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IGU awards four Lauréats d’Honneur at Quebec Conference

The International Geographical Union conferred four Lauréat d'Honneur awards at the closing ceremony of the Quebec Regional Conference.  Seen here are Professors Atsuyuki Okabe (Japan) and Ron Abler (USA), who were able to receive their certificates on the stage, while Professors Richard Le Heron and Robyn Longhurst (both from New Zealand) received theirs in absentio.  The [...]

By | 2018-08-16T04:31:35+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Meetings, News|Comments Off on IGU awards four Lauréats d’Honneur at Quebec Conference

IGU-CAG Regional Meeting in Quebec

The International Geographical Union- Canadian Association of Geographers Regional Meeting in Quebec has attracted 1500 delegates from all over the world.  The opening ceremony on 6th August included the gold medal ceremony of the iGeo.  More than 270 papers sessions and may other events at the Quebec International Congress centre attest to the diversity and [...]

By | 2018-08-09T12:24:06+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Meetings, News|Comments Off on IGU-CAG Regional Meeting in Quebec

Geographers elected to the Governing Board of the International Science Council

Two well-known Geographers have been elected to the Governing Board of the newly established International Science Council.  Professor Ruth Fincher (University of Melbourne) and Anna Davis (Trinity College Dublin) will both join the board as Ordinary Members. In a historic meeting, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) merged [...]

By | 2018-07-06T07:16:07+00:00 July 6th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Geographers elected to the Governing Board of the International Science Council

Obituary: Eliezer Batista

Eliezer Batista, patron of the International Year of Global Understanding, passed away on June 18 at the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. From the very beginning of the IYGU process, Eliezer Batista was a very supportive patron of the International Year, especially in the Latin American context, but also beyond. Besides serving several Brazilian [...]

By | 2018-06-24T17:26:12+00:00 June 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Obituary: Eliezer Batista

New Joint IGU-IAG Commission/Working Group gets underway

In 2017, both the IGU and the International Association of Geomorphologists agreed to establish a joint Commission/Working Group to give effect to the Memorandum of Understanding that both organisations signed at the 33rd IGC in Beijing in August 2016.  The first meeting of the new body was held at the University of Vienna (ahead of [...]

By | 2018-04-08T17:29:59+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Meetings, News|Comments Off on New Joint IGU-IAG Commission/Working Group gets underway

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). [...]

By | 2018-03-24T07:50:30+00:00 March 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on UNESCO honours Geography and establishes the UNESCO Chair in Global Understanding for Sustainability

Death of IGU stalwart Prof Christian Wichmann Matthiessen

The International Geographical Union regrets to announce the death of one of its most prominent colleagues, Professor Christian Wichmann Matthiessen, who passed away on Thursday 8 March 2018.  Professor Matthiessen was Danish delegate to the International Geographical Union (1998-2012), and member of the steering committee  - and subsequently Chair - of the IGU Commission on [...]

By | 2018-03-24T07:45:32+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Death of IGU stalwart Prof Christian Wichmann Matthiessen

AAG Education Award for IGU Vice-President Iain Hay

Professor Iain Hay (left) pictured with Professor Mike Meadows, from the University of Cape Town, at La Forêt Montmorency, the research forest of Université Laval, Canada, during a field trip associated with the Executive Committee meetings of the International Geographical Union last year. IGU Vice-President and Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Geography, Iain Hay, has [...]

By | 2018-02-01T03:48:18+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Miscellaneous, News|Comments Off on AAG Education Award for IGU Vice-President Iain Hay

From one year to a decade of ‘Global Understanding’

Closing ceremony of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) presents record of success and looks towards lasting future. Jena (Germany, 21.11.17) All individuals have the potential to change the world through their actions. To achieve this, however, they need to understand their own lives in a global context. This is the thought underlying the [...]

By | 2017-11-24T06:21:33+00:00 November 24th, 2017|News, Other IGU Events|Comments Off on From one year to a decade of ‘Global Understanding’

New partner for IGU: Open Source Geospatial Foundation

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-31T08:38:21+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on New partner for IGU: Open Source Geospatial Foundation