Welcome to the Geographical Society of Ireland
The Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI), the professional representative organisation of geographers in Ireland, was founded in 1934. Over eighty years later, the GSI continues to raise awareness of the value and impact of Geography in Ireland and beyond, through a diverse range of activities and collaborations.
Society members are actively engaged in enhancing the international profile of Irish geography through their engagement with the International Geographical Union (IGU), RGS-IBG, Association of American Geographers (AAG) and other international groupings.
This year Geography at NUI Galway will be hosting the 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers, in Galway City in the west of Ireland. The conference will take place over four days (May 15th – 18th 2019) and the theme for the 2019 conference is Re-Imagining Europe's Future Society and Landscapes. The theme focuses on the centrality of the concepts of society and landscape within the Discipline of Geography and the importance of the relationship that exists between the physical and cultural landscape.
There will be over 500 delegates attending the conference representing an astonishing 37 countries. This conference will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on and re-imagine futures within the geographical boundary of Europe. The overarching theme is reflected throughout the conference programme and themed fieldtrips (programme available here). The aim of this broad and inclusive theme was to attract a wide variety of geographers with a range of physical, social, cultural, political and environmental research interests. The conference promises to be a very enjoyable event in a vibrant city and includes an exciting programme of social events (available here).
In response to the changed position of Geography within the Junior cycle curriculum The Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland has created petition, calling for the restoration of Geography as a core subject on the Junior Cycle curriculum. If you can, please support this petition.
Nine reasons why geography matters
RTE Brainstorm recently published an article by By Anna Davies, Irish Research Council and Frances Fahy, NUI Galway outlining why geography is so important!
In Memory of Gordon Herries Davies (1932-2019)
Gordon Davies, otherwise Gordon Leslie Herries Davies (he favoured the latter form from the late 1970s), who died on 22 February 2019 was one of the most significant figures ‘doing Geography’ in Ireland during the second half of the last century. More....
Year of Geography 2019
2019 has been declared the "Year of Geography".
This initiative will focusing on different places/counties and different geographical themes each week during 2019 to raise the profile of Geography in Ireland both at a national and at a local level.
Does Geography have a future?
At CIG 2018 Shelagh Waddington from Maynooth University outlined some of the issues about the removal of Geography from the core curriculum of the Junior Cycle, Read more in her blog post Does Geography have a future?