Geographical Organizations

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGHRAPHERS (AAG)

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) was established in 1904 in Philadelphia as Association of Americans Geographers. In January, 1st 2016, the organization president, Sarah Witham Bednarz PhD, announced the change of name to the current AAG.

This was devised to cater for the changing trends in international presentations. This motive was seconded by the president of geography professor Erick Sheppard who believed the name change reflected diversity in United States organizations.

The new outfit included non-American regions and groups. The AAG has a membership of over 10.000 groups spread to over 60 countries. It includes professionals and geographers both in the private and public sectors and in higher schools of learning.

AAG has a reward scheme known as James R. Anderson named after the former chief geographer of the US geological survey. It awards those individuals with prominent contributions to the geography profession. These individuals are drawn from the government, private sector, literature, education, research or the geography industry.

PUBLICATIONS AND ANNUAL MEETINGS

The AAG has two main journals:
1.The Professional Geographers
2.Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Also, it issues the Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas which guides higher learning institutions offering degrees, certificates and other geography courses. Lastly, the AAG circulates a monthly newsletter containing geographical issues, current discoveries of AAG members and a job column.

The AAG conducts meetings annually since its inception. It attracts over 7000 participants. Discussions are mainly on climate change, political instability, population dynamics, agriculture and natural calamities.

The AAG has over 60 branches of learning and voluntary groups that focuses on specific topics or regions. It has valued partnerships with various government agencies, private groups and non-profit organizations. This partnership includes National Institute for Health, United States Geological Survey and other valued partners.

By igu on June 15, 2018 | Geographical Organizations

GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETIES IN EUROPE (EUGEO)

EUGEO is an Association of Geographical Societies formed by European countries to align research, education and science on Geography of Europe. It has 21 members who have formed a strong network for dealing with European geographical undertakings.

It was established in 1994 in Rome at the home of geography – Villa Celimontana. The president of the association is Prof. Henk Ottens who is serving a second term. The secretary General is Dr. Massimiliano Tabusi. The EOGEO has two members who have served since 2012.

Individual countries’ associations were formed by geographical experts drawn from educationists, politicians and businessmen. These experts had invaluable knowledge on past military activities, international trading and global colonization which forms the basis of the current geographical researches.

The society organizes media events, publications, exhibitions, political lobbying and international networking. Individual societies produce atlases, monographs and other geographical materials. Historical materials, reports from expeditions, books, drawings globes and artifacts are under their jurisdiction.

GEOGRAPHY AND EUGEO ACTIVITIES

Geography teaches and inspires people to understand and know the earth and the world in depth. It gives the hands-on information to practice geographical arts and science. Geography strives to reveal how people, societies and environment interact daily in the local settings to global fronts. Geography is divided into Physical and Human Geography. Physical Geography is involved in patterns and processes in the natural environment.

Human Geography encompasses man made impacts meted on the environment. Geography has a long history and has been applied by policy makers in designing urban centers, rural areas and various physical infrastructures.

EOGEO organizes yearly conferences to update members on the current Geography and Geographical society’s issues in Europe. It promotes education and generates research topics affecting the member countries. Current activities have resulted in strengthened geographical teaching in Italy and an overhaul of Geography syllables in Australia.

By igu on May 11, 2018 | Geographical Organizations

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEOMORPHOLOGIST (IAG/AIG)

IAG/AIG is an international association of specialists in landforms origin, their classification, development and history. It was established in 1989 in Frankfurt, Germany during the second international conference. Its core mission is to network with international and regional groups, hold conferences and share new insights in geomorphologies.

63 countries are members of IAG through their national executive councils. IAG has a constitution which was ratified in Tokyo, Japan in 2001. It outlined the name, objectives, membership, affiliations and activities of the organization.
The executive members are elected and include the president, three vice presidents, secretary, treasurer and a publications officer. The elected members are to be drawn from different countries and will serve a term not exceeding four years.

IAG has several working groups that work independently. An example is the Dendrogeomorphology whose main activity is devising ways to standardize the collection of specific geological processes over a period of time and a uniform way of analyzing them.

IAG EVENTS AND PUBLICATIONS

There is an upcoming IAG conference to be held in New Delhi, India from 6 – 11th of November. India will show case its mountains, delta, plains, wetlands and plateaus which boast of before and after the conference. Members, institutions, corporate and companies have been requested to sponsor or enroll in the event to make it a reality.

A total of 40 technical sessions will be carried out in the conference whose theme will be “Geomorphology and Society.” The IAG holds workshops periodically. The latest workshop involved geomorphologists under the age of 35 years titled “Martian Gullies and Their Earth Analogues” in June, 2016. Several award schemes are available for those geomorphologists who have shown exemplary results in their area of expertise.

IAG has several publications and newsletters. An example of these publications is: Piotr Migon, Heather, A. Viles (Eds): Sandstone geomorphology – landscape formation, Field mapping, research methods, volume 59, 2015.

By igu on April 11, 2018 | Geographical Organizations

THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF GEOGRAPHY (FIG)

The international festival of geography is held every year to showcase new innovations and how they impart on our daily activities. During these festivities, geographers globally are invited to take part in its realization. The latest festival was held Saint-Dié-des-Voges; Belgium in 2016. The theme of the festival was “A world that goes faster.”

Among other issues, speed in journalism was debated. The advent of immediate reporting of news was on the table. Questions were put forward as to the need to inform the public on news that are not substantiated and the need to be the first to report. The older form of reporting has been drastically changed.

According to Jochen Gerner of the illustrator press, journalists report news without ascertaining their authenticity. This has led to people not believing in news any more. Eric Fottorino of the World Today Newspaper, editor the one, refers to it as the “Dictatorship of the moment” where reporters are forced to report on news first and check legitimacy later or risk losing their jobs.

OTHER EVENTS AND AWARDS

During the event, Jules Ferry’s students and Zokatos’ artists showcased their contribution by painting the sidewalks which guided the participants to various places in the FIG. The place of geography study was discussed and proposals were put forward to make geography fun to teach.

Students had to be more involved in critical thinking. For example, they had to ask themselves on the origin of food, how they are produced and transported. It was also recommended that students should regularly hold seminars, just to learn differently.

FGI has several competitive prizes that are awarded to participants. Competitors are required to submit geographic issues that address all topics and should have innovative presentation. Participation is free and participants can contact FGI through concours.geovisualisation@gmail.com.

By igu on April 5, 2018 | Geographical Organizations