Geography in Government Conference 2019

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Royal Geographical Society

1 Kensington Gore



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Geographers and others working in central and local government are invited to join the second annual Geographers in Government conference.

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The Geographers in Government Conference 2019 is an opportunity for members of the Government Geography Profession and geographers working across central and local government to gather for professional development, networking and best practice sharing. The conference will offer a range of plenary and break-out sessions (see Programme below) along with opportunities for networking.

Important information about eligibility

To attend this conference, you must work for a central or local government department/agency and use your (or equivalent government/agency) email address so that this can be verified. Anyone not meeting these criteria will be contacted and asked to provide alternative contact information or may be removed from the registration list.

When registering for this conference, please also ensure that you have joined the Government Geography profession.


This programme is subject to change and availability.

09:30 Registration, with tea and coffee on arrival

10:00 Welcome and introduction [plenary session]

  • David Wood, Head of the Government Geography Profession

10:20 Environment [plenary session] Chaired by Liz Fox-Tucker

  • 25-Year Environment Plan - Defra Environmental Analysis Unit
  • Environment policy & delivery in Wales - Adam Burke, Natural Resources Wales
  • Ecosystems - Bruce Howard, Ecosystems Knowledge Network

11:20 Morning break

11:45 Break-out sessions, select one from:

  • Local Government Good Practice Lightning Talks, hosted by Clare Hadley and featuring: Public Health (Kent County Council); Brownfield Ground Risk (Greater Manchester Combined Authority and British Geological Survey) and Policing (Avon & Somerset Police)
  • Geography Profession speed-dating, hosted by Patrick Rickles
  • Developing your career in the geography profession (for early-career members), hosted by Ian Spencer
  • Best practice in statistical geography, hosted by Claire Pini (ONS)
  • Chartered Geographer application clinic, hosted by RGS-IBG

12:30 Lunch

Over lunch, take a moment to join peer-group meet-ups; visit displays and stands from RGS-IBG, the GA and others; browse posters featuring members of the Profession; meet the category winners from the Profession’s awards.

13:15 Place-making [plenary session] Chaired by Clare Hadley

  • Local Enterprise Partnerships – Kathy Slack, M3 LEP
  • Devolved Policy / Place-based policy – Jonathan Pickstone, Scottish Government

14:15 Afternoon break

14:35 Break-out sessions, pick one from

  • Building the case for geography in local government, hosted by Tally Bodnarec, Geospatial Commission
  • Geography Profession speed-dating, hosted by Patrick Rickles
  • Geography careers within the Analytical Function, hosted by David Wood
  • Data science and geography, hosted by Alistair Edwardes
  • Chartered Geographer application clinic, hosted by RGS-IBG

15:20 Celebrating Geography in Government [plenary session]

  • Geography in Government award winners
  • Taking Government Geography global through the Sustainable Development Goals

15:50 Geospatial Commission: Strategy and implications[plenary session]

  • Nigel Clifford, Geospatial Commission

16:15 Wrap-up and close (by 16:30)

About the Government Geography profession

Government Geography is a thriving profession across central and local government, promoting the professionalism of geographers and geographical thinking. It seeks to create an environment where geographers can have maximum impact on policy and its delivery, and ensure that the importance of including geographers in the policy making cycle is understood by policy makers, in particular supporting skilled individuals in tackling geographical questions and incorporating spatial thinking into policy design.

The profession supports its members through continuing development opportunities, guidance on Chartership, mentoring support and other activities, of which this conference is an annual feature.

If you have not yet joined the profession, please sign-up alongside registering for this event (answer "geography" for Q11).


The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography. We advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world.

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Get involved - bring an A4 poster about your work as a geographer in government

To support members of the profession learning more about what others do, and to make on-the-day networking easier, we're asking everyone who's attending to bring a poster about them and their work, on a single sheet of paper (A4 portrait).

Your poster should include your name and organisation , and complete the following phrase: I'm a geographer in government and I... [e.g. do this job..., solve these problems..., am interested in..., want to learn more about..., encourage others to..., think the profession should..., need help with...].

There will be poster boards available on the day to put up your poster, and opportunities to 'stroll the gallery' and learn more about geography across government.

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