The Evolution of a European Student Network - HERODOT Network ...

The Evolution of a European Student Network - HERODOT Network ...

The Evolution of a

European Student


By Anouk Adang, Sandor Kreuze and

Gert Ruepert

Utrecht University 2005

Content of the presentation

• What is EGEA

The development of the network

• Reflection and future perspectives

What is EGEA

The European Geography Association for

students and young geographers

• Since 1988, founded by Utrecht, Barcelona and


Network with around 73 entities in 29 countries

The aims of EGEA are to encourage, promote and develop

activities between Geography students and young geographers in

Europe, , in the cultural, academic, educational, scientific and

professional fields.


• Congresses

• Annual Congress

• 4 Regional Congresses

• Other congresses

• Exchanges

• Scientific committees

and magazine

The internet website and


• Other activities

• National weekends

• New years party

• Introduction for foreign


• Excursions etc.

• Division in four regions

• General Board

• Board of Executives


Some pictures…

The Annual Congress 2004 in Baarlo, , The


• 206 participants

• themes Water and European integration and identity

• 5 Lectures, 14 workshops, 4 big excursions,

parties, presentations and more

The development of the EGEA


• Which entities have been active in the EGEA


• Is there a geographical pattern in the growth of


• Which factors play a role in the in the origin of


Number of participations in Annual Congresses per


Years in BoE per entity


• Expansion and dynamism

• No clear geographical direction of growth

• ‘Core’ in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland

• Some striking blank spots

• Face to face contact as the most important

mode of communication

Reflection and future perspectives

• Benefits for students joining EGEA

• Improve and share knowledge on geographical subjects

• Getting acquainted with other geographical traditions

• (Cheap) travel opportunities

• Getting to know other countries and cultures

• International contacts

• Improve organisational skills

• Fun!

• Time and Money

Future perspectives

• Further growth

• Problems with finding organisers

• Seriousness vs. fun

• Scientific committees and magazine

• Structural funding

• Alumni network

The next Annual Congress…

Thank you

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