Another success

Thank you to all who attended. It was a success and we hope to see you next time.

IGC Cologne 2012 - DOWN TO EARTH

 The IGC is the quadrennial meeting of the International Geographical Union (IGU). The congress combines the traditional meetings of the IGC Commissions with a wide range of sessions addressing the following four key topics: 

  • Global Change and Globalisation
  • Society and Environment
  • Risks and Conflicts
  • Urbanisation and Demographic Change
Geographers bring the wide-ranging perspectives and methodology of their subject to bear on these four major thematic complexes and contribute to the solution of urgent scientific and socio-political issues – bringing research down to earth.

Photos online

Please find a the IGC 2012 photo gallery here.

Keynotes via live stream

All keynotes will be streamed LIVE at
Keynotes presentations of previous days will be available in the archive via the same link.


Programme update

The programme of the IGC 2012 is now available via the following links:

programme (html version)
programme (pdf version - 16 MB)

Participant information

Please find all neccessary information for your visit to the IGC 2012 here.


Congress dates:

32nd International Geographical Congress in Cologne:
26 - 30 August 2012 here


University of Cologne
50923 Cologne



It is not possible to organise a congress on the scale of the IGC 2012 without the support of donors, partners and sponsors. The congress offers all sponsors a broad platform to communicate individual messages. Our individually tailored sponsoring packages directly target as many as 2,000 decision-makers and multiplicators in schools, universities and applied geography researching, teaching and working in more than 600 institutions worldwide. Sponsors will also come in contact with more than 15,000 geographers in the German-speaking region alone in the pre-Congress phase.

We would be very happy to discuss a package specifically designed for your needs. Please contact:

IGC 2012 - Organising Committee
University of Cologne
Institute of Geography
Dr. Holger Kretschmer
50923 Cologne
Tel: +49 (0)221-470 1943
Fax: +49 (0)221-470 4917
Email: [email protected]

Sponsors of the IGC 2012:


Partner of the IGC 2012:



Partner of the Symposium "Geographie und Schule":


Registration for the IGC 2012 in Cologne will close on 15th July 2012. There will be no on-site registration. If you would like to attend the IGC 2012 in Cologne, please register now online.

To register for the IGC 2012 you have to create a personal user account.

To create a user account, please click on the button "Create a new account" in the menu bar on the left-hand site.

If you have been a subscriber to our newsletter and thus already used the opportunity to pre-register, then a user account will automatically have been created for you. To confirm this account you have to request your username and password by clicking on the button "Retrieve your password". Please have the email address at hand that you used for pre-registration.

Publications commemorating the IGC 2012

In the context of the 32nd International Geographical Congress in Cologne the following publications will be issued:

  • Special edition of the "Geographische Rundschau" in German and English available at or at the exhibition stand of Westermann at the IGC
  • Special edition of the "Geographica Helvetica" in English included in the conference bag
  • Festschrift in memory of the IGC 1899 in Berlin in English available at the exhibition stand of the DGfG
  • See our Directory

Furthermore all Session Chairs are encouraged to publish "Special Issues" in relevant journals.

Registration closed

The registration for the IGC 2012 was closed on July 15th 23.59 CET.

IGC Cologne registration statistics

Geographers from more than 80 countries will attend the IGU congress.

International Award

The Prof. Dr. Frithjof Voss Foundation for Geography (Berlin) will award the first ever Internationalen Wissenschaftspreis der Deutschen Geographie at the 32nd International Geographic Congress 2012. It will be awarded at the closing event, 30…