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Second International Conference on Climate Change

Hong Kong, 6-9 October 2009 (completed)

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Climate Change Forum and The Climate Group, the Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2009) will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6 to 9 October, 2009. It will bring together an international audience of over 250 professionals from government, business, and research to hear the latest developments on climate change, and to exchange ideas for establishing practical frameworks on risk management and sustainability.

The themes of the Conference will include:

(1) Business risks and realities, and strategies for pursuing low carbon opportunities in Asia and globally.
(2) The research, and the regional implications for mitigation to limit the extent of climate change, and adaptation to those changes that are already underway.
(3) Low carbon leadership in China and the Pearl River Delta Region, and the imperative for urgent action locally, nationally, and internationally across the global economy.
ICCC2009 will feature three days of plenary and parallel sessions to investigate the roles of business, science and policy in the issue of climate change.

With approximately 40% of its participants from outside Hong Kong, ICCC2009 offers opportunities for networking, dialogue and collaboration or even a friendly conference call. Registration for the conference is now open. Interested parties can visit http://www.iccc2009.org for further details and for registration.



ICSU (International Council for Science) has a Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science which has reaffirmed the position on discriminatory practices in a letter to Members and Regional Offices. This follows their recent consideration of two different situations in which security concerns have resulted in the implementation of policies and procedures that are strongly discriminatory against academics or students of specific nationalities or origins. These actions are contrary to the Principle of Universality and, as such, should actively be opposed by all ICSU Members. For more information on the ICSU views see the article on this topic at <http://www.icsu.org/index.php> or download the pdf at: <http://www.icsu.org/5_abouticsu/PDF/Security_vetting_procedures.pdf>


ICSU and its global biodiversity programme - DIVERSITAS - are working with IUCN to collect the views of the scientific community on a proposal for a new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES is proposed to be a mechanism for assessing biodiversity and ecosystems, similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It has gathered considerable political support and the current timetable is that a decision on its establishment will take place in the latter half of 2010. You are encouraged to submit your views on IPBES by completing an online questionnaire, at <www.IUCN.org/IPBES>. Please help by circulating this link to any potentially interested scientists and institutions that you are aware of. Submission deadline is 13 September. All submissions will be jointly analysed by ICSU and its partners and inform input to a key UNEP meeting in October, which will focus on the plans for IPBES. This is an important opportunity to influence the future structures for ensuring an effective science policy interface in this critical area.


In observance of the United Nations proclamation of the triennium 2007-2009 as the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), the Young Earth-Scientist Network, under the patronage of UNESCO, is organizing the First World Congress which is focused on young (under the age of 35) earth scientists, and earth science professionals. The Congress is a flagship project of IYPE and will be held at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing (CUGB), China from 25 to 28th October 2009. The objective of the Congress is to connect young earth-scientists, young political leaders, representatives of organizations and associations across the world to create innovative approaches towards long-term sustainability and restoration of earth systems, and to build long-term bridges between the scientific community and future decision-makers. The goals of the Congress will be met through a series of oral sessions, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions that focus on topics of global scientific and social significance.

The YES Congress is strongly supported by China. Eight Beijing Universities and other Chinese scientific institutions are involved in the Organization. The opening ceremony will be attended by: the Minister of Land and Resources (MLR), the Minister of Education (MOE), and also the Ministry of Environmental protection that will be represented by either the Minister, or Vice-Minister. The premier Wen Jiabao who studied at the CUGB University, has been invited to host the event. Internationally, some of most important organizations in the sector of earth sciences are supporting the event. At present the Scientific Committee has accepted more than 500 abstracts, and the Organizing Committee has already received more than 200 registrations for the event. No less than 300 participants from more than 30 countries are expected. The Congress will be the chance to address the young scientists and policy-makers, and to discuss with colleagues and young scientists your point of view and actions your institution is pursuing in that field.

YES Congress Roundtable Sessions will review scientific challenges for the future geoscience workforce, as well as explore career and academic pathways. These sessions include: 1) Natural Resources and Energy Sustainability; 2) Natural hazards; 3) Climate Change in the Polar Regions; 4) Issues Facing Global Geoscience Education and Research. 5) Industry Academic Linkages: Connecting the needs of the workforce with the tools of the classroom ; 6) Transfer of Credentials/International Licensure; and 7) Women in the Geoscience Workforce. For details see http://www.yescongress2009.org/RoundtableDetails/Roundtables.html>. For those unable to travel to the YES Congress, we are offering the ability for individuals to participate in the YES Congress Roundtables via a web-interface as "Virtual Participants". This virtual interface will enable participants to view and listen to presentations and be part of the panel discussion that will follow the roundtable presentations. In order to participate in the YES Congress Roundtables as a virtual participant, please register here: http://www.yescongress2009.org/index.php?option=com_chronocontact&chronoformname=roundtable_registration

The Oral Program is based on the 10 main themes of the IYPE plus 4 additional themes as outlined below. A full listing of the Oral Sessions topics and the internationally recognized scientists convening the sessions is available at <http://www.yescongress2009.org/oral-program.html>.

The Y.E.S. Congress venue is at the China University of Geosciences, located at 29 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, which is very easy to reach from the Beijing National Airport. For hotel reservations e-mail: gicc_yes@163.com; phoe +86-010-82322037 or visit the website. Full details about the Y.E.S. Congress, including updates, excursion details, hotel etc.can be found at: <http://www.yescongress2009.org>

International Conference on Paleoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution

26-28 October, 2009, Kolkata, INDIA (completed)

The Conference is Organized by the Geological Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute and is part of the UNESCO-IGCP project

( http://earth.geology.yale.edu/igcp509/ ).

The Paleoproterozoic Era (2,500 - 1,600 million years) was a period of profound global change in the Earth system, reflected in the breakup and formation of two supercontinental masses and development of extensive shelfal seas/depositional systems. For more information and submission of papers see Circular 1 or contact Dr. Rajat Mazumder, of the Geological Studies Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, 203, B.T. Road, Kolkata 700108, India (email: igcp509@redfiffmail.com or mazumder.rajat@gmail.com; Fax: 91-33-25773026)


Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences

Austin Texas, USA, November 8-11, 2009 (completed)

The 4th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences will be hosted by the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences on the Pickle Research Campus of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, on 8-12 November 2009. The main objective of this event is to bring a world perspective of submarine mass movements and their consequences by assembling outstanding contributions from active international researchers, academic institutions, and the energy industry. This approach provides full coverage of the many scientific and engineering aspects that are currently being undertaken in the study of submarine mass movements.

For more information see Symposium website at:



Press Release

The Tsunami Society will hold its Fourth International Tsunami Symposium in July 25 - 29, 2010, in Toronto, Canada, in conjunction and mutual co-sponsorship with the 9th US National & 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering.


9th U.S. National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering

9ième Conférence Nationale Américaine et 10ième Conférence Canadienne de Génie Parasismique: Au delà des Frontières

July 25–29, 2010, Toronto, CANADA

The 9th U.S. National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, with the theme of “Reaching Beyond Borders,” will be held in Toronto, Canada, July 25–29, 2010, co-convened jointly by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE) and co-sponsored by the Tsunami Society. The conference will provide a unique environment to develop synergy between U.S. and Canadian scientists and engineers as well as other participants from around the world. This conference will offer opportunities to share the latest knowledge and techniques for understanding and mitigating the effects of earthquakes by bringing together professionals from a broad range of disciplines, including architecture, structural engineering, seismology, geology, geophysics, geotechnical engineering, societal impacts, regional planning, emergency response planning, and regulation. For more information and call for papers see 2nd Announcement Circular. Additional detailed instructions are available at the conference website www.2010eqconf.org


THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS on "Arsenic in the Environment"- (completed) Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases. May 17-21, 2010, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, TAIWAN. “Arsenic in the Environment” - About the book and Congress Series - Topics to be covered will include: a) Geology, Hydrology, and Hydrogeology of Arsenic; b) Ecological Effects: Plants, Agriculture and Soils; c) Marine and Terrestrial Biota; d) Health Effects on Humans: Epidemiology and Biomarkers; e) Toxicological Effects: Animal Models; and f) Mitigation, Policy and Protection. More information at the website of the Third Congress on Arsenic in the Environment




_________FOR SALE: Cheoye Lee 47" Offshore Yawl; Cascade 42 Sloop (click on images for more information)________



The 3rd International Geoparks Symposium on "Development within Geoparks: Geo-heritage Protection and Cooperation" attracted over 300 participants. The Symposium was organised by the Tai'an City Administration Committee of the Taishan Global Geopark, and the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences. The theme of the Symposium was aimed at enhancing cooperation and exchange among geoparks worldwide so as to promote the protection of geo-heritage. Altogether 75 papers were submitted during the formal proceedings. The attendees also visited the nearby Taishan Global Geopark to get an appreciation of its geological heritage.

The meeting was also the venue for the Annual Meeting of the Global Geoparks Network Bureau (GGNB) of UNESCO held on 22 August 2009. The GGNB meeting approved 5 new geoparks: 3 in Japan and 2 in China. In Japan the new geoparks approved are Itoigawa Geopark, Toya Usu Volcano Geopark, and Unzen Volcanic Geopark. In China the new geoparks are Alxa Geopark in Inner Mongolia, and Qinling Geopark in Shannxi Province. At the meeting the Bureau also established timelines which set a clear time frame for Geopark submissions and evaluation missions, which will clarify the duration of the application process from the date of submission to approval of membership. Additional information can be found at <http://www.globalgeopark.org/publish/portal1/tab80/>

The IUGS is a strong supporter of the Global Geoparks Network concept and this meeting was the first in which a recently appointed IUGS Executive Committee Member attended as an official member of the GGN Bureau. To mark the occasion the IUGS President also attended the GGN meeting as an observer. Given that the Global Geoparks Network works as a "bottom-up" process rather than a "top-down" process, which requires direct involvement of local people around the Geopark site (to participate in tourist expansion and advance local income/welfare etc) all countries with declared, or proposed, Geoparks should consider forming a National Geoparks Network/Committee to provide geoscience input advice etc. For more information on the GGN processes and documentation see: <http://www.globalgeopark.org/publish/portal1/tab59/module441/more.htm>.

24th International Tsunami Symposium July 14 - 17, 2009, Novosibisrk, Russia.

Organized by the IUGG Tsunami Commission and sponsored by the Siberian Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics.

The meeting included a 3-day Research Symposium covering all the basic aspects of the tsunami problem and 1-day Technical Workshop on Tsunami Measurements and Real-Time Detection jointly sponsored by the IUGG Tsunami Commission (IUGG/TC), the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) NOAA and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) UNESCO.

For more information on Venue, Program, Abstracts, Registration, Accomodations, Visas and Contacts visit the website of the Local Organizing Committee: English version ; Russian Version

View Conference Website http://tsun.sscc.ru/tsunami2009/index.html

View Workshop Program http://tsun.sscc.ru/tsunami2009/program_draft.htm


PROHITECH 2009 International Conference - Protection of Historical Buildings by Reversible Mixed Technologies,

21-24 June 2009, Rome, ITALY

The Conference entirely devoted to the protection of relevant buildings belonging to the Cultural Heritage, mainly focusing on the use of innovative technologies.
 The Conference is aimed at collecting the contributions of the main outputs from the most outstanding Institutions operating worldwide in the field of Cultural Heritage. At the same time, it will be a suitable opportunity for disseminating the results of the research activity coming from the PROHITECH project, developed in the years 2004-2008 http://www.prohitech.com
The technical programme of the Conference will consist in working sessions introduced by the Chairman, followed by oral presentations and open discussion. Outstanding experts will be invited for keynote lectures, presenting the most recent developments in theory, design and practice with reference to the protection of relevant historical and monumental buildings all over the world. Moreover, Special Sessions are envisaged, which can be freely proposed and organized by the participants, within the general scope of the Conference.
Information about the Conference and the work in progress is available on the website http://www.prohitech09.com . In addition, you can contact the following address:


2009 China Cross-Straits Symposium on the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards - 19-20 JUNE 2009, FUZHOY, CHINA (Completed)

The Symposium was held in China's south-eastern coastal city of Fuzhou, in Fujian Province from the 19th to 20th June 2009. It was sponsored by the China International Talent Exchange Foundation, the Taiwan K.T.Li Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology, the National Taiwan University, the Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the Department of Water Resources, the Meteorological Administration, the Earthquake Administration of Fujian Province and the Tsunami Society, and has the strong support of China's National Natural Science Foundation. The objective of the two-day Symposium was to have in-depth communications and discussions on how to effectively mitigate the impact of natural hazards such as typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis. Keynote address was given by Tsunami Society President, Dr. George Pararas-Carayannis.
(View address in
English - in Chinese (compressed pdf files, 1.8MB)



Under the Auspices of: International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE); Hosted by: Chinese Association of Earthquake Engineering (CAEE); Sponsored by: China Earthquake Administration and the. Ministry of Construction, China.

The 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering will serve as an international forum at which specialists, government officials and NGO representatives in earthquake engineering and relevant fields may exchange the latest research results and technologies. The Conference strives to promote innovation, practice and safety in reducing the impact of earthquakes on our society and natural environment. Download 2nd Announcement from this site. For more information go to: http://www.14wcee.org , http://www.14wcee.com or http://www.14wcee.net .


TSUNAMI SESSION - (Co-sponsored by the Tsunami Society) CALL FOR ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS - There will be a special Tsunami Session at the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Tentative Theme, "Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of Tsunami Disasters in Southeast Asia - Land Use and Engineering Aspects of Tsunami Preparedness". Send abstracts to: cektchau@polyu.edu.hk



UN Declaration for 2008 to be the International Year of Planet Earth. Designation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to organize activities, in collaboration with UNEP and other relevant United Nations bodies, the International Union of Geological Sciences and other Earth sciencessocieties and groups throughout the world. The importance of Earth sciences in achieving sustainable development and promoting local, national, regional and international action.


On 12 and 13 February 2008, the International Year of Planet Earth was officially launched at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. This event was co-organized by the IYPE Corporation and the National Committee of the IYPE in France, together with IUGS and UNESCO. UNESCO’s Director General Koïchiro Matsuural hosted the Event and some Heads of State were invited to address the audience. More information on: http://yearofplanetearth.org/index.html


Nature will now be publishing a new scientific journal dealing exclusively with geosciences. This issue celebrates the International Year of Planet Earth. The articles are free to download at this time.

Episodes vol. 40, no. 4 was released in December. It contains articles on the geology of the Western Himalaya, and information about different Global Standard Stratotype sessions and Global stratigraphic standard names. The volume also include information about important meetings. See: http://www.episodes.org/"GEM" NEWS

The Newsletter 10, December 2007 of the IUGS Commission Geoscience for Environmental Management includes a lot of interesting information. You can load down the GEM News from http://web.uvic.ca/~iugsgem/newsletters.htmMEETINGS


The Geological Society of America (GSA) IYPE e-Newsletter: The GSA produces an IYPE e-Newsletter that is issued every other month. If you wish to sign up to receive the email newsletter go to their website at: <http://www.geosociety.org/IYPE/newsletter/Subscribe.htm>

Our congratulations to Prof. Anne Buttimer Professor Emeritus of Geography, in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin, and the former President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and the IGU representative on the IYPE Board who was recently awarded a major honour for her contributions to humanistic geography and the development of geography in Sweden. At a ceremony in Stockholm Royal Castle on April 24th, the King of Sweden awarded the Johan August Wahlberg Gold medal to professor Buttimer. This is the first time an Irish academic has been so honoured. The Medal is one of the Vega medals awarded by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, a society for which the King is the major Patron.


The World Stress Map co-labelled as an IYPE legacy item: The World Stress Map (WSM) is the global compilation of information on the present-day stress field of the Earth's crust with over 22,000 stress data records in its current WSM database. It is a collaborative project between academia, industry and government that aims to characterize the stress patterns and to understand the stress sources. The project commenced in 1986 as a part of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP). From 1995-2008, the WSM was a research project of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Since 2009 the project is maintained and further developed at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. The WSM project is a task group of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), a constituent association of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). The World Stress Map is an open-access database (see the website http://dc-app3-14.gfz-potsdam.de/. It can be downloaded through the Stress Data subsection which also provides details about the data, utilities for data plotting, stress maps for specific regions, and much more useful information.

Earthlearningidea (ELI): The Earthlearningidea was developed during the IYPE and aims to publish Earth-related teaching ideas, designed to be practical resources for teachers and teacher-trainers all over the world. The program published one activity per week throughout the IYPE in 2008 and is continuing in 2009 with one activity per month. Each activity is designed to create pupil participation for maximum learning. All activities require minimal cost and equipment but, best of all, they are fun! Anybody who would like to submit an Earthlearningidea is welcome to do so. It should be: 1)based on simple ideas 2) using simple apparatus, that might be available in classrooms with few resources, or using no apparatus at all; 3) written to the Earthlearningidea format and headings, on just 2 pages. If your idea meets these criteria, Earthlearningidea will be very happy to edit and publish it. On the basis of the ideas you send them they hope to continue publishing Earthlearningideas into 2009, possibly once a month. Find out more at: <http://www.earthlearningidea.com/>

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, from 14-8 December) will include an AGU Session on the IYPE, entitled "The Fruits of IYPE - Implementing Long-Term Activities". Preparations are in progress and Session Convenors have been selected. This Session will be chaired by Dr. Fred Spilhaus, former Executive Director of AGU. IYPE National Committees are invited to submit papers and to present posters on IYPE achievements in their countries. The deadline for abstracts is 3 September 2009. For more IYPE activity regularly check the website at http://www.yearofplanetearth.org.

For updates on ONEGEOLOGY, the international initiative of the geological surveys of the world and a flagship project of the IYPE, which aims to create dynamic geological map data of the world available via the web, visit <http://www.onegeology.org/home.html>


International Scientific Conference “100 Years of The Tunguska Event”
June 30 – July 6 2008: Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Completed)
E-mail: zua@mgcs.ru with Cc: tunguska2008@krasn.ru
Web-site: www.tungus-bolid.Krasu.ru

International Worldwide Colloquium and Conference of African Geology - November 4 – 6 2008, Hammamet, Tunisia (Completed)

The Geological Society of Africa and the Colloquium and Conference Steering Committee held an international worldwide 22 nd Colloquium and 13th Conference of African Geology
General queries regarding can be sent to: mh.inoubli.@planet.tn; saidtlig@yahoo.fr; dt.onm@email.ati.tn


2nd International Conference: ''The Atlantis Hypothesis: Searching for a Lost Land'' 10 - 11 November 2008. Athens, Greece. (Completed)

General Information - Call for Papers - Registration ; The 2nd International Conference on the “Atlantis Hypothesis: Looking for a Lost Land” aims to serve as a forum for the presentation and constructive discussion of all the issues related to the hypothesis of the lost land of Atlantis. The purpose of the meeting is to gather specialists of all the different disciplines involved in highlighting the scientific aspects of this fascinating subject.


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