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April 8, 2020
Geographers Respond to COVID-19 at Virtual Annual Conference

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) will reconvene its Annual Meeting as a virtual conference April 6-10, in response to restrictions on travel and gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting will offer nearly 180 sessions and panels on topics that include climate change, political and social geographies, the role of geographers as actors in public policy and advocacy, trends in geoethics and human rights, race, and ethnonationalism’s impacts in the US and worldwide. Numerous sessions will also address the work prospects and special challenges of young geographers entering the field. View the gallery of virtual sessions here.

WHO: Hundreds of geographers and geospatial practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia.

WHAT: 175+ sessions on geography’s role in public policy, planning, research, and advocacy. Highlights include:

  • Geographers  Respond to COVID-19:  perspectives from medical, economic, animal, and international geographers.  This session is supported by the American Association for the Advancement  of Science (AAAS) Coalition of Science and Human Rights. View sessions.
  • The  Census and Congressional Redistricting, featuring James Whitehorne, Chief of the Census  Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office.View link.
  • Climate  Action: Laggards or Leaders? Academia and its responsibility in delivering  on the Paris commitments, featuring  Kevin Anderson of the University of Manchester and Uppsala  University. This plenary is among  nearly a dozen sessions  addressing climate change at the Virtual Annual Meeting.
  • Ongoing virtual poster sessions  featuring additional presentations for browsing.

WHEN: April 6-10 – All times posted are Mountain Time

WHERE: Online. View the gallery of virtual sessions here. Please note that some session links will not be live until the time of the session. 

Registration begins at $10 for students, and is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. To register, follow this link.

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. Its members from nearly 100 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography. 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 70 specialty groups and nine regional divisions.

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