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Social events

Throughout the three days of the Geographical Association Annual Conference, there are a multitude of ways to network and socialise, from special events to informal meetings, knowledge-sharing events and evening activities.

Take a look here to find out more about all the ways you can get involved and meet your fellow delegates across the event. We will be adding details to this list all the time, so keep an eye on these pages for updates to the timetable.

Day one

Day two

Day three

Day one: Thursday 4 April

Field visits*

Changing landscapes of student housing (13.15–16.15)

This field visit will explore the competing types of student residences, neighbourhood facilities and urban landscape in the area around the universities in Manchester. From large houses, student halls and terraced housing that characterise the Victorian neighbourhoods in Rusholme and Moss Side, to the newer purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) that increasingly dominates, we will explore urban transformations created by HE expansion.

Dr Nigel de Noronha and Isaac Rose, Research Associate, University of Manchester


Manchester’s Northern Quarter: organic gentrification (13.30–16.30)

The Northern Quarter is a bohemian jewel in Manchester’s crown. Once a run-down, forgotten area of the city, it is now a vibrant district loved by Mancunians and tourists alike. This tour will introduce you to the area, just a stone’s throw from the CBD.

Tony Hardman, Subject Specialist (Geography), Crompton House School


Presidential roundtable

This session will draw together geography educators from across the community, from different phases and roles, to ask what we can learn from each other and how we can collaborate (even more than we already do) to enhance geography education. Exploring what the theme ‘Geography for Everyone’ means to different areas of our community the roundtable examines how can work together to foster inclusion, celebrate diversity and strengthen our discipline.

Guests TBC

First-timers reception

Join our President, Denise, Vice President Hina, GA volunteers and other members to network and get to know the GA community. 

Conference bookclub

A must for all geography bookworms. Join Alan Parkinson, (GA Past President 2021-22), and Jay Owens, author of Dust: The Modern World in a Trillion Particles to discuss this special text and expand your geographical reading list.

Live GeogPod recording

Get involved with our podcast as part of the live audience and ask your questions. In this special episode, join John Lyon and his special guest Donald McClean from the Sheffield Environmental Movement to hear about their work on widening participation in the natural environment and supporting diverse Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) community groups/organisations around Sheffield. 


Public lecture and awards ceremony

This year we are delighted to welcome Joycelyn Longdon, founder of Climate In Colour as our Public Lecture speaker. 

Listening to the Forest, Listening to People

“Bioacoustics is basically Shazam for nature”, tiny automated acoustic sensors are placed in landscapes like forests and oceans to record wildlife. Powerful machine learning and AI tracks these recordings and helps to conserve the animals within. But there’s an elephant in the room: people. Conservation technologies like bioacoustics have inherited racist and discriminatory practices from conservation’s dark colonial history, embedding extractive and discriminatory practices. Sitting at the intersection of sociology, ecology and technology, my work looks to address these issues by developing and designing justice-led technologies for biodiversity conservation.

After the Public Lecture, delegates are welcome to attend a welcome reception held at Manchester Museum.


Conference dinner*

After the Public Lecture on Thursday 4 April, which officially opens the 2024 Conference, you are cordially invited to join us for a complimentary wine reception. After the wine reception, the Annual Conference dinner will be held at Manchester Museum in the Fossils Gallery. Situated just across from the Conference venue, it is one of the largest university museums in the UK, and has recently been transformed to acknowledge and represent the diverse perspectives it contains. A delicious buffet of locally-produced seasonal foods will be served from 20.00.

*Please note that though free to delegates as part of your booking, pre-registration will be required for field visits and the conference dinner to ensure accurate numbers. You can do this when you book your tickets for the conference.

Day two: Friday 5 April

Field visit on site (16.30 – 17.20)

Urban fieldwork techniques

FSC tutors are experts in fieldwork and bringing the environment to life. In this session we will use the urban environment around the University of Manchester to showcase techniques that support and inspire urban fieldwork investigations.

Emma Kendall, Senior Tutor, Field Studies Council

KS4–P16, ECT

Conference TeachMeet (18.00 – 20.00)

Each year, the TeachMeet brings together colleagues from around the GA community to share ideas in an informal setting.

If you would like to propose a short talk to share your practice at the TeachMeet, you will find full details and a proposal form below. Presentations should be around six minutes long and report on an idea from your context that colleagues can take away to invigorate their own practice. The deadline for ideas will be 8 March 2024.

The event will take place from 18.00 – 20.00 in The Market, with drinks and snacks provided. Please pre-book to secure your place.

Proudly sponsored by Discover the World Education

Networking, quiz and buffet (20.00 – 22.00)

Join us for a fun evening of geographical brainteasers and good company. A cash sale bar and buffet will be available as part of the event. This event will take place from 20.00 – 22.00 in The Market. Pre-booking is required to secure your place.

Day three: Saturday 6 April 

Conference conversations (12.45 – 13.35)

A Conference first: you set the agenda! This event gives you the chance to discuss with other delegates the issues from your Conference. Share your departmental challenges and concerns and listen to fixes and solutions from other geographers. Network and share best practices. It’s lunch with a verbal punch! Chaired by Stephen Schwab, consultant to the Geographical Association and co-chair of the Geographical Association Secondary Phase Committee.

Official 2024 Conference sponsors

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

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