National Committee for Geographical Sciences

The National Committee for Geographical Sciences (NCGS) aims to foster geography in Australia, to link the Academy to Australian geographers and relevant scientific societies, and to serve as a link between Australian and overseas geographers, primarily through the International Geographical Union (IGU).

From 2014 onwards, the major activity of the committee has been the preparation of a report which will explain the contributions of geography to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Australians and Australia through research, education, training, expertise and community outreach. It will also identify any actions that would enhance these contributions. In preparation of the report, the committee has consulted broadly with stakeholders throughout relevant communities. The report, ‘Strategic directions for geographical sciences’ is expected to be released in 2018.

Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future

Geography: Shaping Australia’s future was prepared by the National Committee for Geographical Sciences and presents the state of play of geography as a discipline in Australia. It provides a unified vision for Australian geography over the next decade. The plan offers a framework for engaging research, teaching and industry that aligns strategically with contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges of our region.

Learn more about Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future.


Reports and activities

Related groups and organisations


Professor Graciela Metternicht
Professor Neil Argent
Associate Professor Robyn Bartel
Ex-officio (IAG)
Mr John Butler
Doctor Iraphne Childs
Professor Iain Hay
Deputy Chair
Dr Grant Kleeman
Dr Kirsten Martinus
Professor Phil McManus
Dr Tom Measham
Dr Tayanah O’Donnell
EMCR Forum Member
Professor Matthew Tonts
Ex-officio (ASSA)
Professor Steve Turton
Observer (past Chair)

© 2022 Australian Academy of Science