About EGEA Europe
EGEA (European Geography Association for Students and Young Geographers) is an organization that forms a network of local entities around Europe. EGEA was founded in 1988 and has its seat in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 2008 EGEA consists of over 80 entities all over Europe. Administratively EGEA is divided into four regions. EGEA Helsinki is part of the North & Baltic Region together with Turku, Oulu, Joensuu, Tartu, Vilnius, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Copenhagen, Oslo and Trondheim. The regions are not restricting the members and events are arranged across the regional borders.
EGEA Europe works as an umbrella organization for geography students in Europe. The students meet through various forms of activities, like congresses, exchanges, seminars and parties. Each year four Regional Congresses are held during spring and an Annual Congress in the autumn. An exchange means that a group from two entities visit each other during e.g. one week. The host arranges the program, accommodation and food in their own town. During the second part of the exchange the other group hosts the first one. During seminars students gather around a specific geographical theme.
For more information, visit EGEA Europe’s homepage.
About EGEA Helsinki
EGEA Helsinki is a local EGEA entity for students at the University of Helsinki. EGEA Helsinki was officially founded in the autumn of 2005. Before that many Helsinkians had already participated in congresses and a few exchanges. However, the number of active members in EGEA Helsinki grew significantly and therefore a more organized form was seen as necessary. Moreover, EGEA Helsinki organized the North & Baltic Regional Congress in Lammi in spring 2006, which demanded a more organized entity.
Despite this, EGEA Helsinki works in an informal way and every member can say what they have to say. On the other hand, EGEA membership requires that one participates actively in arranging activities and keeping the organization going.
Locally EGEA Helsinki organizes both Monthly hangouts, where we just chill out with each other, and more official monthly meetings, where we discuss upcoming events. The hangouts and meetings are open for all interested.
Most members have begun their EGEA career by participating in an exchange. After that the gate is open to take part in congresses and seminars. This way you learn to know people from all over Europe. Welcome! EGEA Helsinki’s local activities work in Finnish and English. EGEA Europe’s official language is English.
Maybe you want to join EGEA and participate in different events in Helsinki and the rest of Europe, and make friends over the whole Europe? If yes, you are more than welcome to contact us! EGEA Helsinki's Contact Person 1: Juri Louhio, e-mail: juri.louhio[at]helsinki.fi EGEA Helsinki's Board: egea-hallitus[at]helsinki.fi