Christian Vandermotten

Christian Vandermotten is vice-director of the Class of Letters of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, President of the Royal Belgian Geographical Society, emeritus ordinary professor of economic, political and urban geography at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, former co-director of the Laboratory of Human Geography and Past-President of the Institute for Environmental section_mainagement and Urban and Land Planning (IGEAT), Past-President of the Belgian National Committee for Geography and of EUGEO (Association of the European Societies for Geography).

Topic of the lecture: Bringing together economic phases, spatial shifts, urban policies and contests since the 1950’s. The case of Belgium

Claude Grasland

Claude Grasland is full Professor of Geography and Spatial Analysis at the University Paris 7 Denis Diderot, director of the research network CIST (International College of Territorial Science) and member of the research team Géographie-cités (CNRS, UP1, UP7). He was received the first rank at the ENS Saint-Cloud in 1983 and the Médaille de Bronze from CNRS for his Ph’D about the effect of political borders on demographic trends in Europe (1991). As researcher in CNRS (1991-1998), he developed spatial interaction models with barrier effects for the analysis of migration in multinational countries (Czechoslovakia, Cameroon, Belgium). After his election to the position of full professor at the University Paris 7, he created the laboratory RIATE and coordinated various research project at the European level, in particular in the context of the ESPON Programmes from 2002 to 2014 (Project 3.4.1 “Europe in the World”, Project 3.4.3 “Modifiable Area Unit Problem”, Project 3.1 “Integrated Tools for European Spatial Planning”, Project 3.2 “Scenario for Europe in 2015 and 2030”; project ESPON Database). In 2009, he created the research network CIST (International College of Territorial Science) and switched to the analysis of material and immaterial flows at the global scale. He was in particular coordinator of FP7-SHS project EuroBroadMap, (“Visions of Europe Seen from Outside”, 2009-2012) which included partners from 12 countries. His most recent work focuses on the circulation of international news.

Topic of the lecture: Modelling global flows: a challenge for theoretical and applied geography

Dominique Raynaud

Dominique Raynaud is an emeritus CNRS research director at Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement at the Université Joseph Fourie in Grenoble. He has a license in Physical Sciences from Paris University, 1964, Doctorate de spécialité in Geophysics, also from Paris University, 1966 and a PhD in Physical Sciences from Grenoble University, 1976. He is a Review editor for the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 5th assessment report, Chair of the EGU Hans Oeschger Medal committee and member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), International Glaciological Society (IGS), Scientific Committee of the Alpine center for natural risks (France) and the Executive Committee of the Ars Cuttoli Foundation (Fondation de France). He has published 140 publications in International peer reviewed Journals, including 35 publications in Nature and Science. He has published also more than 50 other publications, including 2 books : Planète Blanche, Odile Jacob editor, Paris, 2008 (with Jean Jouzel and C. Lorius). An updated and english version of the book is now in press : The White Planet : The Evolution and Future of our Frozen World, Princeton University Press, Princeton (USA).

Topic of the lecture: Coupling Greenhouse Gases and Climate History

Dong Suocheng

Dong Suocheng is Doctor of Sciences, doctoral supervisor, leading professor of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science (shorted for IGSNRR, CAS). He is the Executive Chairman and Secretary General of the International Scientists Union of the Belt and Road Initiative; member of Russia and China Ecological Council. He presided over more than 90 key research projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China, international cooperation, key research programs of the ministries and local governments, and published over 350 academic papers and books, and obtained more than 14 awards including National Excellent Scientists and Technicians Award of China, the National Five Projects Awards of China, Outstanding Achievement Prize of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Scientific and Technological Progress Awards of other provincial and ministerial awards. Professor Dong also dedicates to promote international cooperation among China, Russia and Mongolia. He is now the leading scientist and in charge of the state key project of multi-disciplinary Scientific Expedition of Russia-Mongolia-China international economic corridor funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of P. R. China, from 2017 to 2022. He also took charge of and completed the state key project of Comprehensive Scientific Expedition of Northern China and its Adjacent Areas (Russia and Mongolia), from 2007 to 2012, which was funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of P. R. China and collaborated with many institutes of Siberian Branch and Fareast Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, which provided scientific supports for construction of Silk Road Economic Belt and Russian-Mongolian-China Economic Corridor.

Evgeny A. Shvarts

Evgeny A. Shvarts is Director of Conservation Policy of WWF-Russia. He holds a PhD degree (Candidate of Sciences, 1987) and a Habilitation degree (Doctor of Sciences, 2003) in Geography. Prior to joining WWF-Russia, he was Senior Research Fellow and Member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1990–98), founder and Chairman of the Board of the Biodiversity Conservation Center (1992–98), Manager of the Protected Areas Component (10 mln US$) of the GEF/World Bank "Russian Federation Biodiversity Conservation Project" (1996–98) and Co-Chairman of the International Socio-Ecological Union (1987–88, 1997–99). He has been a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN (since 1996) and a Fellow of the Program for "Leadership for Environment and Development" (1998). He has authored four books and more than 120 articles on issues of community ecology, biogeography, natural resource and nature protected areas management, environmental policies and application of voluntary environmental commitments and certifications of business as a toolkit to raise the competitiveness of the Russian national economy and individual companies.

Topic of the lecture: Environmental governance and voluntary market-based environmental responsibility mechanisms (ratings, certifications, sustainability reporting etc)

John O'Loughlin

John O'Loughlin is a Distinguished Professor of Geography and Faculty Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. His research centers on spatial analysis of conflict, including its relationships with environmental change in Africa, as well as political geography of the former Soviet Union — from Russian and Ukrainian geopolitics to Eurasian de facto-states and ethno-territorial nationalisms. Dr. O'Loughlin has also published on the diffusion of democracy and the electoral geography of Nazi Germany. He uses large public opinion data to track political changes and attitudes as well as the geopolitical beliefs of ordinary people. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University (USA).

Topic of the lecture: Climate change, and violence in Kenya: the key mediating roles of food insecurity and migration

Karl Donert

Karl Donert is a consultant, researcher and education specialist. He is Director of the European Centre of Excellence,, based at Salzburg University, Austria and Director of Innovative Learning Network, UK. Karl is the elected President of EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers), a UK National Teaching Fellow, the highest award an academic can receive from their peers. He leads innovative projects including the use of technlogies in teaching, learning and leading in education. Karl is an expert to the European Commission in Brussels and an elected member of Academea Europea. He researches and regularly publishes widely on many aspects of education, citizenship, the use of interactive media and new technologies in Geography.

Topic of the lecture: Critical Participative Geography Education and the growing need to empower societal engagement

Olga Solomina

Olga Solomina is the Director of the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and an expert in paleoclimatology and glaciology. She studied glacier fluctuations and paleoclimate in the Caucasus, the Alps, Pamir-Alay, Kamchatka, Tien Shan, Altay, Polar Urals, in the Andes, in Sakhalin, in the Arctic and in Antarctica. She is a Lead Author of the 4th and 5th Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climatic Changes (Chapters “Paleoclimate” and “Cryosphere”). She also served as a vice-chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) and was a member of the PAGES Steering Committee. Dr. Solomina is the author of two books and more than 100 scientific articles in Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, Quaternary Science Reviews, Global and Planetary Change, Climate Dynamics, and many others.

Vladimir Kolosov

Vladimir Kolosov — Professor, PhD 1979 Moscow State University, habilitation 1992 (Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences), Deputy Director and Head of the Centre of Geopolitical Studies at the Institute of Geography, Head of the Department of Geography of World Economy at Moscow State University, Vice-President of Russian Geographical Society, Foreign Member of Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Honorary Member of French Geographical Society and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Le Havre, France. His research interests lie in the fields of political geography and geopolitics, social geography, world cities and large metropolitan areas. He is the author of more than 350 publications. In 1996-2004 he chaired the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Political Geography. In 2006 Professor Kolosov was elected Vice-President and in 2012-2016 – President of the IGU.

Yukio Himiyama

Yukio Himiyama is Professor of Geography, Hokkaido University of Education at Asahikawa. His experiences include: the Councillor of Association of Japanese Geographers (since 1992), the Secretary of LUCC Committee, Science Council of Japan (since 1993), the Chairman of IGU Study Group on Land Use and Land Cover Change (since 1996), and the director of Taisetsuzan Institute of Science, Hokkaido University of Education (since 1997). His research interests are Land Use, GIS, Human Geography, Geography Education, Environmental Education, and Lifelong Education. Professor Himiyama has written or edited over 170 articles and books, not only in geography, but also in environmental sciences and in other related fields. He was Honorary Theme Editor of UNESCO/EOLSS Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems in charge of Regional Sustainable Development Review: Japan (1998-2008), which involved tens of articles consisting of several hundreds of thousands of words covering wide-range of environmental issues. The IGU-LUCC Atlas Land Use/Cover Changes in Selected Regions in the World, which he has been leading, counts the sixth volume this year. He has also been a member of editorial board of such journals as Land Use Policy (1984-present) and Land Use Science (2006-present). General Assembly of International Geographical Congress in Beijing have elected Professor Yukio Himiyama as IGU President for the period 2016 to 2020.

Topic of the lecture: Challenges to Geography Education – Can It be the Education for Sustainability?