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One Earth; Many Worlds is the theme of the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) from August 15 to 20. Venue: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow. This year the conference incorporates the 30th congress of the International Geographical Union, which involves more than 75 countries. More than 1,500 research papers will be presented on topics including global and climate change, coastal resources and development, land degradation, developing Scotland's rural spaces and water sustainability.

Tel: 020 7591 3000

Stands for Education is running a course on how to create an inclusive geography classroom in Sheffield, June 30, and Manchester, July 13. It will explore effective practice at key stages 3-4 clarifying recent changes to Ofsted inspections and raising achievement in geography. Fee: pound;225 plus VAT.

Tel: 0117 311 5253


Explore 2004, the Royal Geographical Society's annual expedition and fieldwork planning seminar, will be on November 20 and 21.

RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Grove, London SW7.

Tel: 020 7591 3000


Earthwatch's programme of events suitable for teachers and A-level students includes "the call of the wild: reintroducing native species to Britain", at the Natural History Museum, London SW7, October 14, and a lecture on Europe's meadows and mountain streams which will explore the mountain waters of Bohemia and the butterflies and orchids of Spain, December 2.

Tel: 01865 311383



The winner of the Geographical Association's gold award is the Geography in the News website, created by the Royal Geographical Society. The site provides geographical background and updates. Current topics include aid, South Africa, climate change and the new European Union. The silver award winners are What is Development? a resource from Teachers in Development Education, and Discover Coll: the Real Struay, a KS1 photopack from Wildgoose publishers.

para = The Royal Geographical Society's archives have been opened to the public.

More than two million maps, photographs, books, artwork, artefacts and documents tell the story of 500 years of geographical discovery and research. Users can visit the society to view the current exhibition or use the online catalogues.

Tel: 020 7591 3000

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