Madrid 2021

EUROGEO 2020 – “Sustainable Development Goals for all”


Notice of transition 2020 to 2021

Conference Invitation:

The purpose of EUROGEO 2021 is to seek to contribute to global challenges by sharing knowledge about the important UN aim – the Sustainable Development Goals.

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In 2015, the United Nations approved the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which brought continuity and concern to the process initiated at the Rio Summit (1992) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000. Sustainable Development Goals are global goals, established for a period of 15 years (2015-2030). The SDGs cover all possible social, economic and natural aspects, both in a global and local space. Most of them are related to Geography.

The SDGs seek to promote a multidimensional model of development that is capable of guaranteeing sustainability. It is a complex process of political and economic discussion and environmental concern with different views, which must be addressed from all areas of society. The final UN document has 169 partial objectives or goals and 230 indicators that allow to assess the achievement of the SDGs and to compare regions and countries. The ecological and social impacts that each country causes on others is also possible to determine.


The goals are also known as the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Their aim is to advance towards a clearly unsustainable world, based on scientific evidence. To achieve them, it will be necessary to collaborate with all citizens (civil society, doctors, teachers …) and for it to be actively promoted by governments. The first priority identified is zero hunger, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, with a conciliatory and cooperative attitude.

Geography has the potential to respond to these challenges. We believe that geographical knowledge and geographical perspectives plays an increasingly important role in a society where the study of place, space and process can help us understand and solve the real-world sustainability challenges. Indeed

Within this context, EUROGEO 2021 will aim to address cross-cutting issues such as

  • How do geographers respond to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • How do universities and companies respond?
  • Does the use of technologies and open data help to achieve SDGs?
  • How to understand problems and eco-social challenges that we face in the situation of Global Change?
  • Is it possible to explore ways of transforming towards the sustainability of socio-ecological systems, using educational contexts and resources?
  • What conceptual frameworks and strategies can contribute to the construction of societies in which human welfare and the care of nature are the basis.
  • What research responses can geography bring to dealing with complex challenges? 
  • How should education respond to to needs of society and the world around us?
  • What is geography‘s contribution to meeting the sustainable development goals?

EUROGEO 2021, Sustainable Development Goals for All will provide opportunities to discuss the potential of Geographical research to respond today to future issues and to the needs of society and the world.

Submission will start shortly with early bird rates available until 23 January 2021

The field trip to Toledo will be led by Dr. Manuel Antonio Zárate (Geography professor at UNED), Member of the Board of the Real Sociedad Geográfica (RSG) and the director of the RSG Bulletin: (the eldest geography publication in Spain).

The conference will start on 22 April 2021 and conclude on 23 April 2021.

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The field trip will start on Saturday, 24th April, at 8,30 am at the Spanish National Geographical Institute (Instituto Geográfico Nacional) Calle General Ibáñez de Íbero 3, (Guzmán El Bueno underground station and bus 44, 45, C2…).

In the morning the group will visit the city (inside and outside: the old and new town). Lunch will be at the National Parador at 14:15. And then we will return passing by Toledo rail station and straight to the airport (T1,2 &3 or T4 if necessary). To be there before 18.30, and then return to the initial starting point at General Ibáñez de Íbero 3).

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