Call for sessions: 2016 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference

The call for sessions and papers for the 2016 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference is now open and we would like to invite members to submit session proposals for next year’s conference.


The conference will take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London from the 30th August- 2nd September and will be chaired by Professor Peter Jackson (University of Sheffield). The conference theme is Nexus Thinking. We would particularly encourage sessions around this theme, given the relevance to transport geography.


If you would like to have your session sponsored by TGRG, please submit your session proposal to AND by Friday 18th December. We will confirm session sponsorship by the first week in January and you will then have until Friday 19th February to send out your Call for Papers, choose your presenters and submit your full session proposal to RGS.


Please include the following in your session proposal:

  • A title
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the session convenors (we advise TWO)
  • A session abstract (about 200-300 words), and up to five keywords.

(you do not have to use the AC2016 session proposal form at this stage)


Guidance – sessions are scheduled into timeslots of 1 hour 40 minutes long. A session may not normally occupy more than two of these timeslots in the conference programme. TGRG has a ‘ration’ of timeslots, which we will bear in mind when selecting which proposals to sponsor. Please indicate how many high quality papers you think you will attract – four or five (max) ‘traditional’ papers will fit into a timeslot, or you can consider holding a debate, or a workshop, or adopt a different format such as a pecha kucha.


We welcome joint proposals with other groups (who may have a different timeline – please state what that is). For session proposals which attract many high quality submissions, we will consider allowing two timeslots – there are usually 2 or 3 sessions which have two timeslots each.


In addition to promotion of sessions and support in submitting session proposals, one of the benefits of a TGRG sponsored session is that we are given an allocation of guest passes for non geographers and/or non UK conference participants. Session organisers may suggest names of established speakers for whom the TGRG can potentially offer a free conference pass, assuming the criteria for guest passes are met and subject to our allocation of guest passes. We also have a prize for the best paper by a postgraduate researcher presented in any TGRG sponsored session.



The following link may be useful in proposing your session.