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Programme

The three-day RGS-IBG Annual International Conference attracts over 2,000 geographers from around the world. 

Conference programme

The conference programme has been finalised and is now available to browse via the conference's online event space and mobile guide.

Browse the conference programme

Read our guidance on navigating the online event space

If you are contributing to the conference as a presenter, panelist, session organiser or chair, check the programme now to find details of your session.

We do not expect any further substantive changes to be made to the programme. If any changes are made that will impact your contribution, we will notify you directly.

Venue allocations remain provisional at this stage and may be subject to minor changes.

A grid view of the conference programme will be available to download here shortly. The grid will list sessions by date, time and room.

Check our webpages for more information about the Chair's plenary and map room conversations and other programme highlights.

Find out more about the Chair's plenary conversations

Find out more about the Chair's map room conversations

Find out more about other programme highlights

As we make our final preparations for the conference, from Monday 5 August you will need to log in to view the conference programme.  Access is via the email you used to register in Ex Ordo (when first making your submission or registering for the conference). If you are having any difficulties logging into the online platform, please contact us well in advance of the conference to resolve these.

Download the conference app

A conference mobile guide is available to download through the Ex Ordo app, allowing you to explore the programme on your mobile device and curate your own personalised schedule.

To access the mobile guide, download the Ex Ordo app to your mobile device: 

  • Download Ex Ordo from the App Store for iOS devices
  • Download Ex Ordo from Google Play for Android devices

Once you've installed the app, you can create an account, or log in using your existing Ex Ordo username (email) and password.

Then, click on the 'passphrase' tab in the Ex Ordo app, and enter the conference passphrase: ac2024. Click 'continue', and then click 'download guide'. The mobile guide will then be saved to the Ex Ordo app (you only need to download the app once). When returning to the Ex Ordo app, find the ac2024 guide saved under 'My Guides'.

Find out more about using the mobile guide

Finalise your submission and upload content

Paper authors are now able to make minor edits to their paper title and abstract, and confirm the names and affiliations of the authors due to present at the conference.

Find out how to finalise your submission and edit paper details

Separately, paper authors are also able to upload a personal biography to the programme, as well asynchronous content to conference event space, allowing other delegates to view slides, papers, images, and pre-recorded video content before, during, and after the conference. We encourage all authors to make use of this functionality before the conference begins.

Find out how to upload a personal biography

Find how to upload presentation files and asynchronous content

We do not require authors to make edits or upload asynchronous content to their submission for it to be included in the finalised programme.

Pre-conference events

Several smaller events will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 August, in the run-up to the start of the main conference.

All pre-conference events are free for fully registered conference delegates, but attendees must register for these events separately.

Activities include:

  • Newcomers' Symposium, incorporating the Annual Conference Training Symposium (PGF ACTS)
  • Introduction to GIS and Spatial Data workshop

Find out more about the pre-conference activities

Conference dates and times

The Annual International Conference 2024 will start at 18.00 on Tuesday 27 August 2024, and will end at 18.30 on Friday 30 August 2024.

A conference opening plenary event and drinks reception will be held on the evening of Tuesday 27 August 2024 (c.18.00) — all registered delegates are welcome to join.

Delegate registration (collection of name badges) will be open from 12.00 on Tuesday at the Exhibition Road entrance to the Society.

Structure of the conference day

Sessions and papers may be scheduled in any of the timeslots between 09.00 on Wednesday 28 August and 18.30 on Friday 30 August.

Session start and end times are as follows:

  • Session one: 09.00 to 10.40
  • Refreshment break: 10.40 to 11.10
  • Session two: 11.10 to 12.50
  • Plenary/lunch: 13.10 to 14.25
  • Session three: 14.40 to 16.20
  • Refreshment break: 16.20 to 16.50
  • Session four: 16.50 to 18.30
  • Evening usually 18.45 onwards (please see individual listings for details)

Research Group-sponsored sessions

The Society has 32 active Research Groups which bring together active researchers and those with a professional interest in a particular aspect of geography and related disciplines.

Each Research Group sponsors sessions at the Annual Conference. Sponsored sessions are denoted by the inclusion of the Research Group acronym (see below) in the session title, as visible in the online programme and the downloadable grid-view of the programme. If sessions are sponsored by one than one Research Group, multiple acronyms will appear in the session title. 

Sponsored sessions are also tagged by Research Group in the 'programme' section of the conference app.

For reference, a list of Research Groups and corresponding acronyms is provided here:

  • Animal Geography Working Group (AGWG)

  • Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG)

  • Climate Change Research Group (CCRG)

  • Coastal and Marine Research Group (CMRG)

  • Development Geographies Research Group (DevGRG)

  • Digital Geographies Research Group (DGRG)

  • Economic Geography Research Group (EGRG)

  • Energy Geographies Research Group (EnGRG)

  • Food Geographies Research Group (FGRG)

  • Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

  • Geographical Information Science Research Group (GIScRG)

  • Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) 

  • Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG)

  • Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG)

  • Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd)

  • Historical Geography Research Group (HGRG)

  • History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG)

  • Latin American Geographies Research Group (LAGRG)

  • Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG)

  • Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG)

  • Political Geography Research Group (PolGRG)

  • Population Geography Research Group (PopGRG)

  • Quantitative Methods Research Group (QMRG)

  • Race, Culture and Equality Working Group (RACE)

  • Radical Geography Research Group (RadGeo)

  • Rural Geography Research Group (RGRG)

  • Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG)

  • Space Sexualities and Queer Research Group (SSQRG)

  • Transport Geography Research Group (TGRG)

  • Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG)