Thursday, 21 December 2017

NZGS / IAG Conference 2018

NZGS / IAG Conference
‘Creative conversations, constructive connections’

July 11-14 2018
University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Joint conference of the New Zealand Geographical Society and the Institute of Australian Geographers 

Initial key dates:

Call for sessions opens December 18 2017
Call for sessions closes February 8 2018
Sessions listed and call for papers open February 15 – March 31 2018 

Conference e-mail: 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Québec IGU Travel Grant Program

International Geographical Union
The 2018 IGU Regional Conference, 6 - 10 August 2018, Québec, Canada
Québec IGU Travel Grant Program

The International Geographical Union (IGU) announces the availability of travel grants to help defray the costs of participation in the 2018 IGU Regional Conference, 6 - 10 August 2018 in Québec, Canada. Please note that, due to limited availability of funds, the IGU Travel Grants provide only a partial contribution to registration, transport and accommodation. A maximum of US$1000 will be awarded to successful candidates. 

In selecting applicants to receive awards, preference will be given to young or emerging scholars, in particular to those from developing countries, but grants are available for senior scholars, for example session convenors or steering committee members from low income countries who are not able to find funding. Because the funds available for this awards program are extremely limited, all applicants will be required to find the balance of the costs of participation; applications for 100% support cannot be funded. Please note that full participation in the conference, including the closing ceremony, is required.

Although not a strict requirement, a letter of endorsement from the chair of an IGU Commission or Task Force, the chair of the applicant’s National Committee for the IGU or a session convenor at the regional Conference will be helpful in support of the application. Contact details of these individuals are available on the IGU website and the conference website Applications should be accompanied by a written statement (see below), the abstract of your paper, a proof of submission of the abstract, and any endorsement letters. All documents must be submitted directly to Vice-president Joos Droogleever Fortuijn by email to:

Completed applications (including endorsement letters) are due at no later than 31st March 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their requests no later than 15th May 2018. Awards are paid to successful applicants in cash on arrival for the conference in Québec in US$ dollars.

Direct any questions regarding IGU Travel Grant applications to:

IGU Commission Geography of Governance - 8 sessions in the IGU Regional Conference, Québec, 6 - 10 August. More information at:

Monday, 4 December 2017

International scientific workshop - "Urbanization and Regional Development in Russia and Europe"

International scientific workshop
"Urbanization and Regional Development in Russia and Europe"
Moscow 19-20 April 2018


(1) Urbanization  as  driving  force  of  regional  development:  theoretical  background  and methodology;

(2) Historical and geographical trends of urbanization in Russia and in European countries; 

(3) Urban  settlement  patterns  in Russia and  European  countries:  inherited partial structures and the latest shifts;

(4) Issues of urban economics;

(5) Migrants in the cities of  Russia and  European  countries: economic,  social  and  culturalgeographical aspects;

(6) Socio-cultural processes in the cities of Russia and European countries;

(7) Ethnic and confessional communities in the cities of Russia and European countries.

Working languages of the workshop: English and Russian
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia - RUDN University, 19 April
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, 20 April
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia – RUDN University
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences
Association of Russian Human Geographers
Franco-Russian Studies Center (CEFR) 

For more information, Workshop Website:

Saturday, 2 December 2017

26th NISPAcee Annual Conference - 2018

26th NISPAcee Annual Conference
"Public Administration for Well-being and Growth"
Iasi, Romania
May 24 -26 2018



Sunday, 26 November 2017

International Conference "Smart Geography" - Bulgaria, 2-4 November 2018

International Conference "Smart Geography"
2-4 November 2018
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Sofia, Bulgaria
The conference is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary
of the Bulgarian Geographical Society (
Conference website:

Saturday, 25 November 2017

11th International Conference of the Hellenic Geographical Society

11th International Conference of the Hellenic Geographical Society
ICHGS - 2018
Understanding and Connecting our World

The 11th International Congress of the Hellenic Geographical Society (ICHGS - 2018)will take place in the historic and beautiful city of Lavrion from April 12 - 15, 2018 and will be hosted by the Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park (LTCP) and the National Technical University of Athens. The Hellenic Geographical Society (HGS)is a national organization that, promotes the exchange of knowledge, theory, methods and technologies and their applications to the analysis and planning of cities, regions and their environment across the globe. HGS represents  the  interests  of  geographers  in  Greece  (Hellas),  and  is  a  member  of the  European  Association  of  Geographers  (EuroGEO),  and  the  International Geographical Union (IGU) service the needs of geographers throughout Europe and the world, respectively.

More information - Hellenic Geographical Society:

Conference website:

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

AESOP Annual Congress 2018

AESOP Annual Congress

July 10-14 2018

Gothenburg, Sweden

Friday, 10 November 2017

Conference 2018 - IGU Commission on African Studies - May 2018

Theme: What is Africa’s response on global challenges:
Understanding drivers of poverty and reducing inequality?
17 - 18 May 2018
University of Namibia, Windhoek
The Conference will be composed of paper sessions as well as organised parallel sessions. Panel discussions can also be arranged. The format for paper presentations will be 15mins + 5mins for Q&A. Please submit an abstract of not more than 250 words to: or

Wednesday, 1 November 2017



After stations in London and Rome, the IGU Archives has a new home at the Leibniz Institute for Regional  Geography in Leipzig.

The historic IGU collection is an important source for the history of international geography in the 20 th and 21 st centuries. The collection spans the period 1956 up to the present; the possible location for the pre-1956- material is still unknown at this stage. Unfortunately, even the existing records have some obvious gaps.
Many of the documents derive from the offices of Secretaries-General and the IGU Presidents. The material has a focus on the Executive Committee, the member countries, on congresses and commissions. IGU Archives is a collection of an international science organization, without a permanent secretariat. The documents represent this vivid history from the 1950s up to now.
Besides the written sources, IGU Archives contains a collection of video documents, in particular the vídeo tapes from the ‘Dialogue project’. Most of the videos are already online on YouTube and the University College Dublin website:
It was Geoffrey Martin who organized and catalogued the archives in 2002, and who worked out the basics for the actual new cataloguing. He archived 214 boxes and developed a useful structure of the collection with twelve series:
  1. The meaning of the IGU
  2. Member countries of the IGU and correspondence relating thereto
  3. Congresses of the IGU
  4. Regional Conferences of the IGU
  5. IGU Commissions
  6. IGU Study Groups
  7. IGU Working Group.
  8. IGU Executive
  9. IGU Newsletter, Bulletin and other publications
  10. Affiliation with other organizations
  11. Financial income and expenditure of the Union
  12. Miscellaneous correspondence

The preliminary finding aid is here ->.
The IGU Archives are accessible to everybody. Use of the original documents is possible at our institute in Leipzig and requests concerning IGU history are welcome at any time. Access is partly limited by data protection rules or by unfinished archival description.
We are always interested in receiving new relevant and “official” IGU documents (paper, digital and áudio- visual), especially publications, minutes, newsletters and reports of commissions and other IGU bodies, and documents related to congresses and IGU projects.
Contact: Dr Bruno Schelhaas, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography,
Dr. Bruno Schelhaas
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde/Leibniz Institute for Regionale Geography
Archiv für Geographie/Archive for Geography
Schongauerstraße 9
04328 Leipzig, Germany
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-151
Fax: +49 341 600 55-98


Monday, 30 October 2017

International Science Council

 World’s leading bodies of social and natural sciences to merge in 2018, becoming "International Science Council"

At a historic joint meeting, members of two leading international science councils voted to merge, launching a process that will see the formation of a single global entity called the International Science Council that unites the scientific community, including all social and natural sciences.
Read more (Press release) ->


The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies (122 Members, representing 142 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 Members).


The International Social Science Council (ISSC), a membership-based non-governmental organization, is the primary global body representing the social sciences, including economic and behavioural sciences. Its mission is to strengthen social science to help solve global priority problems. Through its members and programmes, the ISSC reaches hundreds of thousands of individual social scientists working across a wide range of disciplines and representing all parts of the world.

Sunday, 29 October 2017



IGU Commission Geography of Governance

4 - 5 September 2018

 Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning

         University of Lisbon, Portugal

For information, contact:
Carlos Nunes Silva, IGU Commission Geography of Governance & Conference
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges
Moscow, Russia, June 4-6 2018 

Conference website:  

Session organized by the IGU Commission on Geography of Governance 

Local Governance for Local Development in the XXI Century:
Opportunities and Limitations 

Session chairpersons: Olga Glezer & Carlos Nunes Silva 

Call for papers: 1 December 2017 - 1 March 2018 (new date)

For additional information about the Session, contact:
             Carlos Nunes Silva, IGU Commission Geography of Governance
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

The session on "Local Governance for Local Development in the  XXI  Century:  Opportunities  and  Limitations"  aims  to explore,  compare  and  draw  practical  lessons  from  the changes experienced by local government in different regions of  the  world,  in  the  Global  North  as  well  as  in  the  Global South,  with  special  attention  to  Russia,  in  the  last  quarter century. The session aims to explore the institutional changes and the challenges,  with  which  Local  Governance  has  been confronted,  in  particular  the  shifts  associated  with decentralization,  with  the  move  from  the  traditional hierarchical  model  of  government  to  networked  forms  of governance,  the  engagement  of  private  entities  in  local governance, the new forms of citizen participation, and the shift to forms of local e-government due to the increasing and widespread  use  of  information  and  communication technologies.  In  this  context,  quite  opposite  trends,  i.e.,  of centralization  implemented  in  Russia  and  other  countries need to be interpreted.

The  session  will  be  an  opportunity  for  discussions  of  the changes in local governance in the last two decades and half and the challenges currently confronting local governments around the world. Papers  should  seek  to  offer  a  comparative  focus  and  to provide practical lessons for countries and regions.

The session aims to address, but is not limited to the following issues:

(a) Central - local relations: trends, challenges and outcomes
(b)  Local  Government:  abolition  of  local  tiers  and  merger reforms
(c) Inter-Municipal cooperation
(d)  Metropolitan  Government  and  the  Governance  of  CityRegions
(e)  Privatization  ,  Public-Private  Partnerships  and  remunicipalisation of local public services
(f) Austerity and innovation in local governance
(g) Local e-Government: citizen (e-)participation

Sunday, 15 October 2017


6 - 10 August 2018
Départment de Géographie
Pavillon Abitibi-Price, 2405, rue de la Terrasse
Université Laval, Québec (Québec)

Conference website: 

Doris Wastl-Walter, Past Chair IGU CGoG (2000-2008) and Honorary Member of its Steering Committee will be one of the Keynote Luminary Speaker. 

For information about the IGU Commission Geography of Governance participation in the Conference, contact: 
Carlos Nunes Silva - IGU Commission Geography of Governance
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Sessions organized by the IGU Commission Geography of Governance
in the IGU Regional Conference 2018 - Québec 6-10 August 

1. Local government reforms and governance in recent decades: differentiation and harmonization of institutional models and policies
2. Government and citizen interaction: formal and informal modes of citizen participation and community engagement in local government policy
3. Spatial justice and the Right to the City: local government policies and governance practices sensitive to social and cultural diversity
4. The place-based development policy and the role of local government: difference as an advantage in local development
5. Planning and governance cultures at the sub-national level – exploring diverging trajectories within and across countries
6. Multi-level and transnational governance on the move: unpacking various approaches of governing territorial challenges
7. International cooperation networks of local and regional governments: different conditions and common goals
8. Secessionist movements in the context of 21st century politics: a local governance perspective

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

III International Conference 'Urban e-Planning'

International Journal of E-Planning Research
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning - University of Lisbon
Conference endorsed by the IGU Commission Geography of Governance

                                                 Contact: Carlos Nunes Silva
                                                                Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning          
                                                                University of Lisbon

Sunday, 8 October 2017



'Geography: bridging the continents'

 August 2020 - Istanbul, Turkey

 Conference website:

Sunday, 1 October 2017

2017 Annual Conference IGU-CGoG - 'Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda'

2017 Annual Conference

IGU Commission Geography of Governance


19-21 October 2017

University of Salento, Lecce - Italy

For more information, contact Carlos Nunes Silva 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Governing Urban Africa

 Carlos Nunes Silva (ed.) (2016). Governing Urban Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

(El País, reseña 20 03 2017)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

AAG Annual Meeting 2018

American Association of Geographers
AAG Annual Meeting 2018
New Orleans, USA
Tuesday, April 10 - Saturday, April 14, 2018



Friday, 9 June 2017

RGS-IBG 2018 Annual International Conference

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
2018 Annual International Conference
Cardiff University
Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 August 2018

Thursday, 8 June 2017

4th World Social Science Forum - 2018

4th World Social Science Forum
25-28 September 2018
Fukuoka, Japan
Theme:  Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures

Monday, 29 May 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017