The three-day RGS-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 2000 geographers from around the world. This year, the conference is taking place online, with in-person elements if it is possible to do so.
The call for sessions, papers and posters is now open. We welcome sessions and papers focusing on all areas of geography. The theme for the Chair's plenaries is Borders, bordering and borderlands.
We encourage all those who submitted proposals for the postponed 2020 conference to resubmit these for 2021, bearing in mind our new guidance for participation (see below). We also welcome new submissions for the programme.
Those proposing sessions, or submitting individual papers, will be asked at the point of submission whether they plan to take place as online OR in-person sessions. In 2021, we will be unable to facilitate ‘hybrid’ sessions (i.e. remote presenters cannot take part in an in-person session). Should it become impossible to hold in-person sessions, all sessions will be asked to change to online-only. We will make a decision on whether it is safe to proceed with in-person sessions in early April 2021.
The portal for online submissions is now open.
Guidance for presenters
Guidance for session organisers
Frequently asked questions
Conference session formats
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The deadline for all submissions will be 12 March 2021.
Those planning to (re)submit proposals for the conference programme should bear in mind our new guidance for participation. These have been introduced to allow as many people as possible the chance to participate in the conference and to present. This includes revised limits on contributions to the conference programme.
Delegates will be limited to ONE paper presentation and ONE panel contribution, OR, TWO panel contributions.
A single paper may only be presented once at the conference.
We cannot guarantee to resolve all timetable clashes for non-presenting co-authors where they are involved in multiple sessions.
There is no formal limit on the number of sessions one can chair, but we encourage delegates to be realistic about what they can take on.
There is no formal limit on the number of sessions that one can (co)convene. However, we do not undertake to resolve timetable clashes for convenors where they are involved in multiple sessions, where they are not presenting or chairing.
All poster presentations will be online.
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Session organisers should complete the expression of interest form by Friday 5 March 2021. We will then contact you with a session code and additional instructions for using the online portal to submit final details of your session.
Sessions will be limited to TWO timeslots in the programme. A timeslot is 1 hour 40 minutes.
Sessions may take the form of presented papers, panels, practitioner forums, discussions, workshops, or something else. Innovative formats are encouraged, particularly for online sessions which make use of uploading 'on-demand' content in advance of sessions to be viewed ahead of time.
Please remind contributors of the limits on individual contributions when accepting paper proposals for a session.
Session organisers should ensure that they have sufficient confirmed contributors to allow the session to go ahead if one or two withdraw. For paper sessions, we will consider those with four papers provided there are contingencies for replacing papers should any of the papers be withdrawn. For sessions with fewer than five papers, all presenters must register by the early-bird registration deadline (Friday 18 June 2021) so that the session can be confirmed as going ahead for the programme.
Sessions do not need to be sponsored by a Society Research Group in order to appear in the programme, but session organisers may wish to seek the sponsorship of one of the Society's Research Groups for their session.
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