April 18, 2018


Upcoming Events

  1. Institute of Australian Geographers Conference: Geographies of emergence, divergence and convergence 9 -13 July 2019  Wrest Point | Tasmania

    Call for Papers and Best Paper Awards

    International Geographical Union – Young and Early Career Geographers Taskforce (IGUYECG) and International Association for Young Geographers (IAYG) Sponsored Session

    Session Co-Convenors:

    Dr. Komali Yenneti, University of New South Wales (k.yenneti@unsw.edu.au)

    Dr. Gaurav Sikka, L N Mithila University (gauravsikkageo@gmail.com)

    Institute of Australian Geographers Conference: Geographies of emergence, divergence and convergence

    9 -13 July 2019  Wrest Point | Tasmania

    Dear Colleagues:

    There is a cutting-edge research by young and early career scholars around the world that deserves to be recognised and celebrated. Sponsored and organised jointly by the IGUYECG and IAYG, this paper session will present an opportunity for young scholars across the world and diverse fields to present their work in any relevant geography-related issues. A Best Paper Award of AUD 200 will be given to an early career researcher submitting an original research and unpublished work dealing with any relevant geographical research in any part of the world but in line with the theme of the conference.

    The session is open to all PhD students and early career researchers within 7 years of PhD completion.

    To take part in this paper session, please submit your abstract on the conference website along with a copy of the abstract by email to the session convenors by 28th February, 2019.

    To participate in the award competition, please submit your abstract on the conference website along with a copy of the abstract by email to the session convenors by 28th February, 2019 and full papers of no longer than 5,000 words (excluding references) to the session convenors by 30th June 2019. Please see the conference website  for abstract submission and further information (https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/).

    Please see below for full paper submission requirements.

    • Please submit one PDF/MS-Word document. The document should include full paper, cover sheet, and an abstract.
    • Cover Sheet: Please attach a cover sheet to your submission, including your name, e-mail contact information, affiliation, paper title, and the word count of your paper (excluding references).
    • Formatting: 12-point font, A4 paper size, 1-inch (2.54cm) margins, 1.5 spacing, footer with page numbers.
    • References and Style: Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
    • Submissions for the IGUYECG – IAYG Best Paper Award will be evaluated by a jury during the oral presentation of the paper at the IGUYECG-IAYG session.
    • Paper strengths: The most competitive papers will i) follow submission guidelines, ii) present clear and structured arguments, iii) situate a research question in appropriately cited literature, iv) answer the question with appropriate analysis, and v) be original, innovative, and draw conclusions of interest to the wider geography community.
    • Other requirements: The paper should be presented at the IAG Conference 2019 in Tasmania, and be part of a IGUYECG – IAYG sponsored session.
    • Outcomes: Awards will be announced in the IGU-YECG and IAYG knowledge community, and at the IAG Conference 2019 in Tasmania.

    For more information about IGU-YECG please see our website igu.younggeographers.org and follow us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/IGUYECG/

  2. CfP Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2019 Geographies of emergence, divergence and convergence 9-13th July 2019, Hobart, Tasmania www.iagc2019.com 
    Session: Geographies of Energy Access, Poverty, and Justice
    Conveners: Dr. Jonathan Balls (University of Melbourne), Dr. Paul Munro (UNSW), Dr. Komali Yenneti (UNSW)

    Abstract: This session will focus on new geographies of energy access, poverty, and justice in places where energy access initiatives and renewable energy transitions are changing energy landscapes. In recent years, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) initiatives have been catalysts for numerous energy access initiatives in the global South. Non-state actors have also been increasingly involved in developing new markets for renewables in the developing world (Balls, 2016; Munro et al., 2016).At the same time, efforts to engineer energy transitions and the falling cost of renewables are resulting in rapid changes to energy systems and infrastructures around the world. The arrival of new energy technologies, systems, and infrastructures, and the transformation of existing systems and infrastructures creates opportunities for progress on energy access, equity, and justice. Smart-grids and decentralised systems, for example, are promising to democratise energy and deliver numerous benefits to consumers. Yet, often new technologies touted to deliver for the poor fall far short of expectations, and new systems and infrastructures can fail to deliver equity, democracy, or participation (Kumar et al., 2019; Balls and Fischer, 2019).Geographers are well placed to look at energy access, poverty, and justice in contexts of changing energy landscapes. A rich body of geographical work considers energy poverty and justice (Munro et al., 2017; Yenneti et al. 2016;Castán Broto et al., 2018; Salazar and Adams, 2014)as well as energy transitions and the spread of renewables (Power et al., 2016).

    We invite theoretical and empirical contributions that build on this work and take forward geographical understanding on energy access, poverty, and justice.

    Please submit a 150 word abstract before 28th of February 2019 online via the conference website at https://cdesign.eventsair.com/2019-iag/abstractsand to the session convenors at jonathan.balls@unimelb.edu.au; paul.munro@unsw.edu.au; k.yenneti@unsw.edu.au

Past Events

1. Academic Writing Workshop for Young & Early Career Geographers Hosted at: XII International Geographical Union Conference Govt. Post Graduate College, Sector 1, Panchkula, Haryana (India) 24 February 2019, 09:00 till 12:00, Duration: 3 hours

 At the XII IGU Conference, held on 22nd-24th February 2019 at Panchkula, India, Milton Milaras of the IGU’s Young and Early Career Geographers (YECG) and from the University of South Africa (UNISA), presented a 3-part writing workshop for young academics. The 30 enthusiastic participants were coached through presentations and exercises on: Science as Story, The BME Rule, and Scientific Writing: Theory and Techniques. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and candidates were awarded certificates of participation. The YECG continues to seek ways to support aspiring academic geographers in their professional development.


2. Report on IGU-YECG Events at 2018 IGU Regional Conference, Quebec, Canada

The IGU Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce (IGU-YECG) organised a series of activities at the recently concluded 2018 International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference – Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Annual Meeting held in Québec, Canada from August 6th to August 10th. Dr. Komali Yenneti, Chair, IGU-YECG coordinated the task force events at Quebec. Mr. Falguni Dey from University of Calcutta, India supported IGU-YECG in organising the events.The conference theme, Appreciating Difference or Apprécier la differénce, is a Quebec expression that invites participants to consider the world as a blank canvas that we must first decide how to depict before putting down images and words. Surely, the choice of those images and words is a matter of appreciation. To appreciate is not only a question of what we find significant and of value, it is also an awareness of differences and the ability to recognize them as meaningful to a more inclusive interpretation of the diverse world in which we live. Rightly, the conference topics, as well as IGU Commissions, CAG study groups and more importantly our IGU-YECG sessions reflected on this thought-provoking theme.

YECG Activities at the 2018 IGU Regional Conference in Québec Networking Event –The IGU-YECG activities started with the meeting-cum-networking event held on August 7th, 2018 from 7pm-9pm. The event began with presentation by Dr. Komali Yenneti, Chair IGU-YECG on the progress of the task force followed by self-introductions around the table. The event ended with a networking event over drinks and nibbles. The event was a unique occasion at the conference to get to know ‘young’ and ‘young at heart’ geographers as well as to stimulate discussion and collaboration between like-minded researchers. In line with the conference theme, Appreciating Difference or Apprécier la differénce, the event had witnessed participants of diverse age groups, nationalities, cultures and geographical interests. An important outcome of the networking event is IGU-YECG’s future collaboration with the International Geo Olympiad (iGeo).

Representation at the IGU Commission Chairs Meetings –The Chair, IGU-YECG participated at the IGU Commission and Task Force Chairs and Chairs of National Committees meetings held at the Congress Venue. The first meeting took place on the August 7th from 15h30 to 17h00, and the second (August 8th) from 15h30 to 17h00. At these meetings, the Chair had an opportunity to introduce the IGU-YECG, its current and past activities and opportunities to collaborate with other commissions. The topics discussed at the meetings include:

    • Mapping the SDGs
    • CODATA
    • La Nuit de Geographie/Night of Geography project
    • IGU archives
    • TROP-ICSU project
    • OSGeo
    • International Conference on Silk Road Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development
    • Upcoming Congresses (especially Istanbul 2020) and Thematic Conferences


IGU-YECG Paper Sessions 1 and 2 – The other main activities at the conference were the two oversubscribed paper sessions. The first one took place on the August 8th from 10h30 to 12h00, and the second (August 9th) from 15h30 to 17h00. Each of the paper sessions had five speakers presenting on diverse areas of geographical (physical and human) interests. Below are the details of the sessions. The sessions garnered extensive discussion and opportunities for young scholars from different parts of the world to present in a relaxed environment.  IGU-YECG Sponsored Awards –Last, but not the least, the IGU-YECG had given away three student fee registration waiver awards and one Late Dr. Manju Singh Best Paper Award for paper presenters at the IGU-YECG sponsored sessions. The Best Paper award of CAD 200 was instituted in the memory of Late Dr. Manju Singh, daughter of Prof. RB Singh (Secretary-General and Treasurer, International Geographical Union). Dr. Manju Singh, a young and dynamic academic did her M.Sc. from USA and PhD in nanotechnology from Italy. She left for her heavenly abode after a prolong illness on 9th December 2014. Prof. RB Singh has been generous enough to provide financial support for this award. The three student fee registration waiver award winners were selected prior to the conference by the IGU-YECG Steering committee, whereas the Best Paper Award winner was judged by a judging committee formed at the conference. The committee included Prof Mike Meadows, Assistant Secretary-General of IGU, Prof. Joos Droogleever Fortuijn, First Vice-President IGU, and Prof Yehua Dennis Wei, University of Utah.

Late Dr. Manju Singh Best Paper Award  Mr. Armand Djoumessi Mouafo, University of Tasmania, Australia Paper Title: The determinants of inbound open innovation in regional clusters: insights from two Australian maritime clusters

Student fee registration waiver award winners

Mr. Joseph Kangmennaang, University of Waterloo, Canada
Mr. Ulisses Denache Souza, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Mr. Sheyi Aworinde , University of Lagos, Nigeria

Mr. Sheyi Aworinde, University of Lagos, Nigeria
IGU-YECG Student Registration Fee Waiver Award












Mr. Ulisses Souza, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
IGU-YECG Student Registration Fee Waiver Award












3. (IGU-YECG’s Academic Event) Report on Introductory Workshop on Google Earth Engine at University of Cape Town

A 5 day long workshop was organized by the International Geographic Union’s (IGU) Young & Early Career Geographers (YECG) on basics of Google earth Engine (GEE)(https://earthengine.google.com/). The workshop was held at the University of Cape Town’sDepartment of Environmental and Geographical Studies(EGS), from 26th February to 2nd March 2018. We recognise GEE’s potential as an emerging tool in the field of digital Earth Science systems, and thus planned to acquaint EGS students on how to get started with it. Launched in 2010 at the International Climate Change conference GEE combines a multi-petabyte catalogue of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities. GEE makes this data (and tools to analyse it) available to scientists, researchers, and developers to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface.

GEE’s‘Beginner’s Curriculum’was uploaded to the UCT online education resource site where participants were able to download files a week before the workshop. Some feedback from our participants are posted below :-

“I would like to humbly thank IGU’sYECG for conducting the GEE workshop with us, I found that the coding wasn’t too advanced or complicated for us to comprehend, also I like that GEE is a freely accessible software option for processing remotely sensed data hence it will offer many advantages towards my research and future academic endeavors!

–Yakhuluntu Dubazana, Honors Student at EGS, UCT

“Dear Dhritiraj

Thank you for the informative GEE workshop, it was really worth it to me.

It was my first time using Google Earth Engine, I heard about it a couple of months ago but I did not know what its about and what its capable of doing. I believe you made things easy for me, I will now build my knowledge based on the good basics you shared with us. 

The course was good and the way you presented it was easy to follow. Your interaction with us was amazing.

Thank you”

-Nolusindiso Ndara, Masters Student, EGS, UCT.

Frank Ekardt, Michael Meadows, Dhritiraj Sengupta and Milton Milaras jointly organized this workshop for YECG and we would like to express our gratitude towards them. All the resource used in the workshop can be downloaded from GEE website and could also be accessed via their YouTube channel. 

  1. GEE Tutorials- https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/tutorials
  2. GEE You Tube channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/EarthOutreach/playlistsI

f we wish you to organize such a training event at your university department, please feel free to contact Dhritiraj Sengupta<dhritirajsen@gmail.com>of the YECG.                                                         

3.Report XIth IGU Commission Seminar on Environment and Sustainable Livelihood Date: 8-10 February 2018, Place: Guwahati, India

  1. After a huge success and warm response at Beijing and Hyderabad, IGU Task Force for Young and Early Career Geographers (IGU-YECG) organised a poster competition for IGU-YECG Late Dr. Manju Singh Memorial Young Scientist (Poster) Award on 9th February 2018 at Guwahati, Assam, India. Komali Yenneti (Chair, IGU-YECG) and Gaurav Sikka (Secretary and Treasurer, IGU-YECG) coordinated the event. During the XIth IGU Commission Seminar 2018, IGU-YECG aimed to present a special poster award, to foster the excitement of young scholars in presenting their work in the form of a poster. Therefore, posters were invited from young scholars on the theme and sub themes of this conference. The award is instituted in the memory of Late Dr. Manju Singh, daughter of Prof. RB Singh (Vice President, International Geographical Union). Dr. Manju Singh, a young and dynamic academic did her M.Sc. from USA and PhD in nanotechnology from Italy. She left for her heavenly abode after a prolong illness on 9th December 2014.  Prof. RB Singh has been generous enough to provide financial support for this award.Fifteen poster presentations were made in this competition. The jury for the award competition comprised of: Prof. Yukio Himiyama (President, IGU), Prof. Elena dell’ Agnese (Vice President, IGU) and Prof. Monoj Hazarika (Cotton University, Guwahati). Awardees were selected on the site by jury and award recipients were announced during the valedictory session of the conference. The award in research scholar category included a certificate of merit and monetary award of Rs 5100/-. Two  cash prizes of Rs 2100/- and Rs.1100/- were also given to the Masters students alongwith certificate.  The award in Research Scholar category was bagged by Tejpal from Department of Geography, Kurukshetra University, Haryana for his poster on “Impact Assessment of Watershed Development Programme using RUSLE and Geospatial Techonology: A Case Study of Dohan Watershed”.   The two prizes in Masters Students category was won by  Pavan Kumar and team from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Kaushik Kharghoria and team from Dibrugarh University, Assam respectovely. The event was hailed by entire geographers’ community and appreciated by the young scholars. The deliberations during the poster session has encouraged young scholars to participate in IGU events with a great zeal. The poster award will be organised at the forthcoming IGU event in 2019 at Panchkula, Haryana.