The IGU has a major responsibility to promote teaching and research in Geography and it would be fair to say that the ‘engine room’ in this sense lies in the work of its Commissions.
While the fundamental scientific work undertaken by the Commissions, expressed on their websites, in their newsletters, explored in their meetings and workshops, and showcased in our major Congresses and Conferences, is foundational for us, the IGU also has a more ‘political’ role to play.
This is exercised through our active membership in the International Science Council (ISC) and the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH). These bodies enable the IGU, and therefore Geography, to develop a profile in the United Nations and UNESCO - institutions that determine the broader strategy and directions of global science in general.
IGU First Vice-President Nathalie Lemarchand and I, joined by ISC Governing Board member and IGU Vice-President Maria Paradiso, recently participated in the ISC mid-term meeting in Paris, and it was encouraging to note the impressive array of initiatives that the ISC is undertaking under the leadership of President Peter Gluckman and an amazing Secretariat. Among other interesting developments, the ISC has recently opened an office in New York to enable it to engage more directly with the machinery of the UN and to further influence science policy. As one of the so-called ‘Geounions’, the IGU continues to help steer the ISC in a direction that, among others, promotes progress in achieving the UN SDGs and, in particular, in highlighting the need for quality education for all, especially in the area of sustainability. We know that the work of our Commissions continues to push the boundaries of academic research and that, through the ISC and CIPSH, can be harnessed to the benefit of science more broadly and of humanity in general.
Keep up the good work!
Nanjing, Jiangdu Province, China
The Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS) Special Gold Medal 2023 for the
International Geographical Union (IGU)
The International Geographical Union (IGU) has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS) Special Gold Medal. This was presented to IGU President Michael Meadows at a glittering awards ceremony on June 5, 2023, at the headquarters of the RGS in London by the Director, Professor Joe Smith.
The Special Gold Medal has been awarded only once before and is specifically for institutions.
As noted by Professor Smith, the medal celebrates a centenary of IGU's impact on international Geography. The formal citation reads as follows: "The Council of the Society has conferred upon you the Special Gold Medal for promoting geography through initiating and coordinating geographical research and teaching across the world."
IGU Commission on Gender and Geography Wins 2022 Excellence Award
The IGU Commission Excellence Awards Committee has unanimously proposed that the IGU Commission Excellence Award for 2022 should be conferred on the IGU Commission on Gender and Geography and that, at a recent meeting of the IGU Executive Committee, the recommendation was ratified.
The Commission is very active and productive. The Commission on Gender and Geography has organized a large number of meetings, seminars, and sessions at IGU congresses and conferences, as well as at other scientific events, in different countries, including a pre-congress of the extraordinary centennial congress in Paris and 11 sessions at the latter. At this extraordinary congress, it celebrated its 30th anniversary. The IGU Gender and Geography Commission also collaborates with other IGU commissions to organize thematic conferences.
IGU Seminar on Geodiversity from Geographical Perspectives
October 8, 2023 (Sunday) - University of Delhi (hybrid mode) Organized by the Geodiversity Group, with the support of the IGU Executive Committee and the Centre for Environmental Studies and Disaster Management (CESDM), Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. Link for registration
NEXT IGU COMMISSIONS' CONFERENCES
IGU Conference on Health, Environment, and Sustainable Development
Changes, challenges, and opportunities in a post-pandemic world
June 13 - 16, 2023 - Bucharest and Danube Delta, Romania
IGU Commissions on Local and Regional Development, Land Use and Land Cover Change, and Health and the Environment Driving Growth and Sustainability:
Advancing Local and Regional Development Strategies
September 25 - 29, 2023 - Johannesburg, South Africa
- Economic Diversification and Competitiveness - Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Sustainable Development and Environmental Management - Social Inclusion and Equity - Infrastructure and Public Services - Socio-economic Disparities, Local and Regional Development - Applications of Land Use/Cover Change, Driving Forces, and Impacts at Various Spatial Scales - Land Use/Cover Change and Land Degradation - Environmental Changes and Human Health: Vulnerabilities, Impacts, and Inequalities - Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainable Development in Urban and Rural Areas - Health Systems Responsiveness to the Changing Social and Natural Environment
Deadline for abstracts submission (300-500 words) in doc format: June 30, 2023 Send abstracts to Prof Ashley Gunter
Joint IGU - ICA Commissions on Toponymy conference on
Literary, polar, and extraterrestrial place names November 23 - 24, 2023 - Roma, Italy
organized in collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. The major themes to be developed are:
1. Place names in all ancient, medieval, and modern literature 2. The names of polar lands given by explorers 3. The names given to the places of the Moon, Mars, and other planets and satellites in historical times and at present
Deadline for abstract submission (max. 300 words): September 30, 2023
Regional Studies Association - RSA Annual Conference 2023
Special session organized by the IGU Commission on Marginalization, Globalization and Regional and Local Response : SS39: Responding to the Marginalisation of ‘left behind places’ in an era of Local, Regional and Global Uncertainty
28th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG2023) July 11 - 20, 2023 - CityCube in Berlin, Germany Deadline for abstract Submission: February 14, 2023 Registration and abstract submission
ERSA European Regional Science Associationannual meeting August 28 - September 1, 2023 - Alicante, Spain Special topic: Urban Challenges and sustainable technological revolution ERSA Congress is the largest academic Conference in the field of regional science
62nd German Geography Conference - Deutscher Kongress für Geographie (DKG)
September 20 - 23, 2023 - Frankfurt, Germany Planetary Futures DKG is the largest Geography Conference in Germany. It will be held as an in-person meeting in September 2023 in Frankfurt. About 1500 papers will be presented in more than 300 sessions. In addition, there will be lectures, panel discussions, poster sessions, and a wide range of field trips.
Early bird registration is open until July 17, and late registration ends September 19. Conference website
8th CROATIAN GEOGRAPHICAL CONGRESS
October 04 - 06, 2023 - Malinska, Krk Island, Croatia
Geographic responses to challenges in a contemporary world in the 21st century and the celebration of 140 years of geography at the University of Zagreb
November 21 - 23, 2023 - Chania, Cretia, Greece Territorial dynamics of resilience in rural areas, particularly in mountains 4 thematic workshops: 1. Public action and frameworks for supporting local initiatives 2. Territorial food systems, between autonomy and specialization 3. The transition of rural territories, pathways, and projects 4. Agroecological transition of grassland and pastoral areas in the framework of territorial qualifications
5th Annual Conference of IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering (IGU-AGLE)
May 5 - 9, 2023 - Hanzhong, China
The conference was jointly organized by the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(IGSNRR, CAS), Shaanxi University of Technology, and the People's Government of Hanzhong Municipality. More than 400 experts and specialists from Asia, Europe, Oceania, and various universities in China participated in the conference.
IGU is part of the geospatial societies of the United Nations - Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). UN-GGIM recently published the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (UN-IGIF Second Edition 2023). These 3 volumes provide a basis and guide for developing, integrating, strengthening, and maximizing geospatial information management and related resources in all countries. It will assist countries in bridging the geospatial digital divide, secure socio-economic prosperity, and leave no one behind.
Finance & Space journal (Taylor & Francis) Journal published by the Regional Studies Association and FinGeo.
Please submit your own work, and recommend submissions to people in your networks. The journal accepts three types of submissions: full-length papers, short commentaries, and broadly-defined financial visualizations (FinVis). It is an online-only journal, with publication as soon as a paper is accepted. Papers can be arranged into themed special issues after individual publication. All publications will get an article-level promotion. For more details and information for submission, please visit the journal's website
CHANSE – Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe and HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area – launches a call for international research projects on Crisis – Perspectives from the Humanities.
Project team: Composed of at least four and a maximum of six Principal Investigators, i.e. partners, eligible to receive funding from four or more different countries participating in the call
Project duration: 24-36 months
Funding per project: up to a maximum amount of 1 500 000 € (across all partners)
Proposals must be submitted via the Electronic Proposal Submission System
The Regional Science Association informed us with great sadness that Roberto Camagni suddenly passed away on April 3rd, 2023 at the age of 76 in Milan.
Roberto was Professor Emeritus of Regional and Urban Economics at Politecnico di Milano. He graduated in Economics at Bocconi University, in 1973 in Milan, and spent a full academic year at the University of Pennsylvania where he got fascinated by regional and urban studies.
Roberto has always been very active in this Regional science community mostly mixing economists with geographers (a pioneer multidisciplinary field). He was one of the founders of the Italian Section of the Regional Science Association International (AISRe), which he chaired between 1989 and 1992. Between 2003 and 2005, Roberto acted as President of the European Regional Science Association. Moreover, for twenty years (1987-2016) Roberto was President of the GREMI-Groupe de Recherche Européen sur le Milieux Innovateurs, Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. In 2010, he received the ERSA Prize, and in 2017 he became a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International.