AGI Northern Ireland Conference 2024 Wrap-Up

The AGI Northern Ireland (AGI NI) Conference 2024 was held on June 13th and this year we were hosted by Queen’s University School of Geography at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast. This years theme was “Sustainable Futures: Geospatial Innovations and Impacts,” and our conference attracted over 140 delegates, and 9 exhibitors from across the local GI industry in Northern Ireland.

The conference featured a packed agenda with sessions covering a broad spectrum of topics within the geospatial field:

  • Ordnance Survey’s Historical Insights: Suzanne McLaughlin, the Chief Survey Officer from OSNI provided an engaging session celebrating Ordnance Survey in Ireland’s 200th Anniversary. Suzanne focused on how and why Ireland was mapped and how technology and innovation was present in every stage of Ordnance Survey’s history.
  • Innovative Solutions and Platforms: Presentations from key sponsors like Landclan, ESRI Ireland, and KOREC showcased cutting-edge geospatial platforms and technologies that are revolutionizing land management and environmental monitoring.
  • Data Analytics and AI: Adam Hankinson from Ardent and Jim McEwan from KOREC discussed the transformative power of AI and data analytics in geospatial intelligence and environmental management.
  • Environmental Applications: Mícheál Foley from Mallon Technology highlighted the advancements in Earth observation for environmental applications, focusing on how modern technologies are aiding in disaster management and environmental monitoring.
  • Coastal Management: Eduardo Grotolli from Ulster University and Joanne Hanna from DAERA shared insights into sustainable coastal management, emphasizing the importance of robust geospatial data in addressing change on Northern Ireland’s coastline.

The afternoon concluded with a thought-provoking panel discussion on the skills crisis in the geospatial industry, moderated by Alex Donald. Panelists, including Sara Stewart, Christine Armour, Ken Stewart and Ciaran Kirk explored strategies to attract and retain talent, the importance of continuous professional development via the AGI in preparing the next generation of geospatial professionals.

Following the formal sessions, delegates had the opportunity to network and unwind during the post-event Geodrinks, sponsored by Geolytical. This informal gathering provided a perfect setting for further discussions and collaborations.

As we reflect on the AGI NI Conference 2024, it’s clear that the event was not just a showcase of technological advancements but also a celebration of the vibrant geospatial community in Northern Ireland. The discussions and connections made during the conference will undoubtedly pave the way for future innovations and sustainable practices in geospatial field.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, and delegates for making this year’s conference a memorable event. Stay connected with us on social media using the hashtag #AGINI24, and we hope to see you at our upcoming events, including the Summer Drinks on August 23rd and GIS Day on November 20th.

Warm regards,

The AGI Northern Ireland Team