Programme online

The programme of the IGC 2012 is now available via the following link:

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Please keep in mind that there can be some changes in the programme during the next weeks. For any questions regarding the programme send an email to


The programme of the IGC 2012 will reflect the overall concept of the Congress and consists of four main elements:
  1. Meetings of the 36 Commissions and Task Forces of the IGU
  2. Keynote addresses, specialist meetings and poster exhibitions on the major thematic complexes of the IGC 2012
  3. Young Researchers´ Forum IGC 2012
  4. Symposia on “Schools” and “Applied Geography”

The time available for sessions has been divided into units of 80 minutes each. Up to 25 parallel sessions can take place. Thus more than 450 individual sessions are available within the IGC 2012.
About half of the sessions are reserved for the work of the Commissions and Task Forces. The second half is available for sessions on the major thematic complexes, the Young Researchers’ Forum and the German-language symposia. Special sessions are planned for the presentation of posters, and no other events will be timetabled concurrently. In this way the significance of posters as an independent form of presentation will be emphasised.

Other programme elements

Schools programme

This section of the programme is designed to attract schools from the region. School students will have an opportunity to participate in selected Congress events in order to gain an insight into current geographical research. At the same time some of the Congress participants will visit participating schools to enter into dialogue with the students and observe bilingual teaching.

Social programme

The scientific programme of the Congress will be augmented by a social programme to give international participants an opportunity to experience the local culture. The programme includes various evening events both during and immediately after the Congress.

Field trip programme

It goes without saying that the IGC 2012 programme will be rounded off with a comprehensive programme of field trips. While half- and one-day excursions are devoted to local themes, field trips lasting several days will highlight the diversity to be experienced in Germany and Europe.