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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

Inaugural Conference of the IGU Commission on African Studies

IGU COMMISSION ON AFRICAN STUDIES INAUGURAL CONFERENCE, 17-18 MAY 2018, UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA, NAMBIA The IGU Commission on African Studies held its inaugural conference on 17-18 May 2018 at the University of Namibia, Namibia. The conference, whose theme was: What is Africa’s response on global challenges: Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality?, was a [...]

By | 2018-05-31T07:45:27+00:00 May 31st, 2018|News, Other IGU Events|Comments Off on Inaugural Conference of the IGU Commission on African Studies

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

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

What do the German public think of Geography? A National Survey

A version of a comprehensive study of the German population on the perception of geography as a school subject, as a science, and on the job market, has now been published in English in the journal Erdkunde. According to the findings of the study, the perception of geography - both that of the school subject [...]

By | 2018-01-24T08:28:01+00:00 January 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on What do the German public think of Geography? A National Survey

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

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