EFGS 2019 Conference Manchester, United Kingdom


The 12. European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS) took place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester on the 10th and 11th October 2019. The conference brought together geospatial and statistical experts to exchange ideas to further enhance the development of spatial statistics for Europe.

The motto of this year’s conference was Statistics + Location –> Insight + Impact, which aimed to highlight how our insights into the population and the world in general are greatly enhanced through the integration of statistics and place.

The conference programme consisted of the invited keynote speakers’ and many exceptional participants’ presentations:

Thursday 10th October
09:30 – 10.00 Welcome Addresses presentations
Chris Gale – EFGS 2019 Organising Team
Sarah Henry – Office for National Statistics
David Henderson – Ordnance Survey
Janusz Dygaszewicz – EFGS
Christine Wirtz – Eurostat
Colin Bray – EuroGeographics
10:00 – 10.15 Opening Talk
Martin Brady (Australian Bureau of Statistics) – The Global Statistical Geospatial Framework: foundations, development, adoption and the future abstract presentation
10:15 – 10.45 Keynote Speaker
Nick Land (Esri) – GIS for a changing world presentation
10:45 – 11.15 Mid-morning break
11:15 – 13.00 Session 1a – Better geodata, better policy Session 1b – Geospatial architecture 
Dermot Corcoran (Central Statistics Office Ireland) and Lorraine McNerney (Ordnance Survey Ireland) – Enabling geospatial data to support smarter Government– perspectives from Ireland abstract presentation Martin Brady (Australian Bureau of Statistics) – The Location Index: a missing piece of Australian data integration infrastructure abstract presentation
Joep Crompvoets (EuroSDR/KU Leuven) – Authoritative Geodata in a European context abstract presentation Matina Halkia (DG Joint Research Centre [JRC]) – The EU Science4Peace Portal abstract presentation
Karel Macků (Palacký University Olomouc) – Quality of life in Europe – opportunities and threats for an objective evaluation abstract presentation Pekka Latvala (National Land Survey of Finland) – Table Joining Service 2.0 abstract presentation
Mike Coombes (CURDS, Newcastle University) and Andy Bates (Office for National Statistics) – Spatial analyses of commuting data for best practice labour market definitions abstract presentation Hans Viehmann (ORACLE Corporation) and Éamonn Clinton (Ordnance Survey Ireland) – Publishing Ireland’s Authoritative Geospatial Data as Linked Data abstract presentation
Alice Fitch (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) – Dynamic models of the economic value of air pollution removal by vegetation abstract presentation Javier de la Torre (CARTO) – Addressing a Growing Shortage of Spatial Data Scientists through New Technologies abstract presentation
Session 1a Lightning Talks Session 1b Lightning Talks
Iria Enrique (Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia) – Health impact assessment in Andalusia (Spain) using geospatial information abstract presentation Jennika Leino and Essi Kaukonen (Statistics Finland) – Integrating statistical and geospatial data with linked data methods abstract presentation
Vit Paszto (Palacký University Olomouc) – Enhancement of Eurostat spatial data: what we can(not) do with available LAU2 units? abstract presentation Antti Santaharju (Statistics Finland) – Statistics Finland’s Shared Geospatial Services for Statistical production abstract presentation
Iria Enrique (Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia) – Geospatial architecture of Cartographic & Statistical System of Andalusia abstract presentation
13:00 – 14.00 Lunch
14:00 – 14.35 Keynote Speaker
Alexis Hannah Smith (IMGeospatial) – DATACRASH: A dyslexic dropout’s look into the future of biased AI presentation
14.40 – 15.45 Session 2a – Progress on European geospatial policy Session 2b – GeoData science
Vilni Verner Holst Bloch (Statistics Norway) – Project FairHair – A global geoinformation demonstration project abstract presentation Matthew Ricketts (Welsh Government) – Citizens to services: Access to Services in the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation abstract presentation
Dominique Laurent (IGN France) – Main learnings from UN-GGIM: Europe core data abstract presentation Gyoungju Lee (Korea National Institute of Transportation) – Developing grid-based indicators of land use density and mix in South Korea abstract presentation
Pier-Giorgio Zaccheddu (BKG) – UN-GGIM: Europe – cooperation to promote data integration for policy outreach abstract presentation Alice Born and Peter Murphy (Statistics Canada) – Impact of Spring Flooding in Canada Using Statistical and Geospatial Information abstract presentation
Steven Vale (UNECE) – A “Sandbox” for Integrating Statistical and Geospatial Information abstract presentation Alistair Edwardes and Emma Wood (Office for National Statistics) – Geo data science for reporting the UK’s progress against the SDGs abstract presentation
15.45 – 15.55 Conference Photograph
15.55 – 16.15 Afternoon break
16.15 – 17.15 Session 3a – A discussion on Grids Session 3b – Workshop: RAP for Maps
Panel session moderated by Nick Land (Esri) presentation Hosted by ONS Data Science Campus presentation1 presentation2 presentation3 
17.15 – 19.00 EFGS General Assembly
19:00 – 23.00 Conference Dinner
Friday 11th October
09:00 – 10:30 Session 4a – The geospatial census  Session 4b – Better geodata, better policy 
Paul Alexander (Central Statistics Office Ireland) – Balancing characteristics in the design of enumeration areas for 2021 abstract presentation Iain Goodwin (Ordnance Survey) and Hayley Holgate (Office for National Statistics) – Developing retail geographies to inform high street policy abstract presentation
Alistair Calder (Office for National Statistics) – Geospatial for Census 2021 and beyond presentation Karin Hedeklint (Statistics Sweden) – Retail trade areas: using geodata to measure the development of retail trade abstract presentation
Heather Chamberlain (University of Southampton) – A hybrid census approach: high resolution gridded population estimates abstract presentation Kathrin Gebers (Federal Statistical Office of Germany) – Geocoded Statistical Information within the German Statistical System: State of Play abstract presentation
Joshua Comenetz (U.S. Census Bureau) – High-Resolution Population Mapping and the Example of South Sudan abstract presentation Vianney Costemalle and Vincent Loonis (INSEE) – Where is the city? Different statistical typologies abstract presentation
Nikos Patias (University of Liverpool) – A Scalable Analytical Framework for Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Neighbourhood Change abstract presentation Sebastian Acevedo (University of Manchester) – Unequal Distribution of Access to Public Safety: The Case of Santiago de Chile abstract presentation
10:30 – 11.00 Mid-morning break
11:00 – 11.35 Keynote Speaker
Dan Wainwright (BBC) – Stories, numbers and places presentation
11.40 – 13.00 Session 5a – Leaving no one behind Session 5b – Workshop: So you want to start a (geo)business ? 
Ian Coady (Department for International Development) – Towards the SDGs: Earth observation for sustainable development abstract presentation Hosted by Geovation
Jerker Mostrom (Statistics Sweden) – Earth Observation and Data Integration for Urban Green Space Statistics abstract presentation
Hugo Poelman (European Commission DG Regional and Urban Policy) – Leaving no one behind; leaving no one without urban public transport? abstract presentation
Mark Iliffe (United Nations) – Deploying the Global Statistical Geospatial Framework to help achieve the SDGs abstract presentation
Linda Pistolesi (Columbia University, CIESIN) – Mapping Subnational Boundaries: The GRID3 Approach abstract presentation
13:00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Session 6a – Visualisation for impact Session 6b – Future geospatial thinking
Brikan Erguc (Turkish Statistical Institute) – Developing a grid-based scoring system for access to public services in Turkey abstract presentation Jane Mills (CIESIN, Columbia University) – Gridded Population of the World (GPW) version 5 abstract presentation
Teemu Saloriutta (National Land Survey of Finland) – Findiagram – Visualizing Finnish topographic data for better decisions abstract presentation Warren Jochem (WorldPop Project, University of Southampton) – Settlement classification from building footprints: machine learning approach abstract presentation
Roger Milego (UAB) – EEA’s Integrated Data Platform: management and assessment of environmental data abstract presentation Dominique Laurent (IGN France) – Use of Sentinel images for fairer control of the Common Agricultural Policy abstract presentation
Valérie Darriau (INSEE in partnership with IGN France) – The new grid data of the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies abstract presentation Michael Harper (Flowminder Foundation) – Using uncertainty in gridded population estimates to support decision-making abstract presentation
Session 6a Lightning Talks Session 6b Lightning Talks
Timo Aarnio (National Land Survey of Finland) – Maps and Statistics in Harmony abstract presentation Sonia Williams (Office National Statistics) – Remote sensing and machine learning to identify vegetation in urban gardens abstract presentation
Clément Godin (IGN France) – Interacting with multiple cartographic representations: the MapMuxing project abstract presentation Mirosław Migacz (Statistics Poland) – Boundary changes influence on statistical indicators abstract presentation
Heather Porter (Office for National Statistics) – The nested grid: a data driven, variable resolution gridded output abstract presentation
15.30 – 15.50 Afternoon break
15.50 – 16.25 Session 7a – Reflections and future themes
Panel session moderated by Alistair Calder (Office for National Statistics)
16.25 – 16.45 Conference Close
Closing remarks from the President of EFGS Janusz Dygaszewicz


Darko Sisko (City of Zagreb, City Office for Strategic Planning and Development) – Integration of Spatial Information and Statistics in Cities – Case Study Zagreb poster

Andrej Cupica (Croatian Bureau of Statistics) – Merging data on accommodation and tourist activity with geospatial information poster

Matthias Till (Statistics Austria) – LEARN4SD: A Machine Learning based Poverty Mapping Exercise in Austria poster

Stefano Mugnoli (ISTAT) – New ISTAT ”microzones” layer: the current state of art poster 

Tamas Palya (Lechner Nonprofit Ltd) – The sustainable development goals in Hungary and the geospatial data availability poster

Gytis Strasevicius (Statistics Lithuania) – Interactive Map on Gender Equality in Municipalities: facilitating effective use of gender statistics poster

Marek Pieniążek (Statistics Poland) – Spatial Availability of Public Services in the Concept of Public Service Monitoring System in Poland poster


Photo Gallery available here

Twitter account of the EFGS 2019

Agenda to download

The conference was organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Ordnance Survey GB (OS) with support from the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) and the European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS).