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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to the 114th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The most important thing of this newsletter is that the date for nomination of young engineering geologists for the bi-annual Richard Wolters Award has been extended to September 30, 2020.
So many interesting news items this week in our field! Japan has an erupting volcano, and the planet, Venus, is noted for having 37 active volcanoes! A major story highlights the origin of the famous rocks of Stonehenge in England. Also, an article talks about animals anticipating earthquakes - can we use them to predict quakes? An IAEG Connector would not be complete without a few articles on landslides - this week in India, China, Tibet and England!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The deadline of calling for Richard Wolters Prize nominations has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. National/regional groups who still wish to nominate candidates for the Richard Wolters Prize, please submit the materials before the deadline.
A new BOEG issue has just been released. Please click here to see a list of the latest papers in our bulletin.
We are delighted to report to the Committee that the recently released 2019 impact factor of BOEG reaches a record high of 3.041. It increases by 0.903 (42%) as compared with that of 2018. The IFs of the recent 6 years with their impact factors are tabulated below.
For your information, the 2019 impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of citations in 2019 to items published in 2017-2018 by the number of citable items in 2017-2018.
BOEG is now in the top 10 for the discipline of “Engineering, Geological” based on the IF. Please refer to the attached file for the detailed information.
The 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will be
hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. The
conference will be postponed until spring 2021.
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.
After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing coronavirus healthy and financial developments, we are postponing EUROENGEO2020 to mid spring 2021. Rescheduling the event will enable us to provide the experience that our participants, sponsors and faculty members expect and deserve.
The new dates are April 8-12, 2021.
|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.
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
Given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears unlikely that the 36th IGC can be held as rescheduled to November 2020. Accordingly, the Local Organizing Committee requested and the IGC Committee (IGCC) approved revised dates of 16-21 August 2021. Scheduling was constrained by the limited availability of the venue site in New Delhi in 2021. The IUGS Executive Committee and its constituent groups will work hard to ensure the success of the rescheduled Congress.
Under consideration by the IUGS Executive Committee is the call for an extraordinary session of the IUGS-IGC Council, possibly to be held in Paris, France in early November for the purpose of completing essential business, such as the election of a new executive committee. If held, the agenda and number of participants will be limited with most delegates participating via teleconferencing. Inquiries are just being made. No announcement will be made until facilities, location, and dates are confirmed and approved by the EC.
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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.
Based on our ultimate evaluation on June 29, we cautiously feel more optimistic and have decided to hold the COV11 conference in Crete on September 25-30, 2020, as an hybrid event combining both virtual and physical attendance.
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)
The Landslide Blog
On Aug. 2, a Twitter user named Swapna, a specialist in remote sensing, tweeted news of a valley-blocking debris flow high in the mountains of Tibet. The location is extremely remote, located upstream of Yigongxiang in Nyingchi, Tibet.
The Art Newspaper
Scientists at the University of Brighton say they have cracked one of archaeology’s greatest mysteries — how the the huge sarsen (sandstone) slabs that make up Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, ended up at the ancient site. The stone megaliths — 52 in total — make up Stonehenge’s outer ring and centre (there were 80 originally).
Despite freezing temperatures, scores of snakes slithered out of their hibernation dens in the weeks before a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the Chinese city of Haicheng on Feb. 4, 1975. The reptiles’ behavior, along with other incidents, helped persuade authorities to evacuate the city hours before the massive quake.
The Landslide Blog
The journal Landslides has an article in its Recent Landslides section describing the interesting Niushou landslide, located in a tourist area in the region administered by Nanjing City in Jiangsu Province, China.
Pico da Neblina, or the “Mist Peak”, is Brazil’s highest mountain peak. For the Yanomami — South America’s largest “relatively isolated tribe” who live within the Amazon forests — the peak is sacred. They believe that “hekurapë”, or guiding spirits, live here.
A landslide occurred in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district near the Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Gauchar town, blocking the Badrinath Highway.
A video of the landslide shows a huge storm of dust rise as the debris falls and blocks the road.
A young volcanic island has been growing in the western Pacific Ocean since 2013. Since mid-June 2020, it has been going through a vigorous growth spurt.
The images show some of the latest eruptive activity at Nishinoshima, a volcanic island about 600 miles south of Tokyo, Japan.
A new study identified 37 recently active volcanic structures on Venus. The study provides some of the best evidence yet that Venus is still a geologically active planet. A research paper on the work, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland and the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, was published in the journal Nature Geoscience on July 20, 2020.
Emma Tullett was sitting on the sofa scrolling through YouTube music videos when her home began to fall apart.
A window blind came crashing down and as her partner tried to reattach the fitting, he saw a row of trees slowly sliding over the nearby cliff edge.
|Sept. 10, 2020
|Sept. 25-30, 2020
||ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting
||New Delhi, India
| Sept. 25-30, 2020 (Hybrid)
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
|Feb. 22-26, 2021
||13 International Symposium on Landslides
|April 8-12, 2021
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|May 16-19, 2021
|Sept. 6-10, 2021
||1st IAEG South American Regional Conference
|Nov. 15-19, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||12th International Conference on Geosynthetics
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