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GeoCongress (GSSA)

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

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
 

 

CBSS Training Workshop, Cape Town (re. IWRM, NWA & WUA)

Event Date: 
12 Sep 08:00 - 14 Sep 16:00
Event Description: 

Dear Colleague

 

On 24 March 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published new Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for water use license applications and Appeals in GN R267.  Considering the extensive requirements in this new Regulation, CBSS has updated our popular three-day training workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, the National Water Act, and Water Use Authorisations, and will be presenting it at the following Venues:

 

Date

Venue

Cost

Early Bird discount:

Register before

15 – 17 August 2016

Pretoria (near Hatfield Gautrain Station)

R 6,225.00 excluding VAT

18 July 2017

12 – 14 September 2017

Cape Town (near Century City)

R 6,725.00 excluding VAT

14 August 2017

 

Please click on these links for the Course Description and Registration Form.   Seats are limited, so please register without delay should you be interested in attending.  Please note that discounts are available for bona fide students, bookings for three or more attendees from the same organisation, and for early bird registration, with payment finalised before the dates indicated.  More details regarding these discounts are available on our website http://www.cbosss.com/training/register/

 

Please circulate this message to your network and colleagues who may benefit from this course to ensure their participation.

 

Yours in sustainability

 

Glaudin Kruger

Course Coordinator

Tel 028 316 2905

Email: kruger@krugerassociate

 

on behalf of

 

 

 14 June 2017

CBSS Training Workshop, Pretoria (re. IWRM, NWA & WUA)

Event Date: 
15 Aug 08:00 - 17 Aug 16:00
Event Description: 

Dear Colleague

 

On 24 March 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published new Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for water use license applications and Appeals in GN R267.  Considering the extensive requirements in this new Regulation, CBSS has updated our popular three-day training workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, the National Water Act, and Water Use Authorisations, and will be presenting it at the following Venues:

 

Date

Venue

Cost

Early Bird discount:

Register before

15 – 17 August 2016

Pretoria (near Hatfield Gautrain Station)

R 6,225.00 excluding VAT

18 July 2017

12 – 14 September 2017

Cape Town (near Century City)

R 6,725.00 excluding VAT

14 August 2017

 

Please click on these links for the Course Description and Registration Form.   Seats are limited, so please register without delay should you be interested in attending.  Please note that discounts are available for bona fide students, bookings for three or more attendees from the same organisation, and for early bird registration, with payment finalised before the dates indicated.  More details regarding these discounts are available on our website http://www.cbosss.com/training/register/

 

Please circulate this message to your network and colleagues who may benefit from this course to ensure their participation.

 

Yours in sustainability

 

Glaudin Kruger

Course Coordinator

Tel 028 316 2905

Email: kruger@krugerassociate

 

on behalf of

 

 

 14 June 2017

WISA 2018 Conference and Exhibition “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas”

Event Date: 
24 Jun 08:00 - 27 Jun 16:00
Event Description: 

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) invites you to attend the WISA biennial conference and exhibition 2018, which will take place at the CTICC, Cape Town, from 24 to 27 June 2018.

The central theme of “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas” seeks to address past, existing and future water resource challenges by promoting collaboration, cooperation and integration within the water sector. The Southern African region faces increased uncertainty and vulnerability regarding water supply. The following thematic areas for the conference seek to promote, inspire and demonstrate the value of working beyond existing mandates and perceived restrictions. While an emphasis is placed on Southern African case studies and research, international examples applicable to the Southern African context are welcome.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS -  DEADLINE 30 JUNE 2017

 
Thematic Areas for Conference 
The context of each thematic area is described in further detail highlighting discussion topics, with some guiding questions. This description is merely to serve as a guide, coupled with key words to assist with the submission of relevant abstracts under each of the thematic areas linked to the central theme of the conference.
For more information :  http://www.wisa2018.org.za/call-for-abstracts/ 

 

Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference (ASSAf)

Event Date: 
19 Jul 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

Young Scientists’ Conference

Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Jointly hosted by the: Department of Science and Technology;  Academy of Science of South Africa South African Young Academy of Science; The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub- Saharan Africa; Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing; World -South Africa Chapter National Research Foundation

Date: 19 July 2017

Theme: Young Scientists’ Role in Science Advice

Venue: Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg, Johannesburg

1. Introduction

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World - South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 19 July 2017.

ASSAf, together with its partners, is seeking young scientists based in South Africa to participate in this conference. This multilateral conference will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the area of harnessing the demographic dividend through investments made in young scientists.

Evidence-based science advice in support of policy development is an area receiving much attention as governments are faced with addressing many challenges that are science-based. This conference will explore the role that young scientists can play in bridging the divide between science and policy.

2.Background

Young scientists represent the future of a country’s Science and Technology development and their inclusion and capacitation from an early stage in the processes that build a country’s system of innovation and policy is critical. They are recognised as providing the pool for the next generation of distinguished scholars. As the latter participate in conferences and joint research and exchange programmes, they get the chance to think through and beyond science to its applications in solving some of the biggest global problems of our time for society’s benefit.

Funding challenges however stunt the development of young scientists and early career researchers especially on the African continent, where few learning opportunities provided for joint learning exist. It is therefore important to empower young researchers to organise and lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision-making evidence-based and to strive for inclusive outcomes.

In July 2006, African Union Head of States and Governments meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC). The Charter is a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.

A further policy document by the African Union (AU) – the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), underpins science, technology and innovation as multi-function tools and enablers for achieving continental development goals. In pursuing this vision, the AU emphasises the importance of “building our universities as centres for excellence” and a further call for Africa to “harvest its population demographic dividend, especially women and youth, whose energy, creativity and courage must drive its development agenda”.

This conference will aim to engage young scientists on the importance of their increased participation in science advice in support of policy development, discuss barriers to

effective  engagement  and  the  use  and  adoption  of  scientific  knowledge  and  its application in technological innovations is responding to developmental challenges.

3.Conference Themes

The conference will focus on the three key issues below:

  1. Advocating the importance of placing young scientists and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the heart of national strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Application of a gender lens in science in addressing SDGs
  3. Building scientific capacity and capability in young scientists to advance science policy

4.Eligibility

This call is open to early career researchers who are based in South Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be based in South Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of at least a Master’s degree
  • Have research interests in the conference sub-themes
  • Commit to be present for the duration of the conference
  • Submit an abstract that will be the basis for a presentation at the conference
  • Be willing to present and share current research results at the conference

5.Conference Participation and Application

ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in one of the sub- themes outlined above. The attached application form should be completed and sent to Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za (Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za )Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 by Tuesday, 9 May, 2017. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. Further information about the conference will be circulated to successful applicants.

6.Call for Abstracts

Abstract Format and Submission

The abstracts should follow the following format:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Author and Institution) in the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English
  • Abstract title must be in boldface, capital letters (lowercase) and centered
  • Abstract font must be Century Gothic 11 with A4 set up margins
  • Abstract must include the following information:
    • Title, Author(s), Institution(s)
    • Name of first-author should be underlined (Please do not underline co- authors)
    • Institutional affiliations, city, province for all authors
    • The superscript numbering must be in front of each initial and surname of each author
  • Where appropriate, the text may be structured using the following headings:
    • Introduction or Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
  • Conclusions

Oral Presentations

All oral presentations will be conducted in English.

Poster Presentations

Accepted  posters  will  be  displayed  at  the  conference  venue  and  full  details  and specifications will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

7.General Conference Information

For any further information on the conference please contact:

Ms Edith Shikumo      Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614          Email: Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za

BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOMORPHOLOGY (SAAG)

Event Date: 
25 Jul 08:00 - 28 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOMORPHOLOGY (SAAG) AND ASSOCIATED WORKSHOPS

http://www.saag2017conference.com/index.php

Rationale and Purpose of the Conference and the associated Workshops

Stemming from discussions at the previous conference at Sani Pass, South Africa, we are pleased to announce that this conference and its associated workshops will be held in Swaziland, in association with the University of Swaziland. This conference seeks to create a forum to explore the contexts of theory and application in Geomorphology and the related fields.

Given the extent of soil erosion and land degradation in the Southern African region, and recognising the involvement of geomorphologists in topics related to these, we are particularly pleased to confirm that both the International Vetiver Network (TVNI) and the Soil Erosion Focus Group of the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (SEFG-LaRSSA) will be holding relevant workshops during this conference. We are confident that this will enhance the international status of the meeting, and broaden the base for discussion and meaningful interaction. We look forward to being able to welcome delegates to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

A pre-conference and main excursion to places of interest will also be offered.

 Organising Committee:
Prof. Heinz Beckedahl UNISWA (Chair), LaRSSA & SAAG
Dr Jay Le Roux UFS, SAAG
Roley Nöffke Hydromulch, LaRSSA & TVNI
Dr Sizwe Mabaso, UNISWA
Ian van Zuydam, UNISWA
Mthobisi Masilela, UNISWA
Prof. Paul Sumner UP, SAAG
Glaudin Kruger, Kruger & Associates

SAAG  2017 Conference Secretariat
Kruger & Associates
E-mail:  kruger [at] krugerassociate [dot] com
Tel 00 27 28 316 2905

GSSA GOLD DAY (GSSA)

Event Date: 
31 Mar 08:00 - 17:00
Event Description: 

GSSA Gold Day, 31 March 2017

About the Gold Day

Given the times that we live in, and the geopolitical uncertainty that the new American president is unleashing on the world, the planned GSSA Gold Day is an offering to our members interested in where the gold industry is going.

The topics will include whether gold will continue to be a key commodity in the global market, where the future of gold is heading, the latest ideas, and examine some of the gold projects currently underway.

Draft Programme

An overview of gold and the Trump Effect
Peter Major from Cadiz Asset Management

Where to next for South African gold mining and exploration?
Graham Briggs Independent Consultant with ninety8degreesgroup (TBC)

Update on the origin of the Witwatersrand Gold
Professor Laurence Robb, visiting professor at Oxford and Wits, and Independent Consultant

Setting South Deep up for long-term success
South Deep, Goldfields

Pan African Resources’ Tailings Retreatment Projects
Barry Naicker from PAR

Overview of African gold deposits
Mark Burnett from The Snowden Group

South African Greenstone Belts
The Kalgold Story (TBC)

What’s happening with gold in Zimbabwe?
(TBC)

DRC gold potential
Mike Robertson from The MSA Group

East African Greenstone Belts
Hannes Henckel from Acacia Mining

The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) – new models and ideas
– WAXI
Gold and the Arabian/Nubian Belt
Bisrat Yibas from CGS

Artisanal mining
Pontsho Ledwaba from Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at Wits

Register now

SANC IHP SYMPOSIUM (WRC, DWS)

Event Date: 
14 Mar 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

The Water Research Commission (WRC) serving in its capacity as Implementing Agent for the Framework Programme for Research, Education and Training in the Water Sector (FETWater) and Secretariat for UNESCO IHP, will be organizing the SANC UNESCO IHP Symposium. The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is one of the six (6) Intergovernmental Scientific Programmes (ISPs) of UNESCO, which are under the Science Commission. The current IHP Phase VIII (2014-2021) is focused on developing appropriate responses to Local, Regional, and Global challenges to promote Water Security. Specific objectives of IHP include enhancing water resource management, promoting water resource governance, and supporting integrated programmes that facilitate capacity building.

The Water Research Commission cordially invites you to be part of the 2017 SANC IHP Symposium. The Symposium will take place  in Pretoria on 14 March 2017, full day event.

Kindly RSVP  by not later than 08 March 2017.

Please find attached document for more information.

Kind regards

 

WRC

Ziyanda Mngomezulu
FETWATER: Group Assistant
Water Research Commission

Private Bag X03, Gezina, 0031, South Africa
Email: ziyandam [at] wrc [dot] org [dot] za

Tel: +27 12 330 0340   Fax: +27 12 331 2565

 

International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks (IAH Portugal)

Event Date: 
05 Jun 08:00 - 07 Jun 18:00
Event Description: 

GwFR’2017

International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks
And a session in honour of Jiri Krásny

CHAVES, PORTUGAL

5-7 JUNE 2017

24 years after the IAH Congress in Oslo dedicated to Fractured Rock Aquifers, 14 years after the International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, organized in Prague in 2003, and 5 years after the GwFR’2012 – International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, also organized in Prague, it is our pleasure to announce the

GwFR’2017 – International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks

To be organized in Chaves, Portugal, by the IAH Network on Fractured Rock Hydrogeology, the IAH Portuguese and the IAH Spanish National Chapters, between 5 and 7 June 2017.

The conference aims to join the groundwater specialists in fractured rocks around the world and will have a session dedicated to honour the memory of our colleague Jiri Krásny, who was the main inspire of these meetings and was the founder of the Commission that was the origin of actual Network.

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Drilling Methods and Techniques in Resource Delineation (GSSA)

Event Date: 
22 Feb 08:00 - 24 Feb 16:00
Event Description: 

Drilling Methods and Techniques in Resource Deliniation
Presented by Colin Rice

22-24 February 2017
Aviato Muldersdrift

This three day course provides a practical overview of all aspects of exploration drilling for practicing geologists and related professionals. The course is interactive and questions and discussions of on-site problems are encouraged. Participants will receive a set of printed course notes and a copy of "The Diamond Drilling Handbook"by Dr W.F. Heinz.

Book Now at 2016 Rates

• GSSA Member R 9 00-00 incl. VAT
• Non Member R 11 500-00 incl. VAT
• Academics R 6 500-00 incl. VAT
• Student R 4 700-00 incl. V AT

Programming Topics

Fundamentals of Drilling Operations
Drilling Methods
Common drilling calculations
Fundamentals of Borehole Surveying
Fundamentals of Directional Drilling
The use of Drilling Fluids

 


The program will commence at 08:30 and will finish at 16:00 each day.

Accomodation:

Avainto

http://www.avianto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Avianto_Okt_2013_1391.jpgThe Hotel at Avianto is set slightly apart from the main function venues.

The communal nature of the village is designed to connect people for the duration of their stay – not separate them into numbered cubicles filled with their escape mechanism of choice.
The village by design makes each guest into an individual, living in a personal space with it's own character and yet intrinsically part of a community, a team.

 

Reservations: 011 668 3000

Alternative options close by;

Misty Hills   
Glenburn Lodge     
Riverstone Lodge 
Monchique Boutique Guest House 
The Bridge B &B     

Tel: 011 950 6000
Tel: 011 668 1600
Tel: 011 668 3111
Tel: 082 551 0851
Tel: 082 855 8155

About Colin Rice:

Colin has always had a keen interest in improving the level of understanding of drilling principles through training and was responsible for setting up the National Diploma, Drilling Practice Course at Technikon SA. He has been delivering drilling and exploration related courses at a number of institutions and in a number of other Southern African countries for the past 20 years. Colin is the Chairman of the newly launched Drilling Industry Certification Authority of South Africa (DICASA), is an Honorary Fellow of the GSSA and is President of the Borehole Water Association of Southern Africa. More Info

 
 

 

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