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IGU Welcome to IGU Regional Conference in Kraków, Poland
18-22 August 2014


The Main Square in Kraków (source: Foto Polska)

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2014 IGU Regional Conference which will be held in Kraków, Poland, 18-22 August, 2014. It will also be an excellent opportunity to discover the beauty and variety of the environment and the culture of Central and Eastern Europe.

The main theme of the conference is Changes, Challenges, Responsibility. Modern geography faces significant challenges focusing on the recognition of and response to contemporary changes in the environment, society and economy. All this calls for our responsibility. The conference aims to create a forum at which these issues can be addressed. It is open to all geographers across the spectrum who specialize in all fields of the discipline. The conference is going to be an event contributing to efforts undertaken, for example, by ICSU/ISSC Future Earth, and aimed at defining pathways towards sustainability and responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change.

Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is the seat of the second oldest university in Central Europe, established in 1364. The Jagiellonian University is the seat of the first ever Chair of Geography in Poland, established in 1849.

We believe that the 2014 IGU Regional Conference will be an important and meaningful event, bringing together geographers from all over the world and contributing to a better understanding of the changes and challenges faced by the world and our discipline as well as the responsibility we all share.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kraków in August 2014!

The conference is organized under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.

Honorary Committee of the 2014 IGU Regional Conference

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

It is also an event included in the jubilee programme of the 650 Anniversary of the Jagiellonian University.