Centrally located in Nova Scotia, all events will be held in the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of the 6th, 7th, 8th February, at a conference rate of $115 (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.
You can book directly at the Holiday Inn through Atlantic Geoscience Society reservations or by calling 902-895-1651 or toll-free at 888-895-1651 and mention "AGS Conference". The hotel block booking closed on 10 January 2020. Cancellation of room booking requires a minimum of 24 hours advance notice.
Location: Holiday Inn, Truro, 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., Friday 7 February 2020
This short course presents both the theory behind geochemical data quality assessment methods for mineral exploration sampling and resource definition, and a clear and practical approach to the design, implementation, and assessment of such methods. Given the recent Au mining activity ongoing in the Atlantic Provinces, this workshop addresses both QAQC methods generally and the adaptation in method and interpretation necessary to assess data quality in Au assays and geochemical concentrations. Topics covered range from initial sampling, digestion, and analysis methods and how they impact QA/QC, through data quality assessment concepts, qualitative and quantitative data, types of errors, accuracy and precision assessment methods, to best practices, component errors, and strategies to reduce errors. Included are several practical exercises allowing participants to develop confidence in plotting and assessing quality control data using real-world data, and several critiques of QAQC reports submitted to stock market authorities as part of mining company due diligence efforts. Emphasis will be placed on the use of quality control data to reduce ambiguities that impede the interpretation of mineral exploration results, and to minimize uncertainties in resource estimation, both of which can be adapted to geochemical research activities.
Full details available separately.
This course is eligible for CPD credit for any Provincial PGeo organization in Canada.
The following special sessions are being organized:
Session 1: Current Research in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology in Atlantic Canada
- Barret Kurylyk and Gavin Kennedy
Session 2: Recent Advances in the Carboniferous in the Maritimes - Steven Hinds and Adrian Park
Session 3: Palaeontology and Sedimentology in Atlantic Canada
- Nikole Bingham-Koslowski, Melissa Grey
Session 4: Structure, Tectonics, and Magmatism of the Appalachian-Caledonides from Iapetus to Pangea - Donnelly Archibald, Phil McCausland
and James Braid
Session 5: Gold: An Atlantic Canada Perspective - Kevin Neyedley, Mitch Kerr, and Aaron Bustard
Session 6: Geoscience Education - Vision 2020 - Tracy
Webb and the Education Committee
Students take note! Awards are made for the best oral paper and poster in both undergraduate and graduate classes. Preparing a paper or a poster and presenting it at an academic conference is a great experience for students, and AGS is pleased to recognize your effort with the following awards:
Special note for students travelling long distances : The new AGS Student Travel Grant has been established to enable up to 4 students to attend and present at the AGS Annual Colloquium. Students can apply for up to $400 in funding in the first instance. Priority will be given to students who are travelling more than 500 km to attend the conference, presenting talks or posters and who wish to attend a workshop or field trip offered as part of the conference. Students should send their applications directly to the secretary of the Society, attaching a single pdf with a short cover letter including a statement indicating their degree program, why they wish to attend the meeting and how they expect to benefit from it, a copy of the abstract as planned to be submitted to the AGS Colloquium and a budget of the costs associated with attendance, including travel, and other sources of funding available. The submission deadline for travel grant applications will be on December 17th so that applicants can be informed of the results by December 20 to provide ample time for travel planning and conference registration. Successful applicants will be required to provide receipts after travel (or a travel claim from their institution) and will be asked to write a short report on their conference trip that will be posted on the Society's website before the award will be issued.
sample abstract for format), with a maximum word length of 400 words. In line with Atlantic Geology policy, accepted abstracts will be edited where necessary and published in Atlantic Geology. Submit your abstract to Rob Raeside.
Event Rebels site. Payment can made by credit card or through PayPal. Young professionals within two years of graduation can register as "student members". Cancellations can be made up to 3 February.
Short course"Workshop on QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration, with a Focus on Gold Assay Quality Control" - by Cliff Stanley, Ph.D., P.Geo. FCG., Acadia University
Location: Maple Room, Holiday Inn, Truro, 8.30 - 4.30 noon, Friday 7 February 2020
AGS Council meeting
Holiday Inn Truro - 1.00 p.m.
Halifax 2022 LOC meeting
Holiday Inn Truro - 3.00 p.m.
Atlantic Geology Editors meeting
Holiday Inn Truro - 5.00 p.m. A light meal will be provided.
Oral presentations will be in 20 minute time slots (unless you have been advised differently). These should be prepared as PowerPoint presentations - we strongly recommend you provide them in .pps or .ppsx (PowerPoint Show) format, to ensure that symbols and graphics transfer appropriately. To make a .pps file, use 'Save As' and select the PowerPoint Show (pps or ppsx) mode. Note that you cannot edit a .pps file. Time slots are 20 minutes - presentations should be tailored to 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions and change over.
Posters should be set up between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday. Poster boards are cloth-covered and 8 feet long by 4 feet high on a 7-foot high frame - use Velcro stickers to affix your poster. Posters should be removed at 4 on Saturday.
Documents pertinent to the AGM will be included in the Program and Abstracts volume.
Nominations for Gesner Medal, Laing Ferguson Award, and Nelly Koziel Award
Nominations for the Gesner Medal (AGS Distinguished Scientist Award), the Laing Ferguson Award (for distinguished service) and the Nelly Koziel Award (for a recent significant contribution to the promotion of geoscience in the Atlantic Provinces) should be submitted to vice-president Martha Grantham by 1 January 2020. Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.