April 13, 2013
We would like to deeply thank everyone who submitted an abstract or organized a session for the IGU Kyoto Regional Conference (KRC).
Presenters (oral/poster) at the KRC need to pay the registration fee by April 30, 2013, 24:00 (midnight JST, GMT+8:00) through this website. If the fee is not paid by this deadline, we will not be able to include your papers/posters in the conference program and the USB proceedings. Don’t forget: Your colleagues who will not present at the KRC can still attend the conference by simply paying the registration fee.
The Scientific Program and Publication Committee of the KRC is now making the preliminary program, which is scheduled to be announced on this website by mid-May. Please check the program to confirm the day, time and session of your own presentation.
In addition, the deadlines of applying for an exhibition booth and the various field trips are May 15 and June 3, respectively. For more detailed information, please check our website.
Gala dinner: almost all of the seats are already booked! As a final note, we strongly recommend that KRC participants reserve their accommodations in Kyoto as soon as possible—remember: Kyoto is a world-famous tourist destination.
Last Updates: Announcement on April 1 2013
Greetings from IGU President
It will be my pleasure to meet you at the IGU Regional Conference in Kyoto on 4-9 August 2013, which is the major event in the world geographical community next year.
The Conference will be focused on one of the central problems of contemporary geography: the combination of traditional and modern knowledge in reaching the objectives of sustainable development at the local and global scale. The venue of the conference - Kyoto, one of the most ancient cities and the former capital of Japan, symbolizes a synthesis of traditions and modernity. I am sure that our hosts will implement this principle in the organization of the Conference which will be based on traditional and new approaches. It will be an excellent occasion for us to get better acquainted with the Japanese geography and geographers and learn more about this wonderful country in participating in field excursions and tours.
Vladimir Kolossov, President (International Geographical Union)
Invitation to Kyoto Regional Conference
On behalf of the geographic community in Japan, it is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Kyoto Regional Conference, which will be held from August 4–9, 2013. The main theme of the conference is Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth's Future.
The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is globally recognized in association with the Kyoto Protocol, which was concluded in December 1997 at the Kyoto International Conference Center, where the Conference is scheduled to be held. We hope the Conference adds a new page in the history of this memorable venue and succeeds in enhancing global understanding, especially in the light of the global environmental challenges the world now faces.
The Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami on March 11, 2011 and the unprecedented disaster that followed, including the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, have shaken not only Japan, but also the rest of the global community. The events have led an increasing number of people to reconsider their values, priorities, and ways of living. The Conference will offer ample opportunities to learn, think, and exchange information and ideas on these crucial issues. It will also provide an opportunity for networking.
The participants of the Conference may also enjoy visiting other parts of Japan and its vicinity by joining pre- or post-congress excursions. These are being arranged by the Organizing Committee or IGU Commissions, with the support of a number of national/regional geographical societies.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kyoto in the summer of 2013 !
Yoshitaka Ishikawa (Chair, Organizing Committee of IGU Kyoto Regional Conference 2013)
Shigeko Haruyama (Chair, National Committee of Japan for IGU)
Greetings from President, Association of Japanese Geographers
Three decades have passed since the 24th International Geographical Congress was held in Tokyo in 1980. I participated in the conference as graduate student and learned a great deal. For those who attended the IGC in Tokyo, you can revisit Japan to see the changes that have occurred since 1980. For those who are new to Japan, please come to see and understand the traditional wisdom and modern knowledge of Japan. Kyoto is the ideal place to discuss the conference theme, “Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future.” Japanese geographers are most honored to host the 2013 IGU Regional Conference in Kyoto. We are looking forward to meeting you in Kyoto in August 2013.
Noritaka Yagasaki, President (Association of Japanese Geographers)