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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

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

In memoriam: former IGU Vice-President Gutiérrez Vázquez

The International Geographical Union regrets to announce that former IGU Vice-President María Teresa Gutiérrez Vázquez died on 6 th September 2017. Professor Gutiérrez Vázquez was a full-time researcher and Professor at the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), of which she was its Director twice, from 1971 to 1977 and from 1983 to 1989. [...]

By | 2017-09-15T08:27:37+00:00 September 15th, 2017|News|Comments Off on In memoriam: former IGU Vice-President Gutiérrez Vázquez

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+00:00 September 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+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Meetings, News|Comments Off on Inaugural Conference of IGU Commission, Yulin, calls for ‘Global Rural Plan’