Association of Slovenian Geographers is the umbrella professional institution of Slovene geographers, founded in 1922. Therefore, association is one of the oldest professional associations of the state. In 1998 the president of Slovenia, Milan Kučan has rewarded the Association for its merit in enriching the Slovenian science.
Members of the Association are independent geographic and related societies. They organise professional lectures, prepare didactic resource materials, organise excursions in and around Slovenia, etc. Initiatives to establish new forms of professional associations and to incorporate them into the Association are recently presented.
The Association is executing the following tasks:
- it co-ordinates activities of regional geographic societies,
- supports professional research,
- stimulates and directs modernisation of teaching,
- prepares professional conferences, lectures and field works,
- promotes and develops international professional co-operation,
- conducts professional publishing.
Slovene geography being integral part of the international activities is of the greatest significance for the researchers. It enables them not only to get acquainted with the research results abroad but to penetrate and promote Slovene geography and its essential achievements in appropriate international geographic circles. Several Slovene geographers have been active in some professional bodies as well as in working or professional groups of International Geographic Union for more than two decades. Slovene geographers and their works are well presented in international scientific and professional publications. International relations established by AGSS provide a stimulus to scientific and professional co-operation.
There were several initiatives from geographic professional circles to bring international recognition of our country soon after it proclaimed independence. Slovene notable and world renowned geographers responded to a call. In 1992, at the 27th
IGU Congress in Washington, the Association of the Geographic Societies of Slovenia was accepted as fully entitled member to the International Geographical Union
For the occasion of 150th anniversary of Austrian Geographical Society Association of Slovene geographical Societies (now Association of Slovene Geographers) was awarded with honorary membership.