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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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00November 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+00:00October 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on New partner for IGU: Open Source Geospatial Foundation

International Science Council: a new global voice for Science

On Thursday 26th October, the joint meeting of the International Social Science Council and the International Council for Science at a joint meeting in Taipei, took the momentous decision to merge into a single dynamic organisation to take science forward in an evolving global context.   A merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) [...]

By |2017-10-27T02:14:39+00:00October 27th, 2017|Meetings, News, Other Events|Comments Off on International Science Council: a new global voice for Science

IGU at the ICSU-ISSC joint meeting

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 [...]

By |2017-10-23T08:41:37+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Meetings, News|Comments Off on IGU at the ICSU-ISSC joint meeting

ICHST Rio 2017 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Along the lines of the general theme of the 25th International Congress on the History of Science and Technology (ICHST), hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23 to 29 July 2017 http://www.ichst2017.sbhc.org.br/, the IGU & IUHPST Commission on the History of Geography organised two symposia, both attended by many participants: “Critical, radical and postcolonial [...]

By |2017-09-04T07:39:18+00:00September 4th, 2017|Meetings, News|Comments Off on ICHST Rio 2017 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Inaugural Conference of IGU Commission, Yulin, calls for ‘Global Rural Plan’

The IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering, chaired by Professor Yansui Liu of the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has called for the establishment of a Global Rural Plan.  The conference, which is hosted by the University of Yulin, Shaanxi Province, is attended by [...]

By |2017-08-27T22:35:39+00:00August 27th, 2017|Meetings, News|Comments Off on Inaugural Conference of IGU Commission, Yulin, calls for ‘Global Rural Plan’