Each year the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) hosts a Postgraduate Mid-Term Conference. It is one of the key postgraduate events of the year and is the only event on the annual calendar that is specifically ran for the benefit of geography postgraduate students. In 2016, the conference is being held by the Geography Department at Newcastle University on the 17th and 18th of March. The anticipated start time will be 10am on Thursday 17th March, and we expect to finish around 5:30pm on Friday 18th March.

The conference is open to all postgraduates, at any stage of their research, and we welcome presentations and/or posters from any geography-related subject (human geography, physical geography, GIS, environmental sciences, and so on). First Year and Masters students are particularly encouraged to attend since the relaxed environment is perfect for those presenting for the first time. The conference further acts as an opportunity for those further on in their projects to present initial results, drafts of papers or thesis chapters, and more broadly allows postgraduates to discuss the development of their projects with peers with similar interests or who are at similar stages in their own research.

The conference is also a networking event, and allows postgraduates the opportunity to foster and develop both personal and professional relationships with their peers.. Regular refreshments breaks throughout the days will provide relaxed opportunities to meet fellow postgraduates, and the evening meal, which will be held at the Copthorne Hotel on Newcastle’s Quayside, is the perfect occasion to discuss both academic and non-academic life in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The evening meal is included in the registration fee of £50 for no extra cost.

The conference is sponsored and funded by several groups within Newcastle University. We would like to extend our thanks to the Geography Department,  NCL+ and the Alumni Association Student Initiative Fund, The Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, The Centre for Urban and Regional Development, the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Geographies of Social Change Research Cluster, the Power Space and Politics Research Cluster, and the New Economic Geographies Research Cluster for their generous sponsorship and support.

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