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2nd Annual Online Health Geography Symposium Programme

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IGU CONFERENCE ON HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CHANGES, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

13 to 16 June 2023, Bucharest & Danube Delta, Romania

We are pleased to announce and launch a very welcome invitation to attend the soon forthcoming IGU scientific event addressing critical issues related to health and healthcare, environmental changes and sustainable development after the covid-19 pandemic. Three IGU Commissions: Health and Environment Commission, Land Use/Land Cover Change Commission and the Local and Regional Development Commission, will organize this event held between 13 to 16 June 2023 in Bucharest and Danube Delta, Romania.

The conference aims to focus on a wide diversity of approaches and topics related to the geography of health and healthcare, theoretical and methodological perspectives on land use and environmental changes and impacts on local and regional development. It aims to explore the direct or indirect impacts of covid-19 on population health, healthcare and well-being, both negative or positive effects of the pandemic on the environment and land use, COVID-19 economic recovery measures and potential strategies for longer-term resilience and sustainable development.

The scientific event is intended for researchers, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and practitioners in geography, public health, environment, territorial planning, and other related fields.

Main themes:

  • Environmental Changes and Human Health: Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Inequalities
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development in Urban and Rural Areas: facing the Challenges of Covid-19
  • Public Health & Healthcare Systems after Pandemic: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
  • Health Systems Responsiveness to the Changing Social and Natural Environment
  • Socio-economic Disparities, Local and Regional Development in the Post-Covid Era.
  • Land Use/Cover Change and Land Degradation
  • Land Use/Cover Change Driving Forces and Impacts
  • Applications of Land Use/Cover Change and Impacts at Various Spatial Scales
  • Cross-border Cooperation, Peripheral Areas and Neighbourhood Policies
  • Territorial competitiveness, Cohesion and Sustainability

Submissions of abstracts for oral presentations and posters addressing these issues as well as other issues related to theoretical, empirical, methodological or epistemological aspects of health geographies, environmental and land use changes, local and regional development challenges are welcomed.

We invite as well submissions from both those working within and outside of geography as a discipline.

Important dates:


The 2nd International Conference on ”Re-shaping Territories, Environment and Societies: New Challenges for Geography” Bucharest, 16-17th of October 2020

The scientific event will be held in Bucharest, October the 16  – 17th, being organized by the Department of Human and Economic Geography, University of Bucharest under its broad but actual theme: ”Re-shaping Territories, Environment and Societies -New Challenges for Geography” (ReTES). The event is planned to run within the premises of University of Bucharest.

The main purpose of ReTES is to extend the way of ‘doing’ geography at University of Bucharest –by covering a wide range of topics and themes driven by the changing paradigm: Geography is about ‘space’ and ‘place’!  Geography is about human and economic development in 3D spatial transformations: density, distance and division. Geography is also about the world not being flat in the same way society it is not even!   Does this mean that Geography could shape spatial destinies? 

The second purpose of the scientific event is to create and facilitate a supportive environment for exchanging ideas and best practices between the applied and didactic research sectors, both in the university and the pre-university environment.

The hosting department aims ReTES as a provider of a discussions forum for geographers and all the specialists in the related fields.

The main pillars of discussions are:

1) Physical and human landscapes in urban and rural areas

  •  Geomorphic spaces, persisting landscapes, rising densities and convergence in living standards

2) Weather, Water and Climate:  Living sustainable, spatial disparities and persisting divisions

  • Climate change, resilience and disaster/risk management, spatial inequalities and falling disparities

3) Ecosystems, biodiversity and sustainable resource management: concentrations, convergence, and integration

  • Sustainable development policies of Coastal Environments, Coastal Morphology Ecosystems, Environments of Sedimentary processes:  institutions, infrastructure and interventions

4) Geography, Globalization and Smart Development

  • Demographic divide, migration and health
  • Tourism, competitive identity, places and destination development
  • Cities, urbanization, planning
  • Geopolitics, European policies and regional development

5) Teaching Geography: Trends, Frontiers and Barriers

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