IGU’s Early Career Taskforce Launch at IGC in Beijing!

22 August 2016 – The IGU’s Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce (IGU-YECG) was launched today at the IGC in Beijing, China. The Taskforce was first mooted in Moscow at the last IGC meeting in 2015. The Taskforce comprises nine members: Alexander Sebentsov at Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Andre Carmo at University of Lisbon, Eleanor Darlington at University of Loughborough, Gaurav Sikka at University of Delhi, Jackeline Romio at State University of Campinas, Kamalini Ramdas at National University of Singapore, Komali Yenneti at Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Martina Angela Caretta at West Virginia University and Ravi Baghel at University of Heidelberg.

IGU Launching Flyer

IGU Launching Flyer

During the launch the chairs of the session, Kamalini and Komali introduced the team, and also shared with those present the aims and future plans for the Taskforce. There were more than 50 young and early career geographers present at the launch representing Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Europe. Many shared their experiences as young and early career scholars in Geography and suggested how the Taskforce could be of further help. There was animated discussion about how to showcase some of the great research by early career scholars and also promote Geography as a key discipline that straddles the physical and social sciences. The launch also provided a great avenue for connecting with other early career groups and researchers working on educating young geographers based in Beijing, Bucharest, and Moscow.

Attendees participated in a survey to provide feedback and express their interest to be involved in future Taskforce events. Their involvement will be key to the successful implementation of the Taskforce’s key mission to (1) promote career development for early career Geographers through mentoring, training and sharing; (2) stimulate interdisciplinary, international and inter-generational research conversations between Geographers and (3) acknowledge and elevate the achievements of early career geographers in the Global North and South.

Through the launch and feedback process, interesting ideas were generated to help meet the Taskforce’s mission. These included the possibility of setting up an e-journal to showcase early career research and finding ways to connect with early career groups already operating in Europe and China. In the coming months the Taskforce plans to develop a membership database and email contact list as well as begin work on its web and social media presence. Please stay tuned for more updates about IGU-YECG!