European Geography Association

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EGEA - European Geography Association
European Geography Association (EGEA) logo 2014.png
Founded 1987
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.[1] 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[2][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
Copenhagen Denmark
Helsinki Finland
Joensuu Finland
Kaliningrad Russia
Oslo Norway
Oulu Finland
Saint-Petersburg Russia
Tartu Estonia
Trondheim Norway
Turku Finland
Umeå* Sweden
Vilnius Lithuania

* = candidating entity

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, Czechia and Russia (except Saint Petersburg).

Entity Country
Bratislava Slovakia
Brno Czechia
Bucharest Romania
Budapest Hungary
Chernivtsi Ukraine
Cluj-Napoca Romania
Gdańsk Poland
Iasi Romania
Izhevsk Russia
Katowice Poland
Kazan Russia
Kharkiv Ukraine
Kraków Poland
Kyiv Ukraine
Lviv Ukraine
Moscow Russia
Olomouc Czechia
Pécs Hungary
Poznań Poland
Prague Czechia
Tbilisi Georgia
Timişoara Romania
Warszawa Poland
Dnipro Ukraine
Lutsk* Ukraine
Ostrava Czechia
Wrocław Poland

* = candidating entity

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, Austria and parts of France. The country in this region that currently doesn't have an active entity is Luxembourg.

Entity Country
Aachen Germany
Amsterdam Netherlands
Augsburg Germany
Berlin Germany
Bern Switzerland
Birmingham United Kingdom
Bonn Germany
Brussels Belgium
Gent Belgium
Göttingen Germany
Graz Austria
Greifswald Germany
Groningen Netherlands
Halle Germany
Hannover Germany
Innsbruck Austria
Jena Germany
Kiel Germany
Leicester United Kingdom
Leuven Belgium
Mainz Germany
Marburg Germany
Munich Germany
Münster Germany
Nijmegen Netherlands
Strasbourg France
Tübingen Germany
Utrecht Netherlands
Vienna Austria
Zürich Switzerland
Bamberg Germany
Bordéaux* France
Chambéry* France
Cologne* Germany

* = candidating entity

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
Alicante Spain
Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina
Barcelona Spain
Belgrade Serbia
İzmir Turkey
Koper Slovenia
La Rochelle France
Ljubljana Slovenia
Madrid Spain
Malta Malta
Milano Italy
Montpellier France
Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina
Opatija Croatia
Sevilla Spain
Skopje Macedonia
Tenerife Spain
Valladolid Spain
Zadar Croatia
Zagreb Croatia
Lisbon* Portugal
Maribor Slovenia
Sarajevo* Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nikšić* Montenegro
Balearic Islands* Spain

* = candidating entity

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. A representative of the entity chosen to organize the Annual Congress was also a member of the board, but this latter position was replaced by an elected Public Relations and Event Advisor at 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. In 2016 also the grant team with its coordinator was created to take care of financial grants.

)* until 2012 Annual Congress Organiser, then until 2015 Annual Congress Coordinator. )** until 2016 Secreteriat Director

Regional Contact Persons[edit]

The four regional contact persons maintain the contact between the entities in their respective regions and the European board.

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:[3]

Activities and Events Committee
Communication and Media Committee
EGEA Green
European Geographer
Fundraising Committee
Training Committee
Organisation and Strategy Committee
Regional Support Committee
Scientific Committee
WebAdmin Team

Partners[edit]

EGEA has several partnerships[4] with organizations like EUROGEO, IFISO, IAAS, ISHA,[5] StudyPortals[6] and a think tank focused on subjects related to young people, ThinkYoung and GeoDACH. Furthermore, there is a partnership to a program by the EU, "Youth in Action"[7] 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 of GIS programs, and with the Utrecht University.[4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official web pages of:

Other links: