Рractical geography and XXI century challenges

IGU Thematic Conference dedicated to the centennial of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences


4-6 June 2018


Moscow, Russia


Christian Vandermotten

Vice-director of the Class of Letters of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, President of the Royal Belgian Geographical Society

Claude Grasland

Full Professor of Geography and Spatial Analysis at the University Paris 7 Denis Diderot

Dominique Raynaud

Emeritus CNRS research director at Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement at the Université J. Fourie in Grenoble

Dong Suocheng

Doctor of Sciences, leading professor of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science

Evgeny A. Shvarts

Director of Conservation Policy of WWF-Russia

John O'Loughlin

Distinguished Professor of Geography and Faculty Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, USA

Karl Donert

Consultant, researcher and education specialist. He is Director of the European Centre of Excellence, elected President of EUROGEO

Olga Solomina

Director of the Institute of Geography RAS, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Vladimir Kolosov

Deputy Director of the Institute of Geography RAS, IGU Past President

Yukio Himiyama

Professor of Geography, Hokkaido University of Education at Asahikawa, IGU President
100 years of Russian geography
Institute of Geography RAS: contribution to national and international geographic knowledge, history and people.
Russian geography – practical work: past, present, and future.
N. F. Glazovsky: scientific career and legacy.
Environmental challenges
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Water use and the reducing of hazardous hydrological phenomena risks.
Geochemical processes of natural and anthropogenic substances transfer.
The geographical basis for the creation of the territorial environmental framework: multi-scale analysis and harmonization.
Socio-environmental challenges
Natural capital as a strategic resource for territory’s sustainable development.
The geographic dimensions of environmental security.
Natural and social disasters: the role in the shaping of the modern environment.
Natural-like technologies and geoecology.
Mapping and monitoring environmental and social changes.
Protecting and restoring natural and cultural landscapes.
Heritage as a factor for sustainable development.
Social challenges
Sustainable urban development: experiences and evaluation methods.
The mobility of the population andeconomy: limits and constraints.
Geographical scenarios and forecasts: reliability and alternativeness.
The role of geography in the strategic environmental assessment.
Geopolitical challenges
The creating of institutions and instruments for international cooperation: a multi-scale approach.
The geopolitical consequences of environmental and climate changes.
Geography for international law: the role of geographical research in development of global and regional standards for environmental management.
Technological challenges
Remote sensing and spatial analysis.
Bigdatainthe fundamental and applied geographical research.
Mathematical models and system for decision-makingsupport.
Informational challenges
The dissemination of geographic knowledge: geographical journalism in the information society.
Geographical science on television and in the Internet.
The initiative "International Year of Global Understanding" and its preliminary results.
The experience of geographical societies in the promotion of geographical knowledge.
Challenges to geographical education
Geographical knowledge and competencies required by graduates of the XXI century.
Academic geography for middle school: new programs and textbooks.
New International Charter on Geographical Education and best global practices geography teaching.
The contribution of geographical education to global understanding.
Call for session and abstract submission
Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the call for session proposals for the IGU Thematic Conference to be held in Moscow, Russia on 04-06 June 2018. Sessions could be organized by IGU commissions or group of scholars on relevant interdisciplinary themes. The deadline for submitting your session proposals is 1 December 2017. Please download the submission form here. You can also download the List of accepted sessions (pdf).

Since 1 December we kindly invite you to submit your abstracts via our registration system. Each participant can submit two abstracts. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected for oral or poster presentations by the session organizers and/or Commissions’ Chairs. Preference for oral or poster presentation should be indicated upon submission. When submitting, first select the category and the specific session in which you wish to place your abstract (see the List of accepted sessions on the main page). Please note that the session’s organizers reserve the right to decide on the final assignment of abstracts.

IMPORTANT: Please clearly indicate the presenting author. You can include the names of up to 15 co-authors as well (using “et al.” or a team name is also permitted). At your choice you can submit a standard or an extended abstract. A standard abstract should contain a maximum of 2,200 characters including spaces (approximately 350 words). An extended abstract should contain up to 8 standard pages. The titles should consist of no more than 20 words. No abbreviations are to be used in titles. All abstracts should be written in English and formatted as in this example You can choose from the following presentation types: oral, poster or no preference. In cases of no preference, the convener will decide on the presentation type. Please send your submission via the registration system in .doc or .docx format.

Important dates
01 December 2017
Deadline for sessions submission.
Opening of registration and abstracts submission.
1 March 2018
Deadline for abstracts submission.
20 March 2018
Decision on paper acceptance; early bird payment opens.
15 April 2018
Рreliminary programme published.
05 May 2018
Early bird payment closes.
04 June 2018
Conference «Practical geography and XXI century challenges».

The conference will be held in the buildings of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow’s historical center near the Moskva-river.

250 USD
Early bird
before 20 April 2018.
300 USD
after 21 April 2018
160 USD
Young scientists
150 USD
Early bird
before 20 April 2018.
200 USD
after 21 April 2018
120 USD
Accompanying persons
120 USD
Early bird
before 20 April 2018.
120 USD
after 21 April 2018
100 USD

Registration fee includes:

  1. participation in the conference;
  2. a conference badge;
  3. conference program, a USB with conference materials, a pen and writing pad;
  4. coffee breaks and lunches;
  5. participation in a bus tour around Moscow.

Registration fee for an accompanying person includes a conference badge, coffee breaks and lunches, participation in a bus tour around Moscow.

Conference Registration and Abstract Submission

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To proceed with payment by bank transfer for Non-Russian participants please click here

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Brief instructions about the payment system you can find here (in Russian and English).


The conference program includes scientific two-hour bus tour around Moscow. For an extra charge conference participants, may also take part in a two-day tour around the cities of the Russian Golden Ring.


Scientific Secretary of the Conference: Alexander Sebentsov, PhD

119017, Moscow

Staromonetny pereulok, 29

Institute of Geography RAS