GA Annual Conference and Exhibition
Sheffield Hallam University, Thursday 5–Saturday 7 April 2018
'Real world geography' 

For the theme of the 2018 Annual Conference I would like us to reflect on geography in the real world, and how its application affects our daily lives.

As I write this I am connected to a global network linking the physical, human and virtual worlds: I use a laptop from China powered by electricity generated from various sources; I drink coffee from South America; I track a delivery that tells me I am ‘stop 12’ in a carefully mapped route; I email this text through an invisible network of servers located around the world.

While we may recognise geography’s ubiquity, we need to make young people and the wider public more aware of the role that geographical knowledge and skills play in the real world. This Conference will explore how we can share with a wider audience the real-world geography that surrounds our everyday lives. Whether we like it or not, we are all geographers.

Nick Lapthorn, GA President, 2017–18

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