European Geography Association

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EGEA - European Geography Association
European Geography Association (EGEA) logo 2014.png
Founded 1988
Founder Students from the universities of Barcelona, Warszawa and Utrecht
Type Network for geography students and young geographers
Location
Area served  Europe
Slogan Experience Geography, Explore Europe

The European Geography Association, abbreviated EGEA, is a European network of geography students and young geographers, with the intention of exchanging geographical knowledge. To achieve this, the entities of EGEA organize congresses, exchanges between the entities, national weekends, excursions, and a scientific magazine is published. The main communication platform is the website (www.egea.eu).

The aims of EGEA are to offer personal development opportunities to young geographers across Europe, and enable them to fulfill their potential as young scientists. EGEA provides complementary and alternative learning opportunities, beyond formal education of geography. This is done by encouraging and enabling involvement in intercultural interaction, as well as by development of academic, scientific, cultural and professional activities intended for young geographers on terms of equality, diversity and non-discrimination. EGEA actively contributes towards the promotion of geography through its network capabilities and through strategic partnerships, with the ultimate goal to strengthen geography’s place in members’ local communities.

History[edit]

In 1987, students from the universities of Warsaw, Barcelona and Utrecht met with the idea to start an association to exchange their geographical knowledge between several countries in Europe. One year later, in 1988, EGEA was officially registered as a foundation with chair in Utrecht. In 1996 the first website of EGEA was launched. The homepage would become the central meeting point for all EGEA members across Europe. At the 2009 General Assembly in Heeg a change of EGEA's legal status was decided. Since then EGEA is working as an association. Until 2014 EGEA has grown from its initial three entities to a current number of 90 entities in 36 different countries.

Activities[edit]

There are several local, national, and international activities organized by the entities of EGEA. The main events of the year are the congresses. Other annual events are national weekends and summer schools. In addition, entities organize their own events. The spectrum of content of these events reaches from scientific seminars or excursions to events where the main focus lies on getting together. A high popularity among EGEAns are exchanges between entities.

Congresses[edit]

Every year five congresses take place. There are four Regional Congresses in spring, organized by one or more entities in each region. However, the most important event of the association is the Annual Congress, that is held in September.

The Congresses always include workshops, excursions, trainings, and lectures with a scientific background. There are also meetings for Contact Persons of the entities and regional or international assemblies.

Exchanges[edit]

Students exchanges are the core activities of EGEA. They enable small groups from 2 or 3 EGEA entities to visit each other in their countries, learn about culture, explore the habits, nature and many interesting places in visiting countries. What is most important, they make young geography students getting to know their international peers. Following the agreement, one entity is hosting the other one. During the hosting time young people take care of the accommodation, food, and programme. Later on, the hosting entity becomes the visiting one and repays the visit. Exchanges are numerously the most attended activities, when taking into consideration number of events taking place every year.

Scientific Symposium[edit]

Each year at the Annual Congress there is also a scientific symposium, where the members are able to present their scientific work, for example diploma or PhD theses.

Seminars[edit]

There are a few seminars every year, always organized by several entities. The seminars are held on a scientific level that cover different themes in the particular disciplines of geography.

Summer-/Winterschools[edit]

During the semester breaks in summer and winter EGEA also gives students the chance to participate at self-organized summer- or winterschools.

Weekend Activities[edit]

The national or international weekend activities are organized by an entity. In most cases there is a main theme to show particular regional or local characteristics. The programme can be scientific or have a more informal level. Some of the regional weekend activities, such as those in the Baltic states, the Slavic countries, Germany, the Benelux countries, the Iberian peninsula and the Balkans, are mainly aimed at people from that region, whereas other weekends are open to all EGEA members.

Structure[edit]

EGEA is divided into four administrative regions: the North & Baltic, the Eastern, the Western and the Euro-Mediterranean regions. Every region elects a new Regional Contact Person each year. As helping hands they have one or more Regional Assistants. Together they form the Regional Teams. The function of Regional Contact Person was introduced in 2012 to relieve EGEA's board members of coordinating the regions.

Regions[edit]

North & Baltic Region[edit]

This region is located in Northern Europe around the Baltic Sea. Entities that belong there are situated in: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Russia. The countries in this region that currently don't have active entities are Iceland and Sweden.

Entity Country
Bergen Norway
Copenhagen Denmark
Helsinki Finland
Joensuu Finland
Kaliningrad Russia
Oslo Norway
Oulu Finland
Riga Latvia
Saint-Petersburg Russia
Tallinn Estonia
Tampere Finland
Tartu Estonia
Trondheim Norway
Vilnius Lithuania

Eastern Region[edit]

The Eastern Region is the largest geographic region in EGEA. Part of this region are the entities of Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Russia (except Saint Petersburg).

Entity Country
Bratislava Slovakia
Brno Czech Republic
Bucharest Romania
Budapest Hungary
Cluj-Napoca Romania
Gdansk Poland
Iasi Romania
Izhevsk Russia
Kraków Poland
Kyiv Ukraine
Lviv Ukraine
Moldova Moldova
Moscow Russia
Olomouc Czech Republic
Pécs Hungary
Poznan Poland
Praha Czech Republic
Sighetu Marmaţiei Romania
Sosnowiec Poland
Szeged Hungary
Timisoara Romania
Warszawa Poland

Western Region[edit]

By members and entities the Western Region is the largest administrative region of EGEA. It comprises the British Isles, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The country in this region that currently don't has an active entity is Luxembourg.

Entity Country
Aachen Germany
Amsterdam Netherlands
Augsburg Germany
Berlin Germany
Bern Switzerland
Bonn Germany
Brussels Belgium
Erlangen Germany
Gent Belgium
Göttingen Germany
Graz Austria
Groningen Netherlands
Jena Germany
Kiel Germany
Leicester United Kingdom
Leuven Belgium
Mainz Germany
Marburg Germany
Munich Germany
Münster Germany
Nijmegen Netherlands
Passau Germany
Trier Germany
Tübingen Germany
Utrecht Netherlands
Vienna Austria
Zürich Switzerland

Euro-Mediterranean Region[edit]

This region contains all entities of countries that are located around the Mediterranean Sea. There are entities in Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Israel and Turkey.

Entity Country
Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina
Barcelona Spain
Belgrade Serbia
Israel Israel
Izmir Turkey
Koper Slovenia
La Rochelle France
Ljubljana Slovenia
Madrid Spain
Malta Malta
Milano Italy
Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mytelene Greece
Novi Sad Serbia
Rome Italy
Sevilla Spain
Skopje Macedonia
Valencia Spain
Zagreb Croatia

Board of EGEA[edit]

The Board consists of five persons, four of whom fulfill the functions of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. These four board members are elected by the General Assembly out of members from the Association. Additionally a representative of the entity chosen to organize the Annual Congress is also a member of the Board. This latter position will be replaced by an elected Event and Public Relations Advisor after the General Assembly of 2015. The Board represents and is the executive body of the Association. The board is supported by the Secretariat Director whose seat is the office at the EGEA Headquarters in Utrecht. This position was first created in 2005 and contrived by the entity of Utrecht.

Year President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Annual Congress Coordinator* Secretariat Director
2014/15 Nora Varga Claudia Rock Wendy Wuyts André Berger Robbert Kramer Cecile Kerssemakers (a.i.)
2013/14 Colette Caruana Christoph Götz Isabella Rojs Alexandra Savulescu Marius Vidac Cecile Kerssemakers
2012/13 Jirka Konietzny Niels Grootjans Petronela Bordeianu Maciej Radyno Anna Toloczko Rik de Kleijn
2011/12 Svetlana Samsonova Joanna Wawrynowicz Henning Kronen Michael Poulsen Kristel Sieprath Sanne Heijt
2010/11 Alexandru Drăgan Sven Vanderhaegen Kaija Murasov Mihovil Masic Carolin Ziegler Roos Saalbrink
2009/10 Claudia Iordache Slobodan Cvetkovic Milda Latakaite Samantha van der Sluis Catalina Ionita Jelle Gulmans
2008/09 Jeroen van Pelt Kamila Jankowska Milena Karanović Dennis Söderholm Martinus Spoelstra Lisette von Leijenhorst
2007/08 Aleš Oven Vlad Dumitrescu Kret Masik David Jochum Misha Lobanov Malou Weber
2006/07 Heli Rekiranta Alexandros Ziogas Anastasia Kazakova Tim van de Laar Lukasz Jankowski Gert Ruepert
2005/06 Alois Humer Vojkan Gajovic Anna Bieniasz Sandor Kreuze Florian Fischer Gert Ruepert
2004/05 Vita Valuinaite Igor Pilipenko Rok Godec Andrea Jordan Leftheris Eleftheriadis
2003/04 Leftheris Eleftheriadis Natalia Krivenok Kristjan Pärnamägi Kathrin Klei Gert Ruepert
2002/03 Jean-François André Joanna Markowska Kristjan Pärnamägi Heidi van Otten Tomasz Dusza
2001/02 Denis Ceric Magdalena Bednarz Erki Saluveer Winneke Lobeek Sylvain Rigollet
2000/01 Sylvain Rigollet Anna Tsukanova Ann Ideon Remco van der Hoogt Wojtek Zalewski
1999/2000 Vera Veranda Magda Rak Helle-Mai Pedastsaar Sebastian Mosler Primoz Pipan
1998/99 Erika Eloranta Primoz Pipan Svetlana Malysheva Dennis van der Avoort Tonia Koops
1997/98 Teresa Gomes Piotr Strubel Erika Eloranta Dennis van der Avoort Catrin Effe
1996/97 Teresa Gomes Mait Rei Piotr Strubel Henk Looijen Nadia Dida
1995/96 Catrin Effe Sebastian Pichinski Helder Santos Rebecca Haacker Ricardo Coutada
1994/95 Ricardo Coutada Ricardo Coutada Maciej Dabski Berend Bock Monika Dittrich
1993/94 Ricardo Coutada Adam Sniadowski Ingibjörg Bjornsdottir Berend Bock Tiit Tammaru

)* until and including the Board of 2011/2012 known as Annual Congress Organiser.

Regional Contact Persons[edit]

Year EAST EUROMED NORTH & BALTIC WEST
2014/15 Maria Kolesnikova Sergio Cuevas Pérez Kseniya Gavrilova Daan Smekens
2013/14 Nora Varga Urban Furlan Mariana Verdonen Sascha Sabouhi
2012/13 Alexandra Savulescu Colette Caruana André Sæther Berger Martijn Claes

Committees[edit]

EGEA has several committees, carrying out important work to keep the association up and running. Currently the following committees are active within EGEA:[1]

Activities and Events Committee
Communication and Media Committee
European Geographer
Fundraising Committee
Human Resources & Training Committee
Organization and Strategy Committee
Regional Support Committee
Scientific Committee
WebAdmin Team

Partners[edit]

EGEA has several partnerships with organizations like EUROGEO, IFISO, IAAS, StudyPortals and a think tank focused on subjects related to young people, ThinkYoung. Furthermore there is a partnership to a program by the EU, "Youth in Action" as well as a partnership to a program by the Council of Europe, "European Youth Forum". There are also strong cooperations with ESRI a supplier for GIS-programs and with the Utrecht University.[2]

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