrate the use of remote sensing for specific regions, sites, buildings and even objects. The value of many of the products of these analyses needs to be established more robustly, however, reflecting on the need for them to enhance our understanding of past landscapes rather than primarily acting as aesthetically-pleasing visualisations. While many archaeological projects rely exclusively on trained expertise in remote sensing, others are also making use of citizen scientists to build larger datasets. This session will present a number of relevant remote sensing tools and case studies across a wide temporal and spatial range and assess the impact of an increasingly open-source research environment.  The session will also promote a discussion of how the impact of remote sensing and GIS techniques on landscape archaeology and cultural heritage can be increased.

Announcement: please click here to see the 2nd announcement

Abstracts: can be submitted via with a deadline of the 15th April

Contact details: Please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions and/or would like to be added to the RSPSoc Archaeology mailing list


MS Amlin Academic Advisory Panel / seeking expertise in hydrology, meteorology, geophysics and structural engineering

MS Amlin writes significant catastrophe risk across its Marine, Property and Reinsurance classes of business. MS Amlin are looking for experts to join their Academic Advisory Panel. The panel is a new initiative to look at the latest academic research in the area of catastrophe modelling (including exposure, hazard and vulnerability) and offer advice and information to a variety of audiences and through a wide range of channels.  By joining the panel, academics will get the opportunity to share ideas, promote and seek industry funding for joined research projects, and of course generate publicity and exposure for the work of their faculties. 

Due to the impact of variables such as climate change and other geo-political factors, as well as newly emerging risks, the risk landscape is constantly changing. This creates a challenge for risk management and the ability to model possible outcomes, stress test extreme scenarios and inform our view of catastrophe risk, an area which assumes greater importance within the business. Whilst we use commercial catastrophe models to quantify MS Amlin’s catastrophe exposure for pricing and portfolio accumulation, we hope that our Academic Advisory Panel will expand our research and knowledge base in the fields of catastrophe modelling. 

MS Amlin are looking for passionate academic experts (at Senior Researcher to Reader/Professor level), based in the UK or continental Europe, with interest in modelling and in-depth knowledge in each of the following fields: 

1. Seismology: A geo-physicist or seismic engineer to help our scientific understanding around earthquake modelling, such as evaluating latest scientific analysis that has been incorporated by the model vendors. 

2. Hydrology: A hydrologist to support our understanding of flood models, such as the underlying hydraulic/hydrologic modelling techniques and latest scientific and policy developments. 

3. Meteorology: A meteorologist with a broad range of knowledge to advise on wind-related perils, climate change impact and atmospheric science in general. 

4. Engineering: A structural engineer with a deep understanding around the engineering of the built environment to support the scientific analysis of damage functions and business interruption in catastrophe models. 

It is anticipated that the Academic Advisory Panel will meet quarterly at MS Amlin offices in London, starting in February 2018, to provide updates of current research trends and new scientific initiatives (datasets, models etc.) in each of the above areas and to exchange ideas. Expenses will be fully reimbursed. 

If you are interested in being part of MS Amlin’s Academic Advisory Panel, or know of any colleagues who may be, please respond by 14 November 2017 with your CV and a cover note outlining how you anticipate you might contribute to the panel.  Dr Tina Thomson, Research Manager, Underwriting Modelling, MS Amlin, The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4AG - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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