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Geography: Bridging the Continents

34th International Geographical Congress will be held in Istanbul on 17-21 August 2020   POSTPONED

The International Geographical Congress' main theme is “Geography: Bridging the Continents”

Geography is the “Queen of the all sciences”. Historically, people developed geographical knowledge to explore the world. While the first discoveries were in their own surrounds, as time progressed people set out to discover other places as well. These discoveries were sometimes the outcome of simple curiosity and for pure “wonder” but they often realised the needs of social groups. In the Little Ice Age period, confronted with challenging climatic conditions, people travelled to unknown regions of the world in search of new resources. In a sense, the adverse climatic conditions of the Little Ice Age marked the beginning of the era of discoveries. So it was that Geography brought the continents and humanity together. The fact that Istanbul is located at the junction of continents constitutes a most important point of this great meaning. The 34th International Geographical Congress, which will be organised for the first time in Istanbul where the continents meets, will be the most appropriate way of realising this historical meaning of Geography. Thus, all colleagues in all continents will meet in Istanbul.

IGC 2020 key topics

• Globalisation vs Localisation

• Climate Change

• Migration and Conflicts

• Earth and Disasters

• Eurasia and Middle East Studies

• Anthropocene

Following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and its current trajectory, it has become clear that it will not be possible to hold the 34th International Geographical Congress in İstanbul in August this year as originally planned. On the 2nd of April, the Local Organising Committee and the IGU Executive Committee have taken the decision that the IGU Congress in İstanbul is postponed for one year. They are aware that this decision has many consequences, but the very real health risks and the capacity to travel for the Congress participants leave them with no other alternative. The Istanbul congress will now take place from August 16th to 20th 2021. All registration fees received, abstracts accepted, travel grants awarded, and the conference programme already developed for this year will be carried over to 2021. Any delegate who has already paid the registration fee may use that fee to participate in the Congress in August 2021 and, if desired, submit a new paper for the August 2021 Congress. 

More information: IGC 2020 Congress

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