2024 Conference

About Conference 2024

The GA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2024 took place from 4–6 April 2024 at the University of Manchester.

Day one began at 12.00 on Thursday 4 April with a welcome from our President, Denise Freeman, and included a range of field visits, networking events, and the Conference Dinner, as well as the annual GA awards ceremony, Public Lecture and drinks reception. 

The Conference is planned and reviewed by the GA Conference Planning Board.

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Denise Freeman President 2024

Denise Freeman, GA President 2023-24

This year's theme was: Geography for everyone

As a subject that takes on the world, the ambition and scope of geography is vast. The breadth of the discipline is extensive, encompassing a diverse range of specialisms and drawing upon knowledge from many different fields. This diversity provides us with many different ways of thinking about and making sense of the world. 

It also sees geographers collaborating with a wide range of people and organisations across the world. However, geography is not static: it is a dynamic and ever-changing subject, shaped by research, practice and scholarly debate. Exploring the varied and evolving nature of geography is an essential aspect of geographical education.

The geography education community reflects the rich diversity of our subject. The community is home to a multiplicity of interests, passions and viewpoints, all of which are shaped by our own personal and professional journeys. 

We all see and experience the world differently and, as such, geography means something different to each of us. These unique personal geographies are also held by those that we teach. Taking time to share and understand these different perspectives supports teaching and learning, and ensures that a range of voices are heard.

The Geographical Association and its Annual Conference provides a forum to share and explore the rich nature of our discipline and hear from the many people that shape it. A geography for everyone is a theme that enables each and every person within the GA community to explore their diverse passions for the subject, share expertise, discuss diverging ideas and promote understanding and inclusion. As well as providing the opportunity to celebrate diversity, such discussions can also help the evolution of new and powerful insights into our discipline and practice.

Contributions could explore:

  • Specialist geographical knowledge and interests, with thoughts about how these can shape and update early years, school and university geography.
  • The contribution that geography can make to young people’s lives.
  • Children’s geographies.
  • Geography educators’ geographies (geographies shaped by lived experiences, personal interest and specialist knowledge).
  • Geographies of inclusion (and exclusion).
  • How can we make geography representative and accessible to all?

The theme can be interpreted in many different ways. It offers an opportunity to think broadly and creatively. It also makes deliberate connections to the recent themes of collaboration and everyday geographies.


Want to propose a session?


The 2024 Conference opened at 12.00 on Thursday 4 April with an afternoon of events and opportunities to network, beginning with a welcome from our President Denise Freeman.

Day one of conference included a range of field visits, networking events and the Conference Dinner, as well as the annual GA awards ceremony, Public Lecture and drinks reception.

Days two and three featured the usual diverse range of lectures, workshops, Teacher-to-Teacher and research paper sessions, finishing at 16.00 on Saturday 6 April.

Our exhibition returned for another year, giving you the opportunity to network with representatives from our strategic partners, exam boards, publishers, charities and educational suppliers. Our book stand was also available to browse our latest titles and find out more about writing for one of our flagship journals.

2024 Speakers

Joycelyn Longdon​

Public Lecture

Listening to the Forest, Listening to People: Bioacosutics, Machine Learning and Justice-led Conservation

Prof James Esson

Keynote Lecture

Creating a critical geography for everyone

Dr Alun Morgan

Rex Walford Memorial Lecture

The World Encompassed: Navigating the Stormy Seas of Exploration or Exploitation?

Prof Sylvia Knight

Invited speaker

Prof Klaus Dodds

Invited speaker

Prof Jamie Woodward

Invited speaker

Conference launch timetable

1 September 2023

Annual conference proposal window closes

Early bird booking opens

Late September 2023

Conference planning board meets to decide the programme


Exhibitor booking opens

Proposal decisions released 


All applicants contacted to confirm their details for the programme

Speaker booking opens

January 2024

Early bird booking closes

Programme released

1 March

Exhibitor booking closes

Late March

Conference booking closes

Presenters and delegates receive tickets and final guidance

4 April

Conference Day 1 opens

Social events and field visits

Public lecture

Conference dinner

5–6 April

Conference Day 2 & 3

Lectures / Workshops / Teacher to Teacher sessions / Research Papers


GA Big Quiz

6 April

Conference closes

Official 2024 Conference sponsors

Esri UK - The science of where
NST - The educational travel experts
OCR - Oxford Cambridge and RSA

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