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We are glad to be able to supply you with the latest geography news during these challenging times. Our last board meeting took place online in the beginning of May, so decisions are still being taken and EUROGEO keeps on going. Going for more collaboration, research on key issues of our time and also providing information on support for different professional groups. Besides the endorsement of the Open Data Charter, the Memorandum of Understanding with the GeoTech Center, the media partnership agreement with Geoconnexion for the dissemination of our Conferences and activities has shortly been renewed.
If you have information to share with our community, do not hesitate to contact as via newsletter@eurogeography.eu. Become a member of EUROGEO and benefit e.g. from reduced conference fees, find information on our website

EUROGEO conference 2020 postponed to 2021

The EUROGEO Conference 2021 will be held in Madrid, April 22-23rd 2021, in the same venue. The Sustainable Development Goals will be the main theme, the planned sessions, plenaries, workshops and other activities will therefore be postponed until next year. Notice of transition 2020 to 2021

The 2021 EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference in Madrid will provide opportunities to discuss the potential of geographical research to respond today to issues of the future. Take the chance to meet up with researchers, educators and decision makers from Europe and beyond to discuss urgent action on sustainable development. 

The conference will start on April 23, 2020 and conclude on April 24, 2020. An optional field visit to Toledo will be available on April 25, 2020 as well as a free visit to the Madrid Science Museum. More information and registration

GI-Learner project: A Success Story
The ERASMUS+ project GI Learner has been selected as a "success story" by a panel of experts from the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission. 
"Success stories" are finalised projects that have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach, and can be a source of inspiration for others. The selection of the project as a success story was made on the basis of rigorous criteria regarding its quality, relevance and results. This is a great honour and appreciation for the project, the coordinator Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Brugge, Belgium, and the consortium. EUROGEO was a partner together with 6 partners from Spain, Belgium, the UK, Austria and Romania. www.gilearner.eu
Morocco EUROGEO Field Visit 2020
Join us on a promotion trip to Marrakech, the Agafay Desert and Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains. Exploring the options for fieldwork, excursions and internship for students of high schools and higher education. Incentive drive for this all is the Education for All project supported contentwise and logistically by Eurogeo. This small scale trip has it all. It is an all inclusive five day/four nights programme. Marrakech is the start and finish of this midweek tour. Dates Wednesday October 21 – Sunday October 25. If you want to find out more and prepare for the visit, see home learning units for the study trip. Register for the visit here
EUROGEO and GeoTech Center become partners
 
EUROGEO and GeoTech Center have signed early May 2020 a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaborative relationship between both organizations and to share the goal of promoting geographical education and spatial thinking, as well as supporting geographers in their careers. The GeoTech Center was created by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program to promote geospatial education and career at the two-year college level. It is currently hosted by Jefferson Community and Technical College. GeoTech Center has developed The Geospatial Technology Competency Model, through a collaborative effort involving the Employment and Training Administration in the United States and geospatial industry experts. This document is the national reference for geospatial education and training, and it is currently used by EUROGEO for the project MYGEO, Geotools for modernization and youth employment.  http://www.geotechcenter.org/
EUROGEO endorses Open Data Charter

EUROGEO joined more than 70 governments and 50 major organisations in adopting and endorsing the Open Data Charter. The Charter (https://opendatacharter.net/) seeks to create a world in which governments collect, share, and use well-governed data, to respond effectively and accountably to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.
The endorsement of the Open Data Charter came about as a result of work on open digital data in education as part of the research phase of the D3 (Developing Digital Data literacy) project (http://d3.youthmetre.eu). D3 will seek to produce resources and toolkit for teachers seeking to integrate open data into their school classes.

Focus on Freedom, Skills and Values

Under this title Eurogeo joins forces to support refugees and other minorities in Europe. This Spring a project application has been sent to Brussels. If accepted Eurogeo with international partners in Greece, Italy, Poland and The Netherlands will develop a media course for young adult refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos the content of which will be supported by knowledge on European’s international and multicultural society and its values. It will supply qualified and motivated young adults with skills and craftmanship in film and photography. The project, after its initial stage, can be duplicated in other areas in Europe. Running time of the project from September 2020 will be 30 months.
 
MyStoryWall launched

The My Story Map project successfully finished its aimed activities end of February 2020.
On the website of the project - www.mystorymap.eu - you will soon find all materials to organise in your own country workshops to prevent early school leaving, using the tool of digital story mapping.
An exhibit of the stories created by youngsters who were involved in the project can be found at https://mystorywall.eu/

Cloud leadership course

EUROGEO is a partner in the Erasmus Plus L-Cloud project. L-Cloud aims to promote leadership for change among school leaders by developing a leadership course on integrating Cloud Computing in school education organisations. The course materials are openly available for access and use from https://moodle.l-cloud.eu/login/index.php (sign in as a guest). 
You can find out more about the project on the L-Cloud website https://www.l-cloud.eu/en_US/

Digital Technologies 
 
Are you teaching in university? The Hum@n project is looking for help in understanding how you use digital technologies. Hum@n is an Erasmus+ project seeking to empower university teachers of humanities by enhanced ICT skills and teaching performance. The purpose is to examine digital transformation processes on lecturers, improving students’ motivation and engagement. 
If you are interested in providing us with a case study to promote your work then please answer this online questionnaire (https://www.1ka.si/a/259889).  Further information about the Hum@n project can be found at https://www.digihuman.eu/ .
Special Issue: Geography Education Promoting Sustainability
In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it has been stated that all learners should acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. Consequently, with the great proliferation of knowledge and rapid changes in technology, it is important to develop students’ understanding of the principles of sustainability.

Geography has a distinct advantage in developing a more holistic understanding of global environmental challenges in that it encompasses not only the natural sciences but also social sciences and humanities and, therefore, geographical education can help to understand these challenges. The purpose of the Special Issue “Geography Education Promoting Sustainability” is to increase and foster the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practices that enable people to make more reasoned decisions for the planet. Submit your manuscripts online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website.

Mountain Research and Development 

Mountain Research and Development Vol 39, No 3 is now available online and open access. Papers explore ways of supporting girls' education in rural Nepal; forest fires on the slopes of Mount Kenya; how commercial medicinal plant collection improves high-altitude livelihoods and how forest use practices impact landscape hydrology, both in Nepal; and how snow affects landslide vegetation patterns in Japan. Two more propose a multiscale transdisciplinary framework for advancing sustainability in mountain agriculture and a strategy for integrated biodiversity monitoring in high mountain ecosystems. https://www.mrd-journal.org/

 

Publishing Your Research

Teachers educators and researchers have the opportunity to publish their research in the European Journal of Geography. (EJG) The journal publishes 4-5 issues a year and welcomes articles on amm geographical topics and themes. There are no fees for publishing in EJG. Submissions are only accepted online. Full details can be found here

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