Dissertation Prize 

All students on the MSc in Applied GIS programme will have the opportunity to win the prestigious, long-standing Ian Masser Prize for the best dissertation in the field of information management.

The prize was established in 1998 by Emeritus Professor F I Masser on his retirement from the University after 19 years as Professor of Town and Regional Planning. 

Educated in geography and town planning at Liverpool University Professor Ian Masser received his PhD in 1975 and was awarded a LittD in 1993 by the same University. From 1986-1991 he was national coordinator of United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council’s Regional Research Laboratory Initiative and he co-directed the European Science Foundation’s GISDATA scientific programme from 1992 to 1997.

He was Founder President of the Association of GI Laboratories in Europe from 1998-9, President of the European Umbrella Organisation for GI from 1999-2003 and President of the Global Spatial DataI Infrastructure Association from 2002-4. His publications include eighteen books and more than 300 contributions to refereed journals, edited books and conference proceedings.

The most recent of his books, ‘Building European SDIs’ was published by ESRI Press in June 2007.A second edition of this book containing material on developments since the approval of the ground breaking INSPIRE Directive was published in July 2010 and a third edition which will also describe its implementation in the national member states will be published in spring 2015.