Programme > Thematic sessions

The format of the congress will be based on thematic sessions, organized around problems that Europe and European geographers face.


Provisional list of the sessions

(between brackets the chairperson(s) of the sessions)


Theme 1. People, culture and heritage

G.S. 1.1. Geography of Europe through the long time history (Christian Vandermotten)

G.S. 1.2.  Socio-spatial disparities in Europe (Gilles Van Hamme)

G.S. 1.3. Rural Europe (Serge Schmitz)

T.S. 1.10. Us and them: European Challenging Cultural Geographies of Encounters, inclusion, and exclusion (with the IGU Commissions on Cultural Geography and Mediterranean basin) (Louis Dupont, Antoine le Blanc and Maria Paradiso)

T.S. 1.11. The geography of policing (Lucas Melgaço and Sofie De Kimpe)

T.S. 1.12. New ruralities and new agricultures: a territorial perspective (Luca Simone Rizzo, Raffaela Gabriella Rizzo and Katia-Laura Sidali)

Theme 2. Demography and mobility

G.S. 2.1.  Demography, population mobility and migration in Europe (Jean-Michel Decroly and Patrick Deboosere)

T.S. 2.10. Youth mobility in Europe (with Horizon 2020 Ymobility program) (Armando Montanari and Josefina Dominguez Mujica)

T.S. 2.11. Human circular mobility as spatial systems (Sándor Illés)

T.S. 2.12. Demography of Disasters (Andrew Taylor and David Karacsonyi)

Theme 3. Nature and environment

G.S. 3.1. Facing climate change and natural hazards: lessons from Europe and other regions (Matthieu Kervyn)

G.S. 3.2. Landscape management and biodiversity in Europe (Marie-Françoise Godart and Anton Van Rompaey)

T.S. 3.10. Landslide Hazard and Risks in Europe (Mihai Ciprian Margarint, Mihai Niculita and Mihai Alexandru Micu)

T.S. 3.11. Historical documents and old maps as a tool to identify hazardous areas due to geo-hydrological processes (Francesco Faccini, Fabio Luino and Pietro Piana)

T.S. 3.12. Linkages between European landscape changes and land use change in other regions (Patrick Meyfroidt)

Theme 4. Sustainability and planning

G.S. 4.1. GIS and regional planning (Frank Canters)

G.S. 4.2. Europe and sustainable development policies (Edwin Zaccai)

T.S. 4.10. Building-up quality of life in the local area (with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) (Hans Dubois)

T.S. 4.11. Territorial attractiveness and quality of life (Pierre-Mathieu Le Bel)

T.S. 4.12. Technology, innovation, sustainable development and climate change: how can cities/regions stimulate smart strategies/innovation to promote sustainable territorial management (Sabrina Auci and Luigi Mundula).

T.S. 4.13. What local authorities should know from geographers in urban decision-making (Grazyna Chaberek-Karwacka and Miroslawa Malinovska)

T.S. 4.14. Consumption, Sustainability and Geography (Peter Simonyi)

T.S. 4.15. Civic engagement in services of general interest in shrinking and growing peripheries (Robert Nadler and Olivia Kummel)

Theme 5. Cities

G.S. 5.1. The specificities of the European city (Christian Kesteloot)

G.S. 5.2. The European city, a cultural, knowledge and development focus (Tatiana Debroux and Mathieu Van Criekingen)

T.S. 5.10. The future of small cities in Europe (Michela Lazzeroni and Heike Mayer)

T.S. 5.11. New suburban neighbourhoods – points of spatial segregation or integration (Dovilé Krupickaité and Gintaré Pociūté-Sereikiené)

T.S. 5.12. Fringes of the city: (In)visible spaces (Alain Malherbe and Elisabetta Rosa)

T.S. 5.13. Ruins and vacant land in shrinking cities in Europe (João Sarmento and Eduardo Brito-Henriques)

T.S. 5.14. Urban green infrastructure in cities under transition (Diana Dushkova and Dagmar Haase)

T.S. 5.15. From the urban sprawl to the urban decrease, the attractiveness of city centers for shopping to be rethought? (Michaël Pouzenc, Bernadette Mérenne-Schoumaker and Nathalie Lemarchand)

T.S. 5.16. Nightlife, Integration and In/Exclusion (Adam Eldridge and Jordi Nofre)

T.S. 5.17. Shaping new post-Soviet Geography : Transformations of urban space after the fall of Socialism (Diana Dushkova and Mikhail Ilchenko)

Theme 6. Economy and transportation

G.S. 6.1. Globalization and regional issues (Ben Derudder)

G.S. 6.2. Transport and accessibility in Europe (Ann Verhetsel)

G.S. 6.3. Manufacturing in Europe. Which future? (Bernadette Mérenne-Schoumaker and François Bost)

G.S. 6.4. Unity and diversity of the geography of retailing in Europe (with the Commission de géographie du Commerce of the French national Committee of Geography) (Michaël Pouzenc,  Bernadette Mérenne-Schoumaker and Nathalie Lemarchand)

T.S. 6.10. Europe's Face to the global crisis: Neoliberalism and the Changing Role of Cities  (Mikel Agirre, Aritz Tutor and Giorgos Koukoufikis)

T.S. 6.11. Financial geographies of Europe (Manuel Aalbers and David Bassens)

T.S. 6.12. The impact of free trade on transportation flows and the environment (Sponsored by the IGU Commission on Transport and Geography) (Frédéric Dobruszkes and Haoran Yang)

Theme 7. Travel, tourism and leisure

G.S. 7.1. Tourism and culture (Elena dell'Agnese)

T.S. 7.10. Integrated approaches to tourism and regional development (with the IGU Commission for Geographies of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change) (Dieter K. Müller and Carolin Funck)

T.S. 7.11. Challenges for cruise ship tourism in Europe (with the IGU Commission of the Mediterranean basin) (Frank Babinger and Ignacio Ruiz Guerra)

T.S. 7.12. Paths Mapping: Travelling, Representing, Mobilizing (Mauricette Fournier, Florence Troin)

Theme 8. Politics and policies

G.S. 8.1. Governance and administrative structures in Europe  (Joost Vaesen)

G.S. 8.2. Borders and geopolitics in and around Europe (Bernard Reitel)

T.S. 8.10. Europe in the World (Claude Grasland, Yann Richard and Clarisse Didelon-Loiseau)

T.S. 8.11. Future visions and trends: Europe in 2050 (with Pallas Athene Geopolical Foundation) (Norbert Csizmadia and Anton Bendarszevszkij)

T.S. 8.12. Security and Defense : what military geography for Europe ? (Philippe Boulanger, Olivier Archambeau and Nicola Todorov)

T.S. 8.13. Cross-border cooperation in an uncertain European scenario (Jaume Feliu and Joan Vicente)

T.S. 8.14. EU Cohesion Policy and European identity (Dominic Stead, Marcin Dabrowski and Carlos Mendez)

T.S. 8.15. Smart specialisation: Perspectives on a changing geography of regional strategies (Ties Vanthillo)

T.S. 8.16. Initiatives on rural development in Europe: strategies, policies, practices and actors (Stefano De Rubertis, Marilena Labianca and Eugenio Cejudo Garcia)

Theme 9. Geographers and the geography in the society

G.S. 9.1. Geography in socio-political life in Europe (Isabelle Dumont and Claudio Cerreti)

G.S. 9.2. Educating with geography, educating the world (with the Geographical Education Commission of the IGU) (Luc Zwartjes, Dino Gavinelli and Giacomo Pettenati)

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