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 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

GOAL: Unite artists and projects around the world in order to demonstrate the involvement and the contribution of the arts in society.

Art and culture are active agents in social, economic and political actions. They speak to the solidarity between peoples, of their situations and ways of life… They have the ability to change mentalities and encourage actions in every domain of society.

The responsibility of an artist lays not only in his aesthetical research or with his/her intellectual impact, but also with his/her ability to influence, challenge, propose, critique, and raise awareness.

The Arts are a way to question and to discover, while searching for new ways to express, to resist, to act… Expressing a unique and subjective point of view is an ethical and esthetical imperative.

Hence, Arts are ways to recognize the endless pluralities of ideas, histories and identities. Arts & Cultures can contribute to an intuitive, sensitive and knowledgeablemeetings between differences, leading to the recognitions of similitudes and universalism.

Margalit Berriet
President and founder of Mémoire de l’Avenir / Memory of the Future

YOU, leader of projects, individual or collective artists, of all forms of expressions: fine arts, photography, film, music, performances, creative writing, poetry, numerical arts, architecture, culinary, crafts, …

If through your work you question societal challenges such as in ecology / nature / Ubrain space / migration / individual and collective memories / the fight against all forms of inequalities and discriminations / living together / science / employement / education / economy / politics …

> SEND US YOUR VIDEO with a presentation KIT

A short video (1min30 max), in which you will witness, in your native language, subtitled in English, the role of artists and of the Arts in Society.
Your video should respond to the following 3 subjects:

– Your motivations
– Your objectives
– The impact of your work in society

At least 1 video by country or by dialect that will be presented in the space, in an installation at The World Conference of the Humanities (WHC) in 2017 in Liège [1]

195-206 states or languages will be represented
1min30 = 292.5 minutes = approx. 5h journey around a world of artists and their engagements

A larger selection of projects, together with the above first collection [for the WHC [1], will be edited on line, constituting an active unique and evolutive digital platform aiming for an exchange of resources, while witnessing the richness of Cultures, Ideas, Engagements, Expressions and Actions. [2]

The Presentation file that will be joined to your video will allow the public / artists / institutions … to know you, to understand your approach and interact with you directly (see conditions below)

DEADLINE: February 15th 2017



– should be sent to : via HIGHTAIL/or/WETRANSFER – VIDEO should not exceed 1 minute 30 seconds
– can/should be creative
– must be recorded in your native language

– must include IMPERATIVELY English subtitles (in the video and in text attached) – should be recorded if possible in full HD format MP4, sound-3dBU
– must be FREE OF RIGHTS

– Your art work should be visible or heard in the video
– No pejorative connotations, propagandas or discriminatory statements will be accepted


– Your name – country – artistic medium – website .
– a description of your project (methode – tools … ) in English – your objectives and / or obtained impact
– visuals (10 maximum in HD)

– The digital platform will be accessible for free

The purpose of this platform is to allow artists and projects to interact and share ideas

Art and Society project will be coordinated and perpetuated by the IYGU- Regional Action Center and by the Global Action Center for the Arts – Memory of the Future (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