The dawn of the new year is upon us. It is an important year for Geographers as it will be one in which the IGU hosts its 32nd International Geographical Congress in Cologne from 26th to 30th August. Registrations have been flooding in and the congress promises to be the most well attended for many years. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 8th January 2012 so there is still time to submit your paper for one of the many exciting sessions that will be held there – see the congress website (www.igc2012.org) for details – or follow the links from the IGU home page. There are many new innovations in this Congress and the Local Organising Committee based at the University of Cologne is working flat out to ensure that the opportunity to interact with your colleagues from around the world will be a most rewarding one. See you there!