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January 25, 2023

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Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns

Welcome to the 240th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world!

Last week, we presented the report from Commission 25, but the link did not work! In English, we say "oops!' We got it fixed and the link works well!

A very active member of IAEG, Prof. Simon Low of Switzerland is stepping down from heading a very famous program in engineering geology at the ETH in Zurich. We have a small tribute to him and his replacement, plus a link to a wonderful video on the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland. We have another excellent photo from our good friend, Joao Paulo Monticelli in Brazil too

We also have many news items too! There are landslide reports from India and California, plus a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, plus plus talk of volcanoes (Kolumbo and one near Santorini in the Mediterranean Sea).


Landslide on granite in Poraty City, Rio de Janeiro State of Brazil taken by Joao Paulo Monticelli of Brazil

Dr. Jordan Aaron Replaces Prof. Simon Löw as Professor of Engineering Geology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Simon Löw has been very active in IAEG for many years being the official representative for Switzerland. He has run an excellent program at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. He is not officially retiring from that position, but he is stepping down to be more flexible with his time. I know that he will be involved at some level for many years. He is being replaced by Dr. Jordan Aaron who has been on the staff for many years. Please see the photos of Prof. Löw and Dr. Aaron.
Click here to see the Aletsch Glacier clip.

Oops! Commission 25 Releases Report on Use of Engineering Geological Models
Commission 25 main members:
Fred Baynes (Chair)
Steve Parry
Martin Culshaw
Jim Griffiths

Guidelines for the development and application of engineering geological models on projects is available for download here, in a link in this report.

La Comisión IAEG 25 Directrices para el desarrollo y la aplicación de modelos geológico-ingenieriles en proyectos está disponible para descargar en y está previsto traducirlo al español durante 2023.

A Comissão C25 da IAEG disponibiliza para download no endereço as Diretrizes para o desenvolvimento e aplicação de Modelos Geológicos de Engenharia em projetos. A versão em português será desenvolvida pela ABGE durante o ano de 2023.


President's first message
Dear members of IAEG, dear colleagues and friends,

I would really like to wish you a happy and safe new year. I also trust, with no doubt, that we will be able to meet again in person and internationally collaborate more actively for the future of our profession.

We, the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment Engineering Geology serve the " devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of human-kind as well as to the prediction of and the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards" (text from IAEG Statutes).
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14th 'e-YEG' webinar series
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, 16:00 UTC (GMT)

YEG & IAEG present the 14th series of "e-YEG" webinars with invited presentations from Walter Amman (Switzerland) — Head of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos and Head of the Natural Hazards' Division at the WSL in Birmensdorf, Switzerland, & Ms. Malena D'Elia Otero (Brazil). Click here to read more about the speakers.
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14th International Geochronology Summer School, deadline
Prof. Dr. Markus Egli
Date: Aug. 27-31, 2023
Location: Morteratsch (Switzerland)
Web info: Click here

Topics to be covered in lectures, excursions and workshops include dating techniques such as numerical methods (radiocarbon, exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides, OSL, 137Cs, 210Pb, etc.), dendrochronology, anthracology, archaeomagnetic dating, palaeolimnology, as well as relative methods like soil weathering and Schmidt-hammer technique.
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News from the Netherlands: From rock to opera
Ingeokring, the Dutch group of the IAEG celebrated Robert Hack's rich career in the field of engineering geology during its Autumn symposium "From Rock to Opera." The symposium, co-organized with Delft University of Technology was very well attended. Among the audience, President Vassilis Marinos and President Stratis Karantanellis. Both brainstormed with the Ingeokring members on how to promote education in engineering geology and involve more young people in IAEG and YEG.

Caption of photo: Robert Hack (standing, 5th position from left) and his wife, both rock & opera-lovers, surrounded by the symposium speakers and organizers, IAEG President Vassilis Marinos and YEG President Stratis Karantanellis. Niek Rengers, ex-IAEG president (standing, 5th position from the right) handed over the Professor Price Prize to Robert Hack for his exceptional contribution to engineering geology in the Netherlands and beyond.

Kick off 2023 with unlocking new potentials with MINEX Kazakhstan 2023!
We wish you success in the New Year and invite you to the MINEX Kazakhstan Mining and Exploration Forum and Exhibition.

The Forum will take place on April 19-20, 2023 in Astana under the central theme "Managing natural resources to accelerate national development."

MINEX Forum has been held in Kazakhstan since 2010 and is one of the most impactful industry events in the Central Asian region. The previous forum and exhibition gathered more than 900 representatives from 170 mining and service companies, government bodies, manufacturers of equipment for exploration, mining and processing of ores and minerals from 16 countries.
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5 IAEG sponsored conferences approved by IAEG Council in September, 2022
At the yearly IAEG Council meeting via Zoom in September, the Council approved five national group's proposals for regional meetings over the next three years. They are listed below with dates. Many thanks to the national groups for their proposals:

1) 14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Nov. 6-8, 2023)

2) 2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG in Pucon, Chile (Nov. 13-15, 2024)

3) 4th European Regional Conference of IAEG in Dubrovnik, Croatia (Oct. 2-6, 2024)

4) 4th African Regional Conference of IAEG in Botswana (middle of 2024)

5) 15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Nov. 27-28, 2025)

Save the date: Next International Symposium on Landslide (ISL2024) and Rock Slope Stability (RSS2024) merged
International Symposium on Landslide
The 14th ISL and RSS 2024 will be held in Chambéry, France, from July 8-12, 2024.

The choice of the venue offers an ideal setting for discussing the science and engineering in a relaxed atmosphere around the beautiful Alpine landscapes.

Focusing on the general topic: "Landslides across the scales: from the fundamentals to engineering applications", the event will be placed under the sponsorship of JTC1 (Joint Technical Committee of FedICGS on Natural Slopes and Landslides).
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Save the date for next year's Congress!
The XIV Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment will be held in Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China from Sep. 21-27, 2023. Based on the theme of "Engineering Geology for a Habitable Earth", the congress expects to enhance the disciplinary and research development of international engineering geology and the environment, and contributes to the advancement of major projects, ecological progress, and habitable earth with research and discussion in global climate change mitigation and adaption, geological hazard assessment and prevention, geotechnical properties of rock and soil mass, engineering geology applied to traffic, energy, urban and marine, ecological environment protection in major projects, and artificial intelligence, new theories and technologies in engineering geology, etc. We warmly welcome the worldwide engineering geological community to come to Chengdu to participate in this academic event. Read More

Annual report and video for YEG
The YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) group of IAEG has been very active this past year. Dr. Stratis Karantenellis has been the main leader, but because he has moved from Greece to the University of Michigan in the United States, he has handed off some of the duties to a wonderful group of new leaders. Below are links to the annual report and also a link to a video they have produced! Enjoy!

Link to video here.

Link to report here.

List of articles in the Bulletin of Engineering Geology for the past 5 months
Click here to read October 2022.
Click here to read November 2022.
Click here to read December 2022.

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IAEG Secretary General message
Dear colleagues,

We would like to catch your attention to submit proposals of hosting IAEG international events including 15th IAEG Congress in 2026, regional conferences of different continents (like Asian Regional Conference, European Regional Conference, African Regional Conference, Latin American Regional Conference etc.). If you have the plan to host such an IAEG international event, please prepare a proposal which is going to be presented to the Council for approval at the council meeting held on Sep. 14 this year.

Please contact me if you would like to apply for any IAEG International Events

Thank you for your attention!

Faquan Wu, Secretary General, IAEG

Electronic newsletter number 3 for 2022 from IAEG
Four times a year, the home office of IAEG puts out a comprehensive newsletter for IAEG. Click on the link below to get this latest edition. Read More

Forming a national group
The organization of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment is generally conducted through National Groups although individual membership is also permitted. Associate membership is encouraged and wherever possible associate members will form part of a National Group. Groups of engineering geologists wishing to form a National Group should contact the Secretary General who will assist them in preparing their application for consideration by the Executive Committee and Council. Read More

Submit a photo of engineering geology in action to the IAEG Connector
The executive committee of IAEG at our recent meeting in Athens suggested we need to have a good photo at the beginning of every IAEG Connector about engineering geology. We have to be careful about publishing photos because of copyright laws. So, we are asking our members to submit photos that they will allow us to use in our newsletter. The photos will show the diversity of what we do! They can be photos of something geological or engineering geologists working on some project. The photographer will get credit for the photo in the newsletter.

If you would like to submit a photo for us to review, send it to Scott Burns, Editor at

3rd JTC1 Workshop on impact of global changes on landslide risk
The Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) of FedICGS is delighted to invite you to join us at the 3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk, to be held in Oslo, Norway, on June 7-10, 2023. Anthropogenic impacts and related climate change are unquestionably changing the landslide risk and impacting how we assess and manage the risk(s). The aim of the workshop is to promote discussion between scientists and engineers on whether we are capable of predicting and quantifying the expected changes in landslide risk and how we could implement the knowledge gained from academic research on landslide risk management into practice. Read More

7 spectacular speakers at 4th GeoAfrica
Seven eminent speakers — including JP Giroud — are set to make keynote addresses at the 4th African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (4th GeoAfrica). IGS Egypt is looking forward to welcoming delegates to the event on Feb. 20-23, 2023, at the Cairo Marriott Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Read More


'Sister Society' Newsletter Links

IGS (Geosynthetics)

ISSMGE (ISSMGE News & Information Circular)

IUGS E-Bulletin #189

IUGS E-Bulletin #191

IAPG - Geoethics

Geosynthetics Magazine

International Geosynthetics Society

Geosynthetics Conference: Register now!
Hotel Block Closes Jan. 13. Book your hotel at the discounted rate before it expires! From Feb. 5-8 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Register Now


An update on the landslide crisis at Joshimath, India
The Landslide Blog
It appears that the landslide continues to move, with 863 buildings now showing signs of distress. Of these, 181 are considered to be unsafe. The situation for the displaced people has been exacerbated by snowfall in recent days, which of course has the potential to add water into the system in due course. Read More

Section of Sea Bluff collapses at Black's Beach, California prompting La Jolla Trail Area closure
Times of San Diego
An apparently harmless sea-bluff collapse was discovered at Black's Beach Friday that prompted a closure around the La Jolla Trail area. The cliff failure off the 2800 block of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive was reported about 2:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department and city Fire-Rescue Department. Read More

Malacca Strait: How one volcano, Kolumbo, could trigger world chaos
Every year, approximately 90,000 ships pass through the narrow sea lane of the Malacca Strait, which links the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. Their cargo — grain, crude oil, and every other commodity under the Sun — comprises an estimated 40% of global trade.  Read More

7.0 earthquake in Moloucca Sea near Indonesia; no tsunami threat for Hawai'i
Big Island News
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 occurred in the Molucca Sea near Indonesia. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirms there is no tsunami threat to the Big Island or the State of Hawaii, according to the Hawai'i County Civil Defense Agency. Read More

Never-before-seen volcanic magma chamber discovered deep under Mediterranean, near Santorini
Live Science
A submarine volcano whose deadly eruption shattered the picturesque Greek island of Santorini nearly 400 years ago has a growing, never-before-seen magma chamber that could fuel another massive eruption within the next 150 years, a new study finds. About 4 miles from Santorini, 1,640 feet under the ocean's surface, lies the Kolumbo volcano.  Read More

Orinda, Caifornia houses threatened by growing landslide as Bay Area dries out from storms
As the Bay Area dries out from the recent atmospheric river storms, a neighborhood in the East Bay community of Orinda remains threatened by a growing landslide recently. A home sitting on a hillside along Cedar Lane has been red-tagged after it was pushed down along with its deck, forcing the family to evacuate their house.  Read More

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IAEG Events
IAEG Congress
September 2023
Chengdu, China
14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
November 6-8, 2023
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG
November 13-15, 2024
Pucon, Chile
Pucon, Chile
October 2-6, 2024
Dubrovnik, Croatia
4th African Regional Conference of IAEG
Middle of 2024
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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