The Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin (Berlin Geographical Society) was founded in 1828 and is the second oldest geographical society.
It was founded by some of the foremost geographers of its time. The founder Carl Ritter and the founding member Alexander von Humboldt can also be considered the founders of modern scientific geography. Carl Ritter ( August 7, 1779 &ndash September 28, 1859) was a German geographer (September 14 1769 &ndash May 6 1859 was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister philosopher and linguist
Today the society´s aim still is to promote the exchange and spreading of geographical knowledge.
The society publishes the scientific journal Die Erde (Earth) which has been published since 1853. It also sponsors young scientists with the Humboldt-Ritter-Penck-Preis.