Professor Zhang Gouyou, Executive Director of the Geographical Society of China and IGU Secretary-General and Treasurer, Mike Meadows, recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the 33rd International Geographical Union Congress to be held in Beijing from 21st to 25th August 2016.

More than 200 scientific sessions have already been proposed, along with special symposia, workshops, exhibits, keynote addresses from high profile Geographers.  The congress will be held at the China National Convention Centre.

The theme of the 2016 Congress is ‘Shaping Our Harmonious Worlds‘, which highlights today’s common pursuit for harmony between humankind and nature, between environment and society, and for harmonious approaches to the world’s hazards and conflicts. Under this theme, five Congress key topics will be focused, parallel to the quadrennial meeting of the IGU commissions and task forces. In addition, a rich variety of field excursions will be organised so as to provide participants a chance to appreciate some of the unique natural features and cultural traditions of this ancient and modern country.

The local organising committee will offer 30 full-cost grants to successful applicants while the IGU will as usual organise a travel grant programme aimed, in particular, at facilitating participation by young and early career geographers from the developing world.

Further announcements to follow.  Go to the congress home page for further details – www.igc2016.org