• Geography2050

Exploring Our Future in an Urbanized World

November 19-20, 2015 · New York City


An Event of the American Geographical Society

Hosted by the Earth Institute, Columbia University

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Exploring Our Future in an Urbanized World

In 2014, AGS mounted an “Expedition to the Future”, and a topic that prominently recurred through much of the dialog was “urbanization.” An ever increasing proportion of the world’s population will dwell in urban areas by 2050, even as the world’s total population swells by billions. The geographies of our urban habitats are poised to change radically by 2050, and the implications of this for local, regional, and global decision makers are significant and paramount to our well-being. The spatial-temporal processes and patterns that will reshape our cities – and the rest of the planet - are many and interrelated, and will manifest differently in different places over time. In short, there is no single “urban habitat” and it is imperative that we, as a global society, understand the variety and interconnectedness of the world’s towns, cities and mega-cities as they evolve by 2050

The AGS Fall Symposium brings together leaders in business, government, science, and education that might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact, and provide opportunities for discussion, debate, and collaboration to further the understanding of the future of our cities.

Participation Opportunities

AGS is currently seeking sponsors and underwriters to help support the 2015 Fall Symposium

Call for Paper and Ignite Proposals

On behalf of the American Geographical Society, the 2015 Fall Symposium Program Committee is sponsoring a Call for Paper and Ignite Sessions relating to “Exploring Our Future in an Urbanized World”. The Fall Symposium will be held at Columbia University in New York City, 19 – 20 November 2015.

Tracks

  • Migration, Immigration, and Resettlement - how the movement of peoples will reshape the geography of our cities.

  • The Future of Urban Infrastructure Investment – how new physical and digital infrastructures will reshape urban geography and connections between cities

  • Smart Cities, Urban Sensor Webs, and Robotics – how technology will remake future urban landscapes and employment and what it means to be human

  • Secondary Cities Shaping the World’s Urban Future – how the rapid growth and development of thousands of secondary cities in the global south will dominate urbanization over the next several decades

  • Cities at Risk of Disaster – the future geography of urban vulnerability to natural, technological, and health hazards on a changing planet, and approaches to building resilience

  • Cities and the Future Geography of Economic Innovation – how organizations and innovators will impact the sustainable development of cities and megacities

  • Marginalization and Integration – the geography of identity and inequality in future urban habitats

  • Urban Communities, Safety, and Health – how place-based investment, governance, and community participation will shape the urban geography of human security and public health

  • Urban Culture, Attitudes, and Demography – how demographic and social trends, coupled with economic and technological change, may lead to new approaches to urban life and sustainability

Timetable

  • 1 June 2015 Deadline for Early proposals of paper and ignite sessions
  • 12 May – 14 June 2015 Review of proposals
  • 15 June 2015 Notification of acceptance/rejection of proposals
  • 2 November 2015 Deadline for final presentations to be received by AGS
  • 19 November 2015 Paper and ignite talks at Symposium

Submissions

By 1 June 2015, authors should submit a one to two page proposal for their paper or Ignite Session including the title, suggested track, a short description of the topic(s) to be addressed, and the approach that will be taken. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information, should be submitted via e-mail to AGS at symproposals@americangeo.org. Please put "Symposium Proposal" in the subject line. For more information on Paper and Ignite Talk Proposals, please contact: submissions@geography2050.org

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2014 Fall Symposium Recap

Geography 2050: Mounting an Expedition to the Future

The American Geographical Society, an organization with a 163 year history of geographic exploration, recently mounted a new expedition: An “Expedition to the Future.” The Geography2050 conference, held on November 19, 2014, by the AGS and the Earth Institute of Columbia University, provided a unique glimpse forward at the Earth and its inhabitants in the year 2050. Many “geo” conferences stress that “geography matters,” but Geography2050 offered details on why and how for a prestigious group of industry, government and academic geographers, and interested citizens. Read more...


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Event Details

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Venue

Low Memorial Library and Roone Arledge Auditorium - Lerner Hall

Columbia University

116th Street and Broadway, New York City

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Contact Us

917-745-8354 for information

info@geography2050.org

Rates & Registration

All registrations include 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, all breaks, Closing Reception, Symposium Proceedings, and Symposium materials.
    • Early
      Registration

    • until 2 October

      • $400 AGS Business Professional Affiliate*
      • $190 AGS Academic/Not-for-Profit/Government Professional Affiliate*
      • $200 AGS Business Fellows*
      • $95 AGS Academic/Not-for-Profit/Government Fellows*
      • $95 AGS Galileo Circle Affiliate*
      • $190 AGS Retiree/Student Affiliate*
      • $600 Non AGS Affiliate Business**
      • $300 Non AGS Affiliate Academic/Not-For-Profit/Government**
      • $250 Non AGS Affiliate Retiree/Student**
      • $2,000 Friend of the Symposium**
    • Register Now!
    • Regular
      Registration

    • 3 October - 18 November

      • $450 AGS Business Professional Affiliate*
      • $210 AGS Academic/Not-for-Profit/Government Professional Affiliate*
      • $220 AGS Business Fellows*
      • $105 AGS Academic/Not-for-Profit/Government Fellows*
      • $105 AGS Galileo Circle Affiliate*
      • $210 AGS Retiree/Student Affiliate*
      • $650 Non AGS Affiliate Business**
      • $330 Non AGS Affiliate Academic/Not-For-Profit/Government**
      • $275 Non AGS Affiliate Retiree/Student**
      • $2,000 Friend of the Symposium**
    • Not Available
    • At Door
      Registration

    • 19 November - 20 November

      • $500 AGS Business Professional Affiliate*
      • $230 AGS Academic/Not-for-Profit/Government Professional Affiliate*
      • $240 AGS Business Fellows*
      • $115 AGS Academic/Not-for-Profit/Government Fellows*
      • $115 AGS Galileo Circle Affiliate*
      • $230 AGS Retiree/Student Affiliate*
      • $700 Non AGS Affiliate Business**
      • $370 Non AGS Affiliate Academic/Not-For-Profit/Government**
      • $300 Non AGS Affiliate Retiree/Student**
      • $2,000 Friend of the Symposium**
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**For those who select this premier registration, your organization will be acknowledged as a friend and participant of this strategic dialog.