Programme of the symposium will consist of paper presentations, panel discussions and workshops. You will be able to join field trips and social programme. Feel free to download detailed programme in PDF version.

Programme overview

Map of important places

1. Conference venue – Albertov 6
Faculty of Science, Charles University
GPS: 50.0687656N, 14.4246411E
2. Relax zone – park Ztracenka
A few steps to the southeast from the conference hall
GPS: 50.0682914N, 14.4265939E
3. Icebreaker – Kasárna Karlín
Located at Prvního pluku 20/2
GPS: 50.0901547N, 14.4433172E
4. Conference dinner – Karolinum
Entrance from the street Ovocný trh
GPS: 50.0861589N, 14.4233564E

Tuesday, August 10

13:15 Conference opening
13:30–14:30 Keynote 1

School geography, achievement, and education debts: What do we owe young people?
Michael Solem (room A)

15:00–16:30 Panel discussion

Developing a framework to describe school Geography Curricula around the world
Chew-Hung Chang (Chair), Di Wilmot, Gillian Kidman (room B)

16:45–18:15 Workshop and parallel session

A.1 Workshop
Geographies of Geography Education. Early career researchers’ dialogues
Victor Salinas-Silva, Xin Miao, David Örbring (room A)

B.1 Parallel session: The future of (digital) geography education post-pandemic and the role of EUROGEO
Chair: Rafael De Miguel Gonzalez
Geographical and geospatial competences from school education to higher education: digital skills, empowerment and spatial citizenship
Rafael de Miguel González
Geography, Data, Democracy and Citizenship Karl Donert Ride and smile: geographical education for sustainable development and climate change
Daniela Schmeinck
Lessons learned in the Zoom-sphere during the pandemic lockdown that will be applied in the coming years
Gerry O’Reilly

19:00 Social event


In order to show you Prague from different perspectives, we have planned our “icebreaking” meeting at Kasárna Karlín. The place is located in old military barracks that are being renovated and serve as a place for meetings, cinema, workshops etc. We have chosen it because of its friendly atmosphere and the possibility to stay outdoors or indoors (we are going to meet outdoors, but if rain comes, we can move inside).

The icebreaker starts at 19:00 – look for our colleagues with our conference’s sign. Make sure to bring your conference badge as it is your pass to free drinks at the bar (bar Garáže, you will see the sign). The open account should cover two drinks for everyone,

To get there from the Faculty of Science, take the tram 3 to the stop Florenc. From there, you it is 5–10 minutes’ walk. The address is Prvního pluku 20/2, Praha 8 (a big gate, you shouldn’t miss it).

Wednesday, August 11

9:00–10:30 Parallel sessions

A.2 Parallel session
Chair: Petr Knecht
Czech In-service Geography Teachers Conceptions of Geography Teaching: A Questionnaire Survey
Petr Knecht, Michaela Spurná
Professional vision of geography teaching students
Dana Reznícková, Miroslav Marada, Tomáš Mekota
Investigating between desk instruction: What does the teacher do in inquiry-based geography lessons?
Jeana Kriewaldt, Natasha Ziebell, Lucy Robertson, Shu Jun Lee

B.2 Parallel session
Chair: Mary Biddulph
Using a social justice framework to consider the application of a GeoCapabilities approach in secondary schools serving young people in less privileged social and economic communities
Mary Biddulph
Bridging the divide: teaching about migration and drawing on academic geography to support the development of the school geography curricula.
Tine Béneker
Teaching about migration using a GeoCapabilties approach – ‘vignettes’ as a way for teachers to connect with disciplinary knowledge
Caroline Leininger, Luc Zwartjes
Evaluating the GeoCapabilties approach to teaching about migration
David Mitchell, Martin Hanus

11:00–12:30 Parallel session and panel discussion

A.3 Parallel session:
Chair: Armin Rempfler
Tipping Points – key to a deep understanding of complex dynamic systems by learners?
Armin Rempfler, Janis Fögele, Rainer Mehren
Research on Geospatial Thinking Status of Pre-service Geography Teachers of China
Lianfei Jiang, Yushan Duan
The difficulty of geographical topics and its influence on the incidence of misconceptions
Tereza Kocová, Miroslav Marada
The identification of geography preservice teachers’ misconceptions and their role in the (teacher) education
Lenka Havelková, Martin Hanus

B.3 Panel discussion: What makes learning geography ‘powerful’? A discussion of the importance of understanding student context
Chair: Michael Solem
Powerful geographical knowledge in practice and with attention to social justice –findings and implications of the Geocapabilties 3 project
David Mitchell, Tine Béneker, Mary Biddulph, Martin Hanus, Caroline Leininger, Luc Zwartjes, Karl Donert
Exploring the use and potential of student aspirations data for making inclusive instructional decisions in geography
Thomas B. Larsen, Michael N. Solem, Richard G. Boehm

13:30–14:30 Poster exhibition

Cooperation and networking for promoting map education in Japan: A case study of the Asahikawa Children’s Environmental Map Contest
Hyunjin Kim, Ken Kuribayashi
Critical thinking in geography education: discussion, content and inner structure
Tomáš Bendl, Miroslav Marada
Geographic information systems in primary and secondary education: a systematic review
Darina Mísařová, Mašterová Vendula, Svobodová Hana, Dobrovolná Kateřina
Limits of GIS implementation in geography lessons: A systematic review
Veronika Bernhäuserová, Lenka Havelková, Martin Hanus
Political geography in secondary education
David Hána, Lenka Pavelková, Alexandra Seidlová

Student’s Perceptions of Geography: A Review
Veronika Korvasová
Summer geographical camp and preparation for international competitions in Czechia
Lenka Pavelková, Jakub Jelen, Hana Svobodová, Radek Durna
The video study of geography lessons: Which map skills teachers develop in their geography lessons?
Kristýna Štolcová, Martin Hanus
Trends and Issues in Teaching About the Local Environment in Primary Grades in Japan: Focusing on “Living Environment Studies”
Takumi Watanabe, Hiroaki Sakaue

15:00–16:30 Parallel sessions

B.4 Parallel session
Chair: Danuta Piróg
How to determine which competences are the key career capital of geography graduates? Methodology and research results
Danuta Piróg
Powerful geographical knowledge in the Finnish matriculation examination
Sirpa Tani
Creating Vignettes for Social Studies Education in Japanese GeoCapabilities project
Takashi Shimura, Kazuyoshi Nakadaira
Quality parameters of Geography teaching
Matěj Vrhel

16:45 Social event

City tour

Do not forget to register for the city tour at the registration desk. Meeting bor both tours is in front of the conference building at 16:45.

CITY TOUR 1: Classic city tour
If you are new to Prague, this may be ideal tour for you. The guide will take you from the conference building at Albertov to Karlovo náměstí, Václavské náměstí, Staroměstské náměstí, Charles Bridge and to Malostranské náměstí. The end of the tour is at Malostranské náměstí, which is a great spot for further exploration of Prague (Prague Castle is just up the hill) and its cafés (we can recommend Café Roesel just around the corner, the address is Mostecká 45, next to the Charles Bridge). The tour lasts approx. 2.5 hours.

CITY TOUR 2: Prague as seen by homeless people
If you know Prague or you like non-traditional ways of exploring places, pick this tour. We will walk from Albertov to meet one of the guides of Pragulic, a non-profit organisation that helps homeless people in Prague. We will walk around the Old Town – so after the tour, you can still walk around more and see the city centre for yourselves. The tour is in Czech with translation into English, it lasts 2 hours.

Thursday, August 12

9:00–10:00 KEYNOTE 2

Connecting everyday knowledge to school knowledge and scholarly knowledge
Tine Béneker (room A)

10:30–12:00 Parallel sessions

A.5 Parallel session
Chair: Dong-min Lee
Why and how do narrative-based geospatial technologies (ESRI Story Maps) contribute to the regional geography education for preservice geography teachers?
Dong-min Lee
Geography class development for the reading map with AR
Yoshiyasu Ida, Satoru Itoh, Masataka Tamekuni, Yoshihiro Ugawa, Hiroaki Akimoto
Agent based modelling in secondary schools: the opinion of geography teachers
An Steegen, Lore De Winter, Anton Van Rompaey
The Adoption of Geospatial Technologies for Teaching Geography at Latin American Universities
Alejandro Cascante Campos

B.5 Parallel session: Measuring the Implementation of ESD into Formal Education
Chair: Péter Bagoly-Simó
Measuring ESD Implementation: Schools as Places of Education
Ingrid Hemmer, Steven Mainka
Developing Indicators to Measure ESD Implementation into Curricula and Initial teacher Training
Steven Mainka, Rafael Labanino, Armin Lude, Marc Drognitz, Mark Ullrich, Péter Bagoly-Simó
Trying Too Hard? School Geography’s Contribution to ESD
Péter Bagoly-Simó, Johanna Hartmann, Marc Drognitz, Mark Ullrich

13:00–14:30 Parallel sessions

A.6 Parallel session:
Chair: Jongwon Lee
Adaptive testing principles in map skills development: an online tool
Martin Hanus, Lenka Havelková, Karolína Fenclová, Tereza Kocová, Veronika Bernhäuserová, Kristýna Štolcová
Exploring the online class experience and perception of the secondary geography teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea
Jongwon Lee
An empirically -informed learning progression for teaching and learning climate change in Singapore’s school geography
Chew-Hung Chang, Geok Chin Ivy Tan
Geography educators and the teaching of cultural understanding: reclaiming disciplinary significance through transcultural capacity
Niranjan Casinader

B.6 Parallel session: Environmental and sustainability education (ESE) in educational media
Chair: Matthias Kowasch
Does sustainability education lead to better geographical knowledge? – Case studies from Germany
Péter Bagoly-Simó
How geography primary school textbooks deal with sustainable development? – A comparative case study between France, Italy and Romania
Philippe Charpentier, Georgeta Stoica
Geographical Knowledge and Education for Sustainable Development in Post-Socialist School Geographies. The Hungarian Case Study
Péter Bagoly-Simó, Andrea Farsang
Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability Education in New Caledonian Textbooks
Angélique Stastny, Matthias Kowasch

15:00–16:30 Parallel sessions

B.7 Parallel session
Chair: Maria Helena Esteves
Geography Lessons as ESD to deepen cultural understanding through communication about the value of world heritage
Shigefumi Nagata
Teaching about sustainable development goals: an experience with first year Geography students
Maria Helena Esteves
Introducing Place-based Education to Rural Geography Education in China: Why and How
Xin Ai, Yushan Duan
Fieldwork around the world: A systematic mapping review
Tereza Češková, Hana Svobodová, Radek Durna, Anna Hricková, Jana Petráková, Lucie Grebíková

19:00 Social event

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place at Karolinum, the historical building of the Charles University:  Ovocný trh 560/5, Prague 1 – Old town.

Friday, August 13

8:30–10:00 Parallel sessions

A.8 Parallel session
Chair: Michael Solem
Insights, challenges and achievements of SANGO – the South African National Geography Olympiad
Clinton David van der Merwe
Between Imaginaries and the Reality of Brazilian Geography Teachers Life
Rejane Rodrigues
Discourses of climate change education: The case of geography textbooks for secondary and higher secondary education in South Africa and Norway
Erlend Eidsvik
Geography teachers’ initial training in Portugal: in the aftermath of the Bologna Declaration
Fernando Alexandre

B.8 Parallel session: Teaching Primary Geography: Setting the Foundation
Chair: Gillian Kidman
Cultural Perspectives in primary geography
Niranjan Casinader
Inquiry-based practices in primary geography
Gillian Kidman
The role of geography in promoting a media literacy in Primary School
Daniela Schmeinck
Spatial thinking in primary geography
Sarah Witham Bednarz, Injeong Jo, Euikyung Shin

10:30–12:00 Parallel sessions

A.9 Parallel session
Chair: Caroline Leininger-Frezal
An Introduction to the Compilation of Geography Textbooks in Secondary Schools in Shanghai, China from the Perspective of Key Competence
Yushan Duan
Teaching resources through experiential geography
Cédric Naudet, Caroline Leininger-Frezal
Teaching Reform Practice of "Secondary School Geography Curriculum Standards and Textbook Analysis" in China: An Attempt of Cooperative Development of East China Normal University and Yunnan Normal University
Lin Li
Building and Implementing an International PhD: From Issues to Problems. The case of Erasmus Mundus doctorates (2009-2013)
Magali Hardouin

B.9 Parallel session
Chair: Erlend Eidsvik
How to reduce a discipline: The fate of geography in the recent Norwegian curriculum renewal
Erlend Eidsvik
Differences in self- and peer assessment of preservice geography teachers’ contribution in a problem-based learning activity
Aubrey Golightly
India: Geography Teaching at Elementary Stage in Schools
Aparna Pandey
Binational Collaboration Through Geographic Inquiry
Alex Oberle, Fabian Araya

13:00–14:30 Parallel sessions

A.10 Parallel session
Chair: Petr Trahorsch
Influence of visuals from geography textbooks on children's conceptions of selected physical-geographical phenomena
Petr Trahorsch, Jan D. Bláha
Image and geography: photographic production as a methodological instrument in geographical education
Gabriel Carvalho, Linovaldo Lemos
Image and geography: photographic production as a methodological instrument in geographical education
Linovaldo Lemos, Gabriel Carvalho
‘Geojournalism’ – a Growing Movement and its Application to Geography Education
Mark Stephens, T. Emre Yildirim

15:00 Conference closing