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  • Antarctica Day December 1, 2018
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018 December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018 Washington, DC, United States
  • ISAES 2019 July 22, 2019 – July 26, 2019 Songdo Convensia, Songdo-dong, Incheon, South Korea The 13th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2019) will be held during July 22-26, 2019, at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The symposium aims to bring together Antarctic earth scientists from different areas in order to gather and highlight their outstanding expertise and ideas.
  • SOUTHCOP 2019 December 4, 2019 – December 14, 2019 Queenstown, New Zealand For more on SOUTHCOP 2019 visit the website at https://southcop19.com/.
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 9, 2019 – December 13, 2019 December 9, 2019 – December 13, 2019 San Francisco, CA, United States

Ian & Christel @ Polar2018

Ian and Christel both attended the pre-conference workshops and meetings of this year’s POLAR2018! Ian is the South African delegate to SCAR and also for the GeoSciences Group and he represented South African interests at various meetings and workshops, such as the ANTPAS workshop, over the two days. Christel attended as a member of APECS and also as a member of the 2nd APECS World Summit Organising Committee. Ian was also an invited speaker to the Terrestrial Breakout Group on the 2nd day of the APECS World Summit. The Open Science Conference starts tomorrow and both Ian and Christel are presenting their work. Watch this space for photos and more news!



Abstract Submission Extended: SSAG 2018

Abstract submission for the upcoming SSAG conference has been extended to 11 May. Have a look at their website for more information.

Christel featured on recent Polar Week Blog

The 2018 Polar Week ran 19-25 March this year and one of our students was featured on the Polar Week Blog. The photo is of Christel standing on Klovningen, a small nunatak in the Jutulsessen, near the Norwegian station of Troll. Enjoy the read :).


The Rhodes University Graduation took place from 5-7 April and Jenna Nicola and Christel all received their degrees. Jenna and Nicola were awarded their Masters during the 14:30 ceremony on Thursday (5 April). Christel was awarded her PhD during the 09:30 ceremony on Friday (6 April). Their dissertation and thesis abstracts, as well as links to the online version of their work, is available on our Past Students page.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue

It has been 25 years since the Conference on Periglacial Processes in Granada (1993), where the IPA-Spain group was created. The group joined the International Permafrost Association (IPA) one year later. Since then, successive IPA-Spain meetings took place until, and in 2007, the Spanish and Portuguese groups of the IPA began their collaboration, which was reflected in six Iberian conferences, the latest one held in 2017. In parallel, researchers from IPA-Spain and IPA-Portugal have advanced in the scientific knowledge about permafrost and periglacial geomorphology in Iberian and other mountain ranges, as well as in Polar Regions.

On the occasion of this event, it has been proposed that a Special Issue be published in the prestigious journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, sponsored by the IPA (impact factor 2.815 in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports®).

The aim is to update knowledge on cold geomorphological processes, including permafrost, in mountain environments where these are restricted to the highest altitudes. To this end, scientific research papers focusing on the study of periglacial geomorphology and permafrost in the Iberian massifs and in other mountains of the Mediterranean region, as well as in other mountain areas of low- and mid-latitudes where these processes are marginal (e.g. high inter-tropical mountains) will be considered for publication.

Researchers interested in participating in this Special Issue should send an e-mail with a brief abstract (max. 200 words) to ruizjesus@uniovi.es by 20 April, also indicating the title of the contribution and its authors.

The papers sent for the Special Issue must follow the format of the journal (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10991530/homepage/forauthors.html). The originals can be sent only through the journal’s platform, between 1 September and 31 December 2018.

For more information please contact Jesús Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo, Spain) or Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain).


Travel Award Application for POLAR2018 Closes Today

Don’t forget to apply for travel funding to attend Polar2018APECS will be administering the funds provided by International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and will coordinate the application and distribution process of the funds on behalf of these organisations. The application deadline for the Travel Awards is today, 28 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

SSAG Biennial Conference 2018


This year’s Society of South African Geographer (SSAG) biennial conference has the theme of Geography and Community: research, learning, impact. Have a look at their  conference website for everything you might need to know about the conference. A few crucial dates and information are also provided below.


Conference Dates

The conference will run from 1-5 October 2018. The Student Conference will run from 4-5 October. Abstract submission for the Student Conference will be announced in due course.


Conference Fees

Student Conference
  • MSc. and Hons. students are invited to attend at R 550 p.p.
Biennial SSAG Conference: Early Bird Registration

Note that Early Bird Registration closes on 30 May 2018.

  • SSAG member fees range from R3000 to R1800.
  • Non-SSAG member fees range from R3300 to R2000.
  • PhD student fees range from R2300 to R1500.
Biennial SSAG Conference: Normal Registration
  • SSAG member fees range from R3300 to R2000.
  • Non-SSAG member fees range from R3600 to R2300.
  • PhD student fees range from R2600 to R1800.


(Oral Presentation) Abstract Submission

Abstract for oral presentations can be submitted until 30 June 2018. Guidelines are available on the website and abstracts should be submitted to ssag2018proceedings@ufs.ac.za. Also have a look at the provided style sheet for abstract submission.


(Poster) Abstract Submission

Abstracts for posters can be submitted until 30 June 2018. Have a look at their poster templates to design your poster here or here.

Important Deadlines

  • Call for Abstracts – 30 April
  • Early-bird Fees – 30 May
  • Final Registration – 30 June
  • Paper Submission for Proceedings – 30 June

Polar2018 Travel Funding


Will you be attending Polar2018 and are a current student or have completed your PhD no longer than 5 years ago? Then be sure to apply for travel funding to attend Polar2018. More information on the funds is available on the Apecs Website. Please be aware that, should you be successful, funds will only cover a portion of your travel costs. The application deadline is 28 February at midnight so don’t forget to apply!


  1. You must be either:
    • An early career researchers up to 5 years past PhD with an Arctic and / or Antarctic and / or Cryospheric research focus; or
    • An indigenous researchers of all career stages.
  2. You must give an oral or poster presentation at the conference.

BSG Grant Deadline: 1 February


The British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) has a number of grants available, with the deadline being 1 February 2018. Research grant applications may be made by both postgraduate and non-postgraduate BSG members. Details of specific grant opportunities can be found at http://www.geomorphology.org.uk/grants.

All successful research grant applications are expected to contribute to the delivery of the BSG missions  by supporting scientific excellence in geomorphology through:

  • Fostering excellence and increased investment and support for geomorphology;
  • Developing applied geomorphological research, having a major impact on environmental policy and practice and providing a public benefit;
  • Disseminating new geomorphological research and policy agendas; and
  • Developing a new generation of geomorphologists equipped to address interdisciplinary challenges.


Details of the assessment criteria and procedures for our research grants are available here so apply!

5th NRF/SANAP Symposium Abstract Deadline: 29 January

Don’t forget to register for the 2018 NRF/SANAP Symposium by Monday 29 January. The 5th Symposium will be held in Hermanus and is organised by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). All interested participants are invited to submit an abstract to the organisers using this template. Alternatively contact the organisers at SANAPsymposium2018@gmail.com.