IGU-CGE Conference 2021 

Dear colleagues,

Local Organizing Committee is pleased with your interest in the IGU-CGE conference focussed on Making Connections: Cooperation and Networking in Geographical Education. Although the conference was postponed last year to reduce risks, the world’s situation remains challenging and uncertain. Considering the uncertainty of the situation at the start of 2021, LOC has decided to open the participants/abstracts registration as late as possible (preliminarily expected in April or May).

Together with the Steering Committee of IGU-CGE, LOC works with multiple scenarios, including face-to-face meeting and online conference. The final format will be announced during the spring months. The most preferred is the “in-person meeting “in August in Prague, but only if the world’s situation improves sufficiently. The preliminary date remains the same: August 10–13 2021.

Thank you for understanding and, please, stay in touch for further details.

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

IGU-CGE 2021 International Conference takes place 10th–13th August 2021 in Prague, Czechia.

Geographical education researchers, teacher trainers and teachers from all around the world are invited to participate in the CGE 2021 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 2021, 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