All historians agree that the Antwerp conference was a big success. It marked the beginning of a tradition, which still exists today, of holding conferences. Geography started its path to institutionalisation at that point. Only a few other sciences can pride themselves on such a long history of international meetings.
Geography in the 19th century was quite undefined. In Antwerp the first agreements were made; these got tuned at the following gatherings. The societies discussed for the first time matters of sub-local level with each other. There started to develop geographical movements in Europe. A dense network of new societies arose and spanned the entire continent.
The Conference committee developed in a Geographical Society in Belgium. All who were involved felt the need to work together and to carry out the idea of the Conference. It would lead to a long history of the Royal Antwerp Geographical Society, which will be addressed in the other chapters of this Exhibition.