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German Society of Geography (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie)

President: Prof. Dr. Elmar Kulke (Berlin)

1st Vice-president: Prof. Dr. Dieter Böhn (Würzburg)

2nd Vice-president: Dr. Rudolf Juchelka (Aachen)

Secretary General: Dr. Karin Wessel (Berlin)

The German Society of Geography (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie/DGfG) is the umbrella organisation for all geographical associations and societies in Germany with ca. 25,000 members. The DGfG represents the interests of geographers working at schools, universities and in applied professions. The DGfG works to communicate to the public the significance of geography as a school subject, a science and a practical discipline. It takes a stand on current issues, supports and co-ordinates the work of the constituent associations, and tries to build on the synergy effects of the constituent associations. Its decentralised organisational structure is intended to serve the particular needs and aims of different professional groups where geographers are active, and to provide a better organisational backup for its members.

Within the framework of the German Society of Geography, 32 study groups make a very important contribution to research and to the further theoretical and methodological development of geography. The DGfG is responsible for the "Conference of German Geographers" (Deutscher Geographentag) which takes place every other year (the 2005 meeting will be held in Trier).

The German Society of Geography was established in 1995. Its predecessor was the Central Association of German Geographers (Zentralverband der Deutschen Geographen) which was founded in 1951. The structural changes made in the 1990s were a necessary adaptation to the new situation after German reunification.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie e.V.
c/o Geographisches Institut der Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Rudower Chaussee 16
12489 Berlin



Geographie heute - für die Welt von morgen

The book, edited on behalf of the German Society of Geography, reflects the wide spectrum of modern and integrative working geographical research in Germany.

Ehlers, E. & H. Leser (Eds.)

Gotha / Stuttgart 2002. ISBN 3-623-00830-3

Tagungsberichte und wissenschaftliche Abhandlungen zu den Deutschen Geographentagen

Congress reports and papers of the German Geographical Congresses. Edited on behalf of the German Society of Geography.

Published biennial


Regular column in the journal Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen. It communicates to the public the relevance of geography as a school subject, a science and an applied discipline.

Six issues are published a year.


In evidence


GeoNight 2019 (April 5th, 2019)


EUGEO 2019 Congress, Galway (Ireland) 

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Professor Zoltán Kovács

EC Members:


Antoine Le Blanc


Ana Pejdo

Kathy Reilly

Kathy Reilly


Christian Vandermotten




Professor Massimiliano Tabusi

Past President:

Henk Ottens