The Chair's theme for the 2023 Annual International Conference is Climate changed geographies.
Call for sessions, papers and posters
The call for sessions, papers and posters is now open.
The conference programme for AC2023 is now live.
Registration will open in spring 2023.
Information for exhibitors at the conference
The 2022 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference will be held at Newcastle University.
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Code of conduct
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Key dates and deadlines
The 2023 conference will take place in London at the Society and Imperial College London, and online, from Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September 2023.
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The Society hosts the conference in our building in London for two out of every three years, and then every third year we take the conference out of London.
The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2024 will be chaired by Professor Stephen Legg (University of Nottingham, UK).
The chair’s theme will explore mapping in all its forms, in a world that is saturated with maps, from historical cartography to the newest technologies and digital practices.
Maps trace invasions, financial crises, pandemics and environmental disasters, and our responses to them. They plot and coordinate surveillance, and counter-plot evasion and resistance. They chart jet streams, oceanic oscillations and ozone holes, heatwaves, droughts, and drizzles. Maps map territory and sovereignty, but also evidence indigenous land claims and historical landscapes of meaning.
The conference will take place in London and online, from the evening of Tuesday 27 August to Friday 30 August 2024.
The call for sessions, papers and posters is now open!
We've announced information about our Chair's plenary conversations.
Registration for the conference will open in spring 2024.
A unique opportunity for global geographic encounters
The Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI), Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG), and International Geographical Union (IGU) are delighted that the global geographic community in August 2024 will have the opportunity to meet, share ideas and engage with each other in an extended conference season.
The International Geographical Congress 2024 (IGC) will be hosted by the GSI in Dublin, Ireland beginning with an opening ceremony on Saturday 24 August with paper sessions concluding at lunchtime on Thursday 29 August and a closing ceremony in the early afternoon. There may be some post-congress fieldtrips on 30 August.
The annual RGS-IBG conference will take place in London from Wednesday 28-Friday 30 August with the usual range of exciting keynote sessions, journal events, papers and other sessions.
This provides a unique opportunity for those travelling to the conferences to attend both consecutively. Through our scheduling, we will be working closely together to ensure that those who wish to participate and present in both conferences will be facilitated to do so.
As both the GSI and RGS-IBG are constituent members of the International Geographical Union, we are planning a joint hybrid event on Wednesday 28 August to bring those in attendance at the two conferences virtually together, the first time ever that it will be possible to do this. This is an exciting opportunity for our discipline and we look forward to seeing you in Dublin, London or online to participate in this truly unique experience!
Prof Niamh Moore-Cherry, on behalf of the IGC 2024 Local Organising Committee
Prof Joe Smith, RGS-IBG
Prof Michael Meadows, President, International Geographical Union
Next year’s conference will take place from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 August 2025.