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IAG 2024 Conference theme: Scale, Solutions and Geographical Futures

The Institute of Australian Geographers Conference in Adelaide, South Australia

Hosted by the University of Adelaide

1 – 5 July, 2024

Conference Website: https://au.eventscloud.com/website/2682/home/

Call for Abstracts: https://au.eventscloud.com/website/2682/callforabstracts/


Join us next July at the IAG 2024 Conference in Adelaide. Adelaide, a UNESCO listed city for music and festivals and cited by the Wall Street Journal this year as Australia’s coolest city, will be where the next conference is held. Located in the CBD, participants will be able to enjoy the nearby attractions, including beaches, markets and the Illuminate Adelaide Festival, and have the opportunity to attend mini-tours, which will be run as interactive sessions by academics during the week.

Theme: Scale, solutions and Geographical Futures

Sub-themes: Sustainability, Education, Culture, Policy/governance, Place, Social justice, Conservation and more.

How can we build sustainable solutions at the right scale to ensure geographical futures?

Scale is not only one of the pivotal ideas around which geographical scholarship is framed, but also integral to the implementation of policy – from local government to international levels.

  • What is the relationship between scale and place?
  • How important is scale in the development of policy to address major issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, urbanisation and others?
  • How do different cultures and genders understand scale and what difference does that make?
  • What is the role of the field of geography in working towards these solutions?
  • What are our geographical futures?

At this conference, as we increasingly face and experience the urgency of the changes the world is seeing, we will explore all these questions and more, and meet as a community to consider and workshop solutions that are fit for purpose, at scale and possible. The interdisciplinary nature of geography means that it is uniquely situated to offer theoretical and practical ideas for how to build resilient communities into the future, in ways that recognise and incorporate culture, justice, equity, gender, power, knowledge and the relationships between and rights of humans and non-humans.

We will be sending the Call for Abstracts very soon, and we encourage submissions for papers, panels, workshops, speed sessions, debates, Q&A, posters and many others.

The Conference Website, Call for Sessions, Call for Abstracts, Registration, and the Key Dates.

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Adelaide has been announced as the location of the 2024 Institute of Australian Geographer’s Conference. The conference will be held in July 2024, with dates and registration information to be announced soon. 

Download the media release.

The news follows the 2023 conference in Perth, attended by more than 230 Australian and international geography experts.

Professor Jennifer Carter, President of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) thanked the University of Adelaide, who will host the event.  

“Conferences are a mammoth task to coordinate, so the IAG and community of geographers appreciate the impressive team that is assembling to organise this major event,” she said.

Chaired by IAG Vice President Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray, the conference committee includes:

  • University of Adelaide: Associate Professor John Tibby, Dr George Tan, Sustainability Officer Libby Hogarth, and higher degree research students 
  • The Institute for Sustainability Energy and Resources (ISER): Professor Mike Goodsite
  • The Environment Institute: Professor Andy Lowe
  • Flinders University: Professor Beverley Clarke
  • The Royal Geographical Society of South Australia: Professor Guy Robinson
  • The Geography Teachers Association of South Australia

The conference will also be supported by Wirltu Yarlu, within the University of Adelaide. Wirltu Yarlu is responsible for engaging with and recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as providing support to students during their time at the university.

Several field trips will be run by researchers before the conference program begins. These trips will offer unique opportunities to explore Adelaide, which is a UNESCO listed city of music and National Park City.

Proposed tours include:

  • The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre at Warriparinga and Bush Tucker Tour in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens
  • Tjilbruke Dreaming Walk to learn about cultural sites of significance to the Kaurna people
  • Local wineries and the Waite Campus to investigate the impacts of climate change and food security
  • Library of the Royal Geographical Society SA, home to over 25,000 volumes and one of the most significant collections of rare geographical books and manuscripts in Australia
  • The City campus and Roseworthy with sustainability researchers, showcasing institutional sustainability
  • Hallett Cove Conservation Park – a train ride to amazing coastal views and cliffs that reflect ancient glaciers that are more than 600 million years old
  • Sustainable City and Business Tours – the Eco City Christie Walk Tour or a visit to the Coopers Brewery for insights into sustainable business practices

The conference dinner will be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia, within the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Attendees will also be able to attend the Illuminate Adelaide festival – the annual celebration of art, light, music and technology – which coincides with the conference.

Melissa said, “These tours and experiences will excite our local and international conference attendees, and they also showcase some of the geographical research of the region and our beautiful city Adelaide.”

A conference website will be set up to manage registrations and contain information about the program and field trips.

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