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European Association of Geographers

Newsletter

October 2010

Joining EUROGEO - Web site - EUROGEO Community

Contents

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Association News

Geo-News

European News

Geo-Resources

Geo-events

EUROGEO News Headlines

2011 Conference information

Council of Europe News

The Historiana Project

EUROGEO and Home for Cooperation

Journal Web site now available for submission

Geocube wins Schoolzone award

Geocube NOW in German

STOP PRESS: EUROGEO and the Think Tank on Education in Europe

EUROGEO News

EUROGEO 2011 meeting and conference, 2-5 June 2011

Call for Papers & Posters: EUROGEO 2011: Geography: Your World - A European Perspective Titania Hotel, Athens, Greece.

EUROGEO 2011 is a forum for researchers to present and discuss recent advances and developments in Geography and related subjects. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to, economic, cultural, social, historical and political geography, planning, and land management, urban and rural systems, new technologies and geoinformation, environment and sustainability, geographical education, transport communications & networking.

All papers in the EUROGEO 2011 conference proceedings will be eligible for submission to the Special Issue of the European Journal of Geography on the conference theme. Athens is the capital city of Greece, said to be the birthplace of geography. It is renowned all over the world for its millenary history, for spreading art, culture, science and philosophy throughout, thus being the cradle of modern western civilization. Important Dates: Deadline for abstract submission is February 27, 2011.

For further information, visit http://www.ntua.gr/MIRC/EUROGEO/index.html
Email: Maria Pigaki - pigaki@survey.ntua.gr

Council of Europe News

EUROGEO was present at the October 2010 Council of Europe NGO meetings. You can read more about the activities at www.eurogeography.eu/CoE.htm.

All agendas and a synopsis of the meetings can be found on the website of the Council of Europe under Conference of INGO’s. www.coe.int EUROGEO uses these meetings to contribute, disseminate the existence of our organisation and to network with other organisations. Any member of EUROGEO who is interested can participate. Contact eurogeomail@yahoo.co.uk

 

EUROGEO and the Historiana Project

Historiana is an initiative of EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators and the Netherlands Institute for Heritage, in which an online, interactive, multimedia tool will be developed on the learning and teaching of common themes in history and heritage. The website can be used for educational purposes in classrooms, museums and heritage settings and will provide a plurality of perspectives with respect for inter- and intra-state diversity. EUROGEO, the European Associations of Geographers is collaborating in the project as map specialists related to the six themes covered by the project. A first glance on how the website will look like can be found at www.historiana.eu

EUROGEO and the Home for Cooperation

Located in the buffer zone in Nicosia Cyprus, the Home for Cooperation will function as shared space for intercommunal cooperation and dialogue. The home will open in Spring 2011. When you think of Cyprus we see a border crossing from West to East in the Northern part of the island. A border with a history and a border with geographical consequences. Geography has always been involved in borders as well on maps as well as in real life. EUROGEO has been asked to be involved in the opening of the House for Cooperation, focussing on the border as a place to meet. EUROGEO is participating in formatting the opening of the house in a practical way. As more details are known they will be published. http://www.cyprus-tube.com/historical-dialogue/

EUROGEO and the European Education Think Tank

Stop press: Recently EUROGEO is invited to participate in an international Think Tank on Education in Europe in the 21st Century and to look at the tensions between Economics versus Politics, Society and Environment. The project is iniated by the European Academy in Otzenhausen, Germany. More later on this project.

Other News
Members of the EUROGEO Board attended meetings associated with geographical information at the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) to be involved in important decisions being made about access to data and geo-portals.

   

GeoCube

The GeoCube web site has landed a highly recommended award from the Education organisation Schoolzone.

EUROGEO has just launched the German version of the Geo-Cube. Geocube provides a multimedia Web site aimed to help the promotion of what geography is and what geographers do. The German version is now available.

Please contact Karl Donert if you would be interested in translating the Geo-cube into your language. Thanks to ESRI Europe for their support.

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Site highly rated by Schoolzone.co.uk

 

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Joining EUROGEO

EUROGEO has four categories of membership.

New EUROGEO members are allowed to select one FREE publication from the publications list (while stocks last).

Membership gives you access to the EUROGEO community, you will receive 6 newsletters a year, reductions on publications and reduced conference fees.

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What is EUROGEO?

EUROGEO as an association was set up in 1979 with strong support from the European Commission. Members from national association formed a European association to represent the views and opinions of geographers in different European countries to the EU . The association has had participatory status at the Council of Europe since 1989. EUROGEO has established its legal home in Belgium as an International not-for-profit organisation. If you would like to know more please contact luc.zwartjes@skynet.be

Meet the Board of EUROGEO

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Geographical News


Call for papers: Environmental Education Research, a special issue on the Media, Animal Conservation and Environmental Education, http://tandf.msgfocus.com/c/19m5hT967jayN7AEdDj

Global Education course Apply for the Global Education on-line Training-Course, which will take place from 8 November to 3 December 2010 - deadline 27 October, http://lists.hrea.org/phplist/lt.php?id=Kh5TAgVRAA9XBhgGCwQBW04GBlcDDQ%3D%3D

Fear of toxic sludge spread after Hungary catastrophe National Disaster Units in co-operation with other rescue crews tried to stop seepage from an aluminum factory in Western Hungary amidst rising concern the toxic red sludge from the plant could reach Romania trough the network of rivers in the Danube region. http://euobserver.com/9/30984/?rk=1

Japanese satellite receiving station for disaster response goes live! More at http://www.icimod.org/?page=1522

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme has issued an Announcement of Opportunity for a series of major consortium projects to be awarded in 2011. Full details about the call are available at the NERC website at: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/espa/events/ao6.asp

Earth Observation for Climate Change Resilient Mountain Communities, press release at http://www.icimod.org/index.php?page=1520

New Journals, ESERA, the European Science Education Research Association (http://www.naturfagsenteret.no/esera/index.html) will develop its journal into the International Journal of Science Education Part A: Formal Science Education, which will be concerned with schools, colleges, universities, teacher education, and the new journal International Journal of Science Education Part B: Science Communication and Public Engagement.

Hurricane Katrina, 5 years on, http://glclk.about.com/?zi=12/AjpN

Google "Street View" couvre l'Antarctique, http://www.lematin.ch/flash-info/monde/cartographie-ligne-google-street-view-couvre-antarctique

Digitalurban, The time for neogeography is up http://www.digitalurban.org/2010/02/come-in-neogeography-your-time-is-up.html

Crowd mapping http://e-blogs.wikio.co.uk/alternative-surveyors-%E2%80%93-mapping-activism-worldwide

Pollution and pesticides: new study http://healthmad.com/health/pollution-and-pesticides-scientists-discovered-new-threats-to-human-health/

Silent Snow a new documentary film will open in this Fall. An Inuit search for solutions to the chemical poisoning of the world. Pre-screening of the film has already set the tone that this film might surpass ‘An Incovenient Truth’ of Al Gore. www.silentsnow.org

MSc European Forestry Erasmus Mundus scholarships Application deadline for the 2011-2013 study period is December 31st 2010 for the applicants seeking Erasmus Mundus scholarships. Further information: http://www.europeanforestry.net

Weird and wonderful world of nature http://scienceray.com/earth-sciences/geology/weird-and-wonderful-of-nature-the-earths-weathering/

U4Energy competition. Between 16 September 2010 and 16 May 2011, teachers and pupils across Europe are invited to take part in U4energy, a new, challenging, pan-European competition for primary and secondary schools (www.u4energy.eu).

The Theory of Continental Drift and Pangaea Today: A Prima Facie Rebuttal, http://www.earthmatrix.com/sciencetoday/world_map_pacific_view.pdf

EU Population Update, http://geography.about.com/b/2010/07/29/european-union-population.htm 

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Euro News


Deep water drilling: the European Commission is expected to propose to member states that they suspend deep-water oil drilling plans until it is clear what caused the April explosion on the BP oil rig and subsequent flood of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. http://euobserver.com/9/31000/?rk=1

The structure of the European education systems 2010/11, An overview from EURYDICE of the national educational structures in Europe from early childhood education and care up to tertiary education, http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/tools_en.php#compulsory

Baltic Sea strategy yields few results after one year One year into its existence, the EU's first 'macro-regional' policy around the Baltic Sea has few results to show, as it uses no fresh money and has no new institutions or legislation in place to implement it. http://euobserver.com/9/30974/?rk=1

EU ENABLE Project sparks interest ENABLE is the Leonardo project led by Learning Light that aims to bring eLearning to marginalised learners. http://www.checkpoint-elearning.com/article/8576.html

Ukraine's environment strategy, No EU money can flow to Ukraine's state programmes for the environment unless the government opens up to input from civil society, the European Commission has said, http://euobserver.com/9/30887/?rk=1

Futurist says eBooks Will Replace Textbooks Preview of the annual Horizon Report at Online Educa Berlin suggests electronic books are expected to replace traditional textbooks in universities in two to three years' time, http://www.checkpoint-elearning.com/article/8569.html

European Geospatial Intelligence, The EU is currently acting as the driving force for the so called "comprehensive approach". The Global Monitoring of Environment & Security worth €1.6 billion is designed to integrate defence, civilian, national security and anti-terrorist GIS intelligence capabilities. The reduction of spend and the need for geospatial intelligence will be major themes at Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2011, January 24-27 in London, http://www.wbresearch.com/dgieurope/home.aspx

Kosovo isolated after vote on Albania and Bosnia visas MEPs have put the spotlight on Kosovo being left behind in terms of EU integration after waving through plans for visa-free travel for Albania and Bosnia on top of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. http://euobserver.com/9/30991/?rk=1

Burqa ban French constitution experts approve burqa ban A public ban on the Burqa, the Islamic full-face veil, will go into place early next year in France after constitutional experts on Thursday approved the move. http://euobserver.com/9/30993/?rk=1

We are more launched On Thursday the 7th of October 2010 at 6pm, Culture Action Europe - the umbrella advocacy organisation for the arts and culture in Europe launched the large-scale campaign “we are more”, visit http://wearemore.eu

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Geo-Resources

Geoscience Concept Inventory (GCI) WebCenter, http://gci.lite.msu.edu

FIS “Remote Sensing in Schools” is a project that aims at a more intensive use of remote sensing in school lessons. Lessons available for download in English at http://tolu.giub.uni-bonn.de/fis/teaching_en.html

Geographical travels, Israel’s vulnerable geographies, http://www.geographictravels.com/2010/07/israels-point-of-view-of-vulnerable.html

Global Peace index map, http://www.visionofhumanity.org/gpi-data/

European atlas of soil biodiversity http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/library/maps/biodiversity_atlas/index.html

Global Soils Map http://www.globalsoilmap.net/

Teaching natural hazards http://earthlearningidea.blogspot.com/

An overview of the Rust Belt USA, http://glclk.about.com/?zi=12/AjpO

New Mapquest Atlas http://atlas.mapquest.com/atlasweb/

Development Progress - new website from ODI The Overseas Development Institute - Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues - has launched a new website called Development Progress: www.developmentprogress.org

ESCalate bulletin from the UK Education subject network is now available at: http://escalate.ac.uk/7544

Free Web Lessons for Educational and Non-Commercial Use This site offers free and non-commercial interactive web-based lessons in history, language and the arts for use by students and teachers. http://www.checkpoint-elearning.com/article/8573.html

TOJDE Latest issue is available now as Volume. 11 Number: 4 for October 2010 issue, http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr

UNESCO Communication and Information (CI) Sector has launched an Open Educational Resources (OER) website
English - www.unesco.org/webworld/en/oer
French - www.unesco.org/webworld/fr/oer

European Countryside, volume 2, now available, http://versita.metapress.com/content/121349

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - September Issue Now Available - with Spanish Abstracts, http://grapevine.merlot.org/#features04

Youth Initiative Program: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/youth/

e-Conference on Learning Repositories in Agriculture Food & Environment: Quality Promises & Considerations in Learning Repositories and Portals, 6-20 October 2010, e-Agriculture Platform (http://www.e-agriculture.org)

S4C, Science for the Carpathians, July Newsflash, http://mri.scnatweb.ch/dmdocuments/S4C_Newsflash_jul_10.pdf

SEEmore, the Southern European Mountain Research Network, September Newsflash, http://mri.scnatweb.ch/dmdocuments/SEEmore_Newsflash_Sep2010.pdf

Rights education: Electronic resource centre for rights education newsletter, http://www.hrea.org/erc/

Employability resources, available at www.employability.org.uk

Newsletter on Human Rights Education, and Education for Democracy, Published by the DARE project and the DARE network, http://www.dare-network.eu/publications.htm

New Website for Google Earth, http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

School as an instrument for peace, http://www.portail-eip.org/En/

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) vol 30, no 3, on (Agro)biodiversity in Mountains, open access at: http://www.bioone.org/toc/mred/30/3

Himalayan Libraries Online at: http://www.icimod.org/?page=1400

Mountains of the World ¬ Ecosystem Services in a Time of Global and Climate Change. A new book released by ICIMOD. The book can be downloaded for free from: http://www.icimod.org/publications/index.php/search/publication/708

UNICEF, Back on Track web site, http://www.educationandtransition.org/

Mapplers, http://www.mapplers.org/

Afghanistan war, data from the Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/datablog/interactive/2010/jul/25/afghanistan-war-logs-events

Times Education Teaching resource database, more than 1800 items, http://www.tes.co.uk/resourcesHub.aspx

Pelican Journal of Sustainable Development, September 2010 issue at http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv06n09page1.html

New spotlight on water security and climate change, http://www.scidev.net/es/agriculture-and-environment/water-security-climate-change

UNESCO report ‘Education for Sustainable Development in the UK in 2010’, available at: http://www.eauc.org.uk/from_the_chair_of_uk_national_commission_for_un

UNESCO: Education and the Millennium Development Goals, http://www.unesco.org/en/education-for-all-international-coordination/themes/education-and-the-mdgs/

Geographical Events


Lists of events and conferences are now located on the main EUROGEO Web site: Click here

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