Regional Conference of International Geographical Union

IGU 2014

Conference Programme
(August 2014, 20.2 MB)

2nd circular (in English)
(July 2013, 5.3 MB)

1st circular (in English)
(July 2012, 0.6 MB)

IGU IGU Regional Conference
Kraków, Poland
18-22 August 2014

 

The theme of the conference was
CHANGES, CHALLENGES, RESPONSIBILITY

The world entered the second decade of the 21st century confronted with serious environmental, social and economic problems. We can observe numerous CHANGES in both natural and human systems, significantly influencing the present and future well-being of societies. Apart from well-known links and interactions between the two system types, new ones emerge, e.g. unbalanced economic development not only causes environmental degradation but also contributes to social and political problems that manifest themselves spatially.

Modern geography faces significant research CHALLENGES as its aim was to support citizens in better understanding the world we live in. Interdisciplinary research is gaining increasing importance as the best tool to combine the holistic approach with very advanced knowledge and techniques from particular branches of geography. Additionally, the results of scientific activity are the subject of public debate at the local, regional and global level, and are involved in the process of shaping societies? awareness concerning environmental issues at the local, regional and global level.

One of the key tasks for modern geography seems to be helping citizens in realizing their RESPONSIBILITY for the future of our world. Achieving that goal is connected, for example, with making research results better accessible for non-specialists. Life-long education is especially needed in the case of environmental sciences. However, it is still not sufficiently organized, even in the most developed countries.

We do hope the presentations of advanced knowledge and techniques by geographers from all over the world and the debates at the 2014 IGU Regional Conference held in Kraków will contribute to the development of better environmental, economic and social solutions for the future of different regions of our planet.

The conference was organized by the consortium of eight Polish geographical institutions.

Polish Geographical Society

Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw

University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies

University of Silesia, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Sosnowiec

Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Cracow

Pedagogical University of Cracow, Institute of Geography

Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Poznań

University of ŁódŸ, Faculty of Geographical Sciences


supervised by the Polish National Committee of the IGU.


Steering Committee

Prof. Marek Degórski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw (Chair)

Prof. Jerzy Bański, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw / Polish Geographical Society

Prof. Paweł Churski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Dr. Konrad Czapiewski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw / Polish Geographical Society

Prof. Bolesław Domański, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Marek Drewnik, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Prof. Antoni Jackowski, Polish Geographical Society / Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Prof. Jacek Jania, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec

Prof. Maciej Jędrusik, University of Warsaw

Prof. Tomasz Komornicki, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw

Prof. Sławomir Kurek, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Prof. Artur Magnuszewski, University of Warsaw

Prof. Tadeusz Marszał, University of Łód?

Prof. Grzegorz Rachlewicz Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Dr. Andrzej Tyc, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec

Prof. Zbigniew Ustrnul, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Prof. Marek Więckowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw / Polish Geographical Society

Prof. Witold Wilczyński, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Prof. Bogdan Włodarczyk, University of Łód?


Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Anita Bokwa, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Chair)

Dr. Konrad Czapiewski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Warsaw / Polish Geographical Society

Dr. Jadwiga Gałka, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Małgorzata Luc, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Mirosław Mika, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Tomasz Rachwał, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Dr. Bartłomiej Rzonca, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Janusz Siwek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Piotr Trzepacz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Joanna Więcław-Michniewska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dr. Joanna Zawiejska, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Honorary Committee

President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.

Professor Vladimir Kolosov - President of the International Geographical Union

Professor Michał Kleiber - President of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Professor Jacek Majchrowski - Mayor of the City of Krakow

Professor Wojciech Nowak - Rector of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków