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Conversations in Geography: ‘Bridging Gaps’

Charlotte Collins reports on UCL Geography’s first Intradepartmental Conference:

Conversations in Geography: ‘Bridging Gaps’

From plastic bag use in Nepal to pond reconstruction in Norfolk; and from sociotechnical cycling infrastructure in Carlisle to carbon sequestration in Kibale National Park, UCL Geography’s inaugural Intradepartmental Conference was certainly diverse!

‘Conversations in Geography’, on the 9th March, sought to create a day-long platform for UCL Geographers from every stage and facet of research, between undergraduates and professors, across physical and human geography, to share and discuss the topics and projects on which they are currently working.

The first session addressed the nature of ‘Production and consumption’ in a geographical context. Session 2 centred on themes related to ‘Place and infrastructure’. Tatiana Thieme and Anson Mackay launched the afternoon with a keynote presentation highlighting the diverse applications of Geography in a multitude of research contexts. After this, Session 3 addressed ‘Shifting perspectives in geographical research’, and the Final presentations were on various approached to ‘Understanding change’.

To those attending, the opportunity to hear about the wide-ranging research undertaken by fellow UCL Geographers, at every stage of their studies, highlighted how interesting, enjoyable and valuable Geography can be.

The conference also allowed those at supposedly ‘opposite’ ends of the human/physical spectrum to come together and learn about each other’s specialisms, stimulating further questions and discussion, and perhaps even closer links.

The day ended with a drinks reception, which was joined by the editors of The Bloomsbury Geographer and UCL’s Royal Geographical Society Ambassadors, bringing together undergraduates, postgraduates and staff for more informal geographical discussion.

The event marked a step towards ‘bridging gaps’ in various ways, revealing the value of cross-pollinating ideas between students and staff and between human and physical geography. Geography is often lauded for its interdisciplinary nature, so we look towards more internal collaboration and more of this type of event.

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Bridging Gaps