IAG 2019 Hobart: Conference Registrations now Open for and Call for Sessions closes 20 December


12th December 2018
Dear geographers and friends of geography,
You can now register for the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, ‘Geographies of Emergence, Divergence, and Convergence’, Hobart 9-13 July, 2019.
To register go to: https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/registration
 
For up-to-date information about the Conference go to the conference website: http://www.iagc2019.com

IAG 2019 Hobart: Conference Registrations now Open for and Call for Sessions closes 20 December

 

 

Dear geographers and friends of geography,

You can now register for the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, ‘Geographies of Emergence, Divergence, and Convergence’, Hobart 9-13 July, 2019.

To register go to: https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/registration

For up-to-date information about the Conference go to the conference website: http://www.iagc2019.com

A reminder that session proposals, including panels (e.g. author meets critics), can be submitted via the conference website by selecting the Call for Sessions tab. The deadline for the Call for Sessions is 20 December, 2018.

We are looking forwards to you joining us in Hobart in 2019.

Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee
and University of Tasmania, Geography and Spatial Sciences
December 12, 2018

Call for Sessions Open for IAG2019 Hobart, Tasmania


27th November 2018
By Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison

CALL FOR SESSIONS OPEN FOR IAG2019 HOBART, TASMANIA

Dear geographers and friends of geography,

the local organising committee of the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Hobart 9-13, 2019 is pleased to open the call for conference sessions.

The theme of the conference is Geographies of Emergence, Divergence, and Convergence.

Hashtag is #IAG2019Hobart.

Session proposals, including panels (e.g. author meets critics), are to be submitted via the conference website: https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag

To submit a session proposal, you select the Call for Sessions tab on the webpage (https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/sessions), and then navigate to the Call for Session button, which will take you to a submission form.

In the near future, we will have a short piece in Geographical Research, which elucidates the conference theme further. The conference website already has some signposts for you to consider, including definitions and supporting text and images. It would be great if you could be mindful of the theme when thinking about sessions.

Study group members are encouraged to discuss session proposals with study group leaders – as the theme has been designed to be as inclusive as possible across physical and human geography, while speaking to the particularities of Tasmania – and contemporary global events.

The Conference will be held at the Wrest Point Conference Centre in Sandy Bay, Hobart, from July 9-13, with the conference days on the 10th-12th of July, and fieldtrips on the 13th. Pre-conference activities will occur on the 8th and 9th of July. The conference dinner is scheduled for the 11th. Further information will be updated on the conference website: conference website: https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag

The conference venue has capacity for 7 parallel sessions. Depending on the number of proposed sessions, and endorsements from study groups, we may have to do a little curating to ensure that sessions and abstracts are matched to venue capacity. This is not intended as a limitation, but please keep this in mind.

We have already confirmed some exciting international and local keynotes, including Carolyn FinneyGreg LehmanJanelle Knox-Hayes, and Jamie Kirkpatrick. More to follow.

We are looking forwards to you joining us in Hobart in 2019.

Jason Byrne and Aidan Davison
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee
and University of Tasmania, Geography and Spatial Sciences

November 27, 2018

Australian Academy of Science - Media Release - Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future


23rd November 2018
Media Release - Australian Academy of Science - Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future November 22, 2018

Website: Media Release - Australian Academy of Science - Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future

Launch of Geography. Shaping Australia’s Future held at the University of Sydney


23rd November 2018
By Bev Clarke

Yesterday it was a great pleasure to attend the launch of Geography. Shaping Australia’s Future held at the University of Sydney.

Produced by the National Committee for Geographical Sciences under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science, Geography. Shaping Australia’s Future, is the decadal plan for Geography in Australia. This strategic plan, explains the contribution that geography makes to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Australians and Australia through research, education, training, skills, expertise and engagement with industry and the community.

The plan was four years in the making, led by Dr Alaric Maude, but involving a collective of Australian geographers.

The plan’s web link is:

https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-sector-analysis/reports-and-publications/geography-shaping

The IAG commends the work of all those involved in bringing the plan to its fruition.

Geography. Shaping Australia’s Future is intended for a broad audience so please, circulate widely.

Bev Clarke

Launch of the Decadal Plan for Geography


23rd November 2018

The launch of the decadal plan: "Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future", prepared by the National Committee for Geographical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science was held 22 November 2018 at University of Sydney, hosted by Future Earth Australia.

The plan’s web link is: https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/science-policy-and-sector-analysis/reports-and-publications/geography-shaping

Expressions of Interest: Science Meets Parliament


22nd November 2018

Expressions of Interest: Science Meets Parliament

Science and Technology Australia host a two-day “Science meets Parliament” event in March every year, where decision makers and professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) meet to share their insights with others including Members of Parliament. 

The Institute of Australian Geographers sends two delegates each year.  If you are interested in applying to be a delegate, please send a brief statement (no more than one page) addressing the eligibility criteria and conditions.

Eligibility criteria and conditions:

You will be a current financial member of the IAG and have a demonstrated capacity to:

  • articulate the relevance of geography with STEM professionals, policy makers and parliamentarians
  • promote the role of geography in STEM education, the public sector and community. 
  • advocate persuasively for the future needs of geographers and the discipline of geography.

Please submit no more than one page outlining your response to these criteria and a budget for reasonable expenses by no later than Friday 7th December to the immediate Past President, Ian Rutherfurd, on idruth@unimelb.edu.au

Expressions of interest will be voted on by members of the IAG Council and the successful applicants notified by 14th December.

Successful applicants are required to also provide no more than a one-page summary of your experience for the subsequent April newsletter, outlining your participation and reflections on the event.

More information is available at:
https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/what-we-do/science-meets-parliament/

II Victorian Geographical Student Conference


12th November 2018
By Ian Rutherfurd

 II Victorian Geographical Student Conference, to be held on November 29 at Melbourne University, Theatre 3, FBE. To check the final program and register, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ii-victorian-geographical-student-conference-tickets-52195498140?utm_campaign=new_event_email

Call for nominations for the Award of the Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers (FIAG)


11th August 2018

This call for nominations for the Award of the Fellowship of the Institute of Australian Geographers (FIAG) was sent to members via email on 10 August. 

This award recognizes sustained service to the profession of geography in Australia. Applicants must have at least ten years membership of the Institute, and be a current member. Applications should comprise a statement (of no more than 1000 words), accompanied by no more than five pages of a curriculum vitae.
 In these documents applicants must provide evidence to Council of their contributions to the geography profession with respect to at least one of the following:
 a. Meritorious professional employment and/or service as a Geographer At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree, of which at least five years have involved a position of major responsibility in any aspect of geography (including in industry, government, consultancy, education or community organisation).
 b. Significant advances in Geography At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree, of which at least five have involved research activities that have contributed significantly to Australian geographical knowledge or policy development.
 c. Significant  contribution to development of Geography At least ten years employment and/or service following the award of a relevant degree with substantial service to Geography of at least five years at a senior level in a representative and/ or administrative role, including for the Institute or for government, industry, academic bodies or professional organisations relevant to Geography or where sustained contribution to the professional development of Geographers can be shown. 
Fellows pay the same membership fee as Members, and are entitled to use the postnominal, FIAG.
More information is available at https://www.iag.org.au/ awards-of-the-iag

The closing date for nominations is Friday 23 November, 2018
Nominations should be sent to the Honorary Secretary, Jennifer Carter, at jcarter@usc.edu.au 
For further enquiries about these awards, please contact either the IAG President, Beverley Clarke beverley.clarke@finders.edu.au or the Secretary, Jennifer Carter, at jcarter@usc.edu.au

The 2018 Recipient of the Australia-International Medal


2nd August 2018

AWARDS OF THE IAG: The 2018 Recipient of the Australia-International Medal

The next call for this award will be in early 2019.

Congratulations to Professor Mark Wang who received the IAG Australia-International Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions by Australian geographers to geography world-wide, or by geographers outside Australia to the geography of Australia. For over twenty years, from his base at the University of Melbourne, Mark has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge about China, the geographical study of China and Chinese geography. In so doing, he has collaborated with a substantial number of Australian academics and research students, introducing them to research on China and facilitating their access to it. We have watched with enormous admiration as he has made these contributions through a long engagement with detailed and extensive empirical (field) work, which has principally focused on two themes -- [A] urban development -- China’s land acquisition, resettlement / displacement, rural-urban migration, urban transformation/regional planning; and [B] the management of water.

Mark was nominated by Jon Barnett, Brian Finlayson, Sarah Rogers and Sophie Webber.

Academy of Science’s, National Committee for Geography, Strategic Plan for the Geographical Sciences is now very close to publication


1st August 2018
The long awaited, and much anticipated, Academy of Science’s, National Committee for Geography, Strategic Plan for the Geographical Sciences is now very close to publication. An anticipated release date is November 2018. This important work will provide the Geography community, including the IAG, with a suite of ideas and recommendations to prompt action and garner widespread support for the discipline.

Congratulations to award winners of the ‘Outstanding Postgraduate Student Presentation at the IAG Conference’


1st August 2018

Congratulations to award winners of the ‘Outstanding Postgraduate Student Presentation at the IAG Conference’, for papers delivered at the joint NZGS/IAG Auckland Conference in July 2018. Awardees will receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement. Congratulations go to: Bronwyn Bate (University of Western Sydney), Ananth Gopal (University of Wollongong), Elliot Child (University of British Columbia), Rebecca Campbell (University of New South Wales), Victoria Radnell (Monash University), Jerome Ofori (University of Adelaide), Yuan, Zhenjie (University of Melbourne), Carrie Wilkinson (University of Wollongong), Karen Paiva Henrique (University of Western Australia), Peter Kamstra (University of Melbourne). The papers delivered by IAG student members provided some of the highlights of the Auckland Conference. Overall, these papers were of a high standard, and covered a variety of important topics form multi-ethnic encounters in China, to the practices of homemaking amongst renters in Sydney, to the consideration of interrogation records. The ten winners came from eight different universities, demonstrating the spread of strong student researchers in geography across Australia. 

New IAG Council Members


1st August 2018

Additions, farewells and reshuffles to IAG Council:

At the July 2018 joint NZGS/IAG conference in Auckland, Beverley Clarke took over from Ian Rutherfurd as President of the IAG. At the Auckland handover, there were several other additions, farewells and reshuffes. We welcomed Meg Sherval (The University of Newcastle), Catherine Phillips (The University of Melbourne) and Charishma Ratnam (University of New South Wales) and farewelled Steve Turton (Central Queensland University), Aidan Davison (University of Tasmania) and Leah Gibbs (University of Wollongong). This latest confguration of Council retains much corporate knowledge with the continuation of Ian Rutherfurd, Robyn Bartel, Paul McFarland, Jen Carter, Tod Jones, Hugo Bekle, Julie Kesby and Elissa Waters, albeit almost all in new roles. I very much look forward to working with this new team for the next two years. To the vacating members of Council, it is important to acknowledge your considerable contribution. Thank you for your wise ideas, hard work, conviviality and commitment to the Institute.


Beverley Clarke, IAG President Flinders University, beverley.clarke@finders.edu.au 

Next IAG Conference in Tasmania


1st August 2018
The next IAG conference is to be hosted by the University of Tasmania from July 9-3, 2019, exactly one decade since the IAG met in Hobart for this event. Keep an eye out for further updates and the invitation for abstracts.

STEM leaders forge path to stronger Australian science and technology


3rd May 2018
By Science & Technology Australia (STA)


Presidents, CEOs and other leaders of Australia’s most prominent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) organisations gathered in Canberra to highlight the important role that science and technology will play in Australia’s future.
They released the following statement:

https://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/stem-leaders-forge-path-to-stronger-australian-science-and-technology/?utm_source=President+and+CEO+Forum&utm_campaign=6d8d926f7b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d6970c40d0-6d8d926f7b-579909573

 

Geographical Research Impact Factor released


20th June 2017
By Professor Elaine Stratford

Some great news concerning our journal Geographical Research from our Editor and Wiley. The 2016 Thomson ISI Journal Citation Report was released overnight and Geographical Research's 2016 Impact Factor has increased to 1.677. This result ranks the journal 33/79 in the Geography category.

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