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​Sustainability for Geoscience Education

From August 21st to 24th, 2022, the 9th International Conference on Geoscience Education (IX GeoSciEd) will be hosted in Shimane, Japan. GeoSciEd is a series of conferences held every four years by the International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO), where enthusiastic Earth science educators, researchers, and students from around the world gather for in order to exchange pedagogical idea and practical experiences in Earth science education in their own countries. Since the first pilot meeting at Southampton, UK in 1990, the 9th GeoSciEd in Matsue Japan will be a first GeoSciEd in Eastern Asia. We extend a warm welcome to all of you to Matsue city, surrounded by many splendid UNESCO geoparks, world heritages, wonderful nature, and traditional Japanese cultures/architectures. Concurrently, the 76th annual meeting of Japan Society of Earth Science Education (JSESE) will be held in a same venue during the 9th GeoSciEd.


As of the winter of 2021, the fury of the new coronavirus is still raging around the world, and there is no prospect of the entry restrictions to Japan being lifted. Even if the entry restrictions for foreigners are lifted in the summer of 2022, it is unclear how many days the participants will be required to stay at a location designated by the quarantine station and to refrain from using public transportation and so on. 

Therefore, recalling the theme of the 9th GeoSciEd conference, "Earth Science Education for Sustainability”, we would like to challenge two hybrids for the 9th GeoSciEd in 2022.

The first is a hybrid of face-to-face meetings at the venue, “Kunibiki Messe” for as many participants as possible, and online virtual conferences for the participants who cannot come to Japan. Because of the time difference, it is difficult for participants from all over the world to gather online at the same time. By limiting the time of the conference as “Core time” to 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Japan time (JST), it will be possible to participate in the morning in Europe, in the afternoon in Southeast Asia and India, and in the early morning in North and South America. The 9th GeoSciEd will be a hybrid face-to-face/online conference.

The other is a hybrid of an international conference (GeoSciEd9) and a national conference (Japan Society of Earth Science Education: JSESE). The 9th GeoSciEd held at nighttime will spare a free time in the day. Therefore, we are planning to use this daytime to hold the 76th annual meetings of the Japanese Society of Earth Education. 

Depending on the global spread of the Covid-19 in the summer of 2022 and the entry restrictions in Japan, we would like to invite as many participants from overseas to come to Shimane as possible, if the situation permits. We are planning to ask participants from overseas not only to attend part of JSESE meetings at noon, but also to participate in the junior poster presentation by Japanese high school students.

By combining the two hybrids, the conference will be held over a long period of time, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. We hope that many people involved in geoscience education and students will participate, and we look forward to seeing all of you here at Matsue in Japan after the cessation of the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • Proceedings has been released. (18th Aug. 2022)

  • Zoom Meeting IDs are open (15th Aug. 2022)

  • Oral/ePoster program announced(17th Jul. 2022)

  • Abstract deadline extended to 16th May 2022 (31st Mar. 2022)

  • The Second circular has been released. (15th Jan. 2022)

  • The first  circular has been released. (16th Aug. 2021)

  • ​Official Website Open (9th Feb. 2021)

Important Schedule

  • Second Circular                                  15th January 2022

  • Submission of Abstract Papers        15th January 2022 until 31st March 2022
    =>Deadline Extended to 16th May, 2022 

  • Approval of Papers (Oral/Poster)      31st May 2022

  • Deadline for online Registration        31st July 2022

  • Deadline for e-Poster submission         31st July 2022

  • Pre-Conference Field Excursion        19-20th August 2022

  • IX GeoSciEd Shimane                          21-24th August 2022    

  • Post-Conference Field Excursion       25-27th August 2022

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