Magazine article Geographical

Two Major Conferences Taking Place in August

Magazine article Geographical

Two Major Conferences Taking Place in August

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16-20 August

One Earth--Many Worlds The 30th Congress of the International Geographical Union (IGC-UK 2004)


The 30th Congress of the International Geographical Union will take place at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow and in the nearby Moat House Hotel. The International Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) forms an integral part of the congress programme, which has its focus on 18 August. The congress theme, One Earth--Many Worlds, is inclusive of physical, human and environmental concerns, and aims to demonstrate the role of modern communications in geographical education. Within the main theme there will be the following sub-themes:

* Geography and sustainability

* Environmental innovation

* Global trends--local challenges

* Resource and hazard management

* Environmental sensitivity

* Communication and diversity

* Implications of the knowledge economy

The academic programme

During the congress, academic programme sessions will mainly take the form of plenary papers and paper sessions. Sessions include joint and interdisciplinary academic sessions involving IGU commissions and RGS-IBG research groups.

Academic excursions

Several pre-, during, and post-congress excursions have been arranged for delegates, including:

* Iceland: Landscape and environmental change

* Karst in Ireland: Geomorphology, hydrology and resource management

* Land use and rural sustainability in Scotland

* Social inclusion in urban Scotland

* Exploring central Glasgow

* Transport histories and futures in Glasgow

* An historical geography of Edinburgh

* Loch Lomond, Glen Coe and Glen Roy

* Geomorphology of the Cairngorms

* Coastal processes and management in the Dornoch and Moray Firths

* Land management and conservation issues in the Scottish Highlands

The congress will also provide a range of associated activities including:

* An international conference on geomorphology and sustainability

* A display from the International Schools Poster Competition

* Exhibitions of geographical books

* A social programme, including two receptions

For full registration details, information on the academic programme, the academic excursions and social trips and where to stay, see the IGC-UK 2004 website www. …

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