The event, themed “Appreciating Difference”, was attended by over 1,400 experts and scholars from around the world, including a Chinese delegation of more than 100 scholars and students organized by the Geographical Society of China.
As a highlight of the conference, four internationally acclaimed scholars gave plenary talks and eight experts offered invited luminary talks around the conference theme.
The talks, focusing on geography from diverse perspectives including regional situation, human-environment relationship and future development, were all intended to promote the idea that “To appreciate is not only a question of what we find significant and of value, it is also an awareness of differences and the ability to recognize them as meaningful to a more inclusive interpretation of the diverse world in which we live.”
In addition, over 270 papers sessions were organized, in excess of 1,300 oral presentations made, and more than 100 posters exhibited during four time slots, at the conference.
Opening ceremony of the 2018 IGU Regional Conference
Some Chinese delegates pose for a group photo
The IGU National Committee chairs meeting was also part of the conference. At the meeting, IGU briefed participants on its future work priorities and invited representatives of the host countries of the 2020, 2022 and 2024 IGU International Geographical Congresses to present their work plans and the progress on congress organization. Topics discussed at the meeting included IGU archives, IGU-CODATA (Committee for Data on Science and Technology) cooperation, conference-organizing mechanism for IGU Commissions and the Commissions’ academic journals, UNESCO- and International Science Council-supported 2019 Night of Geography, 2019 IGU Thematic Conference on Transformation of Traditional Cultural Landscapes (Slovenia), co-hosting of the International Conference on Silk Road Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development by the Geographical Society of China and IGU in Beijing in May 2019.
The latest IGU Executive Committee election results were also announced at the meeting.
Italian professor Elena dell’Agnese and Australian professor Iain Hay were re-elected IGU Vice-Presidents. Joining them as new Vice-President were Fu Bojie, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of the Geographical Society of China, and Spanish professor Rubén Lois-Gonzalez. Indian professor Ram Babu Singh was elected IGU Secretary-General.
Chinese professor and Chair of the IGU Commission on Geoheritage Wei Dongying, Chinese professor and Secretary-General of the IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering Li Yuheng, and Chairman of the Macao Geography and Education Research Association Tam Tat In joined the meeting’s brainstorming session.
Chinese scholars were active participants at the conference. Some of them initiated and chaired the papers sessions of the IGU Commissions on Geography for Future Earth, on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering, and on Geoheritage; some were involved in the organization of the papers sessions of IGU Commissions on Geography of Tourism, Leisure, and Global Change, and on Health and Environment; and some chaired papers sessions at invitation.
The Geographical Society of China also staged an exhibition during the conference to showcase its English-language journals as well as its most recent representative books on geography, to introduce China’s geography achievements, and to promote the Fourth Asian Conference on Geography to be held in December this year in south China’s Guangzhou city. A large number of conference delegates visited the exhibition for exchanges.
Source: Geographical Society of China
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