The IGU’s Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce (IGU-YECG) was launched on 22 August 2016 at the IGC in Beijing, China. The Taskforce comprises nine members and its primary aims are to promote career development for early career Geographers through mentoring, training and sharing; stimulate interdisciplinary, international and inter-generational research conversations between Geographers and acknowledge and elevate the achievements of early career geographers in the Global North and South. The YECG Taskforce has identified five strategic areas for future work. These include:
- Training and networking events: at IGU annual conferences and also online. More opportunities for participation through paper competitions, field visits, summer/winter schools.
- Publicity: for achievements of individuals who have made a novel/high impact contribution. E.g. Awards for best PhD.
- Feedback channels: to strongly raise issues/problems faced by young and early career researchers in different parts of the world. Make contact with Commission’s other Young Members Board (e.g. Commission on Political Geography, Commission on Urban Geography and Commission on Gender)
- Online resources and platform: Set up email list, member and mentor database, jobs database, social media, webpage.
We believe that Geography is a discipline that can bring together researchers in the physical and social sciences. It holds the key to understanding our planet and tackling some of the critical environmental, developmental and social challenges we face today. We are committed as a team to empowering and nurturing future leaders in Geography. We hope to fulfil our mission by working together with academic mentors, early career scholars and groups who have a similar vision of the importance of Geography in our world today.