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An invitation to submit sessions for the Joint IAG/NZGS conference to be held in Melbourne in 2014

  An invitation to submit sessions for the Joint IAG/NZGS conference to be held in Melbourne in 2014

  (From Ian Rutherfurd and Brian Cook, University of Melbourne)

Every four years a joint Trans-Tasman geography conference is held between the IAG and our sister organisation the New Zealand Geographical Society.  The exciting news is that this joint IAG/NZGS conference is being held in Melbourne between Monday June 30th and Wednesday July 2nd, 2014.  The main conference will be held in the beautiful cloisters of the University of Melbourne, but the event is being organised by the geographical community of Melbourne from Monash, Deakin, Victoria and RMIT Universities. 

We encourage all geographers to visit the conference web-site

Already on the program are a pre-conference post-graduate day (held on Sunday 29th of June), book launches, and a field trip to the Yarra Valley.  A range of excellent key-note speakers are being invited.  You will also be happy to know about affordable accommodation options!  We know that capital cities are expensive places, so we have been able to secure inexpensive accommodation at University colleges, as well as good deals in nearby hotels.  The cost of the conference will be kept at around the same price as the excellent 2013 conference in Perth. 

Call for sessions

This year we invite you to propose conference sessions in which research groups or individuals can suggest any geographical themes that they think could attract a minimum of four presenters.  Please immediately go to the conference website and suggest sessions.  We have extended the date for submission of session topics for the IAG/NZGS conference to February 10th.  

The key date to remember for now is February 15, 2014.  On that day we will advertise the sessions, call for abstracts (some of which will fit within the proposed sessions), and open registrations.  Early registration will close March 1st, with all registrations closing June 1st.  The final program will be posted soon thereafter.

Pre-conference Postgraduate Day

The postgraduate day will this year take place on Sunday June 29th. It will involve career development activities, followed by the opportunity for a geographical tour of the lanes and icons of central Melbourne.  Planning is still progressing, but possible sessions could include: a panel discussion on grant submissions and DECRA applications (involving past assessors); presentations from geographical journal editors on publishing ‘dos & don’ts’; geographical department leaders who have been part of recent hiring panels (to discuss job applications for ECRs); and a presentation by a ‘networking’ specialist. 

Students will then have lunch with the IAG Council to meet some established academics before the conference. Following lunch, post-doctoral researchers from the human and physical sciences will discuss their experiences. Finally, there will be a walking tour of Melbourne, where we will visit, and learn about, some of the famous laneways, landmarks, and historical sites of Melbourne – whilst getting to know each other better.

We welcome any suggestions for activities for the conference (e.g. people are suggesting things like book-launches), offers of sponsorship, and we also gratefully accept any offers of help in organising any aspect of the conference. 

Should you have any suggestions or questions please contact either Ian Rutherfurd ( or Brian Cook (

We look forward to hearing about your session ideas, and we particularly look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in 2014.  


Best regards

Ian Rutherfurd

Associate Professor

Associate Dean Research Training

Department of Resource Management and Geography

Melbourne School of Land and Environment

The University of Melbourne

Office 1.02 (just behind reception)

221 Bouverie Street


Victoria 3010

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