CALL for GRANTS for the Mid-European Geomorphology Meeting 2021

The IAG announces the offering of 2 grants of 300€ to support the participation of two Young Geomorphologists* worldwide (except those based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland), among those who applied to attend in person the Mid-European Geomorphology Meeting 2021 (Munich, Germany, 6-9 November 2021). The meeting will propose regular scientific sessions (6/7 November), with presentations focused on Geomorphology in a changing climate, but also on recent progress in various methods and techniques applied to geomorphology, such as dating, geophysical investigations, modelling, remote sensing… Other sessions will be audience-driven discussions on a broad range of subjects around geomorphology. The scientific sessions period will be followed by a Post-Conference Field Trip (8/9 November), focused on Pleniglacial and Lateglacial geomorphology, around many study sites (Ammersee, Karst Wetterstein Mountains, Zugspitze…).  For more information on the conference, including its program, click here.

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

Candidates for IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files before 15 October 2021:
– Application form (in PDF or DOC);
– Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers;
– Certificate of the highest degree achieved (with the date of achievement);
– Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Conference.

The above mentioned documents should be submitted to the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com (please specify IAG Grant – MGM2021 in the subject of the accompanying e-mail). An e-mail confirming the reception and eligibility of the application will be sent to each candidate. In case of missing reception of the confirmation e-mail, please contact the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com.

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:

Marta Della Seta – IAG Training Officer – marta.dellaseta@uniroma1.it

Undergraduate or postgraduate – Masters/PhD students or scientists who has received their highest degree, i.e. BSc, MSc, or PhD, within the past seven years. Provided parental leave fell into that period, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child, where appropriate.

Virtual talks of the Chilean Geomorphology Society

The Chilean Geomorphology Society – the IAG NSM for Chile – is organising a cycle of virtual talks on Geomorphology, covering a wide variety of subjects. The talks are given in Spanish, and are posted on Youtube thereafter and English subtitles can be applied.

The talks you can already find on Youtube are:

The last talk of the cycle will be:

  • October 14  Storm erosion detected using coherence-InSAR in the Atacama Desert (Albert Cabré).

Second IAG GeoNorth and GeoNor Conference

The IAG is pleased to promote the Second GeoNorth and GeoNor Conference – the National Scientific Members of IAG from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This will be held as a virtual conference, on September 30th – October 1st 2021. International scientists that carry out geomorphological research in the Nordic countries, and scientists from other disciplines from the Nordic countries with interest in geomorphology are invited to participate to this virtual conference. This will include invited key lectures, scientific presentations, a session with video presentations from field works, extended scientific discussions, a networking session for early-career scientists, and GeoNorth & GeoNor business meetings.

To register, send an email to achim.beylich@geofieldlab.com before September 1st, together with your scientific abstract, and information if you wish to show a video presentation of your field work activities. Abstracts should not exceed two pages long, should not include figures, tables and references, and should be sent as Word files. All accepted abstracts will be published in a conference volume. The registration fees are 250 NOK (24.20 €) for senior participants and 100 NOK (~ 9.70 €) for PhD and Master students – to be paid by September 15th. Further information will be sent to registered participants. Find the first circular of the conference here.

CIVIS Webinars on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

During the International Geomorphology Week 2021 (March 1-5), the CIVIS organised courses on the wide topic of Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology, under the auspices of the IAG. You can find the recording of the courses here, and details about the content of the courses here. A wide range of topics is covered, such as Holocene sea level changes, territorial planning, or long-term coastal landslides, and it is free!

Publication of the 41st volume of Transactions, Japanese Geomorphological Union

The Japanese Geomorphological Union published a Special Issue as its 41st volume in August 2020 (find it here). It consists in seven papers that were presented during a workshop the IAG endorsed: the 16th International Workshop on Present Earth Surface Processes and Long-term, Environmental Changes in East Eurasia. It took place in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) on September 16-20, 2019, and was organised by Mongolian, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Russian and Korean Institutes. The Special Issue also provides an overview of the field excursion that held during the workshop in the Khangai Region.

Virtual Lectures on Geomorphology from Argentina #2

The IAG has provided its auspices for the second cycle of four lectures to be given online by Dr. Jorge Rabassa (in Spanish), in addition to the Auspices provided by our NSM – the Argentine Association of Geomorphology and Quaternary Studies (AACyG). The lectures will show aspects of the geology, geomorphology, paleoclimatology and paleoenvironment of Patagonia and other regions of Argentina, with a full talk dedicated to the planet Mars. Talks will be 45min long, followed by 15min of questions from the audience. They will be given online, in Spanish, on Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th of June, from 7pm to 9pm (GMT+3).

Find the corresponding flyer here. More information at idee@fundacionbariloche.org.ar. The link to the registration form can be found here. Cost: AR$550/US$8 (one talk), AR$2000/US$30 (full cycle). Note that professors, lecturers, CONICET researchers, and members of RAGF, AACYG and IAG will have a 50% discount. Funds will be to the benefit of the Fundación Bariloche.

Special Publication of the Hellenic Committee for Geomorphology & Environment

The IAG is glad to announce that its Greek National Scientific Member, the Hellenic Committee for Geomorphology & Environment, published a Special Publication in the 8th Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece. This issue is the Proceedings of an online conference, “The role of geomorphology in modern society”, that was held on December 16th 2020 under the auspices of the IAG. You can access this e-book for free here: https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/geosociety/issue/viewIssue/1627/469.

Obituary for Professor Garry Willgoose (1958-2021)

We reproduce here the tribute distributed by the ANZGG to Prof Garry Willgoose, University of Newcastle, Australia, who passed away early in 2021. The IAG were saddened to hear of his passing.

“Professor Garry Willgoose passed away on 26 February 2021, after a 22-month battle with brain cancer. Though many colleagues know about the sad news, we have become aware that others do not.

Garry was undoubtedly a world leader in fluvial geomorphology and modelling landscape evolution. His work has been global in its impact, ranging from Hydrology to Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, and the connections between both. In 2018 Professor Willgoose published Principles of Soilscape and Landscape Evolution (Cambridge University Press). Many of his peers believe this book will become a classic, and a must-read for new generations of landscape modellers.

Garry was a gifted communicator. This along with his passion for the environment made him an inspiring lecturer and sought-after commentator on the local media. He had the rare distinction of pioneering a new field and bringing fundamental change to industry practice. His influence went well beyond the research community. He placed a high value on translating his research into forms that had practical value in environmental management. His SIBERA landscape evolution model saw its first industry application in designing a stable cap to contain tailings at Ranger Uranium mine in the Northern Territory, Australia in 1993. It has since evolved to become the mining industry standard for assessing rehabilitated landforms following cessation of open-cut mining. Due to his outstanding career, in December 2020, Garry became a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Garry was an inspirational teacher who was loved by students. He always took time to listen and to explain complex problems in language appropriate to the level of understanding of the listener. He was a great mentor to younger academics. His open mindedness, deep knowledge, and multi-disciplinary view were highly appreciated. He worked assiduously at developing cross-disciplinary groups, research initiatives, and teaching curriculum. He retired due to ill-health in October 2020.

Garry was a generous colleague and a valued friend to many. He will be missed.”

Written by Greg Hancock, Anthony Kiem, George Kuczera, Jose Rodriguez, Patricia Saco, Mark Stewart, Danielle Verdon-Kidd, Welivitiyage Don Welivitiya and In-Young Yeo, from the College of Engineering, Science and Environment, the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Publication of “Geomorphology of Rome”

The IAG is pleased to announce that the volume “Geomorphology of Rome”, written by one of the chairs of the IAG Urban Geomorphology Working Group, as been published as an e-book by Sapienza University Press! Purchase it for 10€ on the Torrossa Online Digital Bookstore: https://www.torrossa.com/en/resources/an/4880861.

Obituary for Manotosh Kumar Bandyopadhyay (1936-2020)

Written by Sunando Bandyopadhyay

The IAG was sorry to learn of the passing of Professor Manotosh Kumar Bandyopadhyay and we reproduce the obituary written by Sunando Bandyopadhyay below.

Professor Manotosh Kumar Bandyopadhyay was born in Barishal of the present Bangladesh in 1936. He studied there up to class VIII and thereafter completed his schooling at Kalidhan Institution, Kolkata. Professor Bandyopadhyay completed his graduation and post-graduation from Asutosh College, Kolkata and University of Calcutta respectively. He received his doctoral degree from University of North Bengal on Geomorphological Characteristics of Mayurbhanj Upland of Orissa. Professor Bandyopadhyay worked in the Research Division of National Atlas Organisation from 1957 to 1959 and subsequently joined the Gauhati University as a lecturer in Geography in 1959. He shifted to University of Calcutta in 1969 from where he retired as Professor of Geography in 2001.
Professor Bandyopadhyay received the Govt. of France Scholarship in 1962-63, for study and training in field geomorphology and glacial/periglacial geology under the guidance of Professor Jean Tricart, Directeur, Centre do Geographie Appliquee, Universite’ de Strasbourg, for one year. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Smithmundt-Fulbright Scholarship (1963-64) for research in geomorphology and glacial geology under the guidance of Professor W. D. Thornbury, Department of Geology, Indiana University. His scholarship was extended for the summer session for field training in Geological Mapping in the Rocky Mountains, U.S.A., under the guidance of Professor T. E. Hendrix (Structural Geologist) and Professor Judson Mead (Geophysicist). He received the National Science Foundation Award in 1964 for his research in glaciology, glacial geology, geomorphology, periglacial geomorphology and allied subjects under the guidance of Professor M. M. Miller, Director of the Glaciological Institute, Juneau Ice-field Research Programme, Alaska. In the following year (1965) he was appointed as Research Associate in the Department of Geology, Michigan State University, U.S.A and as teaching assistant in University of Wisconsin.
He was appointed Secretary to the Glaciology Section of the International Geographical Congress in 1968. In the following year he visited Glaciological Institute, Michigan State University, USA, as Guest Lecturer on Himalayan Glacier. He was invited by the Foundation for Glacier Research Juneau, Alaska, USA as Guest Lecturer during summer, 1985. He was elected as President of various Scientific and Mountaineering Organisations such as Indian Council of Geographers (1978), Mountaineers Youth Ring (1980–88), Eastern Geographical Society (1982), Himalayan Association (1986, 1993), Himalaya Samiksha Parishad (1988–90, 2010 to present) Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (1996) and National Association of Geographers, India (2007). Prof. Bandyopadhyay was also appointed as adviser to the Himalayan Academy, a research centre for Himalayan Studies, and also as academic adviser to the National Adventure Foundation, Department of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India (Eastern India Chapter).
Prof. Bandyopadhyay had supervised 9 Ph. D. Scholars and published 68 articles on Glacial Geomorphology, Structural Geomorphology, Coastal Geomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Environmental Geography and Climatology.
Professor Bandyopadhyay started organising Nature Study camps for children in 1979 with the help of Youth Hostels Association of India. Later several other organizations and mountaineering associations adopted a similar syllabus following his suggestions. He acquired knowledge in French, Russian and German languages in order to collect scientific information from various books and journals in addition to those published in English and this has helped him in keeping in touch with the most recent scientific investigations and innovations made in his field of research in various countries outside the domain of English.
Photography has always been a passion to Professor Bandyopadhyay. He has a collection of more than 4,500 colour slides.
Professor Bandyopadhyay passed away peacefully at his home on 10 October 2020. He is survived by his wife Gouri, daughter Alaska, and son Rajasrshi.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Promoting Geodiversity Workshop

The IAG is happy to promote the event hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Promoting Geodiversity Workshop – funded by Research England’s Strategic Priorities Fund allocation to the University of Oxford.
This event takes place in the process of approval of the International Geodiversity Day by UNESCO. With an international panel of speakers, the ways we can use such a Day to promote public and private engagement will be explored. Presentations will represent a range of topics including education, outreach projects, citizen science, geoscience careers, or geohazard risk awareness.
The workshop will be held online on April 16th, 2pm (UTC+1). Register for free here: https://www.geodiversityday.org/outcomes.

Virtual Lectures on Geomorphology from Argentina

Together with Argentine Association of Geomorphology and Quaternary Studies (AACyG) the IAG is providing its auspices for a cycle of four lectures given in Spanish by Dr. Jorge Rabassa. This cycle of lectures will present different aspects of the geological, geomorphological, paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental characteristics of regions of Argentina. Talks will be 45min long, followed by 15min of questions from the audience. They will be given in Spanish, every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm (GMT+3).

More information at idee@fundacionbariloche.org.ar. The link to the registration form can be found here. Cost: AR$550/US$8 (one talk), AR$2000/US$30 (full cycle).

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!

GSA annual meeting 2021

The IAG is pleased to announce that the Geological Society of America, with which the IAG has a memorandum of understanding, has scheduled its annual meeting – “GSA Connects” for 2021. In addition to the Technical Sessions, Field Trips and Short Courses are planned, as well as more informal events.

The meeting will be held from October 10th to 13th in Portland, Oregon. For further details: https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2021/home.

You can also visit the GSA website at: https://www.geosociety.org.

Registration is open for the IAG regional webinars 1-7th March 2021!

Please join us for one or more of the IAG’s regional webinars being held as half-day events in the week of 1-7th March, register now at our eventbrite page here to receive the webinar details by email (places are limited)! Regions indicate the National Scientific Members to which the speakers belong and the timezone, but anyone from any country is welcome to attend any webinar! In consultation with our National Scientific Members speakers have been invited who have diverse geomorphological backgrounds with the aim to highlight new talents and emerging themes across the geomorphological community.

The webinars are part of International Geomorphology Week (#IntGeomorphWeek2021) whose aim is to promote geomorphology in all its forms!

For a full listing of events and detailed programmes as they become available check out our dedicated page: http://www.geomorph.org/international-geomorphology-week-2021/

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.

First Steps for the Chilean Association of Geomorphology

On 17th December, a virtual meeting was held for those interested in developing the Sociedad Chilena de Geomorfologia – Chilean Association of Geomorphology for which the IAG gave its auspices. The meeting started with a presentation of the results of a survey conducted in 2018 among persons interested in the formation of the association. Mauro Soldati, president of the IAG, spoke about the structure and functioning of the IAG, highlighting the opportunities for training and networking associated with being a national scientific member of the IAG. Jorge Rabassa, Senior Researcher CADIC-CONICET, spoke about his experiences from the Asociación Argentina de Cuaternario y Geomorfología. Andrea Coronato, co-opted member of the IAG Executive Committee with responsibility for relations in Latin America, also referred to the opportunities and challenges associated with forming a Chilean association of geomorphology, highlighting that it would be an important achievement for the country’s geo-scientific community.

Thirty people participated in the virtual meeting, which was streamed through the UAH TV Digital platform, which has now had more than 100 views. In January 2021, the first meeting of the Chilean Society of Geomorphology is expected to take place, leading to the election of a board of directors and the development of a work plan 2021 – 2022 to integrate the country into the IAG.

You can access a recording of the December meeting at this link.

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.

One-day online conference “The role of Geomorphology in Modern Society”

The IAG are pleased to announce (and provide their auspices for) a one-day conference organised by the Hellenic Committee on Geomorphology and Environment of the Geological Society of Greece, entitled “The role of Geomorphology in Modern Society. The conference will be held online on December 16th, 2020. Abstracts are welcome until 30th November, please see further details at the dedicated website:

https://geomorphologyhelle.wixsite.com/geomorphology/imerida-epitropis-gewmorfologias?lang=en

Launching International Geomorphology Week 2021

#IntGeomorphWeek2021

International Geomorphology Week is celebrated during the first week of March of each year. Its aim is to promote geomorphology in all its forms, and mobilise the geomorphological community in general. Any geomorphology-themed activities held during this week can be declared a part of the International Geomorphology Week.

The first International Geomorphology Week was held in 2020 and despite the Covid-19 pandemic a few successful initiatives took place, including the Intensive Programme for the Young Geomorphologists of India (see: http://www.geomorph.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IGI-YGF-Training-Programme-2020-Circular.pdf).

For International Geomorphology Week 2021 the IAG will be organising regional geomorphology webinars, so please watch out for future announcements!

We are also keen for IAG National Scientific Members and Working Groups, academic institutions and research teams to organise their own events in 2021. We encourage initiatives around the theme of Women in Geomorphology, because in 2021 International Women’s Day falls within International Geomorphology Week. The type of events can be diverse (conferences, meetings, lectures, round tables, intensive courses etc.). So, please get in touch with us (internationalgeomorphologyweek2021@geomorph.org) and start planning your 2021 event now! We aim to make this week a focus for the geomorphological community, so all ideas and initiatives are very welcome.
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