Night of Geography 2018

The European series of programs crossing borders and cultures are organized by the EUGEO (an organization colligating the European geographic societies) in the evening on the 6th April 2018. Due to the proposal of the French member organization (Comité National Français de Géographie, CNFG) the ‘sunset’ is the motto of the program for this year.

The very beginning of 2017... an excellent French initiative: the Night of Geography

Logo fond bleu nuitIn 2017, the French National Geographical Committee (Comité National Français de Géographie, CFNG) initiated the first 'Night of Geography' ('La Nuit de la Géographie') in Paris and a dozen other French cities. It was highly successful, with a great diversity of public and organizers, and hundreds of people attending the events (further information about the 2017 edition). Hereafter an explanation of the 'spirit' of the event (by the CNFG):

Main Mission

This event aims to put forward geography and geographers, give the greater public a chance to know them better, make geographical research more accessible. The proposed events should, whenever possible, be free and open to all public.

 A variety of events

The events should take place in the evening and during the night, so as to welcome various kinds of public, not only academics. Organizers are invited to put forward unusual, maybe playful aspects of geographical sciences.

Some of the events should take place inside a building, so as to foster exchanges and togetherness, with workshops that will be quite varied, from the more academic (conferences, exhibitions, round tables…) to the more playful (buffets, multi-sensorial geographical games, performances…). Organizers can present jobs linked to geographical education, GIS software or new technologies, dreams or crazy geographical projects… Other events will take place outside : small fieldtrips and urban walks can be organized, with a variety of purposes : perception analysis, benchmarking, drawing and mapping, interviews, photography… during the night, geography changes!

Costs

Budgets can be maintained at a low level, since the spirit of the Night of Geography relies on openness and flexibility. Locations can be outside, in cultural or academic institutions, or in cafés, in places organizers do not necessarily have to rent. Technical material can be lent by research labs or universities, or sponsors. Students and associations can volunteer to help with logistics and assistance to the public. Communication made via social media costs nothing…

However, possible costs such as security issues will be paid by the local organizers, so we suggest you mobilize research labs and possible sponsors, or ask for public subsidies, which would in turn give more visibility to the event. The French Committee cannot fund the events. It should be highlighted that these costs entail also strong benefits: people get to change their ideas on what is geography and what geographers do, more people can get involved (more students and more professional stakeholders…), and let’s not forget the pleasure we have in spending time together and live a plural and amazing geography! 

The second edition of 2018: the initiative expands to the European scale

The Association of Geographical Societies in Europe, EUGEO (an organization colligating the European geographic societies) supports the initiative of the Night of Geography promoted by the Comité National Français de Géographie, and in 2018 invites all its members to disseminate information and share news on the events that take place in their respective countries. The European series of programs crossing borders and cultures are organized by the EUGEO this year.

The Night of Geography 2018 take place on Friday, in the evening on the 6th April 2018. Due to the proposal of the French member organization the ‘sunset’ is the motto of the program for this year. Futher information about the 2018 edition:

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General organization

The French National Geographical Committee has initiated and promotes the Night of Geography at the European scale, but the spirit is that all events should be organized in a decentralized manner, from a logistic and a financiary standpoint. The goal is to put forward the creativity of local initiative and the variety of persons, institutions, associations, that can feel concerned and would like to participate.

There is no numerical goal to be reached. Local organizers can set up just a small geographical café or a short thematic walk through the city, or put together a larger event involving many scientific interventions. A small international organizing committee is set up to coordinate some actions, give pieces of advice, communicate about the events; but mostly the job is done by the local organizers, in order to keep things simple!

the European Participant countries and events

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 This is the map of the events of the Night of Geography 2018 (click on the map to see the real OpenStreetMap).

Credits: Association Géomactif du Master GAEUR (Géomatique appliquée aux études urbaines et aux risques) - Université de Cergy Pontoise. 

This page is dedicated to collect links to informative pages as there will be communicated. The homepages of the member geographic societies or other institution participant countries for the 2018 initiative:

country hompage of the member geographic society / instition

France

France

Comité National Français de Géographie, CNFG Logo CNFG

Greece

Greece

Ελληνική Γεωγραφική Εταιρεία, ΕΓΕ logo ege

Hungary

Hungary

Magyar Földrajzi Társaság, MFT

logo mft

Ireland

Ireland

The Geographical Society of Ireland, GSI logo gsi

Italy

Italy

Associazione dei Geografi Italiani, AGEI logo agei

Poland

Poland

Polskie Towarzystwo Geograficzne, PTG  logo ptg

Portugal

Portugal

Associação Portuguesa de Geógrafos APG logo apg

Spain

Spain

Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles

AGE logotipo big
Hungarian participation

The Hungarian Geographical Society (Magyar Földrajzi Társaság, MFT) organizes and coordinates the national programs. Different events under the frame of the Night of Geography 2018 are going to be organized in altogether 14 Hungarian locations (among them 10 from the countryside and 4 from Budapest):

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Prohászka Ottokár Catholic High School, Budakeszi

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Institute of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Eszterházy Károly University

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Gyöngyösi Campus, Eszterházy Károly University

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Institute of Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Miskolc

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Mosque of Pasha Yakovali Hassan

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Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Szeged

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Savaria Department of Geography, Eötvös Loránd University

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Kuny Domonkos Museum

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Tiszazug Museum of Geography

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Geo Institute, Corvinus University of Budapest

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Geodesy Senior Hikers, Budapest

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Gloriett Primary School of Sports

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The Budapest Inner-city Main Parish Church of the Assumption

 

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