Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Meeting

02/03/2009 14:29

The Conference Committee of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) is pleased to announce the Institute’s annual Conference which is being hosted by the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Australian Tropical Forest Institute at James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland.

The conference will be held from 28 September to 1 October 2009, with excursions/day trips to surrounding rainforest and savannah regions before and after the event. Cairns is an essential hub in Tropical North Queensland and the city is framed by the spectacular backdrops of the sparkling Coral Sea and rainforest clad mountain ranges. It forms the heart of Northern Australia’s tourism activities and has an international airport, boutique shopping, botanic gardens and art galleries as well as beautiful beaches and rainforest walks. Cairns is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with easy access to World Heritage listed Rainforest, Reef and Outback.

The Institute promotes and advances the study and practice of geography in Australia and internationally. It provides a professional identity among geographers and facilitates communication by encouraging discussion, research and development in all areas of the discipline. Through its conferences the IAG also seeks to promote geography to the wider community and to develop a spirit of cooperation with other organisations and groups with common interests and concerns.


The organising committee is confident of attracting 200 delegates to this Conference because of its theme ‘Balancing choices and effects in a dynamic world’. A significant number of well known international presenters have been invited, providing a strong focus for the attention of all interested geographers. Thus far sessions have been proposed on the following diverse themes, which should be of interest to you and your colleagues: World heritage and tourism;Sustainable cities; Green development and sustainable living; Tropical knowledges; Climate change and migration; Migration, land and livelihoods; Preparedness for natural hazards; Housing markets and the financial crisis; Coastal management and development; and
Geographies of climate change. A number of specialist panels have also been arranged on methodological issues in the discipline.

More information on the Conference, including information about registration, accommodation, travel, sessions and the programme will be regularly updated at:

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