Cartographers put Christ Church on the Map
16 December 2015
Two members of the Geography programme in the School of Human and Life Sciences have achieved national recognition for their work in cartography.
Dr Alex Kent, Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science, has been elected as President of the British Cartographic Society (BCS). The BCS is the UK’s leading association dedicated to promoting and developing the world of maps and mapping. Its members include academics, independent map makers, publishers, and national mapping organisations, including Ordnance Survey and the UK Hydrographic Office.
Alex is well known in the international and national academic cartographic communities and he is also Chair of the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Topographic Mapping, Editor of The Cartographic Journal, and is a committee member of UK Cartography, the Charles Close Society, and the Society of Cartographers.
Martin Davis, a University Instructor and PhD student, also received national recognition as he is the first recipient of the BCS’s Ian Mumford Award which recognises excellence in original cartographic research undertaken by a university or college student. Martin's undergraduate thesis: Soviet Military Mapping of the UK and Contemporary Ordnance Survey Mapping: A Comparative Analysis was up against PhD and Master’s-level research, but the judges were so impressed by the originality, rigour and presentation of his work that he was chosen as the overall winner.