We are delighted to announce that the call for sessions, papers and posters for AC2020 is now open! Members of the geographical and related communities are invited to propose sessions, papers and posters for the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2020. Proposals for all contributions must be received by Friday 14 February 2020. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference programme will be published in mid-May 2020. Registration will open in early 2020. More information about letters of paper acceptance and/or letters of invitation for visa applications is available in our guide to planning your attendance at the conference.
The 2020 Annual International Conference will be held at the Society in London, from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September 2020. To be added to the mailing list for AC2020, please contact us.
Chair's theme: borders, borderlands and bordering
The Chair's theme for the 2020 Annual Conference is borders, borderlands and bordering. We welcome sessions and papers which engage directly with this theme, as well as others focusing on all areas of geography. Watch the video to find out more about the Chair's chosen theme.
Call for sessions, papers and posters
The deadline for submission to the conference programme (organised sessions, papers or posters) is Friday 14 February 2020. All submissions should be received by this date. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Sharing good practice
As part of our commitment to making the conference as inclusive and welcoming as possible, we are refreshing and updating our guidance and policies for delegates, from what makes a good session chair to what to expect at the conference and more. We are keen to gather examples of good practice from the community. Please send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code of conduct
The RGS-IBG Annual Conference is intended to be a space that allows geography, geographers and geographical careers to flourish through respectful, inclusive and equitable treatment of others sharing professional information, knowledge and ideas.
The RGS-IBG Chair of conference and organisers want to promote a positive sense of academic community by asking everyone to:
Treat everyone equally and respectfully
Listen to others’ views and engage constructively with them
Set an example
Be committed to helping each other and to be kind
Respect the environment and the people around you
We believe that everyone (delegates and staff) has the right to be in a respectful, safe and welcoming environment at the conference.
We are dedicated to providing an inclusive conference experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, or language, political or other opinion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, religion or economic class. Discrimination, harassment, bullying and behaviours that are patronising have no place at the conference and will not be tolerated.
We ask that conference delegates practice:
Please see our full code of conduct for more information. All delegates are requested to act in accordance with the code of conduct.
The dates and locations for conferences in 2020 and 2021 are expected to be as follows (though are subject to change):
Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September 2020, at RGS-IBG in London
Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021, venue TBC
About the conference
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the learned society and professional body for geography.
Geography, by its very nature, looks outwards and acts inclusively. As an independent, self-financing learned society and professional body, so does the RGS-IBG. We are absolutely committed to the importance of international collaboration in research, scholarship, teaching and field science and the value of sharing ideas, understanding and perspectives widely.
The annual conference is international in nature and outlook. Each year we welcome hundreds of colleagues from around the world, with a third of attendees coming from outside the UK. We are committed to continuing this open and outward-facing approach, and particularly welcome contributions by international delegates to the conference programme.