IYGU Story Map competition winners announced

The jury had a very hard time selecting the winning entries from all the creative and technologically advanced contest submissions. Many more Story Maps than those presented here would deserve mentioning. However, we had to limit it to the most outstanding ones in each of the two age groups: (A) high school students aged 15 to 19 and (B) college/university students aged 19 to 30.
There was an equal number of votes for two submissions competing for the second place in the group of college/university students, hence there are two students who will be receiving the second price.
While there was a large number of submissions overall, only very few of them came from high school students so that only the first two ranks in this group have a name attached to them.

Congratulations to the winning submissions and a big thank you to all those who submitted their wonderful maps!
Over the next weeks, ESRI will be putting together a website with a collection of IYGU Story Maps. We will let you know once this becomes available, so watch this space!

Finally, here are the first three places in each group (make sure to check out their Story Maps by clicking on the links):

A High school students aged 15 to 19

(1) Chi-Lei Lin, Kang Chiao Bilingual School, Taiwan

Map title: Hollywood in Taiwan
Description: “This Story Map is about Taiyupian, which is also called Taiwanese-dialect films. This kind of film art played an important role in the past of Taiwan, especially from 1950s-1980s. In this Story Map Hollywood in Taiwan: The Story of Taiyupian, you will learn about the history of the development of Taiyupian. Also, with the performance of maps, the information about Taiyupian will be clearly showed to you. Hope you enjoy!”
Category: Sport/entertaining//recreating

(2) Ella Jaeger, Wentzinger Gymnasium, Germany

Map title: Wasser in Kalifornien [Water in California]
Description: “The Story Map talks about the latest drought in California, how it came to be, what consequences it had and how it influenced the use of water.”
Category: Wasting/recycling//preserving

B College/university students aged 19 to 30

(1) Leng Ying Khoo, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Map title: The Impacts
Description: “This story map depicts the daily routine of a typical American college student and how seemingly trivial decision that a person make can lead to a series of impacts.”
Category: Wasting/recycling//preserving

(2) Spencer Elford, McMaster University, Canada

Map title: Concrete Jungle: Urban Expansion and the Rise of the Megacity
Description: “We are living on an urban planet. For the first time in human history more people are living in cities than anywhere else.”
Category: Working/housing//urbanizing

(2) Karl Chastko, McMaster University, Canada

Map title: Food, Water and 7 Billion People: Improving Water Efficiency in Agriculture
Description: “Every day the average person drinks 2-4 liters of water while they effectively consume approximately 2000-5000 liters of water indirectly through the food they eat. This simple stat doesn’t tell the whole story of how water is allocated to produce food across the globe. I have created this story map using open data from the ArcGIS online living atlas predominantly, the landsat imagery service, USA crop land 2013, MODIS imagery and the imagery basemap. These data sets all come together in this story map to illustrate how decisions you make at the grocery store and market can have global implications on the global water supply!”
Category: Eating/drinking//surviving

(3) Yu-Hsiang Yang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Map title: China house-buying power is rolling the world up
Description: “Along with globalization in the economic and financial area, buying real estate internationally becomes more and more common. Chinese-ethnic people pour money in the real estate market abundantly in Europe and North America, which leads to a rise in housing prices locally. The reason why this happens, it plays an important role that Chinese-ethnic society possess a deep-rooted concept of assets.”
Category: Working/housing//urbanizing

15th March, 2017

Italian RAC organizes conference « Health right across the Mediterranean: tackling inequalities and building capacities »

The Italian RAC is organizing, as a concluding event of its activity, an international, multidisciplinary workshop on “Health right across the Mediterranean: tackling inequalities and building capacities”, April 6th 2017, from 09:30 to 18:30, University of Genova, room “Meridiana” – Via Balbi 5, floor II). There is no participation fee but please register.
Abstracts may be submitted in English or Italian by March 17th. Click here to download the abstract form and click here for the preliminary program.

From the call for abstracts:
Distinguished experts in public health, medical humanities and communication, from different European countries, will dialogue on health right. Starting from the global perspective on health inequalities and impact of migrations, we will discuss the current context and the key actions to improve equity and defend health for all.
Keynote speakers: Sir Michael Marmot, acknowledged expert on health inequality and its determinants; Santino Severoni, World Health Organisation, Michael Singleton, emeritus professor of anthropology in Leuven; Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Francisco Raga Jimeno, expert of communication in healthcare from the University of Castellon. In each session ample discussion time is planned for.
The workshop will be held in English (first session) and Italian (translation will be provided for foreign speakers).
A book presentation will follow: “Noi e Altri – identità e differenze al confine tra scienze diverse” (Genova University Press), with the participation of Esther Mujawayo (Rwandan sociologist and activist).
There is no participation fee but please register by March 17.

7th March, 2017

Energy Efficiency in the Neighborhood: An Introduction to the effort Instrument

Click here to read about the so-called ‘effort instrument’ developed by five Thuringian companies (including the IYGU partner JENA-GEOS® Ingenieurbüro GmbH) as well as the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences. This instrument is intended to comprehensively address social and environmental issues that arise in the course of an energy transition in neighborhoods and communities. It adopts an interdisciplinary and holistic approach and provides a method for planning energy-efficient neighborhoods by including aspects such as urban planning, historical preservation, and ecological affairs. With a foreword by Benno Werlen.

1st March, 2017

AAG Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order

Click here to read a statement by AAG President Glen MacDonald and the governing Council of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), or visit the AAG website for these and other AAG news.

31st January, 2017

The December IYGU Newsletter is now available 

 Click here to read about the most important events, updates, and developments for the IYGU!

14th December, 2016

Tell Your Story competition extended to Chinese New Year, Feb 7!

Click here to read a blog post by ESRI Chief Scientist Dawn Wright announcing the competition and extended deadline, or read our updated post by scrolling down in this section, or go straight to the competition website.

14th December, 2016

Working, Housing: Urbanising and Communicating, Networking: Interacting are now online!

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Two of the IYGU Open Access Springer books, Working, Housing: Urbanizing  (eds) Allen Scott, Peter Taylor and Jennifer Robinson and Communicating, Networking: Interacting (ed) Margaret Robertson can now be downloaded as open access books or purchased as a soft cover printed version.

23rd November, 2016

News from our German RAC

 Click here to read about the recent updates from the German Regional Action Center in Lueneburg.

22th November, 2016

The November IYGU Newsletter is now available 

 Click here to read about the most important events, updates, and developments for the IYGU!

16th November, 2016

The October IYGU Newsletter is now available 

 Click here to read about the most important events, updates, and developments for the IYGU!

7th October, 2016

The September IYGU Newsletter is now available 

 Click here read about the most important events, updates, and developments for the IYGU!

13th September, 2016


Tell Your Story with the IYGU, EUROGEO, and ESRI

Under the auspices of the IGU’s International Year of Global Understanding, the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) and the the IGU Commission for Geography Education (IGU-CGE) will organise a Story Map competition « Tell Your Story«  with the support of ESRI Inc. The competition will be officially launched at the EUROGEO Conference in Malaga, at end of September 2016 and the deadline for submission of entries will be on February 7, 2017.
There will be two age group categories, one for high school students aged 15-19 to share their perspectives on local meeting global and the other for university students who will be invited to share their research. The Story Maps should relate to the « Key Messages » of the International Year and be developed under one (or more) of the six themes of the Year.
You can find the Story Maps competition website HERE
 5th September 2016, updated on 13th December 2016

Call for Applications – Art and Society


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The InternationalYear of Global Understanding (IYGU), le Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines (CIPSH), Most-Unesco & Mémoire de l’Avenir (MDA)
Call for applications

BUT: Rassembler des artistes et des projets à l’échelle mondiale pour démontrer l’implication et la contribution des Arts dans la Société.

Les Arts et la culture interviennent dans des actions sociales, économiques ou politiques. Ils témoignent de la solidarité entre les hommes, de leurs conditions ou mode de vie… Ils ont la capacité de faire évoluer les mentalités et d’encourager à agir dans tous les domaines de la société.

La responsabilité d’un artiste ne tient pas seulement à sa recherche esthétique ou à son impact intellectuel, mais aussi à son influence, à sa capacité à interroger, proposer, critiquer, sensibiliser et élever les consciences.

L’Art est un moyen de questionner et découvrir, en même temps qu’il recherche de nouvelles façons de raconter, de proposer, d’agir …

L’Art est ainsi un moyen de prendre conscience de la pluralité des idées, des histoires et des identités. Les Arts et les cultures peuvent contribuer à une rencontre intuitive, sensible et apporter une meilleure connaissance des cultures, des différences, des similitudes et de l’universalisme entre les hommes.

Margalit Berriet
Présidente et fondatrice de Mémoire de l’Avenir

VOUS, êtes un artiste, un collectif d’artistes ou un créateur de projets utilisant l’art sous toutes ses formes : plastiques, numériques, photographiques, scéniques, poésie, vidéo, écriture, architecture, culinaire, craft …

Si à travers votre travail vous questionnez Les défis de nos sociétés comme l’écologie / la nature/ l’espace ubrain / les migrations / la mémoire individuelle et collective / la lutte contre toutes les formes d’inégalités et de discriminations / le vivre ensemble / la science / le travail / l’éducation / l’économie / la politique …

> ENVOYEZ NOUS VOTRE VIDÉO accompagnée d’un DOSSIER deprésentation (voirp2)

Une vidéo d’une durée de 1mn30 maximum, à travers laquelle vous témoignerez dans votre langue maternelle [sous-titrée en anglais] de l’importance du rôle des Arts, des artistes dans la Société en répondant aux 3 sujets suivants:

– Vos motivations
– Vos objectifs
– L’impact de votre travail dans la société

> Au moins une vidéo par langue / pays /origine sera sélectionnée et présentée dans l’espace d’une installation dédiée, lors de la conférence internationale IYGU (International Year of Global Understanding) The World Humanities Conference (WHC) en 2017 à Liège. [1]

Entre 195 et 206 états ou langues seront représentés pour cet événement.
1min30 = 292.5 minutes = environ 5h de témoignages d’artistes à l’échelle mondiale

> Un choix plus large de projets reçus s’ajoutera aux vidéos sélectionnées pour la WHC [1] afin de constituer une banque de ressources active, inédite et évolutive en ligne sur une PLATEFORME NUMÉRIQUE dans le but d’appréhender la richesse des cultures, la multitude des idées, des engagements, des expressions et des actions. [2]

Le dossier de présentation qui accompagne votre vidéo permettra au public /artistes /instituions… de vous connaitre, de mieux comprendre votre démarche et d’interagir avec vous (voir conditions ci dessous )




– sont à envoyer à: via HIGHTAIL/or/WETRANSFER
– VIDEO ne doit pas dépasser 1 minute 30
– peut / doit être créative
– doit être enregistrée dans votre langue maternelle
– doit inclure IMPÉRATIVEMENT la traduction en anglais (insérée dans la vidéo ou à part) – doit être enregistrée en format HD (1920x 1080), ou MP4, sound-3dBU
– doit être LIBRE DE DROITS
– Votre travail artistique doit être visible ou audible au sein de la vidéo
-Aucune propagande / sollicitation haineuse ou discriminatoire d’aucune sorte ne sera acceptée


– Votre contact – site internet – Nom – prénom – pays – forme d’expression – – une description de votre projet (méthode – outils … )
– Des visuels (10 maximum en HD)
– vos objectifs et/ou résultats obtenus

Sur la plateforme numérique en accès libre, seront présentés les vidéos et les projets selectionnées [2]

Le but de cette plateforme sera de vous permettre d’interagir et de partager des idées.
Elle sera coordonnée et pérennisée par le centre d’action régional IYGU- et le centre d’action globale pour les arts Mémoire de l’Avenir (GAC-MDA)

“Art is what makes life more interesting than art “Robert Filliou

© Margalit BERRIET / Mémoire de l’Avenir / – Siège social : 45/47, rue Ramponeau 20e – N° SIRET 479 287 070 0045 APE 9001Z