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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 96th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
As the world slows down because of the COVID virus, mother nature continues to play with earth processes. The largest earthquake in many months happened near the Kuril Islands. Landslides are featured from this past week in Papua-New Guinea and New Zealand. Another mine tailings disaster occurred in China. And finally David Petley, who keeps incredible records of landslides around the world, reports that nearly 3,300 people died last year from landslides — mostly non-seismic ones.
Be safe wherever you are!
Start thinking about submitting an abstract for our regional meeting Athens in the autumn!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
|New Bulletin: Volume 79, Number 2
This Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists and the Environment is now totally electronic with online access. It started in January. The two editors, Professor Louis Wong and Professor Resat Ulusay, have been working very hard on the bulletin and it has been very successful! The first volume came out in January of 2020 (Volume 79, Number 1) with 37 articles and 568 pages! This week Volume 79, Number 2 came out with 552 pages and 37 articles. You can get both of the list of titles of Number 1 and 2 below. I will continue to list the articles every two months when a new bulletin comes out. Next week I will have a short section on accessing your copies.
Volume 79, Number 1
Volume 79, Number 2
International Geological Congress
The government of India has reviewed the situation emerging out of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It considers the health and safety of the esteemed delegates and guests paramount. In view of this, the government has postponed the congress to a later date.
Engineering Group of the Geological Society via YouTube
Click here to watch the 20th Glossop Medal Lecture by Dr. Jean Hutchinson.
To go to the website, click here. We have added the following too.
As you will notice, we have a new design and user-friendly search functions. We have three social media accounts, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, to post photos on the web (and short films) in the Photo Gallery of our website. We also have direct connection with IAEG Connector and Frontiers in Earth Science.
In the new website, there are no more restricted areas and it is not
necessary to register on the website. If you want to make changes to the
Commissions or National Groups or to report Congresses or Courses, you must
send the material to be posted on the website to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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updating the website and send photographs of construction sites and events
that may affect our association with a brief descriptive caption and with
the name of the author. Even webinars are welcome, and from now, even the
presentations in PowerPoint of projects and research with their results will be welcome. Please
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American Geosciences Institute
With many geoscience programs now needing to quickly shift to online teaching, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) wants to make sure all faculty are aware of the 29 modules in the free-to-take Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) platform, which is a joint effort of AGI, AIPG, SEPM, and ASBOG. GOLI courses range in duration from 1 to 10 hours in length, addressing a range of geoscience topics and skills from writing in the geosciences to geoethics to advanced environmental geochemistry, among others. These modules are ready to go and available for your students right now.
GOLI courses are always free-to-take. If a student wishes to earn continuing education credits for successfully completing the course and apply them towards licensing or other professional needs, they have the option to pay a nominal fee. Please visit https://goli.americangeosciences.org for more information about the program in general
Geochronology Summer School
Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2020
1 full day excursion Sept. 4, 2020
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
List of lecturers:
Holger Gärtner (WSL), Paolo Cherubini (WSL), Markus Egli (Univ. of
Zurich), Susan Ivy-Ochs (ETH Zurich/Uni Zurich), Dmitry Tikhomirov (ETH
Zurich/Uni Zurich), Dennis Dahms (Univ. Northern Iowa), Irka Hajdas (ETH
Zurich), Jérôme Poulenard (University Savoie Mont Blanc), Eileen
Eckmeier (LMU University of Munich), Evdokia Tema (Univ. of Torino),
Natacha Gribenski (Univ. of Bern), Nathalie Dubois (EAWAG) and others.
The Summer School is open to young researchers (PhD students and
Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20.
The registration fee (750 CHF) includes accommodation (room sharing
half board and lunch, field trips and teaching material.
Credit points: 3 ECTS
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 30, 2020
The 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will be
hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. The
conference will take place Sept. 20-24, 2020.
A European regional conference of IAEG was decided in the last council
in South Korea. The activation again of the IAEG regional
conference in Europe is a fundamental action for our region.
Unfortunately, since the regional conference of IAEG in Europe has
been inactive for almost 12 years, we do not have the chance to meet
in our region often (the last was five years ago in Torino). Considering
that almost half of the members and National Groups (NGs) of IAEG are
from European region, we hope that the initiative will become a stable
event, involving the scientific and professional community of the same
The conference will be organized with the collection of extensive
abstracts in order to reduce the complexity of the event due to the
limited time. More details about the 3rd European Regional Conference
will be available in few days on the conference website.
It is our pleasure also to announce that the Executive Office and
Council of IAEG for 2020 will be hosted in the occasion of the
conference in Athens.
The next Richard Wolters Prize competition for 2020 will be moreover
presented by IAEG at the occasion of the conference.
Cities on Volcanoes 11
On behalf of the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with post graduate programme of “Environmental, Disaster and Crisis Management Strategies”(EDCM) and the Natural History Museum (University of Crete), are honored to invite you to participate in the Cities on Volcanoes 11. CoV11 is taking place, in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Sept. 25-30, 2020.
It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Crete and give you the opportunity to visit Knossos (the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete called the oldest city of Europe), and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (one of Europe’s most important museums with archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island’s history).
Additionally, we will organize several field trips to Methana, Santorini volcano, Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark, The Minoan Villa with the Lilies, etc. We strongly believe that Crete, considered as one of the top global tourist destinations, having easy access and the appropriate infrastructure, will fulfill all your expectations for a successful meeting.
To find out more about the CoV 11, please follow these important links: CoV11 Programme, Important Dates, Registration, Call for Abstracts and The Venue.
The 1st IAEG South American Regional Conference will take place in the city of Córdoba in coincidence with the 2nd Argentine Congress of Geology Applied to Engineering and the Environment.
The event will take place Sept. 6-10, 2021, within the Córdoba Regional Faculty of the National Technological University.
The activity marks the return of IAEG to the region after 35 years, so we trust that the initiative will be a pleasant moment for its participants, involving the scientific and professional community of the region.
Click here to view more details on the English website.
Click here to view more details on the Spanish website.
We are now calling for nominations of Hans Cloos Medal, Marcel Arnould Medal and Richard Wolters Prize for 2020, which are awarded biannually to our distinguished members. Please kindly see the attached notifications.
Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary General by the deadline requested in the notifications. For more information and guidelines for the nomination, please refer to the bylaw Part E. Awards and Prizes.
Call for nominations of IAEG Hans Cloos Medal for 2020
Call for nominations of IAEG Marcel Arnould Medal 2020
Call for nominations of IAEG Richard Wolters Prize 2020
Richard Wolters Prize 2020 Procedure
ICL and the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programme on Landslides (GPC/IPL) will organize the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) on Nov. 2-6, 2020, in Kyoto Japan. The themes and sessions of WLF5 and the list of invited speakers who are sure to come to Kyoto and speak oral presentation have been published in Vol.16 (2) of Landslides as attached.
Those who are willing to attend WLF5 are invited to register WLF5 by completing the Preliminary Registration Form for which is available in WLF5 webpage.
GeoMEast 2020 International Congress and Exhibition
Includes three parallel international conferences to be held at Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Resort during the period of Nov. 8-12, 2020.
International Underground Structures Conference (IUSC)
International Transportation & Infrastructure Conference (ITIC)
International Sustainable Structures Conference (ISSC)
The 4th GeoMEast 2020 International Congress & Exhibition under the theme of "Sustainable Construction in Africa and Middle East" will be held in Greater Cairo, Egypt, from November 08 to 12, 2020. GeoMEast2020 is hosted by SSIGE and HBRC under the auspices of the Egyptian Government and supported by a number of leading international professional organizations.
Recent rapid construction in Africa and Middle East have provided great opportunities for structure, bridge, material, transportation, pavement, geotechnical, geological, tunnel, geosynthetics, infrastructure and all engineers to use their knowledge and talents to solve many challenging problems and cutting-edge technologies. GeoMEast 2020 will provide a showcase for recent developments and advancements in design, construction, and safety inspections of sustainable structures, underground structures and transportation infrastructures, and offer a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century. You will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world for technical, scientific and commercial discussions.
GeoMEast2020 will provide some awards such as best paper awards, best presenter awards, best student presenter awards, industrial project and others.
11th Mining and Exploration Forum
Nov. 10-12, 2020
Held since 2010, MINEX Kazakhstan is one of the best-regarded major mining events in the county. The Forum is annually supported by the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, the UK Department for International Trade, International and National Mining Associations, as well as mining industry leaders and Investors. READ MORE
MineInvest Kazakhstan 2020
Kazakhstan is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets for natural resources and is one of the 10 leading countries in the world for mineral reserves. To ensure sustainable development of its mineral wealth, in the next few years the government of Kazakhstan is planning to issue over 3,000 exploration licenses and support the development of junior mining sector. Until now, lack of funding was the main impediment to the growth of junior mining in the country.
American Society of Civil Engineers
Nov. 15-18, 2020
The ICSE is a biannual international conference under the auspice of ISSMGE. ICSE-10 is sponsored and organized by the ASCE Geo-Institute and its theme is “understanding scour and erosion processes and improving countermeasure design through integration of hydraulics and geotechnics.” The four-day conference will include short courses, keynote lectures, technical sessions, panel discussion and a technical tour.
March 5-7, 2021
Organized by IAEG Bangladesh National Group & Department of Geological Sciences
Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
May 10-14, 2021
Save the date for the next installment of the largest equipment show dedicated solely to the deep foundations industry! IFCEE 2021 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in Dallas, Texas.
The Landslide Blog
On Saturday, March 21, a major landslide occurred at Tendepo in Tambul-Nebilyer district in Papua New Guinea, resulting in 12 fatalities. There is an accessible and useful account of this event on The Watchers website, which notes that the landslide was triggered by ongoing heavy rainfall, with further events considered to be possible in the coming days.
The Landslide Blog
Unfortunately another significant tailings accident occurred on March 28, 2020, this time at the Luming Mine in Heilongjiang Province in NE China. The release was reported on Xinhua News — which is in itself interesting because there is a perception that previous tailings accidents might have been covered up.
The Landslide Blog
The slowdown in daily activity caused by the COVID-19 crisis has provided the opportunity to complete the analysis of the fatal landslide database for 2019. Regular readers will know that this is a data set that's been collected since September 2002, and which has formed the basis of a number of research publications (Petley 2012 and Froude and Petley 2018) for example, as well as many posts to this blog.
Channel News Asia
A 7.5-magnitude quake hit off Russia's Kuril Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said, although there was no tsunami threat as previously reported.
The quake hit at a depth of 59 kilometers, around 1,400 kilometers northeast of the Japanese city of Sapporo, USGS added.
PlanetLabs spotted two recent avalanches in the in Aoraki/Mt. Cook region of New Zealand.
|POSTPONED UNTIL Sept. 25-30, 2020
||ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting
||New Delhi, India
|POSTPONED UNTIL Sept. 25-30, 2020
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
|June 15-19, 2020
||13 International Symposium on Landslides
|Sept. 6, 2020
|Sept. 20-24, 2020
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|May 3-7, 2021
|Sept. 6-10, 2021
||1st IAEG South American Regional Conference
|Sept. 10, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||12th International Conference on Geosynthetics
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