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

Deadline for abstract submission is postpone until 01 March! Take your chance to submit your abstract!


The conference which will be held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - the largest world-renowned geographical research organization in Russia. This occasion provides an opportunity to make an overview of the domestic and international trends in geography’s development to analyze the growing impact of scientific research internationalization, the aggravation of global problems, changing theoretical paradigms, radical renewal of research methods and predictions’ validity, as well as to strengthen the integration between social and environmental branches of geography.

In addition to fundamental research, Institute of Geography has been closely associated with practical demands aimed at solving urgent national issues related to its research agenda. Its stuff actively participated in the development and examination of territorial concepts, laws and norms regulating environmental protection and large-scale economic programs. Therefore, the main task of the conference is to sum up Russian and international experience in practically oriented research in the fields of social and environmental geography meeting the diverse and critical challenges of the XXI century.

Being the leading geographical scientific institution in Russia, the Institute of Geography RAS has always played a significant role in scientific cooperation between Russian (Soviet) geographers and foreign scholars. Institute of Geography staff have regularly participated in major international programs and projects, while the Russian National Committee of IGU functions in the framework of the Institute. Renowned geographers from the Institute have been repeatedly elected as IGU Commissions’ Chairs and members and Vice-Presidents of IGU. One of the most well-known was the untimely deceased corresponding member of RAS, IGU Vice-President (2000-2005) Nikita F. Glazovsky. The present conference is also dedicated to him and his scientific legacy.

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.
20 April 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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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 and St. Petersburg on June 7-8.


Scientific Secretary of the Conference: Alexander Sebentsov, PhD

119017, Moscow

Staromonetny pereulok, 29

Institute of Geography RAS