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IGU Conferences 2011 (Chile) - 2012 (Germany)

International Geographic Union Regional Geographic Conference UGI 2011 United and Integrated with the World 14th – 18th November 2011 Santiago, Chile

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IGC COLOGNE 2012 DOWN TO EARTH – IGC 2012 RETURNS TO ESSENTIALS IGC 2012 focuses scientific attention on core themes of humanity. The Congress will not only provide the traditional framework for the meetings of the IGU Commissions and Task Forces - with the concept “down to earth” it will acquire a unique slant. Four major thematic complexes highlight geography’s scientific contribution to the solution of central problems. These can be summarized as follows: Global change and globalisation • The spatial dimension and “hot spots” of global change • Governance of global crises • Health and environment • Global resource management • Paradoxes of globalisation • Innovations for a globalised future Society and environment • Global changes: the perspective of the “South” • Resource use and resource management • Institutional responses to climate change • Environment and planning • Environmental aspects of economic change • Environmental perception – environmental protection Risks and conflicts • Hazard and risk – theories, concepts and methods • The integrative potential of risk studies • Forward-looking approaches to environmental risks • Conflict studies – theories, concepts and methods • Spatial conflicts and their interpretations • Geographical contributions to conflict solutions Urbanisation and demographic change • New urbanity • The demographic gap: growth and shrinking • Inclusion and exclusion in cities • Environmental aspects of urban growth • Governance of urban space • The transformation of migration processes „Down to earth“ also stands for a return to a congress culture that concentrates on fundamentals. Scientific ex - change and transfer into practice will be to the oreground. Participation costs will be reduced to a minimum in order to enable students and young scientists from all round the world to participate. For this reason and to reinforce the academic tradition, the Congress will take place in the buildings of the University of Cologne. Special events for young scientists will make the Congress particularly attractive for this target group. They will have a platform in the “Young Researchers’ Forum”. School students from the region will be given the opportunity to participate in selected events. The programme will be rounded off by a Deutscher Geographentag /German Geographical Congress within the framework of IGC 2012. The focus here will be primarily on German-language contributions, especially those dealing with schools and educational issues and applied geography. WELCOME TO GERMANY! Germany is at the heart of Europe: a multi-faceted country, in both geographical and cultural terms. The beaches of the North Sea and the Baltic, the castles of the Rhine valley, the forests of the central hills and mountains and the peaks of the Alps in the south are legendary. The country’s chequered history and its modern face are reflected in many places: in the medieval town centres of Nuremberg, Freiburg or Lübeck, in Dresden with its art treasures, in the international financial centre Frankfurt/Main, Munich as a technological centre, in the cosmopolitan mercantile city of Hamburg, the media metropolis Cologne and in Berlin, the multicultural capital. More than 81 million people live in the 16 German Länder with their regional customs and individual traditions. In the home of Bach and Beethoven, Goethe and Schiller, music, literature and art are highly valued. The 6.7 million foreign residents also contribute to Germany’s cultural variety. Knowledge and innovation are important resources. Germany is one of the world’s greatest industrial and export nations, and the label “Made in Germany” promises quality and durability. Sophisticated universities and research provide the conditions necessary for international successes and a high standard of living. IGC COLOGNE 2012 DOWN TO EARTH The letter C stands for many different things in Cologne C for Church: the city’s hallmark monument, Cologne Cathedral, is world famous, with its two 157m towers and a construction history stretching over many centuries. There are also twelve large Romanesque churches in the centre of the city, which are among the most important of their type in Western Europe. C for Culture: modern art or medieval works, Roman finds, East Asian treasures to design exhibitions – every visitor will find something of interest in the numerous museums of this cosmopolitan city on the Rhine. With a population of more than one million, Cologne is one of the largest cities in Germany. Many nationalities live here, and Cologne’s media and music are internationally significant. C for Carnival and Cölsch (in Cologne dialect: Kölsch): fun and boisterousness rule in the” fifth” season. The traditional carnival parade on the Monday (Rosenmontag) preceding Ash Wednesday attracts tourists from around the world. Cölsch, the typical Cologne beer, plays an important role on all festive occasions. It is sold everywhere - in the historic town centre, in pubs on street corners and on the romantic Rhine promenade. C FOR COLOGNE TOP-CLASS INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH The University of Cologne, which was founded by citizens of Cologne more than 600 years ago, is one of the largest and most popular universities in Germany today. Its six faculties provide an unrivalled range of subjects for its 45,000 students, ca. 5,300 of whom come from 154 different countries. Around 200 partnership agreements link the scientists in Cologne with colleagues in more than 40 countries. The campus is in the centre of the city, including the Geography Department, which will host the 32nd International Geographical Congress in 2012. Scientists at the Department study megacities, issues in development cooperation, social geographical themes and planning in the framework of society-environment studies. They examine interactions between industry and resource use and analyse environmental pressures and pollution. They have expertise in geochronology, applied geomorphology and landscape studies, geoarchaeology and environmental modelling. There is a strong emphasis on the methodology of remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems. The Depart - ment also has a high profile in the study of education and learning processes. The Department has regional interests in East, South and Southeast Asia, the arid regions of Africa,North America, Australia and Europe. STRONG PARTNERS The network of Geography Departments at German universities is both wide-ranging and closely knit: geographers teach and research in 63 different locations in Germany. Their contacts range widely through national and international research, and extend into teacher training and in-service training for teacher as well as a wide variety of applied fields. Geographers are in demand wherever spatial competence is called for: in fundamental research, in urban, regional and environmental planning, in promotion of the economy, political consultancy or development co-operation. The Geography Departments with their individual profiles offer attractive educational opportunities. Interdisciplinary and international research cooperation has many facets: geographers are engaged in successful cooperations with geoscientists, economists and sociologists. The German Geographical Society (DGfG) represents the interests of geography. It is the umbrella organisation for the specialised geographical associations and geographical societies in Germany. It has 15,000 members, including 6,000 geographers working in schools and applied professions. Important dates 32nd International Geographical Congress in Cologne: 26 - 30 August 2012 Calls: Call for Session-Proposals: 1 July 2010 - 1 April 2011 Call for Papers: 1 July 2011 - 15 December 2011 Registration: Before 10 April 2012 for reduced congress fees Before 10 April 2012 registration for field trips over several days Before 1 June 2012 registration for one-day field trips Last opportunity for registration: 31 July 2012. Day tickets may be purchased during the Congress. Contact: IGC 2012 Organising Committee Geographisches Institut der Universität zu Köln Albertus-Magnus-Platz D-50923 Cologne Germany Tel: +49-(0)221/470-4142 Fax: +49-(0)221/470-4917 mailto: Information:

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