The EGU 2016 Alexander von Humboldt Medal is awarded to Jean W. A. Poesen for exceptionally significant work in developing regions in providing superb scientific expertise in managing pressures on land originating from producing food and fuel for growing populations.
From the EGU medals 2016 webpage:
“The Alexander von Humboldt Medal awards scientists with exceptional international standing who have performed research in developing regions for the benefit of people and society. Jean Poesen of KU Leuven, Belgium, personifies these criteria superbly. He has dedicated much of his career to capacity building of soil scientists from developing countries. Although his early work addressing the management of nutrient and soil loss from agricultural watersheds focused on erosion on the highly erodible Belgian loess, it soon expanded into many other areas of Europe, Africa and South America. The scientific research work of Poesen in northern Ethiopia, Uganda, Ecuador, Tanzania and elsewhere – carried out with many local young scientists – is unrivalled and has led to many landmark papers. In one widely cited paper published more than a decade ago, he recognised the need to put more emphasis on loss of soil by gullies compared to sheet and rill erosion and formulated an action plan to start this research. His impressive scientific expertise has greatly helped many developing countries to manage the pressure on land and soil to produce food, fuel and fibre for rapidly growing populations. In this context, Poesen pioneered outreach in a cooperative mode, helping to adopt local practice and working jointly with stakeholders on feasible and sustainable solutions. He has truly become a gifted ambassador for translating research results into practice, producing benefits for local communities. The services of Poesen to the scientific community are varied. They include being chief editor of Catena, member of the editorial board of 25 international journals, chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven, organiser and co-organiser of more than 20 international conferences, and initiator of the first symposium on gully erosion. He is a member of the Royal Flemish Belgium Academy for Science and the Arts and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. In addition, he has received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.”
The European Centre on Geomorphological Hazards
(CERG) – Council of Europe (http://www.cerg.eu
) is advertising a Call for Grant
issued in recognition and memory of the outstanding research and training activity carried out in the field of geomorphological hazards by Professor Jean-Claude Flageollet (University of Strasbourg, France), who was also CERG founder and regretfully passed away in 2014.
The JCF Award, consisting of a grant of 400 euros, will be offered to a PhD student whose research project focuses on geomorphological hazards (landslides, floods, coastal erosion), and who have submitted an abstract to a relevant geomorphological session (Geomorphology Division – GM ) or natural hazard session (Natural Hazards Division – NH).
The online application form is available at:
The deadline for applications is 15 MARCH 2016.
The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) is a scientific organisation, whose principal objectives are the development and promotion of geomorphology as a science through international co-operation and dissemination of knowledge of geomorphology. It will organise four Geomorphology sessions at the 33rd International Geographical Congress with the aim to strengthen links between geomorphologists and the community of Geographers. The IAG Proposed Sessions are mostly focused on the links between geomorphology and society.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The international committee appointed by the IAG completed the selection for IAG Grants addressed to PhD STUDENTS in GEOMORHOLOGY from EUROPE (except UK) who were willing to take part in the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 7-10 December 2015).
2 GRANTS of 250 (two-hundred-fifty) euros each have been awarded to the following PhD Students in Geomorphology selected among 14 eligible applicants from 6 countries:
– Ilenia Maria D’ANGELI (Italy)
– Ticar JURE (Slovenia)
The Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology (AIGeo) organizes every tree years a National Conference. The 5th Conference will be held in Cagliari from 28 to 30 September 2015.
AIGeo gives a large importance to the growth of young researches and periodically organizes a Young Geomorphologists’ Day. The aim of this event is to support young researchers’ growth also through direct exchanges of scientific results and research methods in Geomorphology. The 5th AIGeo National Conference will also host the:
6th Young Geomorphologist’s Day