Geomorphology and Society: Past, Present and Future Working Group

WG Chairs:

Margreth Keiler, University of Bern, Switzerland (

Sanja Faivre, University of Zagreb, Croatia (

Secretary General:

Sven Fuchs, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria (

Introduction to WG activity

The joint IGU-IAG Commission/Working Group was established with the name: ‘Geomorphology and Society: Past, Present and Future’. In recognizing that we now live in a world in which the relationship between environment and society has fundamentally changed due to the nature and scale of the human footprint on the planet, the joint IGU-IAG Commission/Working Group adopted the following objectives:

  • – To develop an international network of scientists with common interests in geomorphology and, in particular, the complex, integrated and dynamic nature of the relationship between landforms, landform processes and people.
  • – To encourage teaching, research and outreach on topics including inter alia landform evolution, landscape sensitivity and resilience, geohazards, geoheritage, geomorphological responses to (and evidence for) environmental change, and applied geomorphology.
  • – To share relevant data and to foster the exchange of information through a website, regular newsletters and social media etc.
  • – To stimulate interaction with and among young and early career scientists and those from the developing world.
  • – To develop joint international research projects and arrange conferences, field and laboratory training workshops and summer schools.
  • – To support applied geomorphological research in way that builds gateways to policy makers and societal engagement.

– To contribute special paper sessions and symposia at the Congresses and Regional Conferences of the International Geographical Union and the International Association of Geomorphologists.

More information can be found at

Last WG Annual Reports:

Annual report 2023

Annual report 2020