The International Year of Global Understanding: Brief Update #1/2016

Greetings friends and colleagues,

This time we're not sending a fully-fledged newsletter but just wanted to share two of the most recent and exciting news with you. Happy reading and best wishes,
Benno Werlen, IYGU Executive Director
Tell Your Story!

EUROGEO launches the International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition
We are very excited to inform you that the International Year of Global Understanding Story Maps Competition was launched this morning by the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO), and the IGU Commission on Geographical Education during the EUROGEO conference in Málaga, Spain, with the generous support of ESRI.


The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Story Maps Competition is a contest aimed at young people from around the world to help raise awareness of the global implications of local everyday actions. The project is in line with the thematic core aspects outlined below.
About the Competition

There will be two age group categories: (1) high school pupils aged 15-19 and (2) university students aged 19+. We are inviting them to share their perspectives and research on topics associated with global understanding by creating story maps that examine and address the ways in which we inhabit our increasingly globalized world. The story maps you create should relate to the Key Messages of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) and be developed under one (or more) of their six themes for the year.

1  Eating/drinking//surviving

2  Moving/staying//belonging

3  Working/housing//urbanizing

4  Communicating/networking//interacting

5  Wasting/recycling//preserving

6  Sports/entertaining//recreating

How to enter
  1. Register for the competition using the form here. ESRI will send you an email after that with instructions on how to submit your story map as soon as you have it complete and ready to go.
  2. Already have an ArcGIS Online Account? Then, you're all set and ready to begin making your story map!
  3. If you don't have an ArcGIS Online account? No worries! Use one of the options here to get an account, then enter the contest.

Click here to access the competition website.
Dawn Wright
New member of the IYGU Scientific and Outreach Panels
A warm welcome to Prof. Dr. Dawn Wright (USA)! We consider ourselves lucky to have her in our team!

Dawn Wright has been Chief Scientist of Esri since October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. Dawn also maintains an affiliated faculty appointment in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State. Her current research interests include data modeling, benthic terrain and habitat characterization, coastal/ocean informatics, and cyberinfrastructure. Dawn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, as well as a fellow of Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program. She holds an Individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Marine Geology from UCSB, an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M, and a B.S. cum laude in Geology from Wheaton College (Illinois).

Click here to view the entire Scientific Panel and here for the Outreach Panel.
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