Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union

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Conference Archive


IGU Conference, London, April 15-17 2019


IGU Regional Conference, Quebec City Canada August 6 to 10 2018

The theme of the conference is “Appreciating Difference / Apprécier la difference”.

This regional conference will be the joint meetings of the 2018 IGU Regional Conference, Annual Meeting of the CAG, and the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). These joint meetings will offer a range of sessions in geography education, field trips, workshops and other opportunities for social engagement.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 15, 2018.

Conference website:


IGU-CGE Lisbon Symposium 26-28 October 2017:

Theme: Integrating Knowledge and Understanding in Geography Education 

The main theme of the symposium — Integrating Knowledge and Understanding in Geography Education — is an opportunity to reflect upon the challenges that geography education faces in many parts of the world.

Lisbon Symposium website:


IGU-CGE Conference 2016:  Main conference in Singapore, 14 – 16 August 2016; Fieldtrip and special symposium in Shanghai, 17 – 19 August 2016

The theme of the conference is Geography that matters – empowering learners for a diverse world. As a prelude to the main congress theme of Shaping our harmonious worlds, the organizers are proposing that a deeper understanding of the diversities in our world will be a necessary condition to shape our harmonious future.

The IGU-CGE 2016 conference is organized by the Southeast Asian Geography Association in collaboration with the Geography Teaching Society of China. The conference features an interesting transect from Singapore to Shanghai, and for delegates going to the main congress, onwards to Beijing. True to the nature of Geography, the programme allows the delegates an opportunity to engage a diversity of landscape and contexts while discussing key issues of geography education.

The main conference will take place in Singapore (15 – 16 August 2016) followed by a fieldtrip to Hangzhou and Suzhou with a special symposium held at East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai (17 – 19 August 2016). On 18 August, there will be a special symposium on “Geography that matters – achieving the capability of solving problems” with special sessions to understand the state of geography education in China as well as a visit to the Geography Education Laboratory and school visits. This will be followed by a sightseeing tour of Shanghai. On 19 August, the delegation will visit the ancient town Tongli that is in Suzhou.
Delegates who intend to join the main congress will then travel to Beijing on 19 August on 5 hour high-speed rail.

Delegates will have one of 3 options:

  1. Attend both Singapore and Shanghai legs before heading to Beijing
  2. Attend Singapore conference only
  3. Attend both Singapore and Shanghai legs but leave from Shanghai.

Details on call for papers and registration process are available at

For information on the Main Congress In Beijing, please visit


IGU Regional Conference Moscow

We are pleased to announce a range of Commission sessions on Geography Education have been accepted into the Moscow Programme. Full details can be found on the Congress website but to whet your appetite session titles include:

  • Geography Teacher Education: the need for a well-prepared professional body of knowledge.
  • Geospatial technologies in geographical education: implications for geographical lessons.
  • Integrated school discipline and geography: new challenges and capacities.
  • National curricula and international standards for geography education.
  • National and international assessment in geography education.
  • Empirical and classroom research in geography education
  • International links and innovations in geography education
  • Sharing the Russian experience in geography education and making connections for schoolteachers
  • Special session about The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU).

We like to bring all sessions under the umbrella of the Commission on Geographical Education to avoid confusion and to optimize discussion. The session about The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) is organised together with Professor Benno Werlen (IYGU), Professor Vladimir Kolossov (IGU), Professor Henk Ottens (EUGEO) and Karl Donert (EUROGEO). The panel discussion in this session will focus on the role for geography education in the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU).


IGU Regional Conference, Krakow Poland – Commission for Geography Education

Please find below the 4 sessions proposed for the Commission for Geography Education. When registration opens, we invite colleagues to submit abstracts for these sessions via the main conference website:

Session 1 : Changes, Challenges and Responsibility in the School Geography Curriculum
Many countries around the world have established a state-wide curriculum statement for school geography. Questions can be raised around what should be included in such a state-endorsed definition of school geography and what should be left out? What geography should young people be learning? And whose responsibility is it to decide? State endorsement can lead to status and prestige for a school subject; however, many teachers are unhappy with the geography curriculum they have been given. Papers are invited to explore the contents of the school geography curriculum, along with issue of how that curriculum is read, interpreted and enacted by geography teachers.

Session 2 : Changing practices in geography education: meeting the challenges of the future
The Rome Declaration on Geographical Education in Europe states: “Geographical education provides students with essential capabilities and competences needed to know and understand the world”. The challenge for geography educators is how to teach geography effectively in this day and age. Research in this area may look at geographical enquiry, innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching geography, or curriculum questions about the role of geography education in the teaching of sustainable development or geospatial technologies. Papers are invited to consider the future implications of these approaches and how they can develop the field of geography education to meet the demands of the future.

Session 3 : Research findings and challenges in Geography Education
The publication of the Road Map report on Geography Education Research (in the USA) raised many issues around the role and function of geography education research. The papers in this series provide an opportunity to discuss the key topics in geography education research: what has been learnt from research in this field, and what further research needs to be conducted? A key theme in this series of papers will be who undertakes research in the field, and whether there is space in such a small field for practitioner and large-scale research, and how different research approaches may complement each other.

Session 4 : IGU, EUGEO and EUROGEO, a challenging network of Geographers in Education
The Rome Declaration on Geographical Education in Europe agreed at the IV EUGEO Congress 2013, states that “the teaching of Geography in schools is fundamental for the future of Europe.” Papers in this session are invited to explore how the three organizations: IGU, EUGEO and EUROGEO, may work together to create a network of geographers in education to realize this goal.

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