The Society has a new framework for Professional Practice Groups, which bring together professionals and others with an interest in a thematic or sectoral area of professional geographical practice.
Purpose and activities of Professional Practice Groups
The primary purpose of Professional Practice Groups is to support and promote their area of geography through support for professional practice; their interests may also overlap into education, policy, research and innovation.
It is expected that Groups will offer this support through activities that might include but are not limited to:
organising networking and knowledge exchange events
offering mentoring opportunities
keeping members up to date with the latest developments in their field
sharing best practice resources
distributing news and information about relevant opportunities.
It is hoped that the Groups will support and enhance the professional development and lifelong learning of Chartered Geographers, and those working towards the accreditation, by building stronger links between all geographers within specific sectors or fields of work.
Proposing and operating a Professional Practice Group
The framework for Professional Practice Groups is based upon and complementary to the Society's successful Research and Working Groups, some of which have been in operation for more than forty years (originally established within the Institute of British Geographers).
Professional Practice Groups will be encouraged to foster sector-specific networking and more in-depth and targeted professional development over a specified period of time, initially two years but potentially renewable.
A handbook for proposing and operating Professional Practice Groups will be published soon. If you are interested in proposing a Group in a specific sector or area of practice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial conversation with the Professional and Policy Manager.