Obituary for Professor Miloš Stankoviansky (1947-2024)

On January 24, 2024, at the age of 76, the eminent Slovak geomorphologist Miloš Stankoviansky passed away.

He was born on July 14, 1947, in Myjava. His interest about environment and history of his birth place drove him to the study of geography at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava (1965 to 1970).
In years 1970 to 2001 he worked at the Institute of Geography of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava (IG SAS), where he finished his PhD study by defending a thesis entitled “Geomorphological conditions of the Hrabutnica River basin and the adjacent area with special regard to recent relief-forming processes” in 1977. Then he continued to work at the IG SAS as a researcher, and long-time scientific secretary. His research activities were mainly focused on dynamic geomorphology. He was significantly influenced by his collaboration with prof. Asher P. Schick of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the 1990s, he led a sub-team of IG SAS in a trilateral project coordinated by this internationally renowned fluvial geomorphologist. The evaluation of the response of various watersheds to the human activity was the aim of the project. The project directed his research activities towards the impact of human activities on recent slope processes and gully erosion. Gullies then became his companions until the end of his scientific research career. In 2001, he moved from the Institute of Geography of the Slovak Academy of Sciences to the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava, where he had been lecturing externally since the late 1980s. Here he completed the work on his profile monograph “Geomorphological response of environmental changes in the territory of the Myjavská pahorkatina Upland“, for which he was awarded the Literary Fund Prize in 2003 and which he defended as his habilitation thesis in the same year. In 2003 he became the head of this Department and served in this position until 2011. In 2015 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Faculty.

In the course of his professional career, Miloš Stankoviansky was involved in various aspects of geomorphological research – from general geomorphology and basic geomorphological mapping, through (morpho)structural, dynamic and historical geomorphology, to anthropogenic, engineering and environmental geomorphology. However, he gained the most significant recognition in the field of the geomorphological response of environmental (climatic and anthropogenic) changes in the present and historical landscape, due to the influence of runoff and ploughing processes. He was a pioneer of such research in Slovakia and built his scientific school based on that topic. The results of his research in the Myjavská pahorkatina Upland, through presentations at conferences, publications in renowned journals, conducting of excursions and accompanying numerous guests, have made it so visible that foreign colleagues have ranked it among the most important European research sites in this field.
He has achieved these results thanks to intensive contacts with the international scientific community. He has participated in exchange study and lecture stays in Florence (1993), Tokyo, Kyoto and Tsukuba (1996), Thessaloniki (2004), Belfast (2005), Kraków (2006 and 2009), Ljubljana (2007), Pilsen (2010) and has actively participated in dozens of international conferences. At several congresses of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) he was the official representative of the Association of Slovak Geomorphologists, which he co-founded in 1996 and became the first chairman of its executive committee. He was also one of the protagonists of the activation of the Carpatho-Balkan Geomorphological Commission (KBGK) and from 2003 to 2007 he was the President of this regional geomorphological group. As President of the KBGK, he took the initiative to raise the visibility of this organization by obtaining the endorsement of the International Association of Geomorphologists, which was achieved by the adoption of the Carpatho-Balkan-Dinaric Regional Working Group (IAG/AIG CBDR-WG) at the IAG/AIG Congress in Zaragoza (2005). He has been its Chair throughout the whole period of its functioning from 2005 to 2013. He initiated and co-edited the monograph Recent Landform Evolution: the Carpathian-Balkan-Dinaric Region (Springer, 2012), which was co-edited by geomorphologists from all eleven member countries. He also served as the national representative of the Steering Committee of the projects on soil erosion within the European COST Programme: Action 623 Soil Erosion and Global Change (2001 to 2003), Action 634 On- and Off-site Environmental Impact of Runoff and Erosion (2004 to 2008).

The high international scientific reputation of Miloš Stankoviansky is illustrated by the organization of several very successful international conferences (International Symposium Time, Frequency and Dating in Geomorphology, 1992, COMTAG, IGU; International Symposium Geomorphic Response to Land Use Changes, 2000, GERTEC, IGU; Carpatho-Balkan Conference on Geomorphology, 2003), scientific field trips, invited lectures at the Universities of Leuven (1998), Kraków (2004), Louvain-la-Neuve (2006) and Brno (2011), and co-editorship of several special issues of international peer-reviewed journals. He was also a long-standing member of the editorial boards of several journals (Geomorphologia Slovaca et Bohemica, Studia Geomorphologica Carpatho-Balcanica, Folia Geographica and Landform Analysis).

Miloš Stankoviansky was a scientific and pedagogical personality of both Slovak and international geography and geomorphology, an extremely motivated and enthusiastic scientist, a tenacious field researcher, an excellent collaborator, a meticulous administrator and organizer, a friendly, helpful and competent teacher and, above all, a very honest, hard-working and beloved fellow, husband, father and grandfather.

Zora Machová, Jozef Minár, Ján Novotný

37th International Geological Congress (Busan, Republic of Korea, 25-31 August 2024) – IAG co-sponsored session

The 37th International Geological Congress will take place in Busan (Republic of Korea) on 25 to 31 August 2024! The IAG is co-sponsoring the session T10-S2: “Landslides and climate change”.

Submit your abstract before 16 February here: https://www.igc2024korea.org/content/14410.
Deadline for regular registration is 26 July, and 26 April for early-bird registration: https://www.igc2024korea.org/content/14409.

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/

Reports by IAG Grant Holders – BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 4-7 December 2023)

The workshop attendees and tutors (photo from the report of Letizia Pace)

Maria Kotowska and Letizia Pace were awarded grants of 300€ each to attend the Post-Graduate Training Workshop organised by the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) – and more specifically by Dr. Lucy Clark and Prof. John Wainwright. This grant allowed them to stay four days at the Cumberland Lodge (Windsor, UK) – find their full reports in pdf here:

Both reports highlight an “unforgettable” and “incredibly formative” experience. The workshop covered a wide range of topics: nature and ethics of the PhD, management of a scientific network, writing and publishing a paper, time management and project planning… Additionally, participants were introduced to the use of Python programming, and were given the opportunity to present their research projects – which represented a good practise for public speaking. Overall, the workshop ran in a “supportive and relaxed atmosphere”, which helped participants in making connections with each other. They also very much appreciated the comfort of the Cumberland Lodge, and the beauty of its surroundings.

Obituary for Professor Morgan de Dapper (1947-2023)

Dear colleagues,

We learnt with great sadness that our colleague and friend Morgan De Dapper passed away. He was a full honorary member of the Classe des Sciences Naturelles et Médicales (Class of Natural and Medical Sciences) from the Belgium Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer (Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences), geographer, geomorphologist, former Secretary General of the International Association of Geomorphologists and founder of the IAG Working Group ‘Geoarchaeology’.

Born in Deinze (Belgium) on the 17th of July 1947, he passed away there on the 17th of November 2023.
He began his scientific journey in Greece when he was still a student, with the Pharos scientific expedition; but his PhD study field was in the Katanga province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (former Zaïre, Africa). He spent his entire career in the Rijksuniversiteit Gent (Gand University) to which, as a Flamand and lecturer, he was deeply attached. He started working on his thesis there as an intern, in the Laboratorium voor Fysische Aardrijkskunde en Regionale Bodemkunde (Laboratory of Physical Geography and Regional Pedology). He then became Assistant, First Assistant and Project Officer in the same laboratory. Morgan De Dapper obtained his PhD in Geography in 1978, and became a lecturer on the 1st of October 1991 in the Laboratoire de Géographie Physique (Laboratory of Physical Geography, which name changed for ‘Geography Department’ in 1993). He was appointed Professor in 2002, Full Professor in 2008, and Professor Emeritus in 2012.

Morgan De Dapper was elected Associated Member of the Belgium Section des Sciences Naturelles et Médicales from the Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer on the 4th of September 1989, promoted Full Member on the 30th of April 1993, and finally reached the status of Honorary Member in 2012. He was the head of his Section from 2005 to 2013, and the head of the whole Académie in 2005.

His research mainly focused on regional geomorphology and geoarchaeology in tropical and Mediterranean regions – with particular attention drawn to less-favoured countries. He worked in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Türkiye (Anatolia), Syria, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Bahrein, Iran, Egypt (Nil delta and Upper Egypt), Soudan (Nubia), Yemen (Socotra Island), Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, and Chile (Easter Island). He founded the IAG Working Group ‘Geoarchaeology’ in 1995, of which he has been President and Vice-President. He was also President of the Association Belge des Géomorphologues (Belgian Association of Geomorphologists), Vice-President of the Société Belge de Géographie (Belgian Society for Geography Studies), member of the editorial board of BELGEO (the Belgian geography journal), member of the National Committee for Quaternary Studies from the Académie Royale des Sciences de Belgique. Morgan De Dapper was also member and former President (2005) of the Académie Royale des Sciences de Belgique, where he was also President of the Commission sur le Développement et l’Environnement (Commission for Development and Environment).

He had strong convictions, was highly committed to the collective, and was a man of great scientific and human generosity. He was a driving force for the IAG, which he helped to found in 1989. For his commitment in the IAG, rare in terms of continuity and strength, and also for his international reputation and scientific influence, I had the great pleasure to award him the title of IAG Honorary Fellowship in Delhi in 2017 – the highest distinction of the Association.
With unwavering support for less-developed countries, he did his best to help the emergence and visibility of young African and Eastern European researchers. When I was the President of the Groupe Français de Géomorphologie (French Geomorphology Group), I remember of his support for Belgium to join Italy and France in developing a scientific network with young Romanian researchers.
Beyond our scientific collaborations, we developed strong ties of friendship. His overflowing activity would not have been possible without the support of his loving family. We lost a friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with his beloved wife and family.

Eric Fouache
Professor – UFR de Géographie et Aménagement
Sorbonne Université
UR Médiations Sciences des Lieux, Sciences des Liens
Senior Honorary Member of the IUF
Former IAG President (2013-2017)

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
karymba@hua.granita.bernatek@uj.edu.pl

Auspices for the Summer School in Geomorphological Mapping (Camerino, Italy, 2-8 September 2024)

 

The IAG is happy to give its auspices for the Summer School in Geomorphological Mapping, which will be held in Camerino (Italy) on 2nd to 8th September 2024! This event is organised by the Geology Division of the University of Camerino, and supported by the AIGeo (Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology), the ISPRA (Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research of the Ministry of Ecological Transition of the Italian Government) and the CNG (National Council of Geologists).

The aim of the course is to develop the experience of participants in geomorphological mapping of tectonically active areas. The Summer School will include a few days of teaching, followed by the application of the course by creating specific geomorphological maps. Preparation of those maps will include, among others: analysis of remote sensing data, field survey, sample collection and subsequent laboratory analyses…

The University of Camerino is located in Central Italy, which underwent a strong seismic crisis in 2016-2017. Hence, the Summer School will be focused on the remaining geomorphological features of that crisis: surface faulting, large landslides, or deep-seated gravitational slope deformations.

Find the circular of the Summer School here, with email addresses of the organisers.

Reports by IAG Grant Holders – SAAG Biennial Conference (Hogsback, Eastern Cape of South Africa, 28–30 September 2023)

IAG Grant Holders in the Conference venue

The Southern African Association of Geomorphologists organised its Biennial Conference on 28-30 September 2023 in Hogsback (Eastern Cape of South Africa). The IAG offered 8 Grants to help Young Geomorphologists from the Emerging Career Researchers (ECRs) and Southern African Young Geomorphologists (SAYG) to attend this event. Congratulations to all Grant Holders!

All Grant Holders report a wonderful experience, and overall a great opportunity to present their work, to meet with experts in their research topics, but also to interact with other researchers who were at an early stage of their career. Through the Intensive Course, Grant Holders were able to participate in a pre-excursion field trip focused on wetlands (more specifically peatlands), including field sampling and subsequent analysis in the laboratory. Grant Holders were also involved in the organisation of the conference, from abstract selection to session chairing. Find the report from the organisers of the SAAG Young Geomorphologists Training Program here.

Find the list of all Grant Holders with their full reports here:

Reports by IAG Grant Holders – IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology (Cappadocia, Türkiye, 12-14 September 2023)

The IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology was held in Cappadocia (Türkiye), on 12-14 September 2023. The IAG was happy to offer travel grants, helping 10 Young Geomorphologists to attend this event. Congratulations to them!

Overall, they all enjoyed participating in the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology 2023 “Geoheritage and Geodiversity”, as well as in the subsequent Intensive Course “High Resolution Mapping and Cosmogenic Dating of Fluvial Landforms”. Their reports particularly highlight the quality of the talks, whether during the scientific sessions or the Intensive Course. They also describe the associated field trip as an unforgettable experience.

Find the list of all Grant Holders with their full reports here:

Obituary for Professor Mateo Gutiérrez-Elorza (1941-2023)

IN MEMORIAM. Prof. Mateo Gutiérrez-Elorza

Prof. Mateo Gutiérrez-Elorza died last September 9, in Zaragoza, Spain. A sad and curious coincidence, just the day after the closure of the 16th National Meeting on Geomorphology, held in that same city. During the opening ceremony of the meeting, the President of the Sociedad Española de Geomorfología, Dr. Gloria Desir, mentioned Mateo’s crucial and leading role in the development of Geomorphology in Spain, and his significant international contributions, and so did the speakers of the opening and closing lectures. Mateo’s scientific category and friendly character made him a generally respected and loved colleague, both in Spain and internationally. Not surprisingly, because of the above-mentioned coincidence, his family, colleagues and friends have already received numerous expressions of condolence, from different corners of Spain and the world.

Born in Burgos, N Spain, in 1941, Mateo got his BSc (1963) and PhD (1969) in Geology at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Between 1970 and 1977, he lectured at the Universidad Complutense and the Colegio Universitario de Teruel. He became Lecturer at the Universidad de Zaragoza in 1977 and Full Professor in 1980.

He was an enthusiastic researcher, interested in a wide spectrum of geomorphological topics, and made significant contributions in several of them, often of an innovative character.  To mention a few: Periglacial environments (Gutiérrez and Peña, 1976, 1981; Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez, 2014b). Geoarchaeology, with contributions (Burillo et al., 1981, 1984, 1985) that were pioneer in Spain. Karst, especially his work on poljes (Gutiérrez et al., 1983; Gracia et al., 1996, 2001, 2002) and doline fields in gypsum and limestone terrains (Gutiérrez and Peña, 1979 a, 1979 b; Gutiérrez et al., 1985, 2007; Benito and Gutiérrez, 1988; Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez, 1998; Galve et al., 2009). Netectonics (Capote et al., 1981; Gutiérrez et al., 2008). Analysis of the geomorphic effects of extreme hydrological events (Gutiérrez et al., 1998b, 2003). Geomorphological cycles related to climate oscillations (Gutiérrez and Peña, 1998; Harvey and Gutiérrez-Elorza, 2005). Talus flatirons (Gutiérrez Elorza and Sesé Martínez, 2001; Gutiérrez et al., 1998a, 2006, 2010), yardangs (Gutiérrez et al., 2005; Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez, 2014a). Quantification of erosion in badlands and other arid environments in the Ebro valley, using different field techniques (Gutiérrez et al., 1988, 1997; Sancho et al., 1991; Desir et al., 1995; Sirvent et al., 1997). He presented an excellent synthesis on this topic during his entry lecture at the Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas, Químicas y Naturales de Zaragoza (Gutiérrez-Elorza, 1998).

He also made important contributions of a more general, theoretical character. Worthy of mention are those on the history of Geomorphology in Spain (Gutiérrez-Elorza, 1990) and the world (Gutiérrez-Elorza and Pérez-González, 1992), as well as his books (Spanish and English versions) Climatic Geomorphology (2001 and 2005) and Geomorphology (2008 and 2012). Also, the two volumes edited on Landscapes and landforms of Spain (Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez, Eds., 2014) and Landforms of the world. An illustrated guide (Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez, 2016). The latter work contains an excellent compendium of photographs, a thematic catalogue of landforms. They all are examples of Mateo’s wide knowledge and interest on all aspects of Geomorphology. Reflection of this interest are his numerous PhD students, working in different research institutions of Spain, a number of which are internationally recognised scientists.

He was an active participant in several international events (organised by the International Geographical Union and the International Association of Geomorphologists) leading to the important transformation experienced by Geomorphology, both internationally and in Spain during the nineteen eighties. His impulse was behind the considerable expansion of geomorphological research in Spain in the later part of last century. Following the International Conferences on Geomorphology of Manchester (1985) and Frankfurt (1989), he was the leading force for the organisation of the I Reunión Nacional de Geomorfología (Teruel, Spain, 1990), during which he was elected first President of the Sociedad Española de Geomorfología (SEG). Over 30 years later, the SEG is active and strong, showing the success of Mateo’s original idea of harmoniously integrating geographers and geologists into the common task of fostering this field of the Earth Sciences.

Special mention must be made to the organization of the 6th International Conference on Geomorphology, held in Zaragoza in 2005. It was a very successful event, with 861 participants from 61 countries. Twenty field trips were organised, all of them with very complete field guides, and a congress for young geomorphologists, including an excursion, took place as well. The great effort this complex event required, and its success, was possible thanks to the work of a handful of people, mostly young geomorphologists, inspired and enthusiastically led by Mateo.

Many of us remember him at his office, surrounded by books and offprints trying to understand the processes and factors that determine the evolution of landforms. He was a passionate scientist, a tireless reader full of questions for which he sought answers. We will always remember his relentless interest to communicate his passion and knowledge about landforms.

Last, but surely not least, he was a lovable person. He had a friendly, amusing character, especially when he was in the field. He enjoyed being with friends, be it in the field or at the office, discussing different (scientific and other) topics, and generously sharing data, knowledge and questions. In the last few years, deterioration of his health forced him to retire from the front geomorphological line, but he has left behind a notable scientific heritage and a large number of friends who will miss his presence, closeness and good humour. We owe him very much and will always remember him as a great scientist, decisive for the development of Geomorphology in Spain.

October 2023
Antonio Cendrero, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander
José María García-Ruiz, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología, CSIC, Zaragoza

CALL for GRANTS for the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 4-7 December 2023)

The Cumberland Lodge in Windsor.

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) offers 3 grants of 300 (three-hundred) Euros to PhD STUDENTS in GEOMORHOLOGY from EUROPE (except UK) who are willing to take part in the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 4–7 December 2023). The Windsor workshop is only for PhD students who started in 2023. The Workshop is organised by the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) and recognised by the IAG.

The course will provide PhD students with elements of training for research and with an opportunity to meet others at an early stage of their training when they are facing the problems of research design etc. The content is non-technical, but provides training in project management, group work, dealing with large data sets, fieldwork, lab and numerical modelling, gaining funding as well as publication and future career development. Students will also meet a wide variety of academics and facilitators who are practicing researchers as well as the BSG postgrad representatives on the Executive.

The workshop has been running at the Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for over 30 years – many notable researchers and academics attended and benefited from this course.

For further information on the Windsor Workshop, please visit:
https://www.geomorphology.org.uk/windsor-workshop/

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 the IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files up to Monday 16 October 2023:

  • Application form (pdf/doc)
  • 1-page CV
  • Proof of being a PhD student
  • Title and brief summary of the PhD research project.

Files should be submitted to:
Anita Bernatek-Jakiel and Efthimios Karymbalis, IAG Training Officers
e-mail: iaggrants@gmail.com (e-mail subject: “BSG Windsor 2023“)

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee.

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

Reports by IAG Grant Holders – 14th SINAGEO (Corumbá, Brazil, 24-30 August 2023)

The 14th National Symposium of Geomorphology (SINAGEO) in Brazil occurred in Corumbá on August 24th to 30th. To help Young Geomorphologists from Latin America to attend this event, the IAG offered 2 travel grants of 400€ each. The Grant Holders were Paulo Fachin and Mara Mantegazza – congratulation to them! Find their full reports here:

Group photo during fieldwork across the plains and hills of the Pantanal.

Grant Holders highlight a “friendly and welcoming event“, and an global “excellent experience” that was “highly enlightening”. They both appreciated the diversity of activities: classical scientific sessions, but also short courses, workshops, and fieldwork. They also both managed to present their PhD research, and to “make work contacts”. That represented a “gratifying experience”, as they were able to get feedback from experienced researchers working on close topics.

Overall, Mara keeps memory of a “challenging and enriching experience“, as well as a “rewarding social gathering”. Paulo concludes his report by wishing that other Young Geomorphologists from Latin American countries will be able to attend future events with the help of the IAG.

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 – Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) Workshop at the 6th EUCOP 2023 (Puigcerdà, Spain, 18–22 June)

Group photo of the PYRN members at the Workshop

The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) organised a workshop during the 6th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2023). To help Young Geomorphologists to attend this event, the IAG offered two grants of 350€ each to Juditha Aga (Oslo, Norway) and Maike Offer (Munich, Germany). Find their full reports here:

The grant holders highlight a “wonderful experience”, which was “exhilarating” after the period of online meetings due to the global pandemic. Juditha, who was involved in the organisation of the workshop, also specifies that she “learned a lot” as part of the organising committee.

The workshop itself speakers gave “inspiring talks”, both on scientific topics and soft skills related to permafrost research. Following discussions with experienced researchers were especially “interesting and helpful”. Maike especially reports the talk of Adam Kirkwood on preparing presentations and designing slides as “immensely beneficial” for his future career. Both grant holders also keep good memories of the “networking activities” and “informal events” organised as part of the workshop. Overall, the workshop represented a “supportive environment that encouraged collaboration and exchange of ideas”.

Report by IAG Grant Holder – European Meeting of Young Geomorphologists (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, 9-11 June 2023)

The IAG grant holder, Aleksandra Osika, giving her presentation about the glacial history of South Svalbard

The European Meeting of Young Geomorphologists took place in Chamonix (France) on 9-11 June 2023. To help Young Geomorphologists to attend that event, the IAG offered a grant of 300€ to Aleksandra Osika (Katowice, Poland). Find her full report here.

The Meeting started with a day of conferences divided in three thematic sessions: ‘Dynamic of glacial and periglacial environments’, ‘Geoheritage and geodiversity’, and ‘Methodological advances to innovative case studies’. Aleksandra reports that the ‘inspiring presentations’ led to ‘vibrant and friendly discussions’ all along the Meeting, and she is particularly glad of the ‘positive feedback’ she had on her own presentation.

The next two days of the Meeting were dedicated to field trips in the Mont Blanc Massif, that Aleksandra reports as ‘well organised’. They notably visited the Mer de Glace, an actively retreating glacier, which led to discussions on the ‘perception of the consequences of the ongoing climate change’, especially from the point of view of tourism. They also visit the Ferret Valley, which enabled discussions on the ‘dynamics of rock glaciers and slope processes’ in the area. Overall, Aleksandra describes these field trips as an ‘unforgettable experience’.

For Aleksandra, the Meeting as a whole was ‘scientifically and socially fruitful’, as it allowed her to gain additional knowledge on glacial and periglacial geomorphology, and to establish new scientific contacts.

CALL for GRANTS for the 14th SINAGEO National Symposium of Geomorphology – Corumbá, Brazil (24-30 August 2023)

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) announces the offering of 2 travel grants of 400 € (four hundred Euros) to support the participation of two Young Geomorphologists* from Latin America countries (including Brazil) in the 14th SINAGEO, the National Symposium of Geomorphology in Brazil (Corumbá, 24-30 August 2023).

The 14th SINAGEO is organized by the União da Geomorfologia Brasileira (Brazilian Geomorphological Union) along with the University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS). The focus of that edition is “Geomorphology of Wetlands in the Context of Environmental Changes”, with highlights given to the Pantanal (the largest wetland in the world) and its interactions with current environmental changes. The theme reflects the concerns about the connections between geomorphology and environmental problems, not only in Pantanal, but in the surrounding mountain areas that contribute for a better understanding of environmental changes in this biome. The program includes key-lectures by Brazilian and foreign speakers, short-courses, field trips, workshops, special sessions, and oral and poster presentations. Except for foreign guest appearances, the event will be held in Portuguese.

The two Young Geomorphologists will be granted free admission to the conference, along with access to various activities including a short course of their choice from the event’ list, a one-day field trip to Urucum Massif, and the social dinner. Moreover, they will be able to attend Delta-H, which is a one-day post-conference focused on Quantitative Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution (https://www.deltahbrasil.com). For further information on the 14th SINAGEO, please visit: https://www.sinageo.org.br/en/.

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 up to Monday 29 May 2023:

  • Application form (pdf/doc);
  • Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers related to the Conference themes;
  • Certificate of the highest degree achieved (with the date of achievement);
  • Abstract submitted to the Symposium.

Files should be submitted to:

Anita Bernatek-Jakiel and Efthimios Karymbalis, IAG Training Officers

e-mail: iaggrants@gmail.com (e-mail subject: “14th SINAGEO 2023 )

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. EfthimiosKarymbalis                                                                                         Dr. Anita Bernatek-Jakiel

IAG Training Officer                                                                                                      IAG Training Officer

karymba@hua.gr                                                                                                             anita.bernatek@uj.edu.pl

*Undergraduate or postgraduate – Masters/PhD students or scientists who have 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.

17th East Eurasia International Workshop – Kunming, China (8-12 October 2023)

The IAG is happy to endorse the 17th East Eurasia International Workshop! Organised notably by the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology (Chinese Academy of Science), this event will take place both online and in person in Kunming (China), on 8-12 October 2023. This event aims at sharing cutting-edge and recent advances in that domain, as well as encouraging collaboration and networking among researchers.

The focus of that edition is ‘Present Earth Surface Processes and Long-term Environmental Changes in East Eurasia‘, with highlights given to:

  • Paleoecology, paleolimnology and paleoenvironment;
  • Present lake-catchment processes: observation and measurement;
  • Present and past environmental changes and natural hazards;
  • Lacustrine sediment chronology;
  • Interaction of natural and human-induced ecosystem changes;
  • Global and regional environmental changes;
  • Modeling and forecasting environment changes.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is 1st August 2023. The Workshop will include regular scientific sessions and plenary sessions, field excursions (karst landforms and Cambrian paleontology), as well as social events. The registration fees are 2000 RMB/290 US$ for in-person participation (including registration and lunch), and are free for online participation. The field excursion fees are 1000 RMB/145 US$ (including 1.5-day trip, lunch, dinner).

Find all details, including contact addresses for registration, on the brief circular or on the full circular.

IAG RCG2023: deadline extended to 21st May for abstract submission and registration

The IAG announces that the organisation committee of the Regional Conference on Geomorphology (RCG) 2023 extended the deadline for abstract submission to 21st May. Find details on the RCG2023 here. Register and submit your abstract on the website of the conference here.

The IAG offers several grants to help Young Geomorphologists to attend the conference – details here.

CALL for GRANTS for the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology 2023 in Cappadocia, Türkiye (12-14 September 2023)

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) offers a number of grants to support the participation of Young Geomorphologists* worldwide (except those based in Türkiye) who are willing to take part in the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology in Cappadocia, Türkiye (12–14 September 2023) and related Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists. Priority will be given to applicants who intend to participate in the Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists organized just after the conference.

The Regional Conference on Geomorphology will be hosted by the Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi located in the heart of Cappadocia, Türkiye. It is organized by the IAG and the Turkish Society for Geomorphology. It is open to all scientists and practitioners. It will include scientific sessions, keynote lectures as well as an Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists “High Resolution Mapping and Cosmogenic Dating of Fluvial Landforms”. Field trips will be arranged in various parts of Türkiye before, during and after the Conference.

For further information on the meeting, please visit: https://rcg2023.info/.

The IAG is willing to help Young Geomorphologists to attend the Conference by providing a financial support. The amount of the grants will depend on the applicant’s place of residence and estimated financial need. Most grants are offered to Young Geomorphologists from less-favoured countries worldwide**.

Applicants should have a special interest and research experience in the themes of the Conference, to be proved by their CV.

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 the IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files up to Monday 22 May 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 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: “RCG Turkiye 2023”)

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee.

Prof. Efthimios Karymbalis                                                                    Dr. Anita Bernatek-Jakiel
IAG Training Officer                                                                                   IAG Training Officer
karymba@hua.gr                                                                                          anita.bernatek@uj.edu.pl

*Undergraduate or postgraduate – Masters/PhD students or scientists who have 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.

** Less-favoured countries are those with a Purchasing Power Parity below 22,000 international dollars, according to the World Development Indicators database, World Bank, referring to 2019). For details see http://databank.worldbank.org/data/download/GNIPC.pdf. For countries with unavailable PPP in international dollars for 2019, please refer either to the US dollars column or to tables released in previous years by the World Bank.

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”.

14th SINAGEO National Symposium of Geomorphology – Corumbá, Brazil (24-30 August 2023)

The IAG gives its auspices to the 14th SINAGEO, the National Symposium of Geomorphology in Brazil! Organised by the União da Geomorfologia Brasileira (UGB) along with the University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), it will take place in Corumbá (Brazil) on 24-30 August 2023.
The focus of that edition is ‘Geomorphology of Wetlands in the Context of Environmental Changes‘, with highlights given to the Pantanal – the largest wetland in the world – and its interactions with current environmental changes.

Registration will open on 1st May, and the deadline to submit abstracts is 1st April. Programme will be available soon, and in the meantime find the 1st circular here (in Portuguese). More information on the website of the 14th SINAGEO here.

6th International Symposium of Living with Landscapes (ISLL-6) – Marsa Alam, Egypt (24-27 September 2023)

The Egyptian Society of Environmental Change organises the 6th International Symposium of Living with Landscapes (ISLL-6), under the auspices of the IAG! The focus of this edition is ‘Living with Environmental Challenges in the Coastal Zones’, and will be held on 24-27 September 2023 in Marsa Asalam (Egypt).
It includes 11 Scientific Sessions covering a wide variety of subjects, such as natural coastal hazards, renewable energies, or applications of drones in coastal geomorphology. Two field workshops are also scheduled during the event, in the Wadi El Gemal Natural Parks (first day) and along the Marsa Alam beaches (second day). In addition, an optional post-symposium excursion is planned to the Makadi Beaches in 17-30 September.

The deadline to submit an abstract is 15 July 2023. Registration is 300€ (60€ with early career/less-favoured countries reduction), with abstract processing fees of 100€. The Egyptian Society of Environmental Change also offers two grants of 50% of registration fees to two young Egyptian researchers.

Find more information on the website of the event here.

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
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • Session 12: Marine and Coastal Geomorphology
    Title: Advances in Coastal Geomorphology
    Journal: Geomorphology
    Editors: Carlos Loureiro, Angela Rizzo, Stefano Furlani
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • 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
    Link
  • Session 25: Planetary Geomorphology
    Title: Planetary landscapes, landforms, and their analogues
    Journal: Earth Surface Dynamics
    Editors: Frances Butcher, Susan Conway
    Link

Webinar series from the IAG Working Group on Tectonic Geomorphology

The Tectonic Geomorphology Working Group is organising a series of five webinars, one each month between March and July 2023. You will have the opportunity to hear speakers from all around the world, talking about various topics related to tectonic geomorphology – including supra-detachment, tectonic uplift, coastal markers of tectonic activity… find the Webinar’s full programme here.

The first speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Vassilakis, is on Thursday 2nd March at 18:00 UTC.

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