In 2014, EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers) completed 35 years of operation. This is the fourth of a series of blog posts celebrating this anniversary by looking back at 2014 from the posts in the association monthly newsletter. Subscribe to the EUROGEO newsletter
EUROGEO News Highlights 2014 (May-August)
In May the Annual meeting of the EUROGEO association took place during the Annual conference in Valetta, Malta. More than 200 papers and posters were presented as Geographers from more than 40 countries gathered in Valetta, Malta for the EUROGEO conference on the theme “The Power of Geography and the Role of Spatial Information”. I was really delighted to participate in a special session to celebrate 35 years of EUROGEO which also looked to the future of the association and the role it plays in promoting Geography. See the EUROGEO timeline
The work of EUROGEO in the Council of Europe was highlighted through the working group called ‘Living Together’. The aim of the Council of Europe initiative is to develop an accountable, dynamic society that recognises its place in the world and focuses on the active responsibility we must take in living together peacefully, in harmony and respect for one another and the environment. Living Together at the Council of Europe.
In May I attended the GeoSpatial World Forum in Geneva, where EUROGEO in collaboration with Z_GIS Salzburg University was presented with a Geospatial Policy Implementation Award at the Geospatial World Forum for activities on the EC funded digital-earth.eu project. I received the award on behalf of the project at the event.
At the June meeting of the Council of Europe, I was elected Vice President of the Commission on Democracy Social Cohesion and Global Challenges in the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs. EUROGEO has been a member of the Council since 1987 and has continuously been present and represented there. The INGOs meet in Strasbourg at the same time as the Parliamentary Assembly.
In July we participated in the pilot workshop for the SPACIT “Spatial Citizenship” Project. This is co-funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) to equip teachers with the learning tools necessary to support active participation of young citizens in the decision-making processes of their communities. This is achieved by using geo-media, such as digital maps and digital information shared through social media.
The project has since completed the training materials, which are available for downlod from the Project Web site.
EUROGEO participated in the EASSH (Social Science and Humanities) meeting, attended by more than 70 European and international associations from all thematic areas. The aim of EASSH is to voice publicly the best interests of European social science and humanities. EUROGEO members are involved in the organization and Steering group. See http://tinyurl.com/odb6pyq for more information.
The 2014 EUROGEO newsletters are available at http://www.eurogeography.eu/eurogeo-newsletters-2014/