EUROGEO is a respected authoritative body for research, training and education in geography, GIS and related subject areas, including transport, agriculture, demographics, environment and earth science. EUROGEO has a strong track record in digital skills and jobs, online training and resources and specifically in supporting the use of open data and developing open scientific enquiry and open learning opportunities.
The association has participatory status in the Council of Europe as the professional voice of geographers in Europe and participates in the Parliamentary Assembly, Committee of Regions and other pillars of the Council. EUROGEO has consultative status in the United Nations, where it provides expert advice on issues associated with data and development in the United Nations, for example in the UN Urban Agenda as part of the HABITAT programme and in UNESCO at the Education committee.
The contemporary nature of geographical research concerns social, economic and political challenges facing capacity building within and beyond Europe and subsequent policy developments. Today geographical skills are highly demanded by employers as more and more geographical data becomes openly available under for instance the INSPIRE Directive and the Digital Agenda. Included in this is the possibility to generate interactive online tools to connect citizens to policy making.