The International Geographical Union (IGU) will meet in Moscow this summer for the third time since the International Geographical Congress of 1976, when over 2,000 participants from around the world gathered in the Soviet capital for lectures, discussions, workshops and excursions. The pace of global change has since accelerated in directions that once seemed unimaginable. At the 2015 IGU Regional Conference, participants will have ample opportunity to discuss these changes in light of current political-environmental challenges. The conference theme is “Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth.” It will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU) from 17-21 August, 2015.
IGU Moscow 2015 will focus on five main themes: urban environment, polar studies, climate change, global conflicts, and regional sustainability. The programme is rooted in principles of diversity and interdisciplinary exchange. It will feature a variety of meetings, including plenary sessions, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and other events. There will also be opportunities to share ideas on IGU projects and the role of geographers in international initiatives such as Future Earth. Geographical education and integration of young scholars will be central to each of the conference themes. The programme will feature a day for young scholars as well as sessions on “Academic Geography for Secondary Schools” and “Teaching Geography in the University.” IGU Moscow will also include the 2015 International Geographical Olympiad.