EUROGEO launches the International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition


As part of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU), EUROGEO has today announced two new competitions to be held in conjunction with Esri and the International Geographic Union Commission for Geographic Education. Entrants can win up to 1500 euros.

The competitions are for high school pupils aged 15-19 and university students aged 19+. The task is to make a story map connected with one or more of the themes of the international year, linking the local to the global. University students are asked to share relevant research they have done and school pupils are invited to tell their story. The International Year believes global understanding helps overcome the gap between knowledge and action and supports decisions we make that promote sustainability.

At the EUROGEO conference in Malaga, Spain, Karl Donert, President of the European Association of Geographers launched the Competition and said,

“The International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition is a contest specifically aimed at young people from around the world, to help raise awareness of the global implications of local everyday actions. The deadline for submission of Story Maps is 31st December 2016. The global challenges we are facing require dialogue to help understand the complex links between local, everyday actions and global challenges such as climate change, migration and food security. We need to bring together scientific research and education and acknowledge our responsibilities towards future generations. The International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition aims to do this by engaging high school pupils and university students to share their perspectives and research on these topics, on the one hand telling stories about how the local and global are connected, on the other sharing the results of research being undertaken by young people around the world.”

The International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition is run through the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) in participation with the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education (IGU-CGE) and the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO). The IYGU is supported by the ISSC and was launched at the World Social Science Forum in 2015.

Find out more about the competition and prizes.

About EUROGEO

The European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) is a non profit organization based in Belgium. EUROGEO is a respected authoritative body for research, training and education in geography and related subject areas. EUROGEO has participatory status in the Council of Europe.

Contact: Karl Donert, President EUROGEO, president@eurogeography.eu

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