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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to the 106th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The big news this week is the incredible video of the quick clay landslide in Alta, northern Norway. It reminds us all of the classic Rissa Landslide in 1978. See these videos in the news at the end.
We have an update from last week on the Euroengeo meeting in Athens from the organizing committee too. It is still happening in September, 2020.
Updates on the many conferences around the world in our profession coming up are also listed below.
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
|Prof. Faquan Wu wins the Hans Cloos Medal and Prof. Martin Culshaw wins the Marcel Arnould Medal
The Executive Committee of IAEG finished voting this week on our two most prestigious awards for IAEG. President Rafig Azam would like to announce that Professor Faquan Wu of China will be the winner of the Hans Cloos Medal this year. Prof. Martin Culshaw of Great Britain has also won the Marcel Arnould Medal. Both will receive their medals in Athens in September at our regional conference. Congratulations to both winners.
|Geoscience community members are invited to fill out a survey from IAPG
The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has launched an international survey on geoethics.
The goal is to get some indications about the geoscience community's perception of the importance of the ethical and social aspects in geoscience research and practice.
All the members of the geoscience community are invited to fill in the questionnaire "Geoethics in the Geooscience" at:
Compilers can decide to fill in the questionnaire anonymously. In any case, no personal data or information related to private life are requested.
This international survey has been partially funded by the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences through the annual allocation to the IAPG.
A full 12 votes supporting the establishment of the Mongolia National Group have been received, so the proposal of establishing the Mongolia National Group has been approved by the Executive Committee with unanimous votes.
In response to COVID-19, Singapore has decided to postpone ARC13 to Nov. 15-19, 2021. ARC13 is co-organized by Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology (Singapore) and The Geological Society of Hong Kong. The organizers offer an ideal opportunity and platform for professionals from the international engineering geology community to exchange the latest experiences and ideas on engineering geology, particularly on the conference theme "Engineering Geology for Sustainable Resource and Infrastructure Development." In addition to the technical programs, we will organize short courses, workshops, technical visits, exhibitions, as well social programs. We will also offer attractive programs for young researchers and students, such as Young Engineering Geologist Session.
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.
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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.
As the unpleasant situation with COVID-19 is stabilizing across the world, Athens looks to be virus free in September! Moreover, safety measures are getting less every day.
It is a fact that traveling in Greece will be officially allowed in mid June from many European countries and hopefully in a few weeks, Athens will be linked with most major cities around the world!
Keeping that into consideration, we would like to give the opportunity to more of our colleagues submitting their abstract and eventually travel in Greece for this international IAEG conference, even though we have received a very satisfying number of submissions so far under these circumstances.
Therefore we have decided to extend the abstract submission until the 30th of June.
We are very optimistic about the future situation and we are still looking forward welcoming you in Athens, next September!
It is our pleasure also to announce that the meetings of Executive Committee and Council of IAEG for 2020, will be hosted in the occasion of the conference in Athens.
Finally, the IAEG “Hans Cloos” and “Marcel Arnould” medals will be awarded, while the next Richard Wolters Prize competition for 2020 will be presented by IAEG at the occasion of the conference.
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Be safe and looking forward seeing you in September.
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.
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 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.
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ISSMGE (ISSMGE News & Information Circular)
This new film provides some additional footage of the site prior to the main slide and some drone footage of the aftermath. In both cases the imagery is very revealing.
The early footage was also filmed by Jan Egil Bakkerby, who shot the main video that went viral yesterday. It shows the site shortly before the main failure.
It appears that this is another major failure that is retrogressive from the events of Wednesday. This landslide is notable for the destruction of the road. Note that the landslide scar is almost completely evacuated — i.e. there is no landslide debris in sight — suggesting that this was once again a highly mobile event.
California won’t fall into the ocean, but it could get nudged hundreds of miles offshore, making Nevada the new coastline of the continent, scientists at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno hypothesize.
|Sept. 6, 2020
|Sept. 20-24, 2020
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|Sept. 25-30, 2020
||ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting
||New Delhi, India
| Sept. 25-30, 2020
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
|Feb. 22-26, 2021
||13 International Symposium on Landslides
|Sept. 6-10, 2021
||1st IAEG South American Regional Conference
|Sept. 10, 2021
|Nov. 15-19, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||12th International Conference on Geosynthetics
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