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* Clare Short MP, secretary of state for international development, is to speak at the Geographical Association's annual conference, Connecting Geography, at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, April 7-9. Topics include: geography and literacy; global citizenship and sustainable development; geography and technology at key stage 3; the new geography AAS levels; and evaluating Internet sites. Free admission. GA, 160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF, tel: 0114 296 0088.

* Understanding Teacher Supply and Geography organised by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) will be held at 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7, on April 21. Speakers include Anthea Millett, chief executive, Teacher Training Agency. Free admission. Details: Clare Grimes, tel: 0171 591 3007; e-mail:

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