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Geography : Organizations

This guide will help you discover resources of all types for the academic field of Geography and many of its subdisciplines with particular reference to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Societies

Association of American Geographers

 The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), and the monthly AAG Newsletter.  The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups. The meetings and activities of our regional divisions provide the opportunity to network with colleagues near you.

 

American Geographical Society

The American Geographical Society is an organization of professional geographers and other devotees of geography who share a fascination with the subject and a recognition of its importance.  Most Fellows of the Society are Americans, but among them have always been a significant number of Fellows from around the world.  The Society encourages activities that expand geographical knowledge, and it has a well-earned reputation for presenting and interpreting that knowledge so that it can be understood and used not just by geographers but by others as well--especially policy makers.  It is the oldest nationwide geographical organization in the United States.  Its priorities and programs have constantly evolved with the times, but the Society's tradition of service to the U.S. government, business community, and nation-at-large has continued unchanged.

 

Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830. We are a world leader in advancing geography and supporting its practitioners in the UK and across the world.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

 

 National Council for Geographic Education

The National Council for Geographic Education works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. The NCGE serves this mission in order to: Promote and support geography education; Enhance the preparation of geography educators with respect to their knowledge of content, techniques, and learning processes; Facilitate communications and professional development among teachers of geography; Encourage and support research on geography education; Develop, publish, and promote the use of curriculum, resources, and learning materials; Recognize exceptional supporters and teachers of geography; and Collaborate with other organizations that have similar goals.

 

Canadian Association of Geographers

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) is committed to the dissemination of geographic research and the promotion of geography as a key discipline in education, research, and in the public and private sectors nationally and internationally.

 

International Geographical Union

The International Geographical Union was established in Brussels in 1922. However, the history of international meetings of geographers is much longer. The first of a series of congresses met in 1871 in Antwerp. Since its early days the Union has consisted of three major components: a General Assembly of the delegates appointed by the member countries which meets at the time of the Congress and is the highest authority of the Union; an Executive Committee which consists of a President, eight Vice-Presidents and a Secretary-General and Treasurer; Commissions and Study Groups which continue their work between General Assembly meetings. The working languages of the Union are English and French.

 

Network of Allicances for Geographic Education

The Network of Alliances is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting geographic education. Alliances are partnerships between university faculty and K-12 educators. These state based organizations connect educators, provide world-class professional development and promote educational innovation at the state and local levels. Since 1986, National Geographic and the Alliances have worked to catalyze “geo-education” reform across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

GeoHumanities SIG of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

The goals of the GeoHumanities SIG are to create a venue for pooling knowledge and best practices for relevant existing digital tools and methods, to foster the collaborative development of shared resources and new tools and extensions to geospatial software, and to keep humanist scholars at large informed about the possibilities and inherent pitfalls in their use. To that end, a web site (www.geohumanities.org), twitter account (@GeoHum_SIG) and listserv for the GeoHumanities SIG have been created to encourage and facilitate communication among members.