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2016 is the International Year of Global Understanding (03/2016)

The International Year of Global Understanding 2016 was proclaimed by the international councils of the natural, social, and human sciences.
 

The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) deals with the way we live in an increasingly globalized world. How do we change nature? How can new social and political relations been established considering new global realities? Societies and cultures determine the way in which we live with nature and how we shape it. They also determine how we perceive the global impact of our daily behaviour. The world cannot be changed, if the consequences of our daily activities are not understood.
 

For more information on the International Year of Global Understanding see http://www.global-understanding.info/ and the Youtube-Channel.

Geography and geographieverband.at in an article in "Die Presse" on 23./24.01.2016 (in German)

"Jenseits von Stadt Land, Fluss
Geografie. Mit dem früheren Fach ,,Erdkunde" hat moderne Geografie wenig zu tun. Ein Blick auf dieses Studium im ,,International Year of Global Understanding".

von Erika Pichler"

Online: http://diepresse.com/home/bildung/weiterbildung/4910204/Jenseits-von-Stadt-Land-Fluss?from=suche.intern.portal

geographieverband.at is project partner of the project „k.i.d.Z.21-Austria“ - Preparing Austria´s
Youth for Climate Change Challenges of the 21st Century
(05/2015)

The project k.i.d.Z.21-Austria aims at stimulating competencies of Austria’s young generation in order to cope with future climate change challenges by means of adaptation and mitigation strategies. In a 2-year pilote project the research-education-cooperation „k.i.d.Z.21-kompetent in die Zukunft“ was developed and evaluated. In the scope of an inter- and transdisciplinary approach based on the principle of moderate constructivism, the students get to explore contents in a research and discovering oriented learning process, among others in a one-week research stay in the mountains. The project „k.i.d.Z.21-Austria“ will disseminate this approach in the Austrian school system in cooperation with members of National and Federal State Councils of Teachers. In order to do this, teachers will be sensitized for their role as multipliers in an interdisciplinary training course. Cooperating with the project team, climate change experts (conciliated by the Climate Change Centre Austria) and the Geography Institutes in Austria (integrated through the Association of Academic Geography in Austria) they adapt and apply the basic principles of the concept to the respective region and school situation, reaching the target group of Austria’s young generation on a broad scale. This dissemination process enables the anchoring of the conception in the Austrian school curricula, and is thus contributing to the Education for Sustainable Development.

 

The scientific activities aim to evaluate the proposed multiplier effect. In addition to it based on qualitative and quantitative research methods develop a deep understanding for effective and appropriate climate change communication adjusted to the respective target groups and their interests.
 

Preliminary homepage: http://kidz.ccca.ac.at
 

Dieses Projekt wird aus Mitteln des Klima- und Energiefonds gefördert und im Rahmen des Programms „Austrian Climate Research Programme“ durchgeführt.

geographieverband.at supports International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) 2013 (07/2013)

The Association of Academic Geography in Austria greatly welcomes that colleague Ass. Prof. Dr. Kirsten von Elverfeldt as a representative of academic geography holds a dominant position in the organisation International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) 2013. ISEO 2013 itself emphasizes the significance of geography as a school subject and is an important platform to disseminate the sustainability concept which is also central for acadegeography.

For this reason the Association of Academic Geography in Austria –geographieverband.at strongly promotes the participation of Austrian students at this event. Unfortunately, due to the budgetary and legal reasons the association is incapable to grant financial support. Therefore, it is all the more gratifying that funding for Austrian participants has already been secured.

We wish our colleague a good and effective training with the participating students, the event as a whole to become a success and to all Austrian participants good luck and all the best for the competition!

For more information on the IESO 2013 see http://ieso2013.webs.com/

geographieverband.at supports concerns of South Tyrolean geography teachers (07/2013)

As the geography departments of Austrian Universities, in particular the Institute of Geography of University Innsbruck, are partly responsible for the training of geography teachers for South Tyrol, the association watches with great interest new developments in the education sector of South Tyrol. In the course of a school reform the subject history and geography was introduced, but until now it is not intended to employ geography teachers for this new subject. The affected geography teachers try to achieve a revision of this decision.

The Association of Academic Geography in Austria – geographieverband.at welcomes the introduction of the subject history and geography, which emphasizes the significance of geography as a school subject. Geography is the central science concerning modern human-environment understanding. A distinctive feature and the strength of the subject is the combination of perspectives and methods of natural and social sciences. This understanding is directly transferred into the training of geography teachers. Together with their profound didactic training geography teachers are predestined to teach the complex and increasingly important interactions between human actions and global environmental changes, between global causes and regional impacts and between structures of globalisation and local consequences.

Against this background the Association of Academic Geography in Austria pleads for the assignment of lectureships for geography teachers in the new subject history and geography and supports efforts in this regard of the concerned teachers from South Tyrol.

geographieverband.at supports efforts of the IGU to an International Year of Global Understanding (07/2013)

Geographers organised in the International Geographical Union (IGU) want to increase the visibility of their research results to a broader public. For this purpose, they pursue, among other things, the initiative “Global Understanding” under the aegis of the United Nations.

The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) deals with the way we live in an increasingly globalized world. How do we change nature? How can new social and political relations been established considering new global realities? Societies and cultures determine the way in which we live with nature and how we shape it. They also determine how we perceive the global impact of our daily behaviour. The world cannot be changed, if the consequences of our daily activities are not understood.

The Association of Academic Geography in Austria – geographieverband.at supports this very welcome initiative and has advertised it through talks with the Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF) and the Austrian UNESCO-Commission in order to obtain Austrian support. Both institutions have principally declared their willingness to support the initiative. The application in favour for the initiative is expected to be introduced to the UNESCO Executive Committee in the fall of 2013.

For more information on the International Year of Global Understanding see http://www.global-understanding.info/