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Upcoming Events

  • International Polar Week September 18, 2017 – September 24, 2017
  • ANTPAS (Antarctic Permafrost and Soils) Group Workshop October 4, 2017 at 09:00 – October 6, 2017 at 19:00 Insubria University, Varese, Italy
  • IX International Conference on Geomorphology November 6, 2017 – November 11, 2017 New Delhi, Delhi, Indian
  • Antarctica Day December 1, 2017
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 11, 2017 – December 15, 2017 New Orleans, LA, United Statesn
  • XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings June 19, 2018 – June 23, 2018 Davos, Switzerlandn
  • EUCOP5 June 22, 2018 – July 1, 2018 Chamonix, Francen 5th European Conference on Permafrost
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018 Washington, DC, United Statesn
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 9, 2019 – December 13, 2019 San Francisco, CA, United Statesn

SA Agulhas II Open Day (24 June)

The SA Agulhas II will have her annual Open Day on 24 June. If you are in Cape Town or the surrounding areas don’t miss this opportunity to see our SANAP research vessel, or to even have a guided your of her. There will also be lots of information stands – we’ll be there too. We hope to see you there!

Important Information

Abstracts Extended to the ANTPAS Workshop

The deadline for abstract submission to the 1st ANTPAS workshop has been extended to 15 June. Have a look at the abstract template and if you haven’t registered for the workshop yet, you may still do so. Payment of fees is only due 1 September. For more information on the workshop please contact Professor Mauro Guglielmin.

Exciting new Postdoc

Do you have a PhD in Geology, Earth Science, Geography, or any other related field? A position as post-doctoral research assistant has opened in the Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution team of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University. Research is aimed at understanding the dynamics of landscapes, with potential projects focusing on cosmogenic nuclide signatures of landslides, interaction of coseismic landslides and fluvial processes, the dynamics of rivers in tectonically active regions, the control of rock-strength on landscape evolution, or the interaction of topographic development and climate in active orogens. Applications received by August 1st will receive full consideration, but the call will remain open until the position is filled. Applications should include:

  • A statement of research,
  • CV, and
  • Names/contact information for three references.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Yanites (byanites@indiana.edu).

A bit of fun for 12 June

202 years ago Mounta Tambora erupted, having an effect on the global weather. The famine that followed led to people having to eat their cattle and horses, meaning they no longer had animals to draw carriages and plows. In response to this need (to enable people to use an alternative mode of transportation) the German inventor Karl Drais developed the world’s first bicycle. 12 June marks the day he undertook the world’s first bicycle ride, 200 years ago. To celebrate this occasion the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) encourages you and challenges you to grab that bike and ride 8km on 12 June! Have a look at the flyer for more information. So have fun and start cycling!

9th Conference on Geomorphology: Abstracts Extended

Abstract submission for the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology (9th ICG) has been extended until 31 MAY, 2017. Who doesn’t want to go to India while simultaneously engaging with fellow researchers and academics within geomorphology? The conference is to be held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India during 6-11 November, 2017 and their website is available here. The theme of the conference is ‘Geomorphology and Society’. For those who have already submitted abstracts the early bird registration closes on 31 July.

Congratulations Tebogo!

Congratulations to Tebogo for being awarded the Ian MacKenzie scholarship from Rhodes University! Gaby Ayres, who recently graduated, was the recipient of this award last year. A short description of what the scholarship comprises is given below. Well done Tebogo!

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SEAmester time!

It’s that time again, another turn on the beauty that is the SA Agulhas II to learn and share skills, knowledge and to make academic and work connections. SEAmester time!!!

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This will be the second time South Africa will host a Class Afloat and applications are now open. This year promises to be as fun, exciting and educational as last year was so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. If you are a student (Honours/BTech, MSc/MTech, Interns) interested in marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field this might just be for you. Traditional class-room lectures are combined with hands-on ship-based deck activities under the tutelage of 30 oceanographic, fisheries, biogeochemical and biological experts. To find out more read the South African Journal of Sciences article here.

Tartans and all things polar

Did you know that Antarctica, as well as the Arctic, have their own tartans? Information in these tartans is available on the Scottish Register of Tartans. While both polar tartans include various shades of blue and, of course, white, the Antarctic version includes some yellow and the Southern Cross. The Arctic version, inspired by the Antarctic tartan and authorized by the World Wildlife Fund for nature, has similar shadings but instead of yellow includes green. Together the two tartans represent ‘poles apart’ but also ‘poles together’ in what the two regions symbolise and the conservation issues found at each.

SAAG Abstract Submission Extended by 1 Month

Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 9.42.19 AMIf you intend to attend the Biennial Southern African Association of Geomorphology (SAAG) conference, to be held in Swaziland from 25-28 July of this year, you will be happy to know that the abstract submission has been extended until the end of this month (May). The theme of the conference is SOUTHERN AFRICAN GEOMORPHOLOGY: PURE AND APPLIED and the themes to which abstracts can be submitted to include:

  • Soil erosion and rehabilitation in theory and practice
  • Bio-geomorphology: the use of plants to achieve geomorphic (landscape) objectives
  • Cold climate geomorphology
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • The geomorphology of wetland systems
  • Coasts and coastal stability
  • Geomorphology in general


So submit an abstract today! The SAAG conference is always lots of fun and invariably educational. There are also a number of field trips on offer.

Call for Abstracts – 1st SCAR ANTPAS Workshop

The 1st International Workshop on Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Processes and Soils (ANTPAS) will take place in Varese, Italy on 4 and 5 October of this year. The theme of the workshop is “From an Expert Group to a Research Program” and abstracts are now being accepted. Both poster and oral presentation submissions are welcome and submissions close on 1 June 2017. An abstract template is available here and pre-registration can be done here before 1 September 2017.

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Abstract submission and pre-registration forms should be sent to the ANTPAS co-chair Mauro Guglielmin. For more information visit the SCAR website or read the First Circular & General Information Pamphlet.