"Flows and spaces in a globalised world" is the theme of the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference in London, August 31-September 2. Highlights include: impacts of hosting the Olympics in London and post-tsunami impacts and aid in Asia. Education day is September 2. Teachers' sessions include: Europeanising the curriculum; new initiatives and resources.
"South American forest birds - ecotourism, enterprise and extinction", a lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London, June 23 at 7pm, will explore how local communities can best conserve their environmental heritage. Entrance by free ticket from the Earthwatch Institute.
Tel: 01865 318856; www.earthwatch.orgeurope The world-renowned free open-air exhibition, "Earth from the Air: a photographic portrait of our planet" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, has returned to London. It will be at the More London site close to Tower Bridge until September 30.
International conservation charity World Land Trust has produced a key stage 3 Focus on Forests pack, funded by the Department for International Development. It comprises a teaching booklet and 12 student booklets exploring positive actions being taken to combat deforestation and other problems. Case studies include Belize, Malawi, Kalimantan, India, the Solomon Islands and Wales. The pack is complemented by an interactive website (www.focusonforests.org). Send a pound;5 cheque for postage made out to the charity to: Focus on Forests Education Pack (TES Promotion), World Land Trust, Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 OPL.
Tel: 01986 874 422.
COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
A free activity weekend at a field studies centre is the reward for Year 8-10 pupils in 12 secondary schools that have participated most successfully in Geographical Association activities over the year. The Worldwise Challenge includes an online and a local schools quiz. A new Photo Gallery activity allows schools to promote examples of good geography. A similar scheme is available for primary schools.
Tel: 0114 296 0088
www.geography.org.ukeventsworldwise The winners of the GA Awards 2005 were:
* Gold Award:Re-Presenting Geography by Liz Taylor (Chris Kington Publishing)
* Silver Awards: Making Better Places, website and CD-Rom, www.cabe-education.org.uk makingbetterplaces (Cabe EducationOxford Brookes University); 360x magazine (Cabe Education); Water for All poster and website, www.oxfam.org.ukcoolplanetgowater4all (Oxfam)
* Highly Commended: www.geographyphotos. com (Ian Murray); Looking Behind the Logo by Louise Douglas, (Oxfam)