IGU-CGE Conference 2020 POSTPONED

Dear colleagues,

In light of the current situation of the world due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Local Organizing Committee, in consultation with the co-chairs of the Commission on Geographical Education (IGU-CGE) have decided to postpone the conference to 2021.

We hope that such a decision does not bring too much of inconvenience and that you understand why we have made such a decision. We weighed the risks of uncertainty in the development of the situation with the benefits of continuing with the planned schedule. We also took reference from the postpone of the IGC to 2021.

We sincerely hope to meet you in Prague next year. The preliminary dates have been set for the week of August 9 to 13. Further details (including the exact dates) will be published on the conference website in advance as well as in the CGE newsletter.

The Scientific Committee of the CGE Conference has also decided to keep the theme and that all the proposals submitted are kept for next year. The authors of the submissions will be asked, sufficiently in advance, whether they want to keep their proposals or whether they want to change them. It will, of course, be possible to submit new proposals too.

The participants who have already paid the conference fee can either apply for a refund (fees for currency exchange may be applied) or they can keep their fees for the next year. In any case, please contact us and inform us about your preferences in this regard.

We sincerely apologise that we have to put you through this postponement of the event.

We believe that when we will meet in 2021 we will be able to enjoy an attractive scientific programme as well as the social events. Most of all, we hope you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Prague.

Please stay well. Be vigilant and take care.

Best regards
Martin Hanus
On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees

IGU-CGE 2020 International Conference takes place 11th–14th August 2020 in Prague, Czechia.

Geographical education researchers, teacher trainers and teachers from all around the world are invited to participate in the CGE 2020 International Conference with the main theme: Making connections: Cooperation and Networking in Geographical Education.

With this theme, the organising committee intends to support one of the main goals of the Commission on Geographical Education: the networking of researchers from all around the world who investigate geographical education from different perspectives. It is this networking of researchers that can be considered one of the main aspects of knowledge development (not only) in the field of geographical education. Geographical education is organised within different countries in different ways, but many features and characteristics are common to most countries. International cooperation can therefore help to multiply the effect of new findings and to help to solve research and educational issues in different countries and to develop states’ systems of education. Indeed, as, among other things, it is emphasized in the International Charter on Geographical Education, there is a need “…to support the global development and awareness of quality within geographical education to promote and encourage international co-operation by sharing limited resources and assisting educators in different countries to learn from each other.“

With regard to that, the conference will subsequently aim to create the conditions for internationalization of national researches and to strengthen the efforts to build international teams of researchers and educators.

Choosing the theme of the conference, the organisation committee is also building up on historical traditions. Since the medieval times, Central Europe has been an area that connected the eastern and western parts of Europe, Catholic and Orthodox civilizations, and where scholars from more distant countries have met and exchanged their experience. This tradition was one of the causes of the foundation of the Charles University (in 1348), the oldest European university north of the Alps, that is hosting the conference. For several days in August 2020, Prague will become once again the world capital of geographical education. Researchers, educators, teacher trainers and teachers interested in geographical education are invited to participate in the scientific programme (sessions, workshops, papers etc.) to enjoy a rich social programme and to enjoy the beauties of Prague.

Our Keynote Speakers

Sibylle Reinfried

Professor of Geography and Geographical Education at University of Teacher Education in Lucerne, Switzerland

David Lambert

Professor of Geographical Education at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL – IOE)

Luděk Sýkora

Professor at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague