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GeoCongress (GSSA)

Event Date: 
18 Jul 08:00 - 20 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

Geocongress 2018 Student Funding – Call for Applications

 

A major aim of Geocongress 2018 is to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a national conference, attend scientific sessions across a range of disciplines, and network with prominent researchers in their field. Every effort has been made to keep registration costs for the conference as low as possible, but we understand that there are additional costs that may prohibit attendance.

We are happy to announce that the Student Support Subcommittee of Geocongress 2018 will provide financial assistance to deserving postgraduate students to attend the conference, based on the outcome of a competitive application process.

 

Read more about the Call for applications student support funding here


To be eligible for financial support, you need to be a full-time Honours, MSc or PhD student registered for the 2018 academic year at a tertiary institution in South Africa or one of its neighbouring countries. You also need to be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at the Geocongress. You are not eligible if you have funding dedicated to attending the Geocongress from another source.

To be considered, candidates need to submit their applications to Geocongress2018students [at] gmail [dot] com by no later than 13 April 2018.

For more information on the application process, and supporting documents needed, please click on the link below;

http://www.gssaconferences.co.za/student-support

Call for sessions

Geocongress 2018 of the Geological Society of South Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 18 to 20 July 2018. In order to ensure a vibrant scientific program, we hereby invite proposals for sessions. The session organiser will be expected to promote his or her session, select contributions for oral or poster presentations and determine the order of presentations. During the congress, the session organiser(s) will act as session chairs and ensure the smooth running of their session.

To propose a session, please send an email to geocongress2018 [at] gmail [dot] com with the following information:
1. The title of the session
2. The name, affiliation and e-mail address(es) of the proposer(s)
3. A description of the topic of the session (not exceeding 100 words)

The deadline for session proposals is the end of January 2018. Notifications of acceptance of sessions will be sent out by mid-February.

Please get involved, promote your research interests and ensure that Geocongress meets international scientific standards!

On behalf of the organising committee,

Marlina Elburg
Bertus Smith
 

Conference Secretariat

Scatterlings Conferences and Events
Charne Millett-Clay: +27(0)11 463 5085 • charne [at] soafrica [dot] com
 

 

WISA- 2nd Peri Urban Conference

Event Date: 
26 Nov 08:00 - 29 Nov 16:00
Event Description: 

 

2nd Peri-Urban Conference 2017

In South Africa, experts and technical managers in urban environments often complain about the lack of integration around the water, energy, food and land nexus. Peri-urban environments which are considered to be in transition from rural to urban offers us an opportunity to demonstrate new approaches that may be more effective for service delivery and resilience of communities.
 
The 2nd Peri-urban conference will take place in Cape Town, 26 – 29 November 2017, connecting professionals, academics and decision-makers from different sectors and providing a platform for sharing knowledge on water, planning and development.

The 2nd Peri-urban conference will take place in Cape Town, 26 – 29 November 2017, connecting professionals, academics and decision-makers from different sectors and providing a platform for sharing knowledge on water, planning and development. 

REGISTRATION COSTS

WISA Members                 Non-WISA Members            Student Fee
 R 5 650                              R 6 650                            R 2 500

GWD Field School Gauteng 2018

Event Date: 
07 Mar 08:00 - 09 Mar 16:00
Event Description: 

Groundwater Field School
Pretoria March 2018
Wed 7 to Fri 9 March 2018

High Performance Center (hpc) Auditorium, University of Pretoria

The Course is aimed at those involved or interested in groundwater (or geohydrology) who wish to broaden their understanding of the fundamentals in the application of hydrogeological field work.  The course is presented by academics and consultants working in hydrogeology.

We encourage all graduate trainees, field technicians, environmental assistants, technical assistants, water technicians; geohydrologists, assistant hydrogeologists; geo-technicians and consultants to attend. 

The course is CPD accredited with SACNASP.

Make sure to sign-up early for this popular course! Group discounts (more than 3 delegates) qualify for a 10% discount

Course fees:

Cost: R 2000 per person per day (VAT excl)
Full attendance: R5,700 (GWD members) / R 6,000 (non-members) excl. VAT

Provisional Programme

VIEW THE LATEST PROGRAMME - 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Quick Overview:
Day 1: Groundwater Hydrology, Exploration and Management
Day 2: Field Hydraulic Testing and Interpretation
Day 3: Geochemistry and Contaminant Transport

PRINT COURSE INVITE/ BROCHURE

REGISTER ONLINE (click here)

GWD AGM 2017

Event Date: 
16 Oct 17:00 - 18:00
Event Description: 

GROUND WATER DIVISION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

STELLENBOSCH, 16 OCTOBER 2017, 17:00-18:00

AGENDA

  1. WELCOME AND OPENING
  2. ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA
  3. ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERSHIP 2016/17
  4. PROFESSIONAL MATTERS
  • SACNASP/ CPD – WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
  • CODE OF PRACTICE – ESTABLISHMENT OF WORKING GROUP
  • IAH AND ECHN FEEDBACK
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: BRANCH CHAIRS 2018/19
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: NATIONAL EXCO ELECTION 2018/19
  • NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTION
  1. MEMBERSHIP
  • MEMBERSHIP FEES
  • IAN AND GWD JOINT MEMBERSHIP
  • STUDENT FUND
  1. ACTIVITIES
  • DARCY LECTURER 2017
  • FIELD SCHOOL 2018 (FEBRUARY PRETORIA)
  • HONOURS FIELD SCHOOL (JUNE NATIONAL)
  • CONFERENCE 2019 – BRANCHES AND DECISION; JOINT GWD-IAH-SA CONFERENCE IN FUTURE?
  • CONFERENCE 2021
  • OTHER COURSES AND EVENTS
  • NEW WEBSITE – PROFESSIONAL DATABASE, CONFERENCE PAPERS DATABASE. What do you want to see?
  1. CLOSING

View/ Print AGENDA

 

NGWA Foundation's Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series (CTN)

Event Date: 
09 Nov 17:30 - 20:00
Event Description: 

 

Thursday 9 November 2017, 17:30 for 18:00

Life Science Auditorium, University of the Western Cape

 
About the Lecture:
 

The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin

 
 

“The Critical Role of Water in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin” examines the geophysical tools used to study key processes that control water movement and availability in the subsurface where there is no easy access for observation.

 
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NGWA Foundation's Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series (BFN)

Event Date: 
08 Nov 10:00 - 13:00
Event Description: 

The GWD invites you to join us for the 2017 Darcy Lecture
to be hosted in:

Bloemfontein, IGS @UFS on 8 November 2017. 10:00

 
About the Lecture:
 

A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way It Should

 
 
Transport through preferential flowpaths is important in a broad range of scientific disciplines. In hydrology, the ability to quantify subsurface transport is an issue of paramount importance due to problems associated with groundwater contamination. Observational challenges and complexity of hydrogeological systems lead to severe prediction challenges with standard measurement techniques. One important example of a prediction challenge is “anomalous” solute-transport behavior, defined by characteristics such as concentration rebound, long breakthrough tailing, and poor pump-and-treat efficiency.

These phenomena have been observed at research and aquifer-remediation sites in diverse geologic settings, and are not predicted by classical theory. Numerous conceptual models have been developed to explain anomalous transport, such as the presence of two distinct populations of pores — one where solutes are highly mobile and another where they are not — but verification and inference of controlling parameters in these models in situ remains problematic, and often estimated based on data fitting alone. Recent tests using simple electric geophysical methods directly measure the process of mobile-immobile mass transfer and allow estimation of parameters controlling anomalous transport.

This lecture presents a rock-physics framework, an experimental methodology, and analytical expressions that can be used to determine parameters controlling anomalous solute transport behavior from colocated hydrologic and electrical geophysical measurements in a series of settings, including groundwater and surface water/groundwater systems. The long-term goals of this work are to contribute toward improving the predictive capabilities of numerical models and enhancing the fidelity of long-term groundwater monitoring frameworks.
 
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NGWA Foundation's Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series (PTA)

Event Date: 
06 Nov 17:30 - 20:00
Event Description: 

The GWD invites you to join us for the 2017 Darcy Lecture
to be hosted at :

University of Pretoria, High Performance Centre, Hatfield on 6 November 2017.
17:30 for 18:00

 

About the Lecture:
 

A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way It Should

 
 
Transport through preferential flowpaths is important in a broad range of scientific disciplines. In hydrology, the ability to quantify subsurface transport is an issue of paramount importance due to problems associated with groundwater contamination. Observational challenges and complexity of hydrogeological systems lead to severe prediction challenges with standard measurement techniques. One important example of a prediction challenge is “anomalous” solute-transport behavior, defined by characteristics such as concentration rebound, long breakthrough tailing, and poor pump-and-treat efficiency.

These phenomena have been observed at research and aquifer-remediation sites in diverse geologic settings, and are not predicted by classical theory. Numerous conceptual models have been developed to explain anomalous transport, such as the presence of two distinct populations of pores — one where solutes are highly mobile and another where they are not — but verification and inference of controlling parameters in these models in situ remains problematic, and often estimated based on data fitting alone. Recent tests using simple electric geophysical methods directly measure the process of mobile-immobile mass transfer and allow estimation of parameters controlling anomalous transport.

This lecture presents a rock-physics framework, an experimental methodology, and analytical expressions that can be used to determine parameters controlling anomalous solute transport behavior from colocated hydrologic and electrical geophysical measurements in a series of settings, including groundwater and surface water/groundwater systems. The long-term goals of this work are to contribute toward improving the predictive capabilities of numerical models and enhancing the fidelity of long-term groundwater monitoring frameworks.
 
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Workshop on SACNASP (GWD, Spier, Stellenbosch)

Event Date: 
15 Oct 15:30 - 17:00
Event Description: 

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GWD Seminar: Ah ha moments of hydrogeologists

Event Date: 
07 Sep 17:00 - 20:00
Event Description: 

*Please RSVP by Tuesday 8 am for catering purposes

Time:                    17h00

Date:                     7 September 2017

Venue:                 Downstairs lecture theatre in New Life Sciences Building, University of the Western Cape (-33.931430° S; 18.625208° E)

Open to all GWD members and prospective members/ interested parties alike.

Please RSVP by Tuesday 8 am for catering purposes

On the menu:

  • Julian Conrad:  Drilling in a primary aquifer – easy . . . definitely not . . . Lamberts Bay water supply
  • John Weaver:  Low pH, copper and a winery
  • Dr Ricky Murray:  Getting the yield right
  • Dr Gideon Tredoux – Honorary member - Natural denitrification in the Stampriet Artesian Basin
  • Neville Paxton:  Value of conceptual models
  • Dr Roger Parsons – Communication – an essential ingredient of good science
  • Prof. Frank Hodgson – Honorary member – New technologies and what they make possible – a perspective that started in 1973
  • Dr Jaco Nel – Getting groundwater models right
  • Dr Ricky Murray – Groundwater and drought in Windhoek

The post-presentation discussions will flow over to our customary networking drinks and snacks session.

Kind regards

Roger

Chair – Western Cape Branch, Ground Water Division

PO Box 151, Pringle Bay, 7196, SOUTH AFRICA

tel:  028 273 8676

cell: 083-310-6504

email:  roger [at] pasgc [dot] co [dot] za

Geo-skills Course | Geological Society of South Africa

Event Date: 
27 Jul 08:00 - 29 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

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