National Council for Geographic Education

Connect with educational Leaders from around the world at the 

2018 National Conference on Geographic Education

Québec City, Québec, Canada
August 6-10, 2018
Québec City Convention Centre
1000 Boulevard René-Lévesque E, Ville de Québec, QC G1A 1B4, Canada


Whether you’re a classroom teacher, university professor, administrator, pre-service educator, geography expert or novice, the National Conference on Geography Education has something for you. Build your own professional learning experience and take part in a range of workshops, technology labs, field trips and social events while discovering the latest ideas, resources, and research in geography education.

This year, NCGE has partnered with IGU (The International Geographical Union) and CAG (Canadian Association of Geographers) to host our annual conference on August 6-10, 2018 in Québec City. 


Please contact Melissa, NCGE Events Coordinator, for more information. 

Questions about the 2018 National Conference on Geography Education? We've got Answers. 

Question: Why Québec City?

Answer: Québec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It has a 400-year-old history of French settlement, and an even longer history of Iroquois, Algonquin, and Innu settlement. It is situated on the St. Lawrence River, which allowed it to become a trading hub for centuries. There are dozens of historic sites within old Québec, such as Petit-Champlain, Place Royale, and Château Frontenac, and much of the old city still has cobblestone streets that make it more like a European city than most cities in North America. A few years ago, our Canadian colleagues approached NCGE with the idea of a joint conference in Canada with the IGU regional conference. The NCGE Board thought it would be a great opportunity for our membership and we wanted to offer an international conference again (the last was San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2009).

So, with that, we are excited to offer this opportunity to NCGE members to explore such a unique city.  Check this out if you are not convinced:

We understand that the August dates do not work for many teachers as school is gearing up (or already started for some!); we are exploring different conference options for 2019 to ensure that more teachers can attend future conferences.

Question: Is this really the National Conference on Geography Education?

Answer: Yes! However, NCGE is not the lead organization. The local organizing committee for the IGU Regional Conference is taking the lead on arranging the entire conference. We will be organizing abstracts that are submitted for the NCGE sessions and arranging our award ceremony. But almost everything is going through the local committee in Québec City – registration, abstracts, sign-ups for field trips, lodging, etc. We are working closely with the local committee to ensure NCGE members and sessions are part of the conference, but our sessions will be a part of a larger geography conference. NCGE members can attend any sessions at the conference and network with international geography education colleagues.

Question: How will they know I am an NCGE member?

Answer: The Local Organizing Committee has recently added a drop-down menu that allows you to choose NCGE as your affiliation. Please use this when registering. If you registered prior to this drop-down menu (January 2018 or earlier), please know that NCGE staff will be finding you on the registration list and noting you as an NCGE member.

Question: Why is registration so expensive?

Answer: This is more expensive than our normal conference cost. It is about $440 in USD (early bird rate). However, it does include access to all sessions, all lunches and coffee breaks, and the opening and closing ceremonies. There will be significantly more session options at this conference than our normal conference and there are also some amazing field trips options as well!

Question: What does the conference registration include?

Answer: The conference registration includes access to all sessions, plenary talks and luminary talks, lunches and coffee breaks, icebreaker, closing ceremony and delegate bag. Excursions and the banquet are an additional cost.

Question: What about lodging, field trips, and other travel information?

Answer: The Local Organizing Committee is offering an array of lodging options. You can stay on the university campus for $90 USD or less/night, including breakfast. The Hilton is more expensive at about $200 USD/night. All the hotels are priced between $50-$200 USD/night. Unlike our normal conference, there is not a specific conference hotel this time. All of our events will happen at the convention center. NCGE is not locked into a hotel contract, so please feel free to stay wherever you choose! There are many great options.

This conference is offering some seriously amazing excursions.  They are affordably priced and there are many options, but spots will fill quickly. The hardest part is deciding which one to go on!

Other travel information can be found here:

Question:  What about the Award Ceremony?

Answer: There will be an awards ceremony on Monday, August 6th from 5-6 pm. It is now in the preliminary program. A reception (called an Icebreaker) will follow. The cost is free and open to any attendees. There is no need to register for this event. For those of you who have started to arrange your travel, you should plan to arrive early on Monday, August 6 or come the weekend before so that you can attend the Award Ceremony and opening events. The conference is set up differently than our normal dates. Instead of running Thursday-Sunday, this conference will run Monday-Friday, so please make your travel plans accordingly.

Question: How do I become a sponsor or exhibitor?

Answer: Please review the Sponsorship/Exhibitor packet. This will be a huge event and are expecting around 2,000 – 4,000 attendees from around the world. Any questions, please contact Melissa, NCGE Events Coordinator

Question: If I am an exhibitor, can I present?

Answer: If you would like to present at the conference you will need to register (pay the registration fee) and submit your abstract. As an exhibitor, you are only registered for the conference, not to present. You need to register to present. Click here to submit your abstract and register.

Question: Can I request an invoice?

Answer: As soon as you register you will receive an e-mail receipt. Since this is an international conference, you will not be able to request an invoice. You need to pay and then you will receive a receipt for your records. 

Still, have questions? Email our events coordinator Melissa Lepak at