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 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.

The First GeoNorth-GeoNor Conference

The IAG was pleased to provide its auspices for the first GeoNorth-GeoNor Conference, which was held virtually from 1st to 2nd October 2020. The theme was “Geomorphology and Geomorphological Research in the Nordic Countries” and the book of abstracts can be found here. The conference had varied and exciting science talks and the IAG was pleased that its president and one of the vice-presidents were among the attendees (and are grateful for being given some time to talk about the IAG).

GeoNor and GeoNorth were formally established one year ago as National Members of the IAG. GeoNor is the Geomorphological Research Group of Norway – Geomorfologisk Forsknings Gruppe i Norge and GeoNorth is the Nordic Network of National Geomorphology Groups from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden IAG (new Nordic Regional Group).

Future meetings are planned to be in person to include fieldtrips and we are sure that this will be the first of a long-running and growing series of meetings. We are confident that these fledgling NSMs will foster collaborations between their geomorphologists and those in the wider IAG network.

Tribute to Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme

We were sad to learn of the recent passing of Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme and we include a tribute written by Glen MacDonald (UCLA), below.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme.  Professor Orme received his undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of Birmingham. He then went University College, Dublin (National University of Ireland), from 1960 to 1968. Professor Orme served at UCLA from 1968 to 2010 as a faculty member in the Department of Geography. Upon official retirement he quickly rejoined the ranks as Director of the UC White Mountain Research Center from 2012 to 2016.  This is almost half a century of dedicated service to UCLA.

Professor Orme was a geomorphologist and worked in a number of systems – literally from the mountains to the sea. He was particularly fond of coastlines. His first publication was on the raised beaches and strandlines of South Devon. He was also keenly interested in the history of geology and geomorphology and published scholarly pieces on that topic.  One of his final articles was on the topic of dynamic geomorphology and its historical convergence towards modern practice. A very astute synthesizer and editor, Professor Orme served as an editor for a number of journals, books and book series. He was the Founding Editor of Physical Geography and remained Honorary Editor until his death.  In addition, Professor Orme was a gifted artist, cartographer and scientific illustrator who could visually bring to life the objects of his study. During his career Professor Orme not only rose to the rank of Full Professor, but was Chair of the UCLA Department of Geography from 1974 to 1977. He was then appointed Dean of Social Sciences from 1977 to 1983.   His final administrative role, as Director of the UC White Mountain Research Center, was nothing short of transformative. At the Center he undertook a highly successful reorganization and renovation of operations and facilities.  With multiple research stations,  extending to over 14,000 feet in elevation, this would have been daunting to many.  He tackled it with gusto. Professor Orme’s achievements at the White Mountain Research Center was in many ways and incredible capstone to a distinguished career of research, education and service.

Professor Orme was honored by a number of prestigious awards including  Honorary Life Member and Honorary Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology, Founders’ Medal and Frost Lecturer, British Geomorphological Research Group,  Mel Marcus Distinguished Career Award from the AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group, and  the UCLA Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award.

One of Professor Orme’s greatest contributions was as an inspiring teacher and mentor of graduate students.  Over his career at UCLA he supervised over twenty doctoral dissertations.  Undergraduate and graduate students who took his courses decades ago still recall their time with him fondly, particularly if they were fortunate enough to take a field course. His geological and geomorphological was encyclopedic and his enthusiasm infectious.  Professor Orme will be greatly missed, but leaves a rich and enduring legacy of achievement.

Professor Orme is survived by his wife Amalie, a Professor of Geography at CSU Northridge, his sons Mark and Kevin, and daughter Devon. His daughter, who is an Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Montana State University, recently gave birth to a daughter.  No information on a memorial is available at this time.

Glen Sproul dit MacDonald FRSC

Co-Vice Chair of Geography

UCLA Geography John Muir Memorial Chair and

UCLA Distinguished Professor

Director, UC White Mountain Research Center

Chair, UCLA Canadian Studies Program

glen@geog.ucla.edu

Free webinar series “Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching”

We are pleased to promote a series of free webinars being produced by our sister organisation the Geological Society of America.

The current scheduled webinars in this series are detailed below.

Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8305975126473363213

About this Webinar:

Google Earth is a powerful, but easy-to-use platform for virtually exploring natural features around the globe. The capability to create and share custom content for Google Earth has resulted in an abundance of presentations, exercises, and virtual field trips that are available to educators. This webinar will help you integrate Google Earth into remote Earth science courses by providing background on the tool and examples of its use in geoscience classes.

In addition to the regular webinar overviewing Google Earth’s options, capabilities, and use cases, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to work through some Google Earth activities themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to learn to use Google Earth the way your students would use it.

Presenters:

Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison University

Andrew Laskowski, Montana State University

Using Gigapan for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3427553084728968459

About this Webinar

Gigapixel panoramas are high resolution 2D images that combine ‘zoomed out’ context with the power of ‘zoomed in’ details. Applied to teaching geology remotely, they are valuable web-based tools for exploring geoscience concepts with students at scales ranging from the landscape to the outcrop to hand samples, to thin sections, to SEM. GigaPans can be embedded in webpages or desktop-based Google Earth KML tours as elements in virtual field experiences, potentially gaining power when combined with DEMs, 3D models of outcrops or samples, 360° spherical photos, or video. They can also be used as ‘virtual samples’ in times when student access to samples is limited. This webinar will cover the technical side of producing your own GigaPan images via two hardware/software packages as well as how to deploy extant CC-licensed GigaPans in your own remote teaching and outreach.

Presenters:

Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus

Jennifer Piatek, Central Connecticut State University

Using Virtual Landscapes for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6837257389718161163

About this Webinar:

The Virtual Landscapes Project (https://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/virtual-landscapes/) uses the Unity 3D game engine to create screen based simulations of real and imagined landscapes, and interactive 3D block models of geologic and topographic maps.  It aims to enhance the training students receive in geological field and map skills, and to develop 3D visualization skills. This webinar demonstrates how virtual landscapes can be used in the online geoscience classroom to recreate aspects of geologic mapping training and augment understanding of how rock units are represented on geologic maps.

In addition to the regular webinar looking at the uses of the Virtual Landscapes, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to explore the different virtual landscapes and their potential uses for themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting.  This is a great opportunity to explore the Virtual Landscapes the way your students would experience them.

Presenters:

Jacqueline Houghton, University of Leeds

Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin

Summary of IAG-related Covid-19 affected events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following meetings in which IAG is involved have the following changes:

Events with IAG auspices and IAG grants

TITLE COUNTRY INITIAL PERIOD WEBSITE STATUS

(CANCELLED/ POSTPONED)

International Conference on Permafrost 2020 China 22-26 June 2020 http://icop2020.csp.escience.cn/ Postponed to 20-24 June 2022
Geomorphometry 2020 Italy 22-26 June 2020 http://geomorphometry2020.org/ Postponed to June 2021
International Rock Coast 2020 Italy 27-28 Aug. 2020 http://www.irc2020.it/ Postponed to August 2022
IAG RCG Mashhad Iran 26-28 Oct 2020 https://rcg2020.um.ac.ir/index.php/en/ Postponed to a date which will be decided (tentative: Spring 2021)
International Symposium and Field Workshop  “Living with Landscapes” Egypt 1-5 Nov. 2020 http://www.dahab2020.com/ No change as yet

 

Events with IAG auspices, but no grants

COUNTRY INITIAL PERIOD WEBSITE STATUS

(CANCELLED/ POSTPONED)

36th International Geological Congress India 2-8 March 2020 https://www.36igc.org/ Postponed to 9-14 November 2020
The role of Geomorphology in Modern Society Greece 26 April 2020 Postponed to a date which will be announced
First Cameroonian Conference on Geomorphology (CCG1) “Landscape and Landforms of Cameroon” Cameroon 29 Sept –2 Oct 2020 Postponed to a date which will be announced
International Conference on Aeolian Research Namibia 12-17 July 2020 http://www.aeolianresearch.com/meetings.html Postponed to 4-9 July 2021
First joint Meeting of the newly formed National Norwegian Geomorphology Group (GeoNor) and Nordic Network of National Geomorphology Groups from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (GeoNorth) Norway 1-2 Oct 2020 Decision to be taken by end of June
Present Earth Surface Processes and Long-term Environmental Changes in East Eurasia China 19-23 Oct 2020 Postponed to a date which will be announced

Landscapes and Landforms of Portugal

Hot on the heels of Landscapes and Landforms of England and Wales we are pleased to announce that Landscapes and Landforms of Portugal edited jointly by Gonçalo Vieira,José Luís Zêzere and Carla Mora is now available via: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-03641-0. This will be a great introduction to those of you planning to attend the IAG’s 10th International Conference on Geomorphology in Coimbra Portugal next year (6-10 September 2021)!

Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Geological Society of America

We’re pleased to announce that the IAG and the Geological Society of America have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which establishes our aim to work together in cooperation and friendship to further their shared aims of promoting the geological sciences and supporting geosciences professions.

The IAG will identify GSA as one of its Associated Societies, and as such will promote GSA’s mission and activities. Similarly, GSA will identify IAG as one of its Associated Societies, and as such will promote IAG’s mission and activities.

We aim to extend the benefits of members to both organizations, exchange information on key programs and initiatives, expand membership of both organizations through possible joint programs, organize joint meetings/sessions and share additional educational opportunities, professional services, and student programs.

Landscapes and Landforms of England and Wales

The latest addition to the IAG-endorsed series “World Geomorphological Landscapes” is now out! “Landscapes and Landforms of England and Wales”, edited jointly by Andrew Goudie and Piotr Migoń, is available via https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030389567 It is more than 600 pages long and contains overviews of long-term landform evolution, rock-relief relationships, Quaternary and the human impact, followed by 27 regional studies covering characteristic geomorphological landscapes, from coasts and flatlands to formerly glaciated mountains. The volume is dedicated to the first President of the IAG, Professor Denys Brunsden, with a special foreword from Mauro Soldati, the current IAG President. This volume is no. 19 in the successful series launched at the occasion of the International Conference on Geomorphology in Paris in 2013.

Postponed: IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology, Mashad Iran

The IAG Executive Committee has been following the ongoing pandemic situation closely and together with the local organising committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology, which was planned to be held in Mashhad, Iran, in October 2020. Hoping for an improvement in the situation towards the beginning of next year, and in consensus with the local organizers, who are carefully evaluating all the logistic and scientific requirements of a successful meeting, we have decided to postpone RCG Mashhad to the spring of 2021. We will closely monitor the evolution of the pandemic, and, according to the official health recommendations and future scenarios, we will decide upon the most suitable period, which will be communicated to you during summer 2020.

We hope that this message finds you and all your loved ones safe and well during these tense and challenging times. As all international scientific communities, we are currently facing a lot of uncertainties induced by the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reports by Grant Holders – 7th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration

The International Association of Geomorphologists funded the participation of two young Planetary Geomorphologists in the 7th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration held in Ushuaia, Argentina, 13-17 January 2020. The Conference was the latest in a continuing series of conferences intended to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding the polar regions of Mars. The focus was also on terrestrial analogs that enhance the interpretation of remote sensing data from Mars, and on concepts for future missions. The IAG allocated 2 grants of 500€ that were awarded to the following candidates:

1) Mauro Gabriel SPAGNUOLO (Argentinian based in Argentina) whose full report is here.
2) Prakhar SINHA (Indian based in USA) whose full report is here.

Mauro Spagnuolo

Prakhar Sinha

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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…!

Report on Geomorphology Week in Wrocław, Poland

Employees and PhD students of the Department of Geomorphology, Institute of Geography and Regional Development, University of Wrocław decided to celebrate Geomorphology Week 2020 (2-8th March) and proposed a wide range of attractions to promote geomorphological topics in an unusual way.

Fig. 1 Posters promoting the celebration of the Geomorphology Week at the University of Wrocław. Designed by: Kacper Jancewicz and Wioleta Kotwicka.

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Report on 1st Intensive Training Programme for the Young Geomorphologists of India

The Young Geomorphologists Forum (YGF) was established under the banner of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists in November 2019. The IGI‒YGF organized a 4 day long Intensive Training Programme for The Young Geomorphologists of India from 2nd to 5th March 2020 in the Department of Geography, University of Calcutta, Kolkata–700019, India. Dr. Shreya Bandyopadhyay (President, IGI-YGF and Assistant Professor, Maharaja Nandakumar Mahavidyalaya, Vidyasagar University) and Dr. Sayantan Das (Vice-President, IGI-YGF and Assistant Professor, Dum Dum Motijheel College, West Bengal State University) were the event conveners. The event marked the newly launched ‘International Geomorphology Week for 2020.

The following are the highlights from the programme:
– 7 lectures
– 2 laboratory-based hands on exercises
– 1 field-based hands on exercise
– A day-long Field visit to the coastal areas of West Bengal, India

In all, 70 young geomorphologists from different parts of India attended this event. The participants came from nine states of India and a total of 24 universities and organisations were represented. Please see here for a full report.

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