The HGD fosters geography education in research and teaching, including university didactics and teacher professional development. The association represents the interests of geography educators in all phases of teacher education and mediates between the needs of the school and the university. The HGD contributes to communicating to the public the high relevance of geography to the solution of the manifold problems of our society.
The HGD was founded in 1971 and today has around 300 members. Representatives of the subject geography didactics at universities (professors, lecturers, research assistants/ associates, subject heads, contract instructors and students) as well as numerous geography teachers get involved in the association’s work. Our members enjoy many benefits. They receive the “Journal of Geography Education” (four times a year), reduced conference fees and about once a week a HGD newsletter with new releases, conferences, job opportunities, research programs as well as information about current developments in educational politics.
You can find membership information and a form to join here [coming soon].
You can find a contribution about the history of the society from the year 2001 here (pdf) (in German).
The Academic Association for Geography Education (HGD) is part of the Germany Society for Geography (DGfG).
Through the DGfG the HGD is also connected to the International Geographical Union (IGU). Within the IGU, the HGD is actively represented in the IGU Commission on Geographical Education (IGU-CGE), the international advocacy group of geography educators around the world.
The HGD is a member in the Association for Fachdidaktik (GFD), the umbrella organization of subject didactics in the German-speaking area.