Dear colleagues


Please find news of a new Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce set up within IGU at the recent Congress in Beijing. Let me encourage any young and early career geographers to sign up for the listserv and take up ways of engaging with this project.


All the best  Iain Hay



The IGU’s Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce (IGU-YECG) was launched on 22 August 2016 at the IGC in Beijing, China. The Taskforce comprises nine members and its primary aims are to promote career development for early career Geographers through mentoring, training and sharing; stimulate interdisciplinary, international and inter-generational research conversations between geographers and acknowledge and elevate the achievements of early career geographers in the Global North and South.


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The YECG Taskforce has identified five strategic areas for future work. These include:

§  Training and networking events: at IGU annual conferences and also online. More opportunities for participation through paper competitions, field visits, summer/winter schools.

§  Publicity: for achievements of individuals who have made a novel/high impact contribution. E.g. Awards for best PhD.

§  Feedback channels: to strongly raise issues/problems faced by young and early career researchers in different parts of the world. Make contact with Commission’s other Young Members Board (e.g. Commission on Political Geography, Commission on Urban Geography and Commission on Gender)

§  Online resources and platform: Set up email list, member and mentor database, jobs database, social media, webpage.

We believe that Geography is a discipline that can bring together researchers in the physical and social sciences. It holds the key to understanding our planet and tackling some of the critical environmental, developmental and social challenges we face today. We are committed as a team to empowering and nurturing future leaders in Geography. We hope to fulfil our mission by working together with academic mentors, early career scholars and groups who have a similar vision of the importance of Geography in our world today.

The IGU’s Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce (IGU-YECG) has just activated a listserv which will serve for internal communications among early and young career geographers. After subscribing you will be able to post and receive information about training, networking opportunities and job posts.


To subscribe:


Open your email program and type  in the To: field.

In the body of the message, type SUBSCRIBE, followed by the name of the
GEO-IGUYECG LISTSERV, followed by your first name and last name. e.g. SUBSCRIBE GEO-IGUYECG john doe

Delete the signature line from the body of the message if it is automatically included.

You will receive an email back from the LISTSERV, asking you to confirm your subscription. Click on the confirmation link or reply to the message with OK as the only text in your message.


Dr. Martina Angela Caretta
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West Virginia University
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