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One themed session on ‘New Directions in Aviation, Distance and the Environment’ was organised by Xavier Fageda (Spain) and Frédéric Dobruszkes (Belgium) within the 2021 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference. The session was also sponsored by the UK Transport Geography Research Group.

This session gathered eight papers and took place online.


Three meetings of the IGU Commission on Transport and Geography were held during 2019 with, respectively, the American Association of Geographers Transportation Geography Specialty Group (AAG-TGSG), Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR) and the Royal Geographical Society Transport Geography Research Group (RGS-TGRG).

AAG-TGSG – Washington DC, USA: April 2019 – A session on Cities and Networks

NECTAR – University of Helsinki, Finland:  5th-7th June 2019. The IGU Transport and Geography Commission convened a session on Mega Events and Transport and on Geopolitical Changes and Transport. This included presentations on effects of the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on host city airline networks, of impacts on urban and regional mobility patterns of 2012 UEFA EURO football championships in Gdansk, Poland and on effects of re-imposing border controls, because of the Eueopean migration crisis, on trans-Øresund commuting between Sweden and Denmark.

RGS-TGRG – RGS Headquarters and Imperial College, London: 28th-30th August 2019 Sessions on Air Transport in the Global South.


American Association of Geographers Conference in Boston in April: Professor Andrew Goetz (Denver University, USA) and Dr Fred Dobruszkes (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) convened three sessions on The relationships between airport driven impacts and urban areas’ social-spatial patterns, and one session was convened on Geographies of Disruption, both co-sponsored by the AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group.

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Conference in London 1st September: Professor Richard Knowles (Universities of Salford and Huddersfield, UK) and Dr Fiona Ferbrache (University of Oxford, UK) convened 3 sessions on Transport, Sustainable Cities and Transit Oriented Development, co-sponsored by the RGS Transport Geography Research Group.

EUGEO  (Association of Geographical Societies in Europe) Conference in Brussels in September: Dr Fred Dobruszkes and  Haoran Yang (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) convened 1 session on The impact of free trade on transportation flows and the environment.

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