IAG Photo Contest – winner January 2024

The winner of the IAG Photo Contest in January 2024 is Roos van Wees (Belgium)! Find below her photo and descriptive text.

If you want to participate in the contest, find the rules, guidelines and details on the procedure here.

The reflection of Taranaki
by Roos van Wees, Belgium

The Taranaki volcano, also known as Mount Taranaki or Egmont lies on the northern island of New Zealand. It is an active stratovolcano with a perfectly symmetrical cone. The area around the volcano is protected in a National Park attracting many hiking tourists. It forms a volcano chain with the neighbouring and older Pouakai and Kaitake volcanoes, which is visible from satellite images. This chain is a unique example of how the age of a volcano is reflected in the maturity of the geomorphology of the volcanic landscapes, with Taranaki as the young and pristine example. Its unique topography and diverse ecosystems provide insights into geological history and ecological adaptations. Taranaki is sacred to the Mãori in New Zealand featuring prominently in their myths and legends, serving as a symbol of both natural wonder and cultural identity, fostering a deep connection between science and heritage.

IAG Photo & Video Contest

The IAG launches a Photo & Video contest! Each month (for photos) and every three months (for videos), the geomorphology community will be able to submit their best photo/video related to a given theme. A Selection Committee will designate a winner at each iteration, and two Overall Winners per year – who will be granted reduced registration fees to attend one IAG conference!

Visit the Contest page to get all details: http://www.geomorph.org/iag-photo-video-contest/

Call for Grants for the Xth Young Geomorphologists’ Day and the IIIrd IAG International Young Geomorphologists’ Meeting (Venice, Italy, 1-2 March 2024)

The IAG announces the offering of 3 travel grants: one grant of 300 euros (three hundred Euros) to support the participation of one Young Geomorphologist from European Countries and two grants of 450 euros (four hundred and fifty Euros) to support the participation of two Young Geomorphologists from countries outside Europe (in both cases preference will be given to countries without Young Geomorphologists’ National Group) in the X Young Geomorphologists’ Day and III IAG International Young Geomorphologists’ Meeting (Venice, Italy, 1–2 March 2024)].

The title of the event is: “Climate Change and the Role of Early-Career Geomorphologists” organized by the Italian Young Geomorphologists (IYG) Group of the Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology (AIGeo). Its aim is to favour the scientific progress of the young researchers by stimulating the exchange among those operating in the different branches of Geomorphology. The program consists of the presentation and discussion of the scientific results obtained by young researchers while one session of the event will be the “IAG Southern Europe Webinar” during the International Geomorphology Week 2024. Besides the scientific sessions, the field trip “Living on the water towards 2100” will be organized. More info on the event may be found on the AIGeo webpage: https://www.aigeo.it/x-young-geomorphologists-day-and-iii-iag-international-young-geomorphologists-meeting-venice-1-2-march-2024/

Applications from candidates who already achieved one or more IAG grants totalling 500 euros or more in the past 3 years will not be eligible.

Candidates for IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files by Friday 22 December 2023:

  • Application form (pdf / doc)
  • Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including no more than 10 papers
  • Certificate of the highest degree achieved (with the date of achievement).
  • Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the event.

Files should be submitted to:

Anita Bernatek-Jakiel and Efthimios Karymbalis, IAG Training Officers

e-mail: iaggrants@gmail.com (e-mail subject: “Venice 2024”)

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee. For further information on the IAG Grants feel free to contact the IAG Training Officers.

Prof. Efthymios Karymbalis & Dr. Anita Bernatek-Jakiel
IAG Training Officers

IAG Webinar for the International Geodiversity Day 2023

Established in 2021 by the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference, the International Geodiversity Day occurs each October 6th, and aims at raising awareness of public and policy on the importance of non-living nature.

To celebrate the second edition of the International Geodiversity Day, the IAG organises a webinar entitled ‘Geomorphological Diversity of the IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) Geological Heritage Sites‘! It will be conducted on October 16th, 15:00-16:40 CET. You will listen to 3 speakers from various countries worldwide, who will illustrate the importance of the International Geodiversity Day with concrete examples.

Find the flyer here, and register on Eventbrite here. Find more information on the International Geodiversity Day here.

Reports by IAG Grant Holders – 3rd IAG-DENUCHANGE Working Group Workshop 2023 (Haifa, Israel, 13-16 March)

The two grant holders, Eliza Płaczkowska and Axel Cerón González

The 3rd IAG-DENUCHANGE WG Workshop took place in Haifa (Israel) on 13-16 March 2023. To help Young Geomorphologists to attend that event, the IAG offered two grants of 450€ each to Eliza Płaczkowska and Axel Cerón González (both from Kraków, Poland). Find their full reports here:

The workshop started by conferences and presentations. Both grant holders report a “friendly atmosphere“, as well as active and fruitful scientific discussions. They also very much appreciated that two complete scientific sessions were dedicated to Young Geomorphologists. Overall, this event was a “great opportunity” to present and discuss their results.
The post-conference, three-day field trip represented also an “impressive” experience. They learned about how to use archaeological remains in the study of denudation rates, and hence had the opportunity to visit Byzantine ruins, caves or tombs, as well as the Dead Sea. They also assisted, due to the rainy conditions, to a flash flood in the desert – which Eliza reports as “one of the most exciting experiences in [her] life”.

Special Issues resulting from the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology

The 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (Coimbra, Portugal), that was held in September 2022, has resulted in the preparation of 10 Special Issues coming from various scientific Sessions:

  • Session 5: Forms, Processes and Landscape Change:
    Title: Denudation under changing environment at different temporal and spatial scales
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Juan Remondo, Achim A. Beylich, Dongfeng Li, Sara Savi
  • Session 8: Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
    Title: Recent trends in glacial and periglacial geomorphology
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Barbara Woronko, Goncalo Vieira, Greg Wiles, Jorge Rabassa
  • Session 9: Tectonic and Seismic Geomorphology
    Title: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (ICG2022)
    Journal: Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie
    Editors: Efthimios Karymbalis, Paola Fredi, Giandomenico Fubelli, Konstantinos Tsanakas
  • Session 9: Tectonic and Seismic Geomorphology
    Title: Tectonic Geomorphology in Different Geodynamic Contexts
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Efthimios Karymbalis, Marta Della Seta, Giandomenico Fubelli, Maria Araújo, António Gomes
  • Session 10: Fluvial Geomorphology
    Title: Fluvial geomorphology: sediment transport, river management, and extreme events at different spatial and temporal scales
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Frédéric Liébault, Vittoria Scorpio, Daniel Vazquez-Tarrio
  • Session 11: Aeolian Geomorphology
    Title: Selected Papers from the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (ICG2022)
    Journal: Geosciences
    Editors: Ana Ramos-Pereira, Vanda de Claudino-Sales, António Campar, Abdessamad Charif, Jorge Trindade
  • Session 12: Marine and Coastal Geomorphology
    Title: Advances in Coastal Geomorphology
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Carlos Loureiro, Angela Rizzo, Stefano Furlani
  • Session 14: Karst Geomorphology
    Title: Surface-Subsurface Connectivity in Karst Geomorphology
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Mateja Ferk, Alexander Klimchouk, Luca Antonio Dimuccio, Luiz Eduardo Panisset Travassos
  • Session 19: Geomorphological Hazards and Risk Management
    Title: Geomorphological Hazards and Risk Management
    Journal: Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie
    Editors: Susana Pereira, Maria Carolina Villaça, Ana Luiza Coelho Netto
  • Session 25: Planetary Geomorphology
    Title: Planetary landscapes, landforms, and their analogues
    Journal: Earth Surface Dynamics
    Editors: Frances Butcher, Susan Conway

International Geomorphology Week 2023: programmes available and registration open!

The IAG is happy to unveil the programme of the International Geomorphology Week 2023 (1st – 7th March)! Registration for the Regional Webinars is now open and free. Remember that anyone is welcome to attend any Regional Webinar, and that other events will be conducted in the scope of the IGW2023 under the auspices of the IAG!

Find the list of the events and their programmes here, and register to regional webinars on our Eventbrite page here.

Reports by IAG Grant Holders – ICG 2022 Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists (17-20 September 2022, Guimarães, Portugal)

Attendees of the post-conference intensive course with Prof. Sílvio Rodrigues (photo from Flávio Fernandes).

The 10th International Conference on Geomorphology took place in Coimbra (Portugal) on 12-16 September 2022. The IAG, the European Geoscience Union (EGU) and the French Geomorphology Group (GFG) offered grants to 19 Young Geomorphologists totaling 22,500€, for them to attend that event, as well as the post-conference intensive course. Find a summary of the grant distribution in the table below.

Concerning the conference, all grant holders emphasized the great organisation, from the conference venue to the catering provided. They also appreciated the opportunity to discover Portugal, and especially the city of Coimbra – either through the guided trip or individually.
All grant holders reported on the high-quality of the oral presentations and posters during the whole week, as well as inspiring keynote lectures. They considered that ICG2022 was a wonderful opportunity for them to present their recent research projects, but also to learn about the novelties in each of their fields of research. The event was especially fruitful in helping to strengthen their network and build new collaborations.

The post-conference intensive course definitely left grant holders with awesome memories. Activities were diverse (lectures, practical courses, field trips) and organised in a professional environment that made this course very productive for everyone. Besides the professional point of view, they emphasized the outstanding landscapes and the friendly atmosphere among students and organisers.

Overall, the grant holders are thankful to the IAG, the EGU and the GFG for their grants, as for some of them their participation in the conference and intensive course would not have been possible otherwise. They encourage every Young Geomorphologist around the world to apply for such grants, as it opens a wide range of opportunities – both from a professional and personal points of view.

Find all the reports in .pdf here.

Report from the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology in Coimbra (Portugal)

The 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (10th ICG) was held from 12 to 16 September 2022 in Coimbra (Portugal). It comprised 25 scientific sessions (program), a post-conference intensive course designed for Young Geomorphologists (intensive course guide), and pre-, mid-, and post-conference field trips (field guides). The 10th ICG also hosted meetings of the IAG Executive Committee and the IAG General Assembly, as well as social events.

The following report (in .pdf here) was written by the Local Organising Committee:

10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology Report

1. Background leading up to the Conference

Photo 1 – Opening session of the Conference

The organisation, preparation and hosting of the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology of the IAG were affected by two large-scale international events which had a major impact on people’s ability to meet and move around: firstly, the COVID 19 pandemic, of which the aftereffects are still being felt, and more recently, the war between Russia and Ukraine. The direct constraints and uncertainties about the short-term future led to the postponement of the Conference from 2021 to 2022, as well as a successive postponement of the deadlines set for each of the preparation phases, and to a significant reduction in the number of registrations, both due to the uncertainties and insecurity in relation to the pandemic crisis and, later, due to the war, with a natural reduction in registrations of at least Ukrainian and Russian geomorphologists. These constraints meant that some logistical adjustments had to be made, particularly to pre-established deadlines. For example, the registration deadline, which should have been the end of July, but in practice registrations were accepted until the start of the Conference, with all the small upsets that this always entails.

2. The venue of the Conference

Photo 2 – The venue of the Conference – S. Francisco Convent

As the Conference was expected to attract a thousand or so participants, the Convent of St. Francis, on the left bank of the River

Mondego in the city of Coimbra, was chosen as the venue. Due to its aesthetic and functional conditions, this option turned out to be appropriate. However, the fact that a large number of rooms had to be used, which were not initially equipped for image projection and sound installation, meant that sound, image and videoconferencing services had to be subcontracted, with inevitable additional financial costs.
The somewhat peripheral location of the Convent of St. Francis, relative to the central part of the city, prompted us to offer the participants a buffet lunch for the four days of indoor work, so as to keep to the established schedules and to favour greater interaction among the participants. This option assured the fulfilment of these objectives, since the participants remained in the event space in constant interaction and the development of the work in the scheduled times was guaranteed.

3. The cooperation of the Copernicus Agency and Abreu Travel Agency

The handling of the support work for the preparation of the Conference (website, registration for the Conference and the various associated activities, much of the interaction with participants, payments and returns) was carried out by the Copernicus Agency, whose experience and high standard of quality we are pleased to highlight. However, this agency decided not to be present in Coimbra to provide organisational support and to coordinate Secretarial tasks during the event due to ongoing uncertainties related to international travel.
Under these circumstances, we requested the assistance of a reputable national Travel Agency, Agência Abreu, to help us, both in the preparation of the Field Trips and during the Conference in the management of the Secretarial tasks. The latter task was also declined, albeit belatedly, due to a lack of available staff.
These circumstances implied an increase in the tasks that had to be borne by the local organising committee, leading to a reduction in the number of people available per task. However, we must highlight the contribution of the members of the Organising Committee, accompanied by a group of students, who spared no effort to gather the best conditions for the realisation of the event and its related activities.

4. Scientific Planning – Thematic sessions

Photo 3 – Aspect of one of the parallel sessions

The agenda of the Conference was structured in 25 thematic sessions, which stemmed from proposals of the Organising Committee and from the interaction with the members of the IAG EC, with its Working Groups and with the conveners invited to organise the work of the sessions.
Of these thematic sessions, only Session 4 – Experimental Geomorphology failed to receive proposals for presentation of work in the form of oral or poster presentations. All others were sought after by geomorphologists for presentation of their work, although not to the same level (see figure 1). Among the most sought-after sessions were:

  1. ICG2022-10 – Fluvial Geomorphology
  2. ICG2022-24 – Geoheritage, Cultural Geomorphology and Geotourism
  3. ICG2022-19 – Geomorphological Hazards and Risk Management
  4. ICG2022-8 – Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
  5. ICG2022-12 – Marine and Coastal Geomorphology

Fig. 1 – Distribution of the registered works by thematic sessions

For various reasons, some of the conveners were unable to travel to Coimbra, so it was necessary to find someone among the participants to replace them in the daily conduct of the thematic sessions. Invitations were sent out so that each thematic session would always have at least two chairs running the presentations.

5. Number of participants and their origin

Fig. 2 – Distribution of participants by country

Photo 4 – Conference attendees during a coffee break

According to the Copernicus Agency’s latest records (30 September 2022), 560 participants from 46 countries around the world registered for the Conference (see figure 2). Besides proximity issues, the travel difficulties experienced by potential participants originating from outside Europe help to explain the fact that European countries had a more significant representation. However, areas of the globe such as Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia were also well represented.
In any case, of the 560 geomorphologists registered, 537 were in Coimbra, which represents about 96% of the registrations made, a value that we consider quite good in view of the travel constraints (including some last-minute ones, such as the granting of visas) that the international circumstances at the time imposed.

6. Oral and poster presentations

Based on the approved abstracts, it was expected, according to the registration list, 665 works (422 oral presentations and 243 poster presentations). Since it is impossible to verify exactly the number of works actually presented, we estimate a figure of around 380 oral presentations and 215 poster presentations, which corresponds to a total of 595 works. The impression gathered from conversations with different participants and with some of the conveners was that the majority of the works presented showed high scientific quality, as well as a high degree of theoretical and methodological innovation.

Photo 5 & 6 – A view of the audience of one of the parallel sessions (left) and Poster presentations (right)

7. Field trips

Photo 7 – Field trip to Serra da Estrela

Field trips are, as a rule, one of the most sought-after activities in Geomorphology scientific events and this 10th International Conference would not be an exception! However, the uncertain conditions also weighed on the registration of the participants. Therefore, the lack or reduced number of registrations for some of the pre- and post-conference field trips, registered in July 2022, led to their cancellation, considering the expenses involved and the time needed for their preparation (guidebooks, buses, accommodation, meals). Still, at the time of the Conference 8 field trips were scheduled and available (1 pre-Conference, 4 on Wednesday during the Conference week and 3 post-Conference). Unfortunately, due to problems related to weather and safety conditions, we had to cancel at the last moment the one-day trip to Serra da Estrela (14 September 2022). The blocking of roads, the isolation of some villages and the forecast of more storms, led us, for safety reasons, to take this decision…
The pre-Conference trip to Cape Verde and one of the post-Conference trips took place with a small number of participants (only 9). The 3 trips on Wednesday had about 50 participants each and the other two post-Conference trips had more than 22 participants. According to the feedback collected, the trips were very interesting at the scientific level, highlighting the best Portuguese Geomorphology.

8. The Intensive Course for young researchers

Photo 8 – Intensive Course held at the University of Minho

An intensive course for young researchers, held at the University of Minho in Guimarães, was seamlessly integrated in the Conference activities. It consisted of integrated training activities, with lectures, fieldwork and laboratory work.
The ICG 2022 IAG-EGU intensive course for young geomorphologists was dedicated to the topic “Geomorphological changes in landscapes affected by fire: field and laboratory techniques for soil erosion analysis”. The intensive course was aimed at early career reserchers (ECR) and was attended by 22 young researchers from different countries such as Iran, India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Russia, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Canada, Republic of Korea, Israel and Slovenia (for various reasons, 3 of those enrolled could not, at the last minute, attend).
The intensive course provided training for ECRs in field surveying and soil erosion investigation in fire-affected areas, coupled with laboratory techniques (soil analysis) and with the implementation of geospatial technologies (GIS and Remote Sensing).
This event was part of the IAG training programme and provided an extraordinary opportunity for early career scientists, and especially for those from less favoured countries, to increase their knowledge in Geomorphology and soil erosion related to forest fires and to network with experienced scientists in an international but informal setting.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Geomorphology Division of the EGU, on the basis of the memorandum of understanding signed between the latter and the IAG. It was also supported by Comland – Commission on Land Degradation and Desertification, by the International Geographical Union, and by the Group Français de Geomorphologie (GFG).
The intensive course was given by specialised geomorphologists with different backgrounds (Portugal, Brazil, Spain and Israel) who delivered lectures on specific topics during the first day. The second and third days of the course were dedicated to fieldwork, where the participants could come into contact with areas affected by forest fires, and it was possible to observe and analyse several examples of soil erosion and gully development in areas affected by fire, allowing the discussion of topics covered in the lectures of the first day. The fourth and last day of the course was dedicated to laboratory work. During the morning, different soil analysis techniques were presented, explained and discussed with the participants. In the afternoon, the focus was on the implementation of geospatial technologies (GIS and RS), developing soil erosion modelling exercises with GIS and RS and the use of UAV for soil erosion monitoring and modelling.

9. Opportunity to publish the work presented

The main goal of an International Conference is the presentation and discussion of research work. This presentation is made, directly, at the time of the Conference, for those who participate in it, and is then reproduced, consolidated and disseminated to the scientific community via publications with international reach in highly reputable journals of great scientific merit. To accomplish this goal, the conveners of the different thematic sessions were encouraged to seek the publication of Special Issues in indexed journals whose content matched the theme of the papers in each session.
According to the available information, 15 collaborations of this type have been or are being negotiated, 9 of which have already been formalised: Geomorphology (Forms, Processes and Landscape Change); Geomorphologie: Reliefs, processus, environnement (Climatic Geomorphology); Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Geomorphology (Tectonic and Seismic Geomorphology); Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Global and Planetary Change (Fluvial Geomorphology); Geosciences (Aeolian Geomorphology); Geomorphology (Karst Geomorphology ); Earth Surface Dynamics (Planetary Geomorphology).
Also, a volume of the extended abstracts (up to 6 pages) with peer review is planned to be published in the ASTI Book Series (SPRINGER). There will be no charge to the authors. The proposal is already submitted, and the Conference Organising Committee is waiting for a positive feedback from Springer to start the abstract submission and review process.
These publications are expected to bring more visibility and deserved international scientific projection to the works presented at the Conference.

10. Social engagement

Photo 9 & 10 – A view of the social dinner (left) and Student performance for the participants (right)

As previously mentioned, the conditions and location of the Convent of St. Francis, within the city, made it possible to keep the participants together in the building during the proceedings. A set of social activities was prepared which included, in addition to lunches, coffee breaks, welcome drinks at the end of the first two days’ work and a social dinner on Thursday evening. The traditional music of Coimbra, which is closely linked to its student life, was provided thanks to a student music group (Estudantina), which played at the welcome drink, and a group of fados from Coimbra, which entertained us during the social dinner. We hope that the participants in the conference took a bit of Coimbra and its culture back home with them.

11. Summary and acknowledgements

In addition to the scientific sessions, namely the presentation of oral communications and posters, tributes were paid during the Conference (IAG Honorary Fellows: Dénes Lóczy (Hungary), Ana Luiza Coelho Netto (Brazil), Monique Fort (France), Antonio Cendrero Uceda (Spain), Adrian Harvey (UK) and Mike J. Kirkby (UK)), awarded (Brunsden Medal – Ghislain Zangmo Tefogoum (Cameroon) and Early Career Medal – Irene Maria Bollati (Italy) and Anita Bernatek-Jakiel (Poland)) and grants awarded for young researchers, particularly those from less developed countries to participate in the intensive course of the Conference (21 grants were awarded and the Jean Tricart Prize was awarded to the young geomorphologist Narges Kariminejad (Iran)). Elections were also held for the Executive Committee of the IAG, among many other activities that are part of the life of an International Association with the dimension and the prestige of the IAG.
The IAG 10th International Conference on Geomorphology has come to an end and our balance is very positive regarding the results achieved, both at the level of scientific debate and at the level of hosting and welcoming conditions we were able to provide to the 535 colleagues coming from 46 different countries. Thus, even though we are aware that not everything was perfect, and that we did everything to overcome the small problems that arose, we believe that the goal of organising and experiencing together a “Quality Conference” was achieved!

Table 1 – Key data from the Conference

In addition to the organisation of the scientific sessions (see Table 1) and the logistical support necessary for their operation, tributes were made, prizes were awarded, an intensive course was conducted, and elections were held, among many other activities that are part of the life of an International Association of the size and prestige of the IAG. We tried to help, we always collaborated, and again we think that our task was fully accomplished!

Holding a Conference of this magnitude and responsibility naturally requires teamwork, cooperation and institutional support, as well as much effort, organisation and commitment.

Photo 11 – A part of the Secretariat

As the (“local”) Organising Committee, we must highlight and thank the collaboration of the IAG Executive Committee. Not just the absolute competence of our “liaison person”, the always attentive, helpful and diligent Susan Conway, but also all the comments, suggestions and support we received, frequently, from our President and other members of the EC. Despite the small disagreements that, in our opinion, were always well settled, we had, at all moments of this complex process, the certainty and comfort of knowing that we stood together, on the same path and moving in the same direction. Therefore, many thanks to the IAG for the trust it placed in us, for its critical support and for always having been present.
We also benefited from the institutional support of the Coimbra City Council, through its vice-president, Dr. Francisco Veiga, and of the staff of the Convent of St. Francis, namely the architect Paulo Silva, who was committed, patient and generous in his support at all times.
Naturally, we were also provided with important institutional support from the University of Coimbra, its Faculty of Arts, the Department of Geography and Tourism and the Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT). It is an honour to work at this University and to know that we can always count on its support!

Other forms of support must also be mentioned and thanked, namely that of the Copernicus Agency, for the efficient and intelligent way in which it was able to solve or point out to us the solutions to many small things that, in terms of organisation, are always arising. We would also like to thank the Social Services of the University of Coimbra for the efficiency and quality of the services provided, to “Licor Beirão” for the evening entertainment and to the musicians who brought to the Conference a bit of the culture of our city and our University. To all, thank you very much for your generosity!

We would also like to express our warmest thanks to the students who took on Secretarial duties, and who were unfailing in attending to and resolving all types of questions posed by the participants.

Lastly, our gratitude goes to the keynote speakers, Monique Fort and José Luís Zêzere for the excellence of their knowledge and for their generosity in sharing it with us in the two lectures they brought us, to the conveners who had the difficult task of managing the thematic sessions and to those responsible for the intensive course and the field trips… Without your work, without your support, the Conference would not have been possible…

In conclusion, many thanks to all of you who participated in the 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, for granting us the privilege of your presence in Coimbra.

The Local Organising Committee

Contributions of Geomorphologists to the International Geodiversity Day

The IAG organises an online seminar on the Contributions of Geomorphologists to the International Geodiversity Day! It will be conducted on October 11th, from 13:30 to 15:15. You will listen to 4 speakers from various countries worldwide, who will illustrate the importance of the International Geodiversity Day with concrete examples. The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to a general discussion. Find the full flyer as a .pdf here, and as a picture below. The seminar will then be conducted via Zoom – the link will be sent by email after registration.

ICG 2022 – registration deadline and information

The IAG reminds that the deadline to register to the 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology is on July 31st – find the link to the conference registration platform here. Note that TAP Air Portugal offers flight discounts for participants that book and buy their tickets exclusively via TAP Air Portugal – find the details here.

For oral and poster presenters: note that the guidelines can be found here.

IAG Grants for the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (Coimbra, Portugal), 12-16 September 2022

The 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (ICG 2022) is organised on 12-16 September by the IAG, the Portuguese Association of Geomorphologists (APGeom), co-organised by the Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT), the Department of Geography and Tourism (University of Coimbra) and the Department of Earth Sciences (University of Coimbra), and co-sponsored by the European Geoscience Union (EGU) – find details here.

The IAG, the EGU and the French Geomorphology Group (GFG) offer respectively 15,000€, 6,000€ and 1,500€ as grants for Young Geomorphologists to attend this event in person. Note that:

  • priority will be given to Young Geomorphologists from less-favoured countries worldwide, and to applicants who intend to participate in the Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists;
  • applications from candidates who already received one or more IAG grants totaling 500€ or more in the past 3 years will not be eligible;
  • in recognition of the outstanding research carried out by the French geomorphologist Jean Tricart (1920-2003) in Latin America, Africa and Asia, one of the grant holders from these regions will be designated as the Tricart Scholar.

Candidates for this IAG Grant are requested to submit the following files before 15th May:

  1. application form (.doc / .pdf);
  2. copy of valid passport of identity card;
  3. short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers related to the Conference themes;
  4. abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Conference.

Files should be submitted to:

Marta Della Seta, IAG Training Officer
iaggrantoffice@gmail.com (e-mail subject: “IAG Grant – ICG Coimbra 2022”)
The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee. For further information on the IAG Grants, feel free to contact the IAG Training Officer.

ICG2022 abstract deadline extended to 20th April 2022

Taking into account the uncertain situation in Europe and the rapidly evolving pandemic, it has been decided to extend the abstract deadline to 20th April for the International Conference on Geomorphology to be held in person in Coimbra, Portugal from 12-16 September 2022.

Details on the thematic sessions and conference can be found here: https://www.icg2022.eu/

We’d like to draw the attention of Early Career researchers that grants will be provided to attend the conference and the Intensive Course to be held after the conference – details coming soon on the IAG and ICG websites.

The ICG will not only be a scientific event, we will be electing the new IAG Executive Committee and voting on bids to host IAG regional and international conferences in 2022-2026. For those interested, please note that the deadline for nominations (details here) and bids (details here and here) is mid-June.

International Geomorphology Week 2022: registration open!

The IAG is pleased to announce that registration is now open for all regional webinars of the International Geomorphology Week 2022 (28th February – 4th March)! Remember that anyone is welcome to attend any webinar, and that there are many other events organised under the auspices of the IAG during this week!

Find the list of the events and their programmes here, and register to regional webinars on our Eventbrite page here.

The International Geomorphology Week 2021 Webinars are online!

During the last International Geomorphology Week in 2021, the IAG recorded five online webinars: Australia & New Zealand, Central-Eastern Europe, Iberia, South & West Asia and Western Europe, British and Irish Isles. These recordings have just been edited and are now available on the IAG Youtube channel – see the playlist “International Geomorphology Week 2021”. You can easily find a talk you missed among the many excellent ones that made this event so successful!

Call for Abstracts – 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, 12-16 Sept 2022

The 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology will take place in Coimbra, Portugal on 12-16th September 2022 – more information here.

From now and until March 14th, 13:00 CET, you can submit an abstract to one of the 25 scientific sessions here, and get more information on how to submit your abstract by clicking here!

The scientific sessions are:

  1. General and Historic Geomorphology
  2. Methods and Techniques in Geomorphology
  3. Experimental Geomorphology
  4. Geomorphological Mapping, GIS, Remote Sensing and Modelling
  5. Forms, Processes and Landscape Change
  6. Climatic Geomorphology
  7. Mountain Geomorphology
  8. Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
  9. Tectonic and Seismic Geomorphology
  10. Fluvial Geomorphology
  11. Aeolian Geomorphology
  12. Marine and coastal geomorphology
  13. Volcanic Geomorphology
  14. Karst Geomorphology
  15. Weathering, Soils and Landforms
  16. Biogeomorphology and Wetlands
  17. Applied Geomorphology
  18. Hillslope Processes and Landforms
  19. Geomorphological Hazards and Risk Management
  20. Wildfires and Soil Erosion
  21. Sustainability in Geomorphology: Anthropocene and Urban Geomorphology
  22. Geoarchaeology
  23. Connectivity in Geomorphology
  24. Geoheritage, Cultural Geomorphology and Geotourism
  25. Planetary Geomorphology

10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology – 12-16 Sept 2022

The 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology will take place in Coimbra, Portugal on 12-16th September 2022, on the wide topic of “Geomorphology and Global Change“. 25 Thematic Sessions are planned, covering a wide range of subjects from Experimental Geomorphology, to Wildfires and Soil Erosion, to Geoarchaeology to Planetary Geomorphology. There will be 4 fieldtrips prior to the conference, and 4 other ones after the conference. A one-day mid-conference fieldtrip (on 14th) is also planned. These fieldtrips will allow participants to discover the geomorphologically rich surroundings of Coimbra, and many other Portuguese geomorphological sites of interest… Find more detailed information as it becomes available at the conference website https://www.icg2022.eu/.

If you are interested in participating, please help us to plan for the conference by filling in this online form!

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IAG Regional Webinars for International Geomorphology Week

1-7 March 2021 is International Geomorphology Week and to celebrate the IAG has scheduled regional webinars all over the world with series of short talks from talented early (and a few less-early) career researchers on topics spanning the whole field of geomorphology! Anyone from any country can register for free for any webinar – details on the speakers and schedules can be at this page! Feel free to dip in and out or join for the whole duration of a webinar, its up to you!

(times in CET unless noted)

1st March 07:30 – 11:30 (13:00 – 17:00 IST) South & West Asia
1st March 12:00 – 16:30 Iberia
1st March 15:00 – 17:00 Central & Western Europe
2nd March 09:00 – 13:00 Africa
2nd March 14:00 – 16:00 & 16:30 – 18:30 UK, Ireland, France, Italy
3rd March 13:00 – 17:00 Northern Europe
4th March 03:00-06:00 (10:00-12:00 UTC+8, 15:00-18:00 UTC+13) Australia and New Zealand
4th March 13:00-16:30 & 18:00-21:00 (9:00-12:30 14:00 – 17:00 UTC-3) South & Central America
4th March 14:00-18:35 CET Central-Eastern Europe
4th March 18:00 – 21:30 CET (09:00 – 12:30 PST / 12:00 – 15:30 ET) North America and Costa Rica
6th March 6:00-9:00 UTC (15:00-18:00 JST / 14:00-17:00 SST) East and South East Asia

Register for free at our eventbrite page here.

We hope to “see you” all at one or more of the webinars!

New dates for IAG conferences and Executive Committee term

The Council of the International Association of Geomorphologists, comprised of its National Scientific Members convened virtually on 19 January 2021. 48 people were in attendance with 35 NSM who cast votes (>70% of the membership). Three important decisions were taken which will shape the actions of the IAG until 2022:

1. The Regional Conference on Geomorphology in Mashhad, Iran will be rescheduled to Spring 2022

2. The International Conference on Geomorphology in Coimbra will now be held 12-16 September 2022

3. The Executive Committee’s term will be extended to allow elections to be held in person at the ICG in September 2022.

As a consequence the IAG’s working group terms will be extended to the ICG in September 2022. After this date the four-year cycle will be re-established with the next ICG being held in 2026.

We would like to thank the national delegates for their participation in this meeting and all the National Scientific Members for their ongoing support.

In order to compensate for the lack of in-person IAG meetings, we are proud to present the inaugural IAG Regional Webinars which will be held during International Geomorphology Week 1-7 March 2021 and we encourage you all to attend! Details as they become available will be posted here.

Update on IAG Conferences, Working Groups & Executive Committee Status

After careful deliberation of the IAG Executive Committee, we will be calling an extraordinary (online) meeting of the IAG Council (comprising the National Scientific Members) on the 19th of January 2021 in order to propose and discuss:
  • Postponement of the Regional Conference on Geomorphology (RCG) in Mashad, Iran to Spring 2022 following the recommendations of the local organisers;
  • Postponement of the International Conference on Geomorphology (ICG) in Coimbra, Portugal to September 2022 following the recommendations of the local organisers; and
  • Extension of the current IAG Executive Committee’s term up to and including the postponed International Conference on Geomorphology so elections can be held in person.

In addition, if the postponement of the ICG is approved we will ask for the Council’s approval for extension of the term of the ongoing Working Groups. We will also recommend that the next committee’s term comprises 4 years terminating in an ICG to be held in 2026.

These proposals and recommendations take into account the huge level of uncertainty involved in the organization of large events, including the well-being of conference attendees, the fact that field visits are integral to the success of our geomorphology conferences, the economic situation of participants and hosts, the provision of adequate recompense (intellectual, strategic and financial) for the local organizers putting in the hard work to host the conference, plus the longer term success of the IAG as an organisation and these arguments will be detailed during the Council Meeting.
Each NSM has been invited to send a delegate to the Council Meeting, if you think you should have been invited but have not received an email, please get in touch!
An announcement of the decisions at this meeting will be circulated shortly afterwards on the website and via geomorph-list.

1st Announcement for 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology 6-10 Sept 2021

The 10th International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) will take place in Coimbra (Portugal) from 6th to 10th September 2021, under the theme ‘Geomorphology and Global Change’. We anticipate a bustling scientific programme representing the latest innovations in theoretical, methodological and applied approaches in geomorphology. The organisers, APGeom, are proud that the conference will be in Coimbra – a medium-sized city, rich in history and heritage, and strongly connected with its University, one of the oldest in Europe (730 years old) and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Our programme will include opportunities to explore the diverse geomorphology of Portugal – from the mountains of Minho, through the Central Cordillera, passing carbonate and karstified massifs, quartzitic mountains and by the plateaus of “Meseta” and Alentejo, down to a coastline with beach-dune systems, cliffs and estuaries of ecological value. Field trips such as to the Serra da Estrela, the Alentejan and Algarve coasts, the Cape Vert – Fogo island, the Azores and Madeira islands, etc. will be proposed around the conference dates and the usual opportunity will be offered to young geomorphologists to participate in a one-week intensive training course associated with the conference. Please find, here, in the PDF copy of the announcement the preliminary list of sessions and fieldtrips.

We look forward to providing a warm welcome to the geomorphological community in Coimbra…!

30th National Conference of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists 3-5th October, 2018

Coming soon the 30th National Conference of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) being held in New Delhi 03-05 October, 2018. The focal theme is “Geomorphology, Environment and Society” and the event is organized by Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia. Participants are requested to send their abstracts by 15th August, 2018 and after acceptance, full papers for publication in the conference proceedings need to be received by 20th September, 2018.

For more details and link to abstract submission, see here.

Report from the 19th Edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting

The IAG granted its auspices for the 19th Edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting (Italy, Romania, France, Belgium, Greece), took place in Buzău, Romania May 16-20 entitled “From field mapping and landform analysis to multi-risk assessment:challenges, uncertainties and transdisciplinarity”. Organized by the Institute of Geography (Romanian Academy) and the Faculty of Geography (Univ. of Bucharest) under the auspices of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and the Geomorphologists Associations from Romania, Italy, France, Belgium and Greece, the Conference gathered together two scientific events with a long history – the 19th Joint Geomorphological Meeting Italy-Romania-France-Belgium-Greece andthe 34th Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology, dedicated to 50 years of activity of Pătârlagele Natural Hazards Research Center.The Conference attracted 80 participants from 8 countries (Italy, France, Belgium, Greece, Japan, Canada, Poland and Romania), for two days of keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations alternating with two field trips in the Vrancea seismic region (the Curvature sector of the SE Carpathians). The conference aimed to encourage participation from all geomorphology fields, as well as inter- and transdisciplinary research, to provide a high-level but also a comfortable and friendly framework, to promote active discussions and challenging scientific debates. The topic of the conference was outlined by 7 keynote lectures:

  • Emil Sever Georgescu: Seismic landscape of Romania: challenges of a specific paradigm;
  • Monique Fort: Earthquakes impact on geomorphology (landforms and processes) in the Himalayas at different time scales;
  • Takashi Oguchi: Digital elevation models and their applications in geomorphology: historical review and future perspectives;
  • Alessandro Chelli: The activities of AIGeo Working Groups towards a new applied geomorphic map;
  • Olivier Dewitte: Landslide hazard assessment in an urban-sprawling context. A geomorphological approach in Bukavu, DR Congo;
  • Florin Pendea: Transdisciplinary approaches to advancing knowledge of glacio-isostatic rebound in Northern Canada;
  • Konstantinos Vouvalidis: Hydromorphological assessment of suburban torrents for flood protection: the flood event of West Attica, Greece).

In addition, 23 oral plenary presentations brought into discussions issues like tectonic jointing/control on large landslides occurrence/evolution, seismic landslides, the use of dendrochronology in the study of shallow and deep-seated slides or debris flows, glaciated karst, permafrost distribution modelling, improved landslide scarp detection, geoarchaeology and anthropogenic geomorphology, flood risk and reservoir siltation, anthropogenic subsidence,paleogeographic transformations, medium-term morphodynamics, natural variability and human influence in the evolution of deltas, variability in sediment budgets at river mouths, zoogeomorphic impact of animals in alpine environments or the use of multi-temporal satellite interferometry in landslide detection and monitoring, found their position in the multi-hazard paradigm. During a 3-hours long session, including 2-minute madness presentations, 25 posters with the following topics were intensely debated: fluvial multi-temporal evolution and risks (from fluvial terrace formation and channel forming and discharge to financial losses); snow avalanche susceptibility mapping; paleo-reconstruction of floodplains; coastal evolution patterns and nearshore sandbars positioning; mountain climate variability and its influence on permafrost and frost weathering; geomorphological assessments of major landslides and their role in relief evolution; neuro-fuzzy systems and neural network technology for drainage sub-basins classification and slope erosion by runoff analysis; changing Alpine glacier forelands; hillslope – river channel coupling, etc.

Two field trips were organized on Friday 18th May and Sunday 20th May, which provided a detailed image of the multi-hazard hotspot of Buzău Carpathians and Subcarpathians, on the conceptual framework of single-to-multi-hazard assessment and on the inter- and transdisciplinarity characteristics of geomorphology within a multi-risk approach. A multi-hazard hotspot of Europe, Vrancea seismic region is offering the perfect framework for observing, discussing and evaluating a multi-risk environment, where forms and processes, alongside prediction, modelling and validation of single and multi hazards are fitting perfectly within an extremely complex yet challenging system of approaches. The field trips were focused on high magnitude-low frequency landslides (deep seated, mainly dormant, with large reactivation potential) and their climatic and seismic triggers. Aspects concerning deepfocal seismicity, litho-structural conditioning, active and blind faults were also discussed. The human impact on the environment was emphasized through case-studies like road and reservoir construction. Morphodynamic mapping, landslide susceptibility and hazard scenarios,numerical and statistical models were detailed through field examples.

Following the active discussions held during both lectures and field trips, we are positive
that the conference opened new research ideas and collaboration initiatives. The 20th edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting will take place in Greece, organized by the Hellenic Committee for Geomorphology and Environment.

1st Workshop of the IAG/AIG Working Group DENUCHANGE: Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones

We’re pleased to announce the first Workshop of the IAG/AIG Working Group DENUCHANGE: Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones to be held in Storkowo-Szczecinek (Poland), September 25-27, 2018 and will include fieldtrips. Please find more information here and please register you interest by 31 May using the form here.

Inaugural meeting of IGU-IAG Joint Commission/Working Group on Anthropocene Geomorphology

Reminder of the Inaugural meeting of IGU-IAG Joint Commission/Working Group on: Anthropocene Geomorphology: Geo-archaeology, Geomorphology and Society

Date: 7-8 April 2018 (before EGU)

Venue: Vienna University, Department of Geography, Universitätsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna


  1. to kick off the activities of the new commission;
  2. to address the importance to society
  3. to plan activities for the next four years

If you are interested to join the meeting and/or the IGU-IAG joint commission/working group, contact Prof. Jiun-Chuan Lin (jclin@ntu.edu.tw) and Margreth Keiler (margreth.keiler@giub.unibe.ch). We will accept 30-40 participants to join the meeting.

Program of the meeting:

Workshop on Saturday April 7th 2018


9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction to the meeting
9:15- 10:30 Block 1: 5 min input of each participant (max. 1 slide) to following questions (we will take notes)

·       What are your main research topics in the context of geomorphology and society?

·       Why are you interested to contribute to the joint IGU/IAG commission on …?

10:30-11:00 coffee break
11:00-12:15 Block 2:  5 min input of each participant
12:15-12:30 Summary of expertise and interests to contribute to IGU/IAG commission – Short discussion
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:40 World Café Discussion:

·       Introduction and aims to/of world café discussion (10 min)

·       Which are the main topics we would like to have addressed and focused on in the joint commission à aims (15 min)

·       How can we cooperate within the joint commission to reach the different aims (15 min)

·       What should be the output of the joint commission after four years? How can we disseminate the results (15 min)

·       Preparation of poster answering the three questions (15 min)

14:40 -15:00 Short coffee break
15:00-15:45 5-7 min presentation of the results by different groups
15:45-16:30 Overall discussion and summary of different results
16:30-17:00 Discussion next steps
19:00- ·       Conference dinner


Field trip on Sunday April 8th 2018

  • Topics are general introduction to geological and geomorphological setting, human-nature interactions (agriculture, settlement development), floods, fluvial terraces and valley development.During the field trip we will first use public transport to the foothills of the Vienna forest (overview of Vienna and beyond), walk downhill towards the city to the Danube River, and take public transport to further stops.



  1. Participants should register for this meeting and prepare their presentation in one ppt slide (5 minutes talk max.)
  2. Registration is free. However participants need to arrange their own accommodation and lunch during workshop.
  3. There is a dinner on 7 April, please book with the registration form if you are available to join.

8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks September 8 th -14 th, 2018 – Adamello Brenta Geopark, Trentino

IAG are pleased to announce the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks to be held September 8 th -14 th, 2018 at Adamello Brenta Geopark, Trentino.

The programme includes talks, posters and fieldtrips. The abstract deadline is 15th April 2018 and more information can be found here: https://www.campigliodolomiti.it/ggn2018

Reports from the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology in New Delhi now available

The 9th International Conference on Geomorphology (9th ICG) was held from 6 to 11 November 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The ICG is the official conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and is held once in every four years.

A report on the overall conference is available here.

A report on the post-conference IAG-EGU Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists
‘Geomorphology Field Training in tectonically active mountain regions’ held 12-16 November 2017 can be found here.

A report on the post conference fieldtrip to Nepal run by Prof. Monique Fort (Paris Diderot University), with the support of Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) and Prof. Narendra Raj Khanal (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) can be found here.

19th Joint Geomorphological Meeting (Italy-Romania-France-Belgium-Greece) & 34th Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology

On May 16-20, 2018, the Romanian Association of Geomorphologists, the Institute of Geography of the Romanian Academy and  Bucharest University, Faculty of Geography are organizing the 19th Joint Geomorphological Meeting (Italy-Romania-France-Belgium-Greece) together with the 34th Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology.
More details at this link: http://sng.geomorfologie.ro/

Central European Conference on Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences: Connecting disciplines

Central European Conference on Geomorphology and Quarternary Sciences

23. – 27. September 2018, Giessen / Germany
The conference is organized by the German Association on Geomorphology and the German Quaternary Association and will be hosted by the Department of Geography, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen near Frankfurt / Germany. The conference is thought bringing together the closely related disciplines of Quaternary Sciences and Geomorphology, both dealing with the earth surface, its processes and related sediments.
The conference will present cutting edge research from both disciplines with their specific and individual perspectives. Oral presentations and poster sessions will be accompanied by a number of keynote lectures. Pre- and post-conference field trips and a public evening lecture will complement the scientific program.

The conference is open to all scientists interested in Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences and especially young scientists are invited to participate!We are very much looking forward to welcome you in Giessen,

Markus Fuchs,
on behalf of the organizing committee
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