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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to the 108th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The first YEG Webinar was this past week and was a complete success with over 100 viewers around the world. If you missed it, we have supplied the link below.
We also have the titles of the 36 new articles in our IAEG Bulletin volume 79 and number 5. There are some very interesting articles there!
We also have a link to the newest Geoscience issue on "Geohydrological risks management."
Many interesting current events including the Chinese volcano coming back to life and landslides in the Himalayas, in Denmark and in Iran.
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
Please click here for the latest issue of Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment.
Last week, the first e-YEG webinar series, "Landslide & Rock Slope Characterization," was a success! The webinar featured Dr. Vassilis Marinos and Dr. Louise Vick as speakers.
Please click here to check it out!
Please check out a special issue of Geosciences titled, ‘Geo-hydrological risks management.' This Special Issue of Geosciences aims to gather, high-quality, original research articles and technical notes on the use of geosciences, applied to geo-hydrological risk management. The Special Issue will highlight case studies, best practices, and applied research.
At the 2019 Annual International Conference of the Association, which doubled as the 2nd
Africa Regional Congress of the IAEG, elections were held for a new executive council. The
inauguration ceremony for the elected officers was held on March 20 at the Prof.Omar Rahaman Mini-Conference Hall, Department of Geology, University of Ibadan,
Greetings from MINEX Europe Forum! We hope you are safe and well.
Founded in 2015, MINEX Europe Forum has been focusing on technological, investment and market developments across Europe’s mining industry. The previous in-person MINEX Europe Forums have been held in Austria, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria.
From June 3 - July 2, MINEX Forum is holding a series of online events focusing on European mining industry developments in the current and post COVID-19 pandemic world. In the current environment of rapid changes, it is even more vital than ever before to discuss these changes and openly communicate strategies of adjusting to the new business, economic and social realities with peers from the mining companies as well as global investors, regulators, technological companies, academic communities, media, and other stakeholder groups.
We are delighted to share with you the materials of the Eastern and Central Europe edition of MINEX Europe Online Forum and to invite you to participate in MINEX Northern & Western Europe Forum on July 1 and MINEX Southern Europe edition on July 2.
|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
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.
Please contact us for any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
South China Morning Post
A volcano in northeast China could be “recharging” for an eruption, with a vast amount of magma believed to be rising up underneath it, according to a team of geophysicists.
The researchers say they discovered two huge magma chambers under Wei Mountain in the Wudalianchi volcanic field in Heilongjiang, near the border with Russia and North Korea.
Scientists have discovered an unprecedented system of underwater rivers flowing hidden from view along the continental shelf of Australia, on a scale unknown anywhere else in the world.
This phenomenon — called Dense Shelf Water Cascades — appears to surround most of the country, according to new data recorded by ocean glider submersibles, which so far have detected the underwater flows along more than 6,200 miles of Australian coastline.
The Himalayan Times
The landslide at Oyang of Makalu Rural Municipality-2 and 4 in Sankhuwasabha has partially blocked the Arun river leading to displacement of families around the area.
According to Deputy Superintendent at the Sakhuwasabha District Police Office, Nawaraj Malla, the landslide caused a 300-meter-wide artificial lake in the Arun River as the water logged due to the mudslide.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland were recently informed about a landslide at Gjerrild Klint at the Danish Kattegat coast north of the City of Aarhus. Based on observations made in PlanetScope and Sentinel 2 scenes, the landslide most probably occurred at the beginning of March 2020, but was first discovered and reported by locals about three months later.
A powerful earthquake rocked an area located 22 km from the city of Beyram at 21:48 local time, in Iran's Fars Province. The tremor was so strong that it was felt in the neighbouring countries of Qatar and Bahrain, according to Earthquake Report.
|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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