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2013 Kyoto Regional Conference

The Kyoto Regional Conference will be held from August  4-9, 2013. The main theme of the conference is ”Traditional Wisdom and Knowledge for the Earth’s Future”. The Organizing Committee invites all interested participants to submit abstracts for the oral and paper presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2013. The early registration fee  from October 1, 2012 – April 10, 2013 is 49.000 Yen (which is at this moment approximately € 500 and $ 625). For more information see http://www.igu-kyoto2013.org/

Special extract: the IGU-CGE Sessions


Announcement April 30 2013

Dear Colleagues
Many of us are in the process of registering for the Kyoto conference (Monday August 5 to Friday August 9) as well as booking our flights and accommodation.
It is therefore timely to thank our Japanese colleagues, and in particular Dr Koji OHNISHI (University of Toyama), for arranging a special two day event over the weekend following the conference (Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10) during which we can focus specifically on geographical education as well as network with old and new friends away from the business of the main conference.

In planning your flights and accommodation, please allow extra time to join us for these two days. We attach a flyer for the CGE event, and please note that we do not have to pay in advance but will pay at the conference in cash when we arrive in Kyoto.

If you require an official invitation or confirmation to cover your attendance for the extra time for your university, please let Clare, Joop or I know and we will write a letter on your behalf.

Looking forward to seeing as many Geographical Educators as possible in Kyoto for what is looking like a most interesting and rewarding experience.
Regards and best wishes

Joop, Clare and John


IGU-CGE Special Field Trip flyer (PDF)


IGU Congress and Pre-Congress Commission on Geographical Education Symposium, August 2012

The major international pre-congress meeting of the Commission on Geographical Education (IGU – CGE) in Freiburg, Germany (August 22-25, 2012) and the Main Congress of the International Geographical Union (IGU-IGC) in Cologne, Germany (August 26-30, 2012) are now just one year away.

We encourage you to participate in both meetings. Each offers focused geographical education sessions, compelling keynote presentations, and opportunities to interact with colleagues from around the world.

To facilitate participation in both the Commission on Geographical Education (CGE) and the IGU meetings, there is a field experience planned from Freiburg to Cologne (including a boat trip on the Rhine) which is included in the pre-congress fee. The plan is to attend the pre-congress meeting in Freiburg, August 22-25, then travel with the Commission to Cologne to attend the main congress, August 26-30.

For detailed information, please visit the conference websites:

1. The Pre-Congress in Freiburg:

The call for papers for the IGU-CGE symposium in Freiburg/Germany (August 22nd-25th, 2012) is now open. See: home.ph-freiburg.de/geo/igu/Papers.html. The organizing committee has prepared a great program that includes exciting social events and field trips. We are looking forward to welcoming many of you.

2. 32nd Internatiola Congress of the IGU in Cologne:

The call has beenn made for papers for the 32nd International Congress of the IGU in Cologne (August 26-30, 2012). See:

The sessions that concern geographical education are listed under C08.11 Geographical Education.
The ten sessions can be seen here.

The Deadlines are:
• Pre-conference in Freiburg: the call for Papers will end on the 1st of December 2011.
• Main Congress in Cologne: the call for Papers will end on the 15th December 2011.

2012 International Geography Olympiad

The next International Geography Olympiad is to be in Cologne in Germany. The 2012 Olympiad will start at August 21st and end on August 26th. The local organisers can host 30 teams. Alongside the written test, a multimedia test and a one full day fieldwork excursion are part of the programme. Invitations for the 2012 Olympiad are being sent to participants of earlier Olympiads and to IGU contacts. Applications should be sent to the Secretariat by January 1th, 2012. The local organising committee in Germany is already preparing the accommodation and the programme. More information can be found on the Olympiad website at www.geoolympiad.org.

IGU CGE Symposium, London, United Kingdom, 2011

The British Committee of the IGU CGE are organising a Commission on Geographical Education Symposium in the heart of London, UK.

It follows the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference (April 15th-16th, 2011 at the University of Surrey).

IGU CGE London Symposium date: April 18th-20th, 2011.

Venue: Institute Of Education, University of London, London, United Kingdom.

Theme: ‘Curriculum Making in Geography’.
An outline of the Symposium theme is given on the website.

Website: www.igu-cge-uk.webs.com/londonsymposium2011.htm


IGU-CGE Symposium in Turkey, July 8th-10th, 2010


The IGU Commission on Geographical Education is announcing a symposium (CGE Symposium-2010) to be held on July 8-10, 2010 at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey. The symposium will bring together experts from around the world to present the latest research results and developments in geographical education.
IGU CGE Symposium-2010 is organized in cooperation with EUROGEO and geography departments at Fatih University and Bal©„kesir University. Being the 2010 European Capital of Culture, Istanbul will provide participants an opportunity not only to discuss scientific issues but also to explore the historic city and experience the energetic and modern city of Istanbul through the various tours.
We would like to invite you to present a paper or poster at the symposium whose main theme is ”°Representations of cultural differences through geographical education”±. Please see the details from the symposium webpage http://igucge2010.fatih.edu.tr/
Please note that symposium language is English. Send us your abstracts through the online registration form for oral and poster presentations until March 15, 2010.
Looking forward to meeting you in Istanbul in July.

Symposium Program (PDF)

Ali Demirci, Ph.D.
Symposium Secretary
IGU-CGE Symposium-2010
Fatih University
Department of Geography
34500, Buyukcekmece
Phone: 90 212 866 33 00 (20 30)
Fax: 90 212 866 34 02
e-mail: ademirci@fatih.edu.tr

IGU Regional Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 12th-16th, 2010

The Regional Conference title is: Bridging Diversity in a Globalizing World.? The deadline for the submission of Conference abstracts is 1 February 2010, and details are posted on the Conference website at: www.igu2010.com.The Commission programme will be organised through our assigned host Professor Arnon Medzini.  His contact details are Dean of Social Sciences, Oranim College, Kiryat Tivon, Israel.? His email address is:arnon@oranim.ac.il

More information


29-31 July, 2007
Geographical Views on Education for Sustainable Development

Sponsored by: International Geographical Union Commission for Geographical Education, Teacher Training University, Lucerne, and University of Education, Weingarten under the leadership of Dr. Sibylle Reinfried s.reinfried@bluewin.ch and Dr. Yvonne Schleicher schleicher@ph-weingarten.de
Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
With a post-conference three day field trip to the Alps, 1 August-3 August
Deadlines: Delegates who wish to present a paper are requested to register and send their abstracts by December 22nd, 2006; 18 February, 2007 deadline for registration and payment of conference and field trip fee.
For further information: Please visit the conference website at http://www.igu-cge.luzern.phz.ch or contact the conference secretariat, Ms Franziska Mueller (info@igu-cge.luzern.phz.ch).

15 -18 August, 2007
International Forum on Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

The United Nations University (UNU) has implemented the programme on education for sustainable development (EfSD programme) through its Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) since 2003 to promote the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). UNU proposed to develop regional centres of expertise on education for sustainable development (RCEs) as one of the major thrusts of its EfSD programme, and has been promoting establishment of RCEs around the world. Ten RCEs around the world have been acknowledged.
RCE Beijing as the candidate has done a lot of work for the development of ESD in Beijing area and made much progress and also met many challenges. Taking these into account, it was considered most effective that the acknowledged RCEs as well as other RCE candidates would gather, exchange information and experiences on their RCE activities, and discuss the problems they have faced and ways to overcome them.
Sponsored by: International Geographical Union Commission for Geographical Education, United Nations University, Beijing Normal University, Changping Education Committee
Location: Beijing, China
Deadlines: The organizing committee cordially invite submissions of the papers to International Forum on RCE about ESD that will be held in Beijing, 15th to 18th, 2007. This forum is served to promote the research and practice about Regional Centers on Education for Sustainable Development . Call for Papers, June 15, 2007. See http://www.wangminedu.com/RCE%20FORUM/callforpapers.htm
Details: http://www.wangminedu.com/RCE%20FORUM/background.htm
Registration: http://www.wangminedu.com/RCE%20FORUM/registration.htm
For further information: Professor Wang Min wangmin@bnu.edu.cn

12-15 August, 2008
The 31st Congress of the International Geographical Union

Download the First Circular | Download the Statement of Intention to Participate (mail to Toumi@fshst.rnu.tn)


2009 IGU
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