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 Convenor (e-mail: )

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 - 15 January 2018

For additional information about the Session, contact:
             Carlos Nunes Silva, IGU Commission Geography of Governance
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

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

Friday, 28 April 2017

75th Anniversary International Congress of Turkish Geography Society - 2017

75th Anniversary International Congress of Turkish Geography Society  (TGS 75th Year)

Organized within the framework of Turkish Geography Society
8-10 November 2017
Faculty of Language and History-Geography,
Department of Geography
Ankara, Turkey

Turkish Geographical Society

Thursday, 27 April 2017

International Cartographic Conference 2017

The 28th nnual  International  Cartographic  Conference
Washington,  D.C.,, July 2-7, 2017

Conference website:

China-Macau: full member of the International Geographical Union

Following the recent IGU General Assembly, China-Macau has been confirmed 
as a full member country (Category A) of the International Geographical Union.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

113th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition - 2017

113th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition  - 2017
 “The Quest for Legitimacy: Actors, Audiences and Aspirations.” 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

29th Biennial Conference of North East India Geographical Society & XI IGU Commission Seminar on Environment and Sustainable Livelihood - 2018

29th Biennial Conference of North East India Geographical Society
XI IGU Commission Seminar on Environment and Sustainable Livelihood
IGU Commission on Biogeography and Biodiversity
IGU Commission on Geo-Heritage
 India, February 8-10, 2018

Conference "Sustainability and Energy Issues"

Friday, 10 February 2017

Recommendations for the New Urban Agenda

N-aerus  (2016). Recommendations for the New Urban Agenda. A Cities Alliance and N-AERUS Partnership Activity to facilitate the link between knowledge generation and global policy-making towards Habitat III. (ISBN 978-84-617-7481-4)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

German Congress of Geography 2017

German Congress of Geography
Tübingen, Germany
September 30th to October 5th 2017

The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies

Dorina Pojani & Dominic Stead (Eds.) (2017).  ‘The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies’. Springer  (ISBN: 978-3-319-43849-8)  


Farewell to Decentralisation: The Hungarian Story and its General Implications

Ilona Pálné; Ákos Bodor; István Finta; Zoltán Grünhut; Péter Kacziba & Gábor Zongor  (2017). Farewell to Decentralisation: The Hungarian Story and its General Implications. Croatian and comparative public administration : a journal for theory and practice of public administration, Vol.16, No.4,  pages 789-816.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Territorial Governance across Europe: Pathways, Practices and Prospects



This book provides a comprehensive framework for analysing, comparing and promoting territorial governance in policy relevant research. It reveals in-depth considerations of the emergence, state-of-the art and evolution of the concept of territorial governance. A unique series of ten case studies across Europe, from neighbourhood planning in North Shields in the North East of England to climate change adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region, provides far-reaching insights into a number of key elements of territorial governance. The book draws generalised empirically-based conclusions and discusses modes of transferability of ‘good practices’. A number of suggestions are presented as to how the main findings from this book can inform theories of territorial governance and spatial policy and planning.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


International Geographical Union
Commission Geography of Governance

Annual Conference 2017
'Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda'

19-21 October 2017
University of Salento
Lecce - Italy

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Conference - Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning

Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning
Poznań – Obrzycko (Poland)
June 22-24, 2017


Association for Spatial Planning (Poland)
Metropolitan Research Center, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Symposium Goal

Researchers and practitioners of urban planning have had a variable interest in developing and applying methods of public participation since the 1970s, when the rational model of planning started  to  be  criticized  as  technocratic,  top-down,  and  separated  from  communities. The interest in methods accelerated in the mid-1990s, accompanied by the developments in public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) and participatory GIS (PGIS). The arrival of Web2  in  2000s  and  improvements  in  geographic  information  technologies  resulted  in  the proliferation of geographically related  tools and  Web services (Geoweb) for individuals and groups. Developments in P/PGIS, volunteered geographic information (VGI), and Geoweb have been recently paralleled by the growth of holistic approach to public participation in urban planning exemplified by Geodesign –  a process relying on geographic digital methods and tools for  integrating  analysis,  evaluation,  design  and  public  involvement  in  urban  and  regional planning. Despite  much  interest  in  participatory  methods  rooted  in  mapping  and  visualization  of geographical data,  there has not been a gathering of scholars in P/PGIS, VGI, Geoweb, and Geodesign  sharing  their  research  and  learning  from  one  another.  The  symposium  Modern Methods and Tools for Public Participation in Urban Planning 2017  will offer an opportunity for scholars  to  critically  discuss  methodological  underpinnings  of  geographically-explicit participatory  methods  in  urban  planning  and  share  their  experiences  with  applications  in realistic planning settings. The format of the symposium with fewer papers than at many larger conferences will provide an ample time for meaningful discussion and offer an opportunity to foster future research collaborations.


Conference Office: Magdalena Karczewicz, e-mail: