EUGEO SESSION in Paris IGU-UGI Congress (actual interventions order may be different; the General Assembly is planned July, 20th – Wednesday, Paris, Institute de Géographie; Grand amphithéatre , 14.30-16.15):

A101654ZK-01 – Time For Geographical Societies – Eugeo Session On Innovations In Geographical Knowledge Transfer
14:30 – 16:15 – Panthéon Room 01RC
Président(s) : 
Zoltán KOVÁCS, Research Centre For Astronomy And Earth Sciences, Hungary
Massimiliano TABUSI, Foreigners University of Siena Italy
A104982A – Microgeographies, Open source, and Open data: a world of possibilities
 Laura GARCÍA, Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
A103227JB – Geography in the Sign of the Social-Ecological Transformation – The Influence of Geographical Knowledge on Civil Society Action in the Context of Sustainability
 Jonas BIRKE, Institute For Geography/ University Of Wuppertal, Germany
A104074GF – What marks the 200 years’ celebrations of the emergence of geographical societies? Or the need of looking at them against the grain
 Gabriela FURIA, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
A104494ZK – Globalization, science washing and the changing role of geographical societies
 Zoltán KOVÁCS, Research Centre For Astronomy And Earth Sciences, Hungary


A101654ZK-02 – Time For Geographical Societies – Eugeo Session On Innovations In Geographical Knowledge Transfer
16:30 – 18:30 – Panthéon Room 01RC
Président(s) : 
Zoltán KOVÁCS, Research Centre For Astronomy And Earth Sciences, Hungary
Massimiliano TABUSI, Foreigners University of Siena Italy
A103709MG – Knowledge Transfer of Geographical Societies in the “Long” 19th Century (1821–1914)
 Maximilian GEORG, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Germany
A104205LP – The changing role of the Geographical Society in the Netherlands
 Leo PAUL, Faculty Of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
A104160AP – New roles, old societies – Geographical Societies in empowerment civic society and public interest
 Ana PEJDO, University of Zadar Department of Geography, Croatia
A103195LS – Development of a marketplace platform for a numerical method based GIS system
 Laurence SIGLER, CIMNE, Spain
A105311MT – Making the Geonight: experiences from the organization of the international event, with the support of EUGEO, European geographical Societies and IGU
 Massimiliano TABUSI, Università Per Stranieri Di Siena, Italy
Tajda Bremec Poleg človeštva potrebuje pomoč tudi jezero

Slovenia-Noč geografije-Night of Geography 2020: short report and the winning photos

Information from Eva Konečnik Kotnik:

On 3rd of April 2020, the Association of Geographers of Slovenia planned lectures, round tables, workshops, a press conference, stands on Prešeren Square in Ljubljana and other events, as well as numerous meetings all over Slovenia. We managed to retain three of them: a videoconference meeting and award ceremony: for the best diploma or master’s thesis and for the best photos in primary schools in secondary schools and at universities.

The videoconference began at sunset. The purpose of the meeting was summarized by President of the Association of Geographers of Slovenia mag. Igor Lipovšek and dr. Eva Konečnik Kotnik.

They declared that the best student work was the Teja Bezgovšek research Light pollution – a project approach in secondary education (Faculty of Arts – Department of Geography – University of Maribor).

Rožle Mrvar Bratec, President of the Association of Teachers of Geography of Slovenia, proclaimed the best young photographers:


  • 1st place in primary schools: Tajda Bremec, Primary School dr. Janez Mencinger Bohinjska Bistrica (title of the photo: In addition to humanity, the lake also needs help)Tajda Bremec Poleg človeštva potrebuje pomoč tudi jezero
  • 2nd place: Matej Lozar, Primary School Šempas (title of the photo: Looking to the future),Matej Lozar Pogled v prihodnost
  • 3rd place: Miha Vetter, Primary School Prežihov Voranc Ravne na Koroškem (title of the photo: Lost)Miha Vetter Izgubljen
  • 1st place in secondary schools: Andrej Konič, School of Electrical and Computer Science – Nova Gorica School Center (title of the photo: View of the distant obscure valleys) 
    Andrej Konič Pogled v daljne nejasne doline

    2nd place: Andrej Poplašen, Nova Gorica High School (title of the photo: Water circle)Andrej Poplašen Vodni krog

    3rd place: Valentina Kreft, Murska Sobota Secondary Vocational and Technical School (title of the photo:  Mura witnesses of the past);Valentina Kreft Murski pričevalci preteklosti

  • 1st place at universities: Luka Požar, Faculty of Humanities – Department of Geography – University of Primorska (title of the photo: Mala vrata – Formerly the Passage to Čičarija, but today …) Luka Požar Mala vrata nekdaj prelaz proti Čičariji danes pa

    2nd place: Aleš Zver, Faculty of Arts – Department of Geography – University of Maribor (title of the photo: In the hot summer the water cools);Aleš Zver V vročem poletju voda hladi

    3rd place: Nastja Fekonja, Faculty of Arts – Department of Geography – University of Maribor (The location in Radgonsko – Kapelske gorice – I always introduce to my guests).Nastja Fekonja Lokacija v Radgonsko Kapelskih goricah ki jo vedno predstavim gostom 1024x683

EUGEO president’s letter, winter 2020

Dear EUGEO representatives,

First of all, a happy and successful new year. With this mail I would like to inform you about some forthcoming activities and events of EUGEO.

Firstly, the Night of Geography 2020 will be held on 3rd April this year. This will be the fourth edition of GeoNight initiated by our French member society CNFG in 2017, in order to increase the recognition of geographical knowledge among the public. This initiative, has in the meantime become truly European and is increasingly taking on a worldwide dimension due to the active support of the International Geographical Union (IGU). In fact, this is a good opportunity for all of us to give the general public a better understanding of geography and to make awareness the relevance of geographical knowledge in our swiftly changing world. We hope you will also mobilize your members for active participation this year and the number of programmes will further increase. If you have any question regarding GeoNight2020 please let us know.

Secondly, the main activity of EUGEO this year will be the Seminar and General Assembly to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania 23-25 April 2020. Our host will be the Institute of Geosciences, University of Vilnius. We plan arrival on 23rd April (Thursday) during the day and a full day meeting on 24th April (Friday) including our General Assembly in the morning followed by the Seminar. Depending on the number of presentations we may continue on Saturday morning and finish our work with a bus tour. The topic of the Seminar this year will be “Landscape: old meets new”, which provides a good opportunity to discuss some aspects of landscape development, both from physical and human geographical perspectives. During the General Assembly we plan a discussion on possible future activities of EUGEO including the 2021 congress in Prague and the possible contribution of EUGEO to the IGU centennial conference, August 2022, Paris. Please plan your trip to Vilnius asap, try to arrive afternoon 23, and depart afternoon 25 if possible. We will inform you about the detailed programme soon. Local organizers recommended the following hotels lying nearby the venue: „Grata by Centrum Hotels” or „Corner Hotel”.

UPDATE: Seminar and General Assembly have been postponed because of the covid-19 emergency in Europe

Thirdly, the main geographical congress of 2020 at the global scale is the 34th International Geographical Congress (IGC) which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 17-21 August, 2020. The theme of the congress is Geography: Bridging the Continents. Submission of abstracts has been extended until 28th January and early bird registration closes 9th March 2020. I very much hope a good attendance of European geographers and visibility of our member societies in Istanbul at the next IGC.

Finally, I hope to see many of you in Vilnius in April.

Zoltán Kovács
Budapest, January 2020

GeoNight 2020 – Spanish call

[transmitted by Rubén Camilo Lois González]

La Nuit de la Géographie / The Night of Geography / La Noche de la Geografía

En 2017, el Comité Nacional Francés de Geografía inició la primera «Noche de Geografía» en París y en una docena de ciudades francesas. En 2018, las iniciativas, con el apoyo de EUGEO, alcanzan una escala europea. Los dos eventos tuvieron mucho éxito, con una gran diversidad de público y organizadores. La Noche de la Geografía se celebró en muchos países europeos con miles de personas que asistieron a los eventos.
La cuarta edición tendrá lugar el viernes 3 de abril de 2020 y se ampliará a escala internacional.

Objetivos generales

Este evento tiene como objetivo presentar la geografía y los geógrafos, dar al público en general la oportunidad de conocerlos mejor, hacer que la investigación geográfica sea más accesible. Los eventos propuestos deben, siempre que sea posible, tener el carácter de gratuitos y abiertos a todos los públicos.

Una variedad de eventos

Los eventos deben tener lugar en la tarde y durante la noche, para dar la bienvenida a varios tipos de público, puesto que no se trata de eventos puramente académicos. Se invita a los organizadores a presentar aspectos inusuales y muchas veces lúdicos de las ciencias geográficas.

Algunos de los eventos deberían llevarse a cabo dentro de un edificio, para fomentar los intercambios y la unión, con talleres que serán muy variados, desde los más académicos (conferencias, exposiciones, mesas redondas, etc.) hasta los más divertidos (buffets, juegos geográficos  multisesoriales, actuaciones, etc.). Los organizadores pueden presentar trabajos vinculados a la educación geográfica, software SIG o nuevas tecnologías, sueños o proyectos geográficos locos, etc.
Otros eventos tendrán lugar afuera: se pueden organizar pequeñas excursiones y paseos urbanos, con una variedad de propósitos: análisis de percepción, evaluación comparativa, dibujo y mapeo, entrevistas, fotografía, etc. ¡Durante la noche, la geografía cambia!

Organización general

El Comité Nacional Francés de Geografía ha iniciado y promueve la Noche de la Geografía con EUGEO a escala europea, pero el espíritu es que todos los eventos deben organizarse de manera descentralizada, desde un punto de vista logístico y financiero.
El objetivo es presentar la creatividad de la iniciativa local y la variedad de personas, instituciones, asociaciones que pueden sentirse preocupadas y les gustaría participar.
No hay una meta numérica por alcanzar. Los organizadores locales pueden establecer solo un pequeño café geográfico o una breve caminata temática por la ciudad, u organizar un evento más grande que involucre muchas intervenciones científicas.
Se ha creado un pequeño comité organizador internacional para coordinar algunas acciones, dar consejos, comunicar sobre los eventos. ¡Pero la mayoría del trabajo lo hacen los organizadores locales para simplificar las cosas!


Los presupuestos se pueden mantener a un nivel bajo, ya que el espíritu de la Noche de la Geografía se basa en la apertura y la flexibilidad. Los lugares pueden estar afuera, en instituciones culturales y académicas, o en cafés, en lugares que los organizadores no tienen necesariamente que alquilar. El material técnico puede ser prestado por laboratorios de investigación, universidades o patrocinadores. Los estudiantes y las asociaciones pueden ofrecerse como voluntarios para ayudar con la logística y la asistencia al público. La comunicación realizada a través de las redes sociales no cuesta nada, entre otras opciones.

En cualquier caso, los posibles costos, como los problemas de seguridad, serán pagados por los organizadores locales, por lo que le sugerimos que movilice laboratorios de investigación y posibles patrocinadores, o solicite subsidios públicos, que a su vez darían más visibilidad al evento. El Comité francés no puede financiar los eventos.
Cabe destacar que estos costos también conllevan grandes beneficios: las personas pueden cambiar sus ideas sobre lo que es la geografía y lo que hacen los geógrafos, otras personas pueden involucrarse (más estudiantes y más interesados ​​profesionales, etc.), y no olvidemos el placer que tenemos en pasar tiempo juntos y vivir una geografía plural y sorprendente!

Contactos: nuitdelageo[at]; info[at]


Este es el link de la página FB de la primera edición:

Información de la iniciativa de 2018:

Información de la edición de 2017:

El sitio web para Italia, edición de 2018 (creada por la AGEI):

La página web para Hungría (edición de 2018):


GeoNight 2019 Photo Contest

Welcome to the European Photo Contest of the Night of Geography 2019!

click HERE to download this document in PDF version

The theme of the contest is “Fieldwork at night”. Be creative with the theme and show us what it inspires you.

To enter, use: #geonightphoto (on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) and send us your photo at:

By entering this contest, you are deemed to have read and agree with the following terms:

– You are the only author of your work and that it is your original work

– You are the sole copyright holder

– You agree to let the organisers of the Geonight photo contest use your photo and circulate it free of charge. You will be credited when your photo is published by the organisers.

If you have any questions concerning these terms and conditions, please contact us at

Rules of the contest:

– Send us your best photo (only one photo per contestant) and precise the name and first name of its author

– Mention the place and country (very important!) where the photo was taken

– Give your photo a title written in CAPITAL LETTERS

– Minimum resolution 3000×2000 pixels (6 million pixels)

The contest will close on March 15th.

The most “liked” photos for each participating country will enter the finale where the jury will decide the most original and representative photo.

The winner of the contest will have his/her photo as the poster of the European Night of Geography 2020!

The finalists (most “liked” photo on social media) will have their photo used for the promotion of next year’s event in their respective country.

Last year, over 15 000 people participated in the event throughout Europe!

So, grab your camera and may the best photo win!

This photo contest is integrated in the 2019 Night of Geography

(April 5th; more info at and



logoscrittaEUGEO is the Association of Geographical Societies in Europe. The aim of EUGEO is to represent its members at the European level and to coordinate and initiate joint activities of the members to advance research and education on the Geography of Europe and to promote the scientific discipline, the school subject and the professional practice of Geography in Europe. EUGEO has members from 27 countries. EUGEO also functions as a network and a forum for strengthening the position and operations of its member organisations, in particular for activities with a European dimension.

The history of EUGEO can be found under the History button on the main menu bar.


NuitGeo – GeoNight 2020 (2)

nuitgeoLogo CNFG lrlogoEUGEO supports also the 2020 edition of GeoNight/Nuit de la Géographie, promoted by the Comité National Français de Géographie and EUGEO, inviting all its members to disseminate information and share news on the events that will take place in their respective countries.


the 2020 geonight is April 3rd


French – English 



Italy: [initiatives suspended because of covid-19 emergency; a web event has been organized by all Italian Geographical societies: HERE; another event has been organized by Paradiso and Morazzoni HERE]

Spain: GeoNight 2020 call in Spanish

Slovenia: In Slovenia, on Friday, 3rd of April at 19.33, will a videoconference take place as the first time honoring of NIGHT OF GEOGRAPHY (SLO: Noč geografije). The Association of Geographers of Slovenia will also announce the winners of two competitions, namely the “We in the Landscape” photo competition for pupils, students and the competition for the best research work for university students in 2019.

For more info: geonight[at] 

Hereafter an explanation of the “spirit” of the event (by the CNFG):


La Nuit de la Géographie / The Night of Geography

In 2017, the French National Geographical Committee initiated the first « Night of Geography », in Paris and a dozen other French cities. In 2018 the initiatives, with EUGEO support, reach a European scale. The two events were highly successful, with a great diversity of public and organizers, many European conutries thousands of people attending the events.
The third edition will take place on Friday, April 6th, 2018, and it will expand to the European scale.
General goals
This event aims to put forward geography and geographers, give the greater public a chance to know them better, make geographical research more accessible. The proposed events should, whenever possible, be free and open to all public.
A variety of events
The events should take place in the evening and during the night, so as to welcome various kinds of public, not only academics. Organizers are invited to put forward unusual, maybe playful aspects of geographical sciences.
Some of the events should take place inside a building, so as to foster exchanges and togetherness, with workshops that will be quite varied, from the more academic (conferences, exhibitions, round tables…) to the more playful (buffets, multi-sensorial geographical games, performances…). Organizers can present jobs linked to geographical education, GIS software or new technologies, dreams or crazy geographical projects…
Other events will take place outside : small fieldtrips and urban walks can be organized, with a variety of purposes : perception analysis, benchmarking, drawing and mapping, interviews, photography… during the night, geography changes!
General organization
The French National Geographical Committee has initiated and promotes the Night of Geography with EUGEO at the European scale, but the spirit is that all events should be organized in a decentralized manner, from a logistic and a financiary standpoint. 
The goal is to put forward the creativity of local initiative and the variety of persons, institutions, associations, that can feel concerned and would like to participate.
There is no numerical goal to be reached. Local organizers can set up just a small geographical café or a short thematic walk through the city, or put together a larger event involving many scientific interventions.
A small international organizing committee is set up to coordinate some actions, give pieces of advice, communicate about the events; but mostly the job is done by the local organizers, in order to keep things simple!
Budgets can be maintained at a low level, since the spirit of the Night of Geography relies on openness and flexibility. Locations can be outside, in cultural or academic institutions, or in cafés, in places organizers do not necessarily have to rent. Technical material can be lent by research labs or universities, or sponsors. Students and associations can volunteer to help with logistics and assistance to the public. Communication made via social media costs nothing…
However, possible costs such as security issues will be paid by the local organizers, so we suggest you mobilize research labs and possible sponsors, or ask for public subsidies, which would in turn give more visibility to the event. The French Committee cannot fund the events.
It should be highlighted that these costs entail also strong benefits: people get to change their ideas on what is geography and what geographers do, more people can get involved (more students and more professional stakeholders…), and let’s not forget the pleasure we have in spending time together and live a plural and amazing geography!

Call for the 2019 edition here.

Here is a short PDF report of the 2018 edition. Here for the EUGEO webpage about 2018 edition.

An article titled “The European Geonight: how to reconcile academic and popular geography” (Antoine le Blanc, Massimiliano Tabusi, Alexis Alamel), published by J-Reading Journal is here.

This is the link to the FB page of the first edition:

Info for the 2018 initiative:

Info about the 2017 edition: 

The website for Italy, 2018 edition (created by AGEI):

The webgpage for Hungary (2018 edition):



EUGEO General Assembly 2017

The EUGEO General Assembly 2017, opened to EUGEO members and/or contact persons, will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 16.00-17.00 in Brussels, during the EUGEO Congress, in the prestigious Palace of the Academies.

For more details please access this website logging in as member or contact the Secretariat.

The Congress website is