Establishment of the International Geodiversity Day!

Creator of the IGD logo: Silas Samuel dos Santos Costa (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)

The IAG is proud to announce the official establishment of the International Geodiversity Day (IGD), by the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference! From now on, each October 6th will be a day of worldwide celebration, aiming to raise awareness of public and policy on the importance of non-living nature: rocks, sediments, landforms, topography, hydrological processes… and much more!

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Third Badlands WG Online Workshop in 2021

The IAG Badlands Working Group is organising its Third Online Workshop of the year, on November 29th 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 CET! There will be five talks on various subjects, including for example processes interactions in badlands landscapes or dynamics of land levelling. It will provide an opportunity to catch up on the latest news of the Badlands WG. Find the full program here, and register to get the connection link here:

To have more information on the Working Group and its activities, visit this web page:

Auspices for the I.S. Rivers Conference (Lyon, 4-8 July 2022)

The IAG is glad to give its auspices for the 4th International Conference Integrated Sciences Rivers (I.S. Rivers), which will be held on 4-8 July 2022 in Lyon, France! This conference focuses on the sustainable development of rivers, whether they are natural or anthropomorphic. Here you will be at the forefront to hear about the most recent river management and restoration practices, decision support tools, integrating research results… in a cross-disciplinary way! More information can be found here:

The event is organised as a fully bilingual French/English event. Submit your abstract before November 26th, on the ScienceConf platform here: The selection will be made by late February, and the registrations will open in March 2022.

Obituary for Professor Leszek Starkel (1931-2021)

In this photograph, Professor Leszek Starkel explains how braided channel systems evolve in the front of the Himalaya,
during a field trip of the Association of Polish Geomorphologists in November 2006 (photo: Piotr Migoń).

Professor Leszek Starkel passed away on 6 November 2021, after a long illness, which must have been particularly painful to a person so dedicated to science and keen to be involved in science-related activities as long as possible.

Leszek Starkel was an eminent geomorphologist and Quaternary scientist, a leading figure in Polish geomorphology over many decades, but also a person of wide international reputation. Among the many honours he was awarded, was the honorary fellowship of the International Association of Geomorphologists was granted to him during the International Conference on Geomorphology in Zaragoza in 2005. His other distinctions included the honorary fellowship of INQUA and the Gold Founder Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He was also a member of the Polish Academy of Science and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the honorary fellow of the Association of Polish Geomorphologists. His entire professional career was connected with the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

His contribution to geomorphology is multifaceted, as he was a man with a broad range of interests, of extremely wide knowledge, vision, and an extraordinary ability to see causal relationships in nature and between nature and humans. He was also a very well-travelled person, easily handling observational evidence from various geographic contexts and geomorphic environments. Nevertheless, two geographical study areas stand out in his research career. One was the Polish Carpathians and their foreland, including the Vistula river. Although they lack the grandeur of high mountains and may seem dull, they may be also regarded as representative for medium-altitude mountains – located in the temperate environment and built of erodible flysch successions – they are subject to a variety of geomorphic processes, from weathering through hillslope to fluvial. A combination of pre-Quaternary inheritance, a record of Quaternary climate change, and a recent history of human impact, has made the Carpathians a reference area for many studies carried out elsewhere, in which the synthetic approach perfected by Leszek Starkel was used as a template. A second remarkable study area of Leszek Starkel was the Darjeeling Himalayas and the Meghalaya Plateau in India, to which he was a regular visitor since 1968. His early work on geomorphic effects of catastrophic rainfall in the Darjeeling area has become a key study, particularly for several generations of Indian geomorphologists, and the issue of hillslope-channel coupling during extreme events was among the most often addressed in his subsequent publications. He was always very fond of India and the present author had the privilege of attending a field trip to north-east India in 2006, during which we were expertly guided (but also amused!) by Leszek Starkel from one landslide to another and one braided river to another, discussing the geomorphic complexity of mountains and forelands shaped by active tectonics, weather extremes and human interventions.

Although we all realized that his departure was inevitable, we will miss Leszek Starkel very much – his insightful comments, far-reaching visions, and sense of humour. But his contribution to geomorphology will stay with us and there is much to learn from his approach, particularly for the younger generation of geomorphologists.

Written by Piotr Migoń.

Upcoming deadline for the EGU 2022 Travel Grants

The deadline is approaching for the EGU 2022 Travel Grants!
You must submit your abstracts by 1st December to qualify for Early Career Scientist’s Travel Support or Established Scientist’s Travel Support, please see details here:
The IAG working groups are organising the following sessions at EGU:

Report on the IGI YGF 2nd Intensive Training Program for the Young Geomorphologists

The Young Geomorphologists Forum (YGF) of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) organised its 2nd Intensive Training Program for Young Geomorphologists. The conveners were Dr. Sayantan DAS (Department of Geography, Dum Dum Motijheel College, India) and Dr. Suvendu ROY (Department of Geography, KGTM, India).

This event was held online on 1-2 November 2021, with 8 courses divided into 4 technical sessions covering various topics like Paleoclimate, Geochronology or Natural Hazards.

In all, 240 Young Geomorphologists attended this Program: 177 from India, and 63 coming from 32 different countries. Find the full report of Surajit KUNDU here.

Establishment of the German Society for Geomorphology

We’re pleased to congratulate our German National Scientific Member who, after two years of discussion have officially been established as the German Society for Geomorphology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geomorphologie – DGGM). The vote to establish the society was unanimous and was celebrated in a joint meeting with colleagues from Austria and Switzerland on Friday 5th November 2021.

CALL for IAG GRANTS for the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop

CALL for IAG GRANTS for the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop

Windsor, UK, 6-9th December 2021

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) offers 2 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, 6-9th December 2021). PhD students at an early stage of their PhD programme are encouraged to apply. The Workshop is organised by the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) and recognised by the International Association of Geomorphologists (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 were wrestling with the problems of research design etc.

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

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 BSG chair normally gives an entertaining evening talk.

For further information on the Workshop, please visit:

Candidates for IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files before Monday 15 November 2021:

– Application form doc, PDF

– One page CV

– Title and brief summary of PhD research project.

Files should be submitted to:

Marta Della Seta, IAG Training Officer

e-mail: (e-mail subject “BSG_Windsor2021”)

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

2nd Intensive Training Program of the Indian Young Geomorphologists Forum – 1-2 November 2021

The Indian Young Geomorphologists Forum organises its 2nd Intensive Training Programme for Young Geomorphologists on 1 & 2 November 2021. Held as an online event, you will hear talks from geomorphologists from around the world, focused on the following topics:

  • Paleoclimate and fluvial response
  • Geochronology
  • Process-based studies in glacial landscapes
  • UAV-based mapping
  • Field experiences in extreme environment
  • Career in Geomorphology

Register for free before 29th October following this link: The selected participants will be notified by email on 30th October. Find more information in the final circular, or in the detailed program!

2nd Women in Geomorphology Workshop

The IAG is glad to promote the 2nd Women in Geomorphology Workshop that will take place on 8th of March, 2022! This event, organised by the Hellenic Committee for Geomorphology and Environment – the Greek National Scientific Member of the IAG – is inspired by the International Women’s Day. The detailed programme can be found here.

Find more information, or register on the website of the Hellenic Committee for Geomorphology and Environment:

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

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

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

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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 (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

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 –

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 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 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:

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:

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:

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 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!

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