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New GIC workshops for Winter 2019 now available!

New workshops for Winter 2019 are now available for viewing here. Please note that we are still experiencing technical issues with the website, so feel free to show up without registering. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Stan for the people

Two-day introductory workshop on Bayesian analysis and Stan

We are happy to offer a free two-day workshop (Jan 25-26, Fri/Sat) on Bayesian analysis in Stan. Stan is a programming language that affords expression of a great variety of Bayesian statistical models, The workshop will be run by Charles Margossian, a core developer of Stan from Columbia University. The workshop is targeted at faculty and graduate students, who are familiar with quantitative methods (at minimum linear and logistic regression) and who want to learn more about Bayesian analysis. If you are interested in attending, please fill out our application form, which includes a short paragraph on why justification of why you would like to attend. Fill out the form here: ( The workshop will assume a working knowledge of R and will be run in English. If you are the user of another statistical package or language, we encourage you to take an online workshop (often free: before attending. The instructor is originally from France, so can also take questions in French. The registration deadline is December 20th. If you have any questions contact Aaron Erlich: or Thomas Soehl:

This workshop is co-sponsored by: McGill Faculty of Arts, Centre for Population Dynamics (CPD), Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC), Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science (CSCDS) and the Geographic Information Centre (GIC)


The goal of the Geographic Information Centre (GIC) is to actively support the teaching, learning and research activities of McGill University in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and geospatial data science.

   It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new 2018-2019 academic year. We start the new year highly motivated and excited about continuing our support of different projects, providing an excellent space for students to work in GIS and RS and developing new collaborations.

    As part of our training objectives, this year we will have free drop-in workshops on Fridays (2-3 hours) with topics covering basic mapping in ArcGIS and QGIS, Python and R, among others. We will continue working closely with McGill Libraries in order to guide GIS and RS data requests that commonly come to our front desk service.

   Please keep visiting us at for GIS news and events carried out by the Centre.

Opening Hours

Please check the GIC’s current opening hours on the right of this page. During opening hours we are glad to support you in your geographic information related needs. We highly recommend users to make an appointment through for specific projects (M.Sc or PhD) since we might not have the time to deal with “urgent” requests on a walk-in basis. Front desk helpers in the GIC do not answer or solve assignment questions from students. For help with GIS/RS courses students should address their questions to the TA or instructor.

Outside opening hours, it is possible to request after-hour access for members of the McGill community in need of the facility (specifically for GIS and RS work) by emailing the Director. Students need backing from a faculty member on their behalf. The GIC can rescind this access at any time if deemed necessary.

On weekends, Burnside Hall is closed in September to the public, but it is accessible to the McGill community with a valid McGill ID card that has been programmed for after hours access.

 The GIC team

 Tim Elrick – GIC Director

Dr. rer. nat. Free University of Berlin. Germany. Geography. Advisor: Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann 

M.A. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Germany. Geography. Minor in Business Administration and Economics.

Contact him by phone at 514-398-6052 or send an e-mail to tim . elrick

Ruilan Shi – Chief GIS technician

ruilanwebpicMaster of Urban Planning (MUP) – McGill University -School of Urban Planning. Advisors: Jeanne Mary Wolfe and David Brown. Thesis Title : Spatial Analysis of Urbanization in Greater Montreal.

Bachelor of Economics – Renmin University, China. Advisor: Zhenyuan ZhengThese title: Development of Cultivated Land in China, Past, Current and Future.

Area of expertise: Provide support for GIS courses in Geography Department; maintain McGill University campus site license of ESRI GIS software; provide technical help for the students on using ArcGIS in McGill community; make professional maps.

Contact her by phone at 514-398-7438 or email her at

Jeffery Sauer – Research Assistant

B.A. McGill University, Geography.

M.Sc. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology.

Contact him by phone at 514-398-7438 or send an e-mail to jeffery. sauer

Front Desk Students

Our Front Desk is there for you Mondays to Fridays between 8:30 and 10:15 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. and 4:45 and 9:00 p.m. These are our front desk helpers this year:

Béatrice Libchaber

Jennifer Combs

Jeremy Steele

Luci Lu

Rudy Quinn

Sophie Gelinas Gagné

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