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Welcome

Bonjour future 2018 iGeo participants,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 2018 International Geography Olympiad (iGeo), we are pleased to invite your country to send a team of your finest 16 to 19-year-old geography students to the 15th iGeo. Held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU)the event will take place in Quebec City, Canada, from July 31 to August 6, 2018.

The 2018 venue will be held on the campus of Université Laval, North America’s second oldest university in Quebec City. Field excursions will take place in the surrounding region. The gold medal presentation will take place in the Quebec City Conference Centre, during the opening ceremony of the 2018 International Geography Union-Canadian Association of Geographers Conference.

iGeo 2018 will be an excellent opportunity for future geographers to apply geographical knowledge to three academic challenges over the course of a week: a written response test, a fieldwork exercise, and a multimedia test. Since English is the official language, all tasks and related materials are presented in English. Students will be required to write their responses in English with accommodation provided to students who are not schooled in English (i.e., additional time allotment for the tests and use of approved bilingual dictionaries).

Each team is composed of four students who have been selected through a national geography competition and are aged between 16 and 19 years old inclusively on June 30, 2018. It should be noted that students may not participate more than twice. They will be accompanied by two adult team leaders who are involved in geographical education in their country, and who can write and speak English. One of the team leaders must be fluent in English and experienced in the evaluation of assignments to mark students’ written answers to the tests.

Together, students will learn to discover and appreciate the landscapes and cultures surrounding us. Places visited will include Old Quebec (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Jacques-Cartier National Park and Forêt Montmorency. An optional post-iGeo excursion will be organized for those who wish to deepen their appreciation of the diverse urban, mountain, and maritime landscapes of Quebec. More details about this excursion will be made available on our website.

With some 50 different countries expected to participate, iGeo 2018 will be an exciting opportunity to appreciate the diverse peoples and landscapes that make up our world. The Olympiad will be highlighted by multiple cultural events, a poster presentation session, and a faunal concert emphasizing sustainable development.

The iGeo is a world stage upon which to demonstrate the geographical knowledge and skills of the best students representing their countries, to recognize the most prominent young geographers, and to promote professional contacts within the global geographical education community. We hope that every participant returns home an enriched geographer who goes on to make a difference in appreciating the world in all its diversity.

For more information about the iGeo and its official guidelines, please visit the iGeo website: www.geоlympiad.org The deadline for submission of application forms for iGeo 2018 is January 15, 2018. For any questions regarding iGeo 2018, do not hesitate to contact us directly at igeo2018@ulaval.ca or through the “Contact Us” section of the website.

 

We look forward to meeting you - à bientôt,

 

Dr. Lynn Moorman

Ms. Beth Dye

Dr. Matthew Hatvany

M. Maxwell Bouchard