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Map EUROGEO Conference 2015 Cappadocia

EUROGEO 2015 - Map of ancient Cappadocia, Turkey

Free Open Data Open Science Workshop

EUROGEO will hold a free Open Data and Open Science workshop on 29-30 October 2014 in Bruges, Belgium. The course is supported by a grant from the FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) Project ( for members, there is no fee for the workshop, so participants will only have to fund their travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses. for non-members of EUROGEO joining is easy and only €40. Find out more and register at:


FOSTER is a two year project that aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to FOSTER OPEN SCIENCE in their daily workflow, thus supporting researchers optimizing their research visibility and impact, the adoption of EU open access policies in line with the EU objectives on Responsible Research & Innovation. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the Horizon 2020 research programme and perspectives of the open data and open science revolution.

The course will examine the open data and specifically the visualisation, presentation and dissemination of open research. It is aimed at participants, especially young researchers, who have little or no experience at using or working with geographic information systems - however, those with experience will be able to undertake more advanced activities to further develop their skills and understanding of open data.

The workshop will review opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020 and the application process, Calls and developing partnerships.

Participants will explore open geospatial data, where is it found and examples of how it is used in different situations. The course will examine modes of geospatial data presentation and visualisation online including the use of ArcGIS Online and other digital earth tools and technologies. Participants will recognise the relevance of open data and how to convert their own information into open forms and promote it, in different ways, to citizens, civil society groups and decision makers. The use of apps to gather information and storytelling through maps will be introduced to enable research messages to be conveyed.

In advance of the course, participants will explore open data in their own institutions and countries. They will share their findings and discuss implications for their research. The workshop will then review alternative tools, data sets and the concept of open science and citizen science. The course then uses state of the art desktop software to analyse and interpret data and present findings. Participants work through a selection of European-focused exercises in different research and scientific fields, mining information from different areas such as the economics of genetically modified crops, to nature protection and hazards monitoring and interpretation.

The databank of cases will ensure something for everyone, with easy and more challenging exercises. Participants will also have the opportunity to gather data in the field and discuss ways and means of sharing this type of information. Elements like crowd-sourcing, real-time information, sensor data and other aspects will be touched on. Then, participants will work in interest groups to identify collaborative research areas, search for and identify open data sets and start to use GIS to explore the information they have obtained and how they might use this approach in training or supporting others in their research team or unit. Participants will review and evaluate their achievements and discuss and reflect on why open data and open science are important in research and in education in the geo-sciences.

Complete the application form and send it to,
Note the course will only take place if there are more than 12 confirmed applicants

EUROGEO 2015: Geography-Bridging Continents

EUROGEO will hold its 2015 Conference at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey on May 20-21st 2015.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Turkish Association of Geographers with the theme "Geography: Bridging Continents".

An all-day fieldtrip to Cappadocia is planned for May 22nd.

Cappadocia EUROGEO 2015

More information to follow here soon

10th Congress of the Hellenic Geographical Society

The 10th Congress of the Hellenic Geographical Society will be held in the historic and beautiful city of Thessaloniki Greece, October 22-24, 2014. The congress is hosted by the Department of Physical and Environmental Geography of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Call for papers and registration is now open here.

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The aim of the conference is to encourage collaboration between geographers from different countries on the theme Geography in an era of crisis. Participants are asked to engage with the issues related to the role of Geography in approaching any aspect of the current crisis, which inevitably has a spatial dimension and thus requires the understanding Geography provides as well as the development of new methods, techniques and research partnerships by Geographers. The papers to be presented can draw on the latest geographical research on a wide range of topics and themes to offer comparative analyses of issues related to global and local economy and the environment, population and natural resources, climate change, water resources, geomorphology , geographical education etc., and other areas related to the present day crisis.

EUROGEO Conference 2014

The EUROGEO 2014 conference attracted more than 200 papers and posters 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”.

Keynote presentations - Poster winners

Mei Po Kwan EIUROGEO 2014 conference photo

There were three keynote presentations from Professor Mei Po Kwan, Professor Vladimir Kolossov and Professor Russell King.

Professor Kwan ( illustrated how spatial and temporal contexts are problematic in understanding people pattern processes. She showed how micro-geography was important in activity space will examples of actual space, potential place and selection bias. Professor Kolossov, President of the IGU (, looked at conceptual changes in border studies. He explored how before countries had borders, today due to geopolitical issues they are borders. Professor King ( examined migration in relation to Albania, a country with huge movements within and beyond its borders.

Sessions were held on a wide variety of themes including Cultural Geography, Geographic information and INSPIRE, GIS, Transport, Landscapes, European development, Urban and Regional Geographies, Geography and Borders, Health and the role of spatial data in nature conservation.

There were also longitudinal tracks on Coastal Landforms, Geographical Education, Geography in Practise and Human and Economic Geography.

Several free workshops took place as part of the conference programme, on Writing for Publication in the European Journal of Geography, Open Access to and the use of LIDAR data for research, ArcGIS Online and the I-Use Project: statistics in education.

A special session celebrated 35 years of EUROGEO and looked to the future of the association and the role it plays in promoting Geography. EUROGEO timeline.

EIUROGEO 2014 conference photo

EUROGEO conference Photo Peter Weenick

A final session at the conference, organized by the Chair of the IGU Commission for Geographic Education Professor Joop van der Schee, brought delegates together to discuss the future of geography education with the Presidents of the IGU, EUGEO and EUROGEO as a follow-up to the Rome Declaration on Geographical education.

Members of the AAG, EGEA (European Young Geographers) and SEAGA (South East Asian Geographers) participated in the debate, which will be continued at the IGU Krakow meeting.

EUROGEO Conference Poster Awards
More than 35 posters on very diverse themes were presented at the conference. Prizes were awarded for the best ones.

Neogeography and perception of seismic risk: a comparison of two case studies: Calabria (Southern Italy) and Malta, De Pascale F., Bernardo M., Muto F., & D'Amico S. (University of Calabria); Zumbo R., Galea P. & Agius M. (University of Malta), download

Mei Po Kwan EIUROGEO 2014 conference photo

Distribution of dissolved heavy metals in the Selenga River basin, Shinkareva G. (Lomonosov Moscow State University), download

Mei Po Kwan EIUROGEO 2014 conference photo

More conference information

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Joop van der Schee photo

Valdimir Kolossov Photo

Excellence Award for EUROGEO

EUROGEO in collaboration with Z_GIS Salzburg University were awarded a Geospatial Policy Implementation Award at the Geospatial World Forum in Geneva for their activities on the EC funded project. Karl Donert received the award on behalf of the project at the event held in May 2014 ( Geospatial Award photo

The award was presented in recognition of the successful advocacy and promotional activities that directly impacted on the development of the use of geospatial science and technology in education. The project has been a partnership of 87 organizations from more than 20 countries. A European Centre was founded to generate a European infrastructure of expert Digital Earth Centres ( with the potential to form multipliers by working with many academics and educators in their own situations, influence national and European policy and communicate and advocate future visions as part of an informed Community of Practice. The network has created further innovation and entrepreneurial activity, through spinoff projects like Spatial Citizenship (, GeoSkills Plus on careers ( and I-Use for statistics in schools (

Innovative Learning Geography published

Cambridge Scholars publish Innovative Learning Geography book eduted by Rafael de Miguel and Karl Donert. Opportunities for developing innovative approaches in teaching and learning geography have been rapidly increasing in recent years. This is in part because of the spread of new technologies that allow access to geographic information and geographic geo-media resources. These new tools offer broad access to information and open data sources. They have revolutionised the way in which teachers of geography can work with pupils and students. Innovative Learning book graphic

"Education for Digital Earth" is now possible. As such, the exclusive use of traditional approaches to the teaching of geography is no longer reasonable today. The European Commission-funded network initiative,, promotes innovation and best practices in the implementation of geo-media as a digital learning environment for school learning and teaching. This book, supported by EUROGEO, analyses the main challenges facing geographical education - curriculum, methodology, teacher education and training and geospatial technologies - and illustrates different examples of the use of geoinformation in geographical education in several European countries..Read more at

New Mountain Research and Development issue

The latest issue of MRD explores migration among ethnic Tibetans in Nepal; mountain agriculture and development potentials in Thailand; prediction of tourist movements in a protected area in Yunnan; climate change impacts on water availability in Nepal; changes in cattle breeding and forest grazing, as well as community perceptions of commercial oak harvesting for firewood, both in Bhutan; firewood consumption in the Tajik Pamirs; and soil degradation in a mountain range in Benin. School on the Cloud Wordle graphic graphic


Upcoming events

Open Data, Open Science: free workshop, Bruges, Belgium, 29-30 October 2014 More information

GIS Training course Bruges, Belgium, 27-31 October 2014 More information

Digital Earth tools and technologies Bruges, Belgium, 27-31 October 2014 More information

Digital Earth tools and technologies Ghent, Belgium, 17-21 November 2014 More information

EUROGEO Annual Meeting - 20-22 May 2015 -Ankara Turkey, details to follow here

European Journal of Geography Update

Issue 2 of the journal for 2014 was published in late May 2013, this was a special issue resulting from the EUGEO conference in Rome. The ToC has the following papers:


Visit to download articles


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The European Journal of Geography (EJG) is the main publication of the European Association of Geographers. It seeks to provide commentary and the latest research in all areas of geography and related subjects. The purpose of the journal is to promote the discipline and the work of geographers to decision makers. EJG is an important lobbying tool in Brussels and Strasbourg. Geographers need to have increasing influence in decision making circles and, based on their work and research, have many important things to say. Submission details for the European Journal of Geography can be found at

Geographical Stories Database

Stories Database: EUROPE

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French territorial reform: bigger regions, greater EU influence
Maltese EU passport sale a controversy
Map of Europe's voting patterns
Poll: Over 85% of East Europeans back robust 2030 climate goals
The tourist resort abandoned in 1974. Hope for a real ghost town in Cyprus? Symbol of peace or another wall?

Population projections PRB World Population Data Sheet: Europe's population, now 740m, will be 732m by 2050

Stories Database: CLIMATE NEWS

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Climate change will 'cost world far more than estimated'
Sea level rising, flood risk and UK nuclear plants

Stories Database: ENVIRONMENT

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Acidification & warming threaten iconic Mediterranean species
Chinese environmental group develops app to shame air polluting factories
How our oceans are creeping back into geography classrooms
How So Much Plastic Got Into the Frozen Arctic Sea


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A Sleeping Empire Awakes migrating workers in China
Philosophy of urban planning
Population projections PRB World Population Data Sheet: Europe's population, now 740m, will be 732m by 2050
Ski Tourism: an insatiable hunger
Social geography - Xenia Gazette
The 'New Scramble for Africa'
The Cartography Of Geopolitical Chaos
Welcome to DataShine! Census info


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Ancient volcano responsible for Earth's first mass extinction
Download CryoSat-2 Ice and Ocean Data Products
Earthquake 'swarm' near Noatak Alaska, puzzling scientists
Giant prehistoric landslide dammed Yangtze River and could happen again
How El Niño will change the world's weather in 2014
Real time lightning map
What’s Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?
Why were Images of flooding in Colorado not posted?
Tropical Ice Cores: a new 1800-year record


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Ptolemy’s Geographia
BBC News - Heated cycle lanes to warm Dutch winter cyclists
ESRI commits $1 billion in free GIS accounts for US K-12 #schools - Europe?
GIS: Turning Geography into Geographic Understanding
Help Analyze Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Location Analytics: Bringing Geography Back
World of Water, Seen From Space


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From geo-education to geocommunication, GA keynote lecture on geography and the media @Profiainstewart
How Much Have We Polluted?
News stories / videos / photos / graphics) from the BBC on the UK winter storms
Take your class to Rio....
World Cup 2014 maps and apps



eBook Understanding Big Data Analytics:
Free eBook Variable data types
How climate change might affect the Sahara:
Latest issue of European Countryside

Fellowships, Tenders and Grants

A huge number of grant opportunities are available under Erasmus+ and H2020.

Peter Jones memorial award Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association GB
This recognises a postgraduate student for a research publication that has made a major contribution to knowledge in estuarine science, technology and management. Award amount max: 500 GBP Closing date: 30 September 2014

ife Climate Change Action Projects to develop and implement innovative ways to respond to the climate change challenge across Europe. Call for proposals The deadline for project submissions is 16 October 2014.

The Ove Arup Foundation invites applications for its smaller project grants. These support projects that are consistent with the education purposes of the foundation in the built environment. Previously funded projects include events, training programmes, workshops and institutional development initiatives. Funding is not available for individuals.

Global exploration fund for northern Europe research grants, National Geographic Society, US This supports hypothesis-based scientific research and is awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences. The average award is 20,000 euros.

European Space Agency invites applications from European university students for sponsorship to attend a range of conferences

Sustainability project grants Grants are available in four different areas of focus; environment, empowerment, education and sustainable design. Programs or organizations applying for funding must serve communities where Alcoa has operating plants or offices. The minimum grant request is $15,000.

EC Call for proposals: Promotion of trans-national thematic tourism

Call for proposals Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus +, submission on various dates depending on Action

EDA: Earth observation and fuel dependencies - call for proposals

Europe for Citizens There are a range of different actions in this funding stream. Visit the following website for more information, including deadlines and dates:

COST: open call for research network funding

The EU Directorate-General for Competition invites applications for a literature review on the role and effectiveness of regional investment aid.

CyberGIS Fellows program:

Migration fellow programme Institute of Migration - Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Finland. This aims to foster research and to promote professional development in the field of migration research, to advance international research connections and mobility among researchers, and to promote internationalisation of science. The programme is open to scholars from both Finland and abroad and it covers travel and accommodation costs for short stays at the institute. Closing date: 31 Aug 14

Grants for networking initiatives Irish Marine Institute These support short inward or outward visits aimed at fostering research collaboration and technology transfer, such as H2020 pre-application meetings or attendance at marine-related conferences and training courses overseas. Grants are worth up to 750 euros.

Grants for workshops and conferences Irish Marine Institute, IE These provide support for the organisation of national and international marine conferences and workshops in Ireland. Grants are worth up to 1,500 euros.

Calls for papers
Journal of Economics and International Business Management JEIBM
Conservation Science is considering papers for inclusion
Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest
E3 Journal of Environment Research and Management
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology
European Educational Research Journal
European Journal of Geography
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)
International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design,
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) Review
Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences (JABS)
JABS Journal of BioUrbanism (JBU), architecture, planning, and built environment
Journal of Digital Humanities
Journal of Global Studies in Education
Journal of Learning Analytics
Net Journal of Social Sciences
Open Geography Journal
Prime Journal of Social Science
RIGEO: papers in education geography
Ubiquitous Personal Learning Environment (UPLE)

Geographical Events
A list of 2014 events and conferences are located on the main EUROGEO Web site: Click here

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