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Upcoming Events

  • POLAR2018: Early Bird Registration Opens November 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 Early bird registration to POLAR2018: 550 CHF. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.
  • POLAR2018: Normal Registration April 1, 2018 – May 25, 2018 Normal registration to POLAR2018: 630 CHF. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.
  • XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings June 19, 2018 – June 23, 2018 Davos, Switzerland
  • EUCOP5 June 22, 2018 – July 1, 2018 Chamonix, Francen 5th European Conference on Permafrost
  • SSAG Conference October 1, 2018 – October 5, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • SSAG Student Conference October 5, 2018 – October 7, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • Antarctica Day December 1, 2018
  • 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

Submit your abstract to EUCOP5

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The next European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP5), will be held from 23 June – 1  July 2018 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France and abstract submission to the conference is now open. For more information on the 26 sessions, process of abstract submission, and general information on the conference, please have a look at the  conference website.

Important Dates

  • Call for abstract submission: 28 August – 15 November
  • Decision on abstract (oral/poster): February 2018
  • Early-bird registration: until April 2018

POLAR 2018 Abstract Submission Now Open

Abstract submission to the upcoming POLAR2018 conference is now open! To be held in Davos, Switzerland from 15-26 June, the conference, incorporating the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), will combine scientists from the entire polar community. Submit your abstract to the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, to be held from 19-23 June, through the website and have a look at the sessions available here.


1 September:   Abstract submission opens
1 November:   Deadline abstract submission, early-bird registration opens
31 December:   Side meeting requests close
31 January ’18: Acceptance notification with oral/poster information

ANTPAS Workshop Program

The program to the upcoming ANTPAS Workshop has been published. Christel and Nicola will present in Session 1, which runs from 10:50 – 13:00. Tebogo will speak during Session 2 (14:15 – 15:55) and Jenna in Session 3 (16:25 – 18:15). All session will take place on 4 October. For more information on the workshop have a look at the ANTPAS website. Also have a look a the online program.


Frozen Ground Cartoons

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Have a look at this international collaboration between artists and permafrost scientists that aims at making permafrost science not only fun but also accessible to people outside of this field. Have a look at the website here. Also look at their download page.


It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Christel, Jenna, Nicola, and Tebogo have all been awarded Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) travel grants  of USD 750 to attend the upcoming ANTPAS Workshop in Varese, Italy. The workshop will be held on 4 and 5 October at the University of Insubria. Ian will be joining them at the workshop and all will be presenting on their work at the workshop as well. We would like to thank SCAR and ANTPAS for granting us these funds and making our attendance at the workshop possible. Go science!

Inspiring Young Minds

After speaking at the Studium Apertum, Nicola Wilmot was approached by her teachers at the Junior School of St Mary’s to come and speak to the grade 6 and 7 classes. Yesterday (31 July) Nicola spoke on her experience in Antarctica and explained to the girls that doing something in what you love can be so rewarding. She also explained that being a women in Antarctica is rare as there is this stigma that Antarctica is a man’s place. But as Nicola expressed, women can do the same thing as men, you just have be willing to do it. The students were eager to ask many questions, for example; What food did you eat in Antarctica? What path did you take to get to studying your Master in Antarctica?

It is so great to see young girls become interest in Polar research and what one can do with geography. That is why it is so important to do science outreach with schools so that we can inspire the next generation of Polar scientists.


The girls were eager to take a photo with Nicola when they found out that she went to St Marys (Waverley, Johannesburg) and she was taught by some of the same teachers that teach them today.

Conclusion of SAAG

The presentation portion of the 2017 Biennial SAAG conference concluded on Thursday 27 July, followed by a dinner at Malandela’s Restaurant, attended by delegates from Rhodes University, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Free State, the University of Fort Hare, iThemba Labs, the University of Cape Town, as well as other delegates. Friday’s events included a practical workshop during the morning, focusing on bio-engineering and vetiver grass for managing soil erosion and rehabilitation of areas. This was followed by a visit to the Elangeni erosion site, as well as the Ezulwini sewerage works to view environmental work stabilising side slopes using vetiver grass planted some 13 years ago. Both the workshop and post-conference field trip were facilitated by Heinz Beckedahl of the University of Swaziland, Paul Truong from the Vetiver Network International, and Roley Nöffke from Huydromulch (Pty).

We would like to than all the Society of Southern African Geomorphologists, the conference organizers, Kruger & Associates, all the sponsors, and all the delegates for a successful conference. We can’t wait for the next one in two years time!



SAAG Day 2

Day 2 of the 2017 Biennial SAAG conference has concluded. Today was a day of presentations focused very much on erosional effects and control measures, fluvial erosion and case studies thereof, as well as wetlands and wetland rehabilitation. For more on these presentation have a look at the program. The day ended with an engaging and informative discussion on geomorphology and its role in the current curriculum of various universities within South Africa.

Prizes for the best student oral and poster presentations were also awarded. Ms Namso Nyamela from Rhodes University received the prize for the best student presentation. Mr Abu Nguna from the University of Fort Hare and Ms René Grundling from the University of Pretoria were the recipients of the prizes for the best student posters.

Day 1 of SAAG

Day 1 of the 2017 SAAG Biennial Conference concluded with Jay le Roux (the outgoing president of SAAG) handing over the reigns to David Hedding (the current president of SAAG). The new Council and President Elect (Christel Hansen) were elected during the General Meeting, which took place before the start of sessions and a plethora of fascinating and exciting presentations. More on the sessions and presentations can be seen in the conference program and book of abstracts. We would also like to thank the Swaziland National Trust Commission for sponsoring the delegates dinner, which was held at Esibayeni Lodge.

2017 Biennial SAAG Conference!

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The 2017 Biennial Society of Southern African Geomorphologist’s (SAAG) conference has started. Venue is the University of Swaziland in Manzini (Kwaluseni) and delegates were welcomed the conference by the minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs of Swaziland, the Honorable Christopher Gamedze, who also opened the conference. The next two days will be jam-packed with exciting presentations on everything ranging from erosion research to cold climate studies. A workshop on the use of bio-engineering and Vetiver grass will be held on Friday. Have a look at the program here.