YECG Award

Call for Papers and Early Career Award Competition

International Geographical Union Taskforce for Young and Early Career Geographers



XIIth IGU Conference on “Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Sustainable Development” from February 22-24, 2019 at Panchkula, Haryana, India

 About the IGUYECG Task Force:

The IGU’s Young and Early Career Geographers’ Taskforce (IGU-YECG) was launched on 22 August 2016 at the 33rd International Geographical Congress in Beijing, China. The Taskforce Steering Committee comprises nine members and its primary aim is to stimulate young geographers to participate in IGU activities.

 IGU- YECG aims to promote career development for early career Geographers through mentoring, training and competitions; stimulate interdisciplinary, international and inter-generational research conversations between Geographers and acknowledge and elevate the achievements of early career geographers in the Global North and South.

About the award:

During the XIIth IGU Conference on “Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Sustainable Development” to be held from February 22-24, 2019 at Panchkula, India, IGU-YECG is organising special session(s) for young and early career researchers. There is a cutting-edge research by young and early career scholars internationally which deserves to be recognised and celebrated. The paper session(s) will present an opportunity for young scholars across the world to present their research in any relevant geography-related field. We invite papers from young scholars on the theme and sub themes of this conference. The award is instituted in the memory of Late Dr. Manju Singh, daughter of Prof. RB Singh. Dr. Manju Singh, a young and dynamic academic pursued her M.Sc. from USA and a PhD in nanotechnology from Italy. Prof. RB Singh, Vice President, IGU has been generous enough to provide financial support for this award.

Selected entries for IGU-YECG Late Dr. Manju Singh Memorial Best Paper Award will be evaluated by the jury during the oral presentation of the paper at the IGU-YECG conference session(s). Awardee will be selected and announced during the conference. The award includes a certificate of merit and monetary award of Rs 5100/-. No participation certificate will be given by the IGUYECG for all paper presenters. However, a conference paper presentation certificate will be given by the conference organisers.  The time and venue of the competition will be announced by the organisers of the conference. The name of the awardee will also be displayed on the official website of IGU-YECG.

Criteria for Application

Eligibility for the Young Scientist Paper Award is as follows:

  1. Scholar should be the first author and personally present the paper at the conference;
  2. MPhil/PhD/Postdoc scholars/Early Career Researchers within 5 years of PhD completion can only participate in the competition.
  3. Discipline is not a boundary. Scholars from all the disciplines can participate with papers based on the theme of the conference.
Procedure of Application

Authors may express their interest in participating in the IGU-YECG Young Scientist Paper Award by submitting their full paper to Dr. Komali Yenneti (Chair, IGU-YECG) ( and Mr. Gaurav Sikka (Secretary and Treasurer, IGU-YECG) ( by November 30, 2018. Applicants are requested to mention the e-mail subject as “IGU Young Scientist Award 2019”

Submissions for IGU-YECG Young Scientist Paper Award will be reviewed by a panel comprising of IGU-YECG steering committee members and IGU Executive committee senior member. Only selected papers will be presented at the IGU-YECG Sessions during the conference.


  • Papers should be no longer than 5,000 words in length, excluding references.
  • Cover Sheet: Please attach a cover sheet to your submission, including your name, e-mail contact information, affiliation, paper title, and the word count of your paper (excluding references).
  • Formatting: 12-point font, A4 paper size, 1-inch (2.54cm) margins, 1.5 spacing, footer with page numbers.
  • References and Style: Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Paper strengths: The most competitive papers will i) follow submission guidelines, ii) present clear and structured arguments, iii) situate a research question in appropriately cited literature, iv) answer the question with appropriate analysis, and v) be original, innovative, and draw conclusions of interest to the wider geography community.


IGU-YECG Taskforce is Organizing Workshop on Google Earth Engine :

Introduction to Google Earth Engine Training

XII International Geographical Union Conference, Panchkula, Haryana(India)

February 24, 2019, Duration-3 hours

Training Overview:


Google Earth Engine is a free, cloud based, geospatial remote sensing processing platform. This

Platform allows for the collaborative development and execution of Earth observation data analysis workflows. The extensive, and regularly updated, data catalogue includes over 40 years of historic and current global Earth observation imagery.


The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Introduce participants to the Google Earth Engine, including the Code Editor;
  • Explore basic JavaScript and Earth Engine programming concepts;
  • Become familiar with a sample of basic geospatial applications in Earth Engine; and
  • Introduce available resources for continued learning of Earth Engine concepts.

Expected Outcomes:

By the end of the training, participants will:

  1. Understand basic JavaScript and Earth Engine syntax.
  2. Use the Google Earth Engine Code Editor platform to perform example remote sensing exercises including image processing, image classification, and time series analysis.
  3. Have an awareness of other Earth Engine resources.


  • Fundamental understanding of basic remote sensing
  • Prior understanding of the basic concepts of programming is not required but may be helpful

Required Materials:

  • An approved Google Earth Engine Account (apply here using a Gmail account:

  • Google Chrome Browser Installation.
  • Agenda and scripts for this workshop will be emailed to each participants a week before the event.
  • Please fill this form online into order to complete your registration for this workshop- 


Academic Writing Workshop for Young & Early Career Geographers

XII International Geographical Union Conference, Panchkula, Haryana (India)

24 February 2019, Duration: 4 hours

Workshop Overview:

Academic writing is a fundamental requirement of academia – yet the mastery thereof is often implicitly expected, with little training offered to young and early career academics. This workshop aims to provide Young & Early Career Geographers (YECGs) with some key principles of academic writing, as well as demonstrating some practical techniques.


IGU-YECG Steering Committee member Mr. Milton Milaras is an experienced geography and academic development and writing skills lecturer at St Augustine College, and the University of South Africa.


The objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Introduce YECGs to the aims of writing for an academic audience,
  2. Demystify and systematise academic writing for YECGs,
  3. Capacitate participants to critically consider the structure and flow of impactful academic writing, and
  4. Encourage and inspire YECGs to publish their academic research.

Expected Outcomes:

By the end of the training, participants should:

  1. Better understand the importance of knowing, and writing for a specific audience,
  2. Be able to critically examine their current academic writing habits and manuscripts,
  3. Be able to implement the BME Rule (Beginning, Middle, End Rule), and
  4. Be more confident in their capacity to write academically.


  • Participants should bring a complete draft academic paper to the workshop – as the workshop will include practical reviewing and writing activities.
  • Participants should also have identified a possible academic journal/ publication/ proceedings to which they could submit the article.
  • Attendees without an article are welcome to attend, but must accept that the value they will gain from participation will be limited.
  • A proficiency in English. The workshop will have a specific focus on writing for an English academic audience, and academic journals that require submissions to be in English.


  • Registration for the event, until maximum capacity is reached, will be conducted on the 22 & 23 February 2019 (Days 1 and 2 of the conference).
  • Please register early to avoid disappointment.