The International Geographical Union (IGU) recently convened in Beijing for its 33rd International Geographical Congress. In accordance with IGU Statutes, we hold a General Assembly as part of Congress proceedings to elect, inter alia, the leadership of the organization. As a result of a ballot held at the Beijing General Assembly, Professor Yukio Himiyama, Hokkaido [...]
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Dear All, Yesterday was 1st April, i.e. three weeks from that gigantic earthquake. The Government decided to call the earthquake “East Japan Earthquake”. A new fiscal/academic year started yesterday in Japan, and there were entrance ceremonies at government offices and companies everywhere. Prime Minister Kan and the other ministers started wearing suits, as if to [...]
Dear All, For many people in the world, the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan fortnight ago may be the incidence of the past. Even in Japan, articles on it occupy less and less space in newspapers day by day. However, I believe the situation is still very serious, or is becoming even more serious. Here [...]
Professor Yukio Himiyama reports... The hard situation in the disaster areas still continues, though relief operations are accelerated. The situation of the atomic plant is still at a critical level, and a large number of people have been evacuating from the danger zone. However, the general public, mass media, and many of the political leaders [...]
President Emeritus Professor Yukio Himiyama Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa 070-0831, Japan Phone: +81 (0)166 53 2322 Fax: +81 (0)166 53 2322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary General and Treasurer Professor RB Singh University of Delhi, Department of Geography Delhi School of Economics Delhi-110007 India Phone: +91 [...]
UNESCO honours Geography and establishes the UNESCO Chair in Global Understanding for Sustainability
UNESCO honours the discipline of Geography with a Chair in Global Understanding for Sustainability. It will form part of worldwide network of over 700 UNESCO chairs to support the teaching and research goals of the world cultural organization. The social geographer Prof. Benno Werlen, will hold the chair at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany). [...]
The IGU and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship between the global community of Geography professionals and the Open Source Geospatial community. The goal of this agreement is to promote the distribution and use of open geo-data in research, teaching and applications, promote [...]
IGU President Yukio Himiyama and Secretary-General Mike Meadows represent the IGU at the General Assemblies of the International Science Council and the International Social Science Council held in Taipei from 21st to 26th October 2018. The main item of discussion is the proposed merger between ICSU and ISSC which, since IGU is a member of [...]
The International Geographical Union regrets to announce the passing of two of its great servants. Former President (and first female President) of the IGU, Professor Anne Buttimer, passed away last week - just a few days after the death of former IGU Vice-President Professor Masatoshi Yoshino (see below). Professor Buttimer's obituary was compiled by her colleagues, [...]
IGU is well represented at the AAG Boston meeting. Seen here (left to right) are Professor Ahmet Ertek (Chair of the Turkish National Committee of the IGU and of the 2020 IGU Congress in Istanbul, past IGU President, Professor Ron Abler, IGU Vice-President Professor Barbaros Gocencgil and current IGU President, Professor Yukio Himiyama