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Happy New Year to all our newsletter readers. We hope you enjoy the latest issue. Here you will find a request to help test the YouthMetre, an open data e-tool; an update on the School on the Cloud Project, information about a pledge by ESRI for free access to ArcGIS Online for European schools and an update from the International Year for Global Understanding Storymap competitions. There is information on GI Forum and its related online journal and the latest issue of Mountain Research & Development and a reminder about registering for the EUROGEO conference.

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Help test the YouthMetre e-tool

EUROGEO has regularly been involved in a number of open data projects and activities. Now the association ocoordinates the "Forward Looking" YouthMetre Project - which aims to present open EU data on youth policy in Europe and encourage young people to become active in their region. The e-tool is being developed to empower youngsters to challenge policies for young people by exploring good practices and identifying the needs of youth. We invite you to test the different elements of the YouthMetre e-tool and contact the project team with your recommendations to improve its quality. Find out more

Cloud Education Declaration


The School on the Cloud Project held its third summit at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels towards the end of 2016. The Cloud is very significant in creating jobs and economic development. Online maps, GIS, data sources and social media rely on the Cloud. The project has examined some of the many benefits that Cloud Computing offers education.  Videos of the keynote presentations.are available online,  At the end of the summit, the participants agreed a Declaration sent to the European Commission, which presents a Cloud Strategy for European Education. You can find out more on the project Web site.

GIS Pledge For EU Schools

Last December ESRI announced it will pledge free access to ArcGIS Online for schools in Europe. The plan follows up their activities in the USA via the ConnectEd programme initiated by President Obama three years ago. Thousands of schools have been connected here using GIS in STEM education. The pledge was made at the Digital Skills and Jobs launch event organised by the European Commission.  More informaiton

Student competitions update


As part of the International Year of Global Understanding, EUROGEO launches two competitions in conjunction with the IGU Commission for Geographic Education and Esri. The competitions are for high school pupils aged 15-19 and university students aged 19+. The task is to make a story map connected with one or more of the themes of the international year and linking the local to the global. Deadline extended to February 7th. Find out more

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GIForum 2017

The Call for the submission of papers and abstracts for the GI_Forum 2017 (Salzburg, July 4-7. 2017) has opened! A major part of the conference will be devoted to education issues with, learning opportunities within the Geomedia / GIS domain. Contributions based on theoretical, practical and empirical work are welcomed across the full age group of learners, from primary education to post-secondary education. The submission deadline is February 1, 2017. Find Out More


The Early Bird deadline is approaching for EUROGEO 2017. Challenges for geographical education is the theme of EUROGEO 2017. Geographical education is facing many challenges at school and in higher education. The purpose of EUROGEO 2017 is to examine some of these issues and their possible responses.

The conference will take place on 2-3 March 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. You are invited to submit sessions, workshops, paper abstracts and posters. Find out more

Ocean Literacy

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A database of existing Ocean Literacy learning elements, called the European Database of Good Examples in marine education and outreach (Ocean EDGE), has been created by the SeaChange Project. Find out more

GI Forum Journal

GI-Forum now allows year round submission and publishes two issues annually in a peer-reviewed open access format at Traditionally, GI_Forum has a strong section on all things educational and is a good reference point for Geomedia-based learning. Submission is possible in conjunction with the conference, but can also be done as a single paper beyond the conference. Support is available for young researchers. Find Out More

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MRD 36(4)

Papers from the Perth III mountain conference are published in Mountain research & Development and contribute to Future Earth. They include a tool  to compare mountain photos, gender-sensitive participatory agroforestry, and social impact assessment. Other paperss exploreecosystem services, visitors’ use of energy, and environmental impacts of migration.
The issue is available online and open access

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Springer has a number of open access Geography, Environment, Geographical Information Systems and Cartography titles. You can find out more at

Map Design Competition


The International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children invite you to participate in the next Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2017, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the  world in graphic form by children.

In 2017, this is organized in the context of activities programmed within the International Map Year. For this reason, the theme for the 2017 competition is the same as the motto of the International Map Year: “We love maps”.

Entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2017.

All the documents needed to begin the organisation of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017, with rules for teachers, parents and national coordinators are published on the ICA website ( and via their Facebook profile (

Tell Your Story Project

EUROGEO is a partner in a new Erasmus Plus project, seeking to use storytelling as an approach to reducing early school leaving. The initiative uses StoryMaps as a tool to encourage young people to express their issues needs and concerns.

Karl Donert represented EUROGEO at the first project meeting, held in Pau, France at the offices of the NGO coordinator of the activity "Pistes Solidaires". More information will follow in future newsletters. 


Geography News Update

This update provides a small sample of environmental geo-news we shared on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn last month. Why not follow us there and join almost 10,000 geographers sharing news, research and publications. 

Dam Project Threatens to Submerge Turkish History
Changes in seabed communities after glacial retreat 
Kenya to plant a "green dress" the size of Costa Rica
Indonesia's peat fires released more greenhouse gases than Germany does in an entire year
“Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification  - More news


Joining EUROGEO? 

Become a member of EUROGEO and support our work in promoting geography and the work of geographers, influencing policy at national and European levels, connecting geographers around the world and innovating in education and training. Join EUROGEO now

Project News


YouthMetre seeks to bring young people closer to policy making about Youth across Europe. The aim is to create tools that will empower youth to engage with policy makers and challenge policy developments.

YouthMetre has been engaging young people across Europe in a series of Study Groups. You can find out about these and follow them here.  

Why not subscribe to the YouthMetre Project newsletter. Take the Video Challenge - More information.

Follow YouthMetre on Facebook and Twitter

Sea Change Ocean Literacy   

Sea Change has published a video Our Ocean Our Oxygen illustrating the important health benefits we obtain from the coean. See the video - Sea Change website - other ocean geo-stories this month.

GI Learner

GI Learner explores the use of GIS and GIscience in secondary schools. GI Learner has undertaken and published a review of spatial thinking research and learning lines in high school education. The project will be running a workshop at EUROGEO 2016 in Malaga. More information - Twitter


GeoCapabilities will run a workshop and sessions at the EUROGEO 2016 conference in Malaga. Register now. Read more,

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The key objective of the project is to create training materials to develop teachers as curriculum leaders … through a 'capabilities' approach. The project has produced a series of research papers, video clips


EUROGEO is partner in an Erasmus+ education project called SMILE. SMILE is Soft Mobility Integrated Learning in English - through sustainable transport in Primary Schools. The project aims to develop learning materials for use in non-formal situations. SMILE Web site.  SMILE on Facebook.


I-Use Statistics

A free training course on Statistics in secondary school subjects can be accessed from the I-Use Project Web siteThere are materials on visualising data, misleading statistics and pedagogical issues. I-Use Web site.  Follow I-Use on Facebook and Twitter

Latest Geo-Consultancy, Jobs, Studentships  

Lots of new geographical jobs, research posts, consultancy possibilities, studentships and grants are available from the EUROGEO LinkedIn page 

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