Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2019, Vol. 74 ›› Issue (4): 831-835.

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New developments in international geography: Appreciating Differences-A review of the 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference

Han WANG1,2(), Wenwu ZHAO1,2(), Yue LIU1,2, Yanxu LIU1,2   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. Institute of Land Surface System and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2019-02-12 Revised:2019-03-11 Online:2019-04-25 Published:2019-04-23
  • Supported by:
    National Key R&D Program of China, No.2017YFA 0604704


The 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference was held on August 6 to 10, in Quebec City, Canada. "Appreciating Difference" is the theme of the conference. This session is the largest conference in Canada's geography-related conferences, attracting more than 1,500 experts and scholars around the world to gather in Quebec City to discuss the latest developments in geography. The current development of international geography advocates the concept of geography education that respects differences, emphasizes the coupling of social-natural systems in change and difference, pays attention to the innovative academic value of geographic information science, and focuses on the integration of globalization and regional development. The enlightenment to Chinese scholars is mainly reflected in: Grasping the development trend of geographical diversity; developing comprehensive theories and methods based on interdisciplinary research; reshaping geography education to promote global differentiation and diversification. As an important result of the working meeting of the International Geographical Union and its members' representatives, a new member of the executive committee was elected, and academician Bojie Fu? was formally appointed vice chairman of the International Geographical Union.

Key words: International Geographical Union, diversity, diversification, geography, geographic development