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AGI GeoCommunity '13: Major Stuart Batey and Colonel John Kedar will Form the First Plenary Session
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16th - 18th September 2013: East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham - The AGI is extremely pleased to announce the first plenary speakers for AGI GeoCommunity '13.

Major Stuart Batey and Colonel John Kedar, 135 Geographic Squadron.  135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers) is the only Unit in the Territorial Army (TA) to provide geospatial support to Defence. The Unit is equipped and trained by the Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG) and reinforces their Regular Army counterparts 42 Engineer Regiment (Geo).

Major Stuart Batey is the Officer Commanding 135 Geo Sqn Royal Engineers (Volunteers) – he is a Regular Army Officer with 30 years experience of Geographic support. Stuart started his career as a soldier and was promoted through the ranks, gaining an Open University BSc in Geography along the way. He has served in UK, Europe, Bosnia and Afghanistan and has a passion for maps and mountains – he has led numerous mountaineering expeditions throughout his career to the Himalayas, Peru, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and is a Fellow of the RGS.

Colonel John Kedar has served in the British Army for 30 years. Whilst he has held a range of appointments, he has spent many years within the Royal Engineer (Geospatial) community. Indeed he states that leadership of the Army’s military geospatial community from 2007 to 2010 was undoubtedly the highlight of his career. He served on operations in Belize, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, and on route has amassed much knowledge on the value of geospatial support to the delivery of operational success.

The conference programme is published HERE.

AGI GeoCommunity is the largest and most comprehensive independent conference in the UK digital mapping and data calendar. The conference provides tangible insight and leadership in current geographic information and location based issues via a range of keynote addresses and conference papers, a showcase exhibition, as well as by hands on training and face to face delegate networking. The event is already a 'must attend' for decision makers, practitioners and thought leaders from all aspects of the public and private sectors.

AGI GeoCommunity '13 will open on Monday the 16th September with the popular pre-conference 'Icebreaker' evening event and offer two full days of thought leadership, practical education, knowledge transfer and real world best practice and case studies.

AGI GeoCommunity '13 will also offer a select number of sponsorship spaces to showcase new products and services and network with delegates both at the sponsors' exhibition pods and in the conference sessions and social events. Companies that are AGI members can get additional booking discounts. The conference format will offer our sponsors an unrivalled opportunity to meet and network with the key practitioners and influencers across government and the commercial sectors.

To register as a delegate and to see costs for AGI GeoCommunity '13, click HERE.

To register as a sponsor and to see costs and benefits for AGI GeoCommunity '13, click HERE.

Following on from the AGI GeoCommunity '13 conference, the FOSS4G 2013 conference will run from the 17 th to the 21 st September in the same venue. As a delegate at AGI GeoCommunity '13 you are able to receive a 10% discount when booking to attend FOSS4G 2013. Please contact Claire Gilmour for the discount code. 

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