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Got a site in mind for an upcoming conference?

The California Geography Society continually solitics opinions and proposals regarding future conferences. If you think you would like to host and organize a conference, or just would like to suggest a site, let the executive committe know what you think. In the section below you will find a link to the C.G.S. leadership team and the protocol for bidding to host the C.G.S. annual conference.


Click the link below to see contact information for this year's California Geographical Society board, the group that decides where upcoming conferences will take place.

Contact the California Geographical Society Leadership Team

Propose a site

California Geographical Society
Call for Annual Meeting Venues and Hosts

(.pdf version)

The Annual Meeting of the California Geographical Society (CGS) represents the organization’s most important function and exciting event. The meeting’s primary objectives are to encourage intellectual exchange on geographical topics, and to foster the cause of geographical literacy.  Because place is so vital to the discipline of geography, meeting venues should fully represent the geographical diversity and uniqueness that characterize California.  Future locations are decided by consensus of the Executive Committee at their annual meeting in October. So that your ‘letter of interest’ receives thorough consideration, please address each of the following queries. Letters must be received by the President at least 18 months prior to the proposed spring meeting.

  1. Principal Collaborators/Organizers
  2. Why do you want to host the meeting?
  3. Describe the location— why will geographers be interested in this venue?
  4. Discuss the capacity of your group and location to host a conference, that is, facilities and infrastructure, meeting rooms, technology capacity, food, accommodations, student volunteers, staff, faculty support, etc.
  5. How will holding the meeting at your location contribute to the mission of CGS?
  6. Discuss local attractions of interest, especially possible field trips, and proposed means of transportation.
  7. Do you have ideas for a conference theme and possible workshops?
  8. CGS traditionally holds its annual conference on the last full weekend in April, Friday through Sunday.  With this in mind, please answer the following questions:
    1. Are there issues about your proposed venue (weather extremes, longstanding conflicts, site availability, etc) which make the last full weekend in April unworkable?  If so, please explain.
    2. Specifically, what dates/year are you proposing? 
    3. Have you checked all pertinent event calendars (personal, campus/institution, city, other proposed venues, etc) for conflicts?

I. Do you have any thoughts about possible guest speakers, entertainment, and special events/activities?

J. If possible, include letters of support from your department chair (or equivalent, required) and the college dean (encouraged).

If you have questions, feel free to contact the President or Vice President.


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