Conference of Irish Geographers 2014: Early bird registration: 28th March!
On behalf of the Geographical Society of Ireland and the UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy we invite you to join us for the 46th Conference of Irish Geographers, 8-10 May 2014. The conference theme is 'Revaluing geographic traditions: Exploration, understanding and the urban environment' and we particularly welcome reflective contributions on our discipline in the 21st century. All details and updates on the conference will be available on this website. The deadline for early registration is fast approaching... please click here for more details. We look forward to welcoming you in May. Niamh Moore-Cherry & Gerald Mills, Conference co-chairs
GeoWeek 2013 National Photo Competition Winners Honoured at 'FLOOD', Dublin
On February 27, the GSI, in conjunction with UCD, Cultúr Lab and Dublin City Council Public Arts Office, co-hosted an evening of talks to mark the launch of the DCC's Flood Commission, which invites proposals for public artwork(s) that respond to the work of the OPW in creating flood defences along the River Dodder. For images of the first GSI national GeoWeek 2013 photo competition on the theme ‘An Exploration of Water’ can be seen here. An exhibition of winning images were on display, and prizes awarded, including RIA Historical Atlases and book vouchers. Special thanks to Dr. Niamh Moore, UCD Geography, for coordinating this exciting evening.
Photo credit: Aidan Crawly, Irish Times
On February 19, GSI member Professor Rob Kitchin, of Geography and NIRSA at NUI Maynooth was presented the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal Award by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in recognition of his contributions to the social sciences. Two gold medals are given each year to academics for their scholarly achievements in the sciences and social sciences, and are also sponsored by the HEA. Professor Kitchin studies the relationship between technology, society and space. His five-year European Research Council Advanced Grant explores the 'The Programmable City', in particular how software-enabled technologies, data and services augment and facilitate understandings of, management strategies and plans for cities.
As quoted by the Irish Times and the RIA, Prof. Kitchin said: "I'm delighted and honored to be receiving the Gold Medal from the Royal Irish Academy. The Medal is certainly the high point of my career to date given that it denotes significant contributions to the social sciences in Ireland and beyond. I will be the first to admit that it also reflective of some wonderful collaborations with a range of scholars on various projects and publications. Hopefully the award of the Medal will in some way help with developing links and fostering new avenues of research." Additional quotes from the Taoiseach and NUIM President Nolan are available here.
Masters Programme to Challenge Effects of Climate Change & Hunger in Africa
NUI Maynooth launched an innovative new Masters in ‘Transformative Community Development’. The new Masters programme, established as part of the TEN-Hunger Project (Transformative Engagement Network), is funded by Irish Aid and the Higher Education Authority and will bring together over thirty academics across disciplines to focus on issues of climate change and food security in vulnerable communities in Zambia and Malawi. - See more here
Call for the GSI Postgraduate Thesis Award
The Geographical Society of Ireland is delighted to announce an annual prize for a paper based upon a recent PhD thesis in geography. Papers submitted for consideration of the Committee must be presented at the upcoming Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG) in UCD from the 8th to the 10th of May, 2014. More...
The Programmable City Launch
On 25 March 2014, the Programmable City Project launches with an all day event in Renehan Hall in NUI Maynooth. More Details Here. With a great line-up of speakers, we hope you'll join us to learn more about smart cities, ubiquitous computing, big data and how software is reshaping urban life. RSVP Eventbrite by Monday 24th March 2014
CFP: Local Resistance, Global Crisis
Local Resistance, Global Crisis: developing communities of solidarity and Left Politics for the 21st Century conference to be held: June 13-14, 2014, NUIM. More details here. Email title and short abstract (250 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 15th.
Keynote Speakers will include:
David Featherstone, Department of Geography, Glasgow.Costis Hadjimichalis, Department of Geography, Harokopio University, Athens
AAG 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Honours Professor Anne Buttimer
The Association of American Geographers 2014 Lifetime Achievement will honour Professor Anne Buttimer in recognition of her five decades of distinguished and prolific scholarship as well as extraordinary dedication, service, and perseverance in the name of the geographic profession. Professor Buttimer is a highly respected geographer whose reputation is truly global in scope. In the early part of her career, she was at the forefront of efforts to expand beyond the quantitative approaches and later went on to produce a body of scholarship that explored important philosophical themes at the intersection of the bio-physical and human sciences, that shaped research directions in social geography, and that served as a model for the ways in which geographers can bridge the theory-practice divide. In addition to being a stellar research scholar, Professor Buttimer has served the field in a number of capacities, recently as President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and most recently as Vice-President of Academia Europea, the first geographer to be so elected. On 27 January 2012 she became the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Grenoble, France. Professor Buttimer chaired an EU-funded research network on sustainable development that had a significant influence on EU policy debates; her work provided important insights into the ways in which communication between scientists and planners can be improved.
The extent of her scholarly impact can be seen in the many honors she has received from different universities and professional associations. For more details about Professor Buttimer's achievement and the award, please see here.