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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to the 109th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The big news this week is that the 3rd European Regional Engineering Geology Conference, which was to be held in Athens, Greece in September, has been postponed until 2021. More details will be forthcoming in upcoming IAEG Connectors.
So many incredible current events around the world have happened! There have been 4500 earthquakes in NE Iceland — is an eruption about to happen? There was a major 7.4 earthquake in southern Mexico that killed 7. It was determined that an ancient eruption of a volcano in Alaska was so huge that it caused a major change in the climate that caused the failure of the Roman republic. A wonderful story of a miner in Tanzania who found two large crystals of tanzanite that made her an instant millionaire!
To our fellow Canadians — today is July 1 and Canada Day. Enjoy your celebrations!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
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.
The organizational committee for this wonderful conference made the very difficult decision this week to postpone the conference until spring of 2021. The conference was going very well with over 150 abstracts, and Greece is a lucky country that has low COVID-19 virus occurrence and deaths. The problem is the rest of the world. Traveling there would have been very difficult for many people. The organizational committee is discussing what to do: will there be some type of virtual set of talks this September or just move the whole conference to 2021. We will have updates in the IAEG Connector when decisions are made.
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
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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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
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)
For ages, the shadow of a volcano has hung over the fall of the Roman Republic. Ancient historians told of the Sun’s mysterious disappearance after Julius Caesar’s murder in 44 B.C.E., which was followed by bouts of cold and crop failures.
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's southern coastline on June 23, collapsing buildings and prompting evacuations, has left at least five people dead, officials said.
The earthquake occurred at 10:29 a.m. local time, with an epicenter 6.8 miles southwest of Santa María Zapotitlán in Oaxaca state, near El Coyul.
The reactivation of the Old Fort landslide in Canada continues to cause substantial disruption to the population of the Old Fort subdivision. Reports yesterday indicate that the landslide had moved about 160 meters in the most recent movement event, at rates of about 2 meters per hour.
A small-scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after selling two rough Tanzanite stones - the biggest ever find in the country.
Saniniu Laizer earned $3.4 million from the country's mining ministry for the gemstones, which had a combined weight of 33 pounds.
A massive landslide swept away a mountain road in rural Indonesia June 26 in this shocking video.
The Trans Sulawesi Road which connects the cities of Palopo and Tana Toraja, was cut off due to a landslide which completely buried the road and swept away a building.
|Sept. 6, 2020
|Sept. 20-24, 2020 (Postponed)
||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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