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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 50th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
Please note that the abstract deadline for the 12th ARC of IAEG which will be in Korea this coming autumn has been extended to May 31, 2019! This is our annual meeting of IAEG where the council, and the board will be having meetings. I encourage you to attend the meeting and enjoy the most beautiful island where the meeting will be held. See information on the meeting below.
Lots of interesting news items below — we especially enjoyed the interesting perspective on the tailing dam failures that was featured in Science magazine this week.
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 31, 2019.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
12-15 June 2019
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design
Sustainable development has called for efficient bioresource utilization, sustainable energy production, effective environmental remediation/management and advanced material development. Research and innovation are critical to satisfy these pressing needs. This proposed conference will offer a timely opportunity to stimulate new research activities in technological and managerial advancement. Eminent academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups and governmental departments from different sectors in the local and international context will gather to share scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback through active discussion.
Università di Pavia
3rd Summer School on
Natural Hazards and Engineering Geology Applications
Cinque Terre National Park (Italy) 18-21 June 2019
The school is dedicated to Ph.D. and master's students in earth sciences and
The number of participants is limited.
The application deadline is May 15.
No registration fee is required.
The accommodation is partially included.
Candidates should send an email to:
Click here to view the full program.
Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
24-26 June 2019
The 6th International Conference on Earth Observation for Environmental Changes (EOEC 2019) and the 8th International Conference on Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM 2019) aim to advance research and development, as well as encourage innovative applications of Geomatics technologies in environmental change studies, geospatial information management toward implementation of sustainable development goals and 2030 smart environment and cities using artificial intelligence and deep learning; and to address the international co-operation in environmental change studies using advanced geospatial tools, spatiotemporal models and Earth observation systems. The conference offers an interdisciplinary forum in the fields of remote sensing, surveying and mapping, geodesy and geosciences, geography, marine science, forestry, renewable energy, environment, transportation, natural hazards, disaster management and climate change science.
The MINEX Forum
25-27 June 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Situated in the Western Tethyan belt, Bulgaria is a developing player in the mining industry of Europe, with significant reserves of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. This is an exciting time for the regional mining industry as technological advances at key properties and facilities, and investment from significant international players is bringing a new dynamism to the industry.
The forum will provide an in-person platform for networking and the sharing of the latest business intelligence, opportunities, trends and insights from mining and exploration companies and experts from the countries of the Balkans region as well as wider Europe and the rest of the world. It will also facilitate interaction with policymakers, key decision-makers and global investors.
Sign up today!
Here are some key dates to remember:
Deadline for speaker registrations: 15 May 2019
Deadline for exhibitor registration: 14 June 2019
Deadline for delegate registration: 21 June 2019
Minex Kazakhstan 2019 Conference
We are pleased to invite you to review the materials of the 10th MINEX Kazakhstan Mining and Exploration Forum which took place in Nur-Sultan on 2-4 April 2019. The forum was organized under the central theme "Opening up new frontiers" which reflects the exciting prospects emerging in the mining sector due to the ongoing reforms.
This year, the forum has brought together more than 450 executives from 16 countries, representing 152 mining and metallurgical companies, ministries, geological committees, investment companies, banks, stock exchanges, service companies and mining equipment manufacturers.
Over 80 speakers and panelists presented at the forum. The themes addressed during the forum included the key trends and projects developing in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
During the forum’s plenary and technical sessions, we have conducted survey asking delegates to share their views on changes evolving in Kazakhstan’s mining industry.
Please open the hyperlinks to review post-event results and press releases
To purchase a full report containing presentation slides, videos and photos, please complete this order form.
University of Zurich
1-6 Sept. 2019
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. See also attached flyer.
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), Pierre Valla (Univ. of Bern), Nathalie Dubois (EAWAG) and others.
The Summer School is open to young researchers (Ph.D. students and post-docs) worldwide.
Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20.
The registration fee (750 CHF) includes accommodation (room sharing required),
half board and lunch, field trips and teaching material.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 April 2019
Click here to register.
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
23-27 Sept. 2019
Call for abstracts
12th ARC of IAEG is calling for abstracts towards engineering geologists around the globe to make this conference meaningful and fruitful. Please be noticed with the information as follows.
IAEG's tradition is that all the Commissions shall hold their Commission Meeting at the IAEG regional conference or congress. Since the organizer of 12th ARC is doing preparations for the meeting rooms and is setting up the schedule, it's very important for them to know how many Commissions are going to hold the meetings. If you have such plans, please contact Prof. Hyuck-Jin Park. He would be very glad to assist you with all the arrangements of your meetings during the 12th ARC. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Abstract submission deadline — May 31
- Pre-registration opens — June
- Earlybird registration deadline (standard registration opens) — July
Click here for more information and abstract submission guidelines.
Visualization — A Powerful Tool or a Potential Problem?
Present your visualization of an engineering geological model at the C25 workshop
being held during the 12th ARC in Jeju Island.
A bottle of fine red Australian wine will be awarded for the best model!
Click here to learn more.
Hotel De Bently, Plot 892, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Street
Utako District, Abuja, Nigeria
27-30 Oct. 2019
The theme of the 2nd IAEG African Regional Congress reﬂects on the role of geology in the Sustainable
Development of African Countries. Decades of development without planning and planning without accurate
geoscientific data have scuttled Africa's dream for sustained economic growth. An accurate geologic map is
needed to understand the Earth's resources and hazards. A geologic map provides basic data for understanding
both past and present-day processes affecting not only the Earth but also structures created by humans on or in
The Landslide Blog
The journal Science published a very interesting perspective article on tailings dam failures. The gist of the article is summarized in this part of the conclusion:
“Given the number of tailings and ash impoundments around the world and their historical failure rate, more failures can be anticipated. The situation is aggravated by the tragic consequences often faced by the populations living downstream from the impoundment. Each incident prompts us to gain better physical insight, improve engineering practices and implement regulations to minimize the potential for future catastrophes.”
Short-faced bears, wolf-like carnivores, saber-toothed cats and elephant relatives known as gomphotheres are among the Ice Age creatures whose fossilized bones have been recovered from a submerged cave in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Known as Hoyo Negro, or “black hole” in Spanish, the cavernous, 200-foot pit lured unsuspecting ancients to their deaths, entrapping humans and animals alike in a dark cave system that eventually flooded and preserved their remains.
The Landslide Blog
The NASA HiRISE team posted an image that they described as a "Distinctive Lobe of Northern Hargraves Crater Ejecta Blanket." On Twitter, Andrew Wiebusch raised the possibility that this is not an ejecta blanket, but is instead a sign of slope instability.
The Landslide Blog
Rock avalanche mobility is one of the most intriguing aspects of landslide behavior. It has long been recognized that this type of landslide tends to travel faster and further than would be expected from simple friction parameters.
Free-flowing rivers are an endangered species on Earth. Only about a third of the world’s longest rivers still flow freely along their entire lengths, unchained by dams or reservoirs, scientists report in the May 9 Nature.
From a Glacier's Perspective
Sonderarm is a fjord that extends south from Lindenow Fjord in southern Greenland. The glacier is a short distance east of Kangersuneq Qingordleq, where recent retreat has led to glacier separation and a just south of Norrearm where glacier retreat has led to fjord extension.
Speaking of Geoscience
Burning forests and humans do not mix well, especially when individuals understand only some of the dangers. Flames racing across a mountainside make for gripping television, but a second wave of tragedy often lies just beyond the camera’s view.
The Landslide Blog
As written by Dave Petley, "Last week I featured the remarkable and dramatic Bajo Llojeta landslide in La Paz, Bolivia, which destroyed many houses. Planet Labs have kindly tasked a SkySat satellite to collect a high resolution image."
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