The colloquium is being held online through EventRebels. Sessions will be run on Zoom - we recommend you ensure you have Zoom installed on your device to get the best experience.
Three short courses or workshops are being planned:
1. Looking to the Future; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as a way of being in our discipline - Anne-Marie Ryan (Dalhousie University) and Deanne van Rooyen (Cape Breton University), 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. Atlantic, 5 February 2021
The relevance and need for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the geosciences has never been so great. As a regional scientific community, the Atlantic Geoscience Society is excited to host this workshop and we invite you to be part of a vision for EDI in the geosciences in Atlantic Canada as we move forward. The workshop offers a short presentation on EDI in the geosciences and a question-and-answer session with the presenter. Following a short break, participants will then divide into themed groups to workshop questions around future directions in the geosciences in Atlantic Canada as these relate to EDI. We will then regroup as a collective to highlight ideas and to begin to develop a moving-forward plan. It is anticipated that this workshop will generate the beginnings of a working document for the AGS as we move through the Twenties.
2. "Applications of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to Earth Science" - organized by Robin Adair, P.Geo., University of New Brunswick; 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Atlantic time, 5 February 2021
3. "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; 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Atlantic time, 30 January 2021
This short course (run a week earlier than the colloquium) 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.
A call has been issued for special sessions. Proposals will be provided below - note that some special sessions may get amended, combined, deleted, rejigged or maybe even approved. If you have an idea, contact Rob or Chris with a short description of the session.
Session 1: Sedimentological and Paleontological Investigations from the Onshore and Offshore Realms - Nikole Bingham-Koslowski and Lynn Dafoe
Building on the past success of bringing together soft-rock fields, we invite presentations on fossils, strata, or sediment dealing with sedimentology, paleontology and stratigraphy fields from both onshore exposures and offshore samples.
Session 2: Defining the controls on onshore and offshore Pliocene-Quaternary processes - John Gosse, David Piper and Ned King
Observational stratigraphic data in the onshore and offshore are reaching a spatial and temporal frequency that is enabling the ranking of controlling factors responsible for surficial processes in and around Canada or analogous regions. This is important for mitigating geohazard risk and necessary for the understanding of the evolution of our continent over the past 5 Myr. We welcome presentations that focus on the tectonic, isostatic, or climatogenic controls and causes or on the innovative methods being used to distinguish those controls.
Session 3: Developments in Geoscience Education - Tracy Webb & AGS Education Committee
The Education Committee invites members of the AGS to showcase or highlight their work or recent projects that relate to application in, or support of, earth sciences education. An open discussion and exploration of ways we can enhance the awareness of earth science concepts, issues and concerns will follow. This session is an excellent forum for further promoting new ideas, use of technology and discoveries!
Session 4: Developments in Mineral Resources research in the northern Appalachians - Mitch Kerr, Kevin Neyedley & Aaron Bustard
The northern Appalachians are endowed with a great variety of mineral resources, and our understanding of many of these mineralized systems is continuously developing. We invite papers from industry, government, and academia related to research for all deposit types found in the northern Appalachians, including base, precious, and critical metals. Topics may cover, but are not limited to, controls on deposit formation, structure, metal transport, lithogeochemistry, isotopes, alteration, and exploration models. This session will facilitate discussions on recent developments in the understanding of mineral deposits and metallogenesis in the region.
Session 5. Karst Research in Atlantic Canada - Mo Snyder, Amy Tizzard and Tim Fedak
Whether it is public engagement, geohazards, or numerical modeling, karst research has become increasingly relevant in Atlantic Canada. This session will work to bring together those involved in this varied and interdisciplinary science. We encourage submissions from researchers working in any field of karst science.
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:
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.
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30 January, 9 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Short course 3