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The 34th IGC Promotion in Japan (9-10 Nov. 2010) Attached files (#1-#3)


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Ian Lambert was awarded his PhD in geochemistry from the Australian National University. After post-doctorate research at University of Chicago, he joined CSIRO and conducted research on mineral deposits and stable isotopes in the Baas Becking Geobiological Laboratory in Canberra. In the course of his research career, he won several international awards, including a Japanese Government Fellowship for Foreign Specialists (in 1972, to work at GSJ with Takeo Sato on Kuroko deposits), an Academia Sinica Award, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship.

Since 1990, Dr Lambert has held a number of senior management roles in resource and environmental agencies in the Australian Government. Until mid 2010, he led the Group in Geoscience Australia which provides technical advice on exploration and mining, and prepares Australiafs minerals inventory. He stepped aside from this senior management position to focus on his role as Secretary General of the 34th International Geological Congress.

Dr Lambert is a member of Australiafs National Committee for Earth Sciences, and represents Australia as Vice Chair of both the IAEA-OECD/NEA Uranium Group, and the UN Experts Group on Resource Classification.

 

Objectives of visit to Japan

Dr Lambert proposes to visit Japan in his capacity as Secretary General of the 34th International Geological Congress (also known as AUSTRALIA 2102). It is considered that Japan is likely to have a large delegation to this major and prestigious event, which will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from 5-10 August 2012.

Dr Lambertfs primary objective in visiting Japan is to ensure that Japanese geoscientists are fully aware of, and interested in contributing to, the 34th IGC.

He plans to summarise this event in a presentation (abstract attached), followed by discussion. Some institutes that Dr Lambert has visited internationally have requested that he combine the IGC presentation with a general interest presentation, such as the one suggested (on geoscience inputs to some major challenges for Australia) in the second abstract attached.

Depending on whether he gives only the IGC talk, or both, his presentation will take approximately 45 to 70 minutes. Questions and discussion would require extra time.

Dr Lambert plans to arrive at Narita on the night of 8h November. If possible, he would like to address both the Geological Society of Japan in Tokyo and the Geological Survey of Japan/AIST in Tsukuba Science City, before flying to Beijing at 5pm on Wednesday 10 November.

 

After his proposed visits to the China Geological Survey and the Chinese Academy of Geology and Sciences, Dr Lambert will attend the Australian Investment Seminar in Beijing on the 12 November, before travelling with the Australian delegation to Tianjin for China Mining, where he will staff the 34th IGC booth.

He proposes to depart Tianjin to return to Australia on the afternoon of Thursday 18 November.


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34th International Geological Congress: AUSTRALIA 2012

Brisbane, Queensland, 5-10 August 2012

Introduction

The International Geological Congress (IGC) is held every four years. It is the main meeting under the scientific sponsorship of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and its objectives are:

·        to contribute to the advancement of fundamental and applied research in the geological sciences,

·        provide a general assembly of geoscientists spanning every geoscience discipline where ideas and information can be freely exchanged,

·        emphasise the geoscientific specialties and challenges of the host region, and

·        provide the opportunity by way of geological excursions, to examine geological problems and features in the field.

On behalf of the Oceania region, Australia is hosting the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC), in Brisbane from 5 to 10 August 2012.

The venue for the event is the highly acclaimed Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, recognised as one of the worldfs top venues [photo included]. A high level of international interest in the event is assured by Brisbanefs great August weather, proximity to geo-tourist features like the Great Barrier Reef and the beautiful beaches and hinterland of southeast Queensland.

The 34th IGC will feature a wide ranging scientific program, over thirty pre and post Congress field trips, a large exhibition, training workshops and an education and outreach program. Furthermore, it will be the venue for the 2012 meetings of IUGSf Commissions, Task Groups and Joint Programs, and the 2nd Young Earth-Scientists (YES) Congress will be incorporated into the event. UNESCO has recently confirmed its patronage of the 34th IGC.

The First Circular for the 34th International Geological Congress will be circulated internationally by email in late September 2010, after which there will be a major update of the website.

Scientific Program

Under the theme Unearthing our Past and Future – Resourcing Tomorrow, the IGC program will cover all facets of the geosciences.

The Congress will demonstrate how geoscience knowledge and applications are contributing directly to sustainable development and meeting societal needs through innovation in the resources and energy based industries, better informed land and water management, enhanced understanding and mitigation of climate change and geohazards, and building major cities and infrastructure. The scientific program remains open for comment at www.34igc.org and we invite your suggestions.

Australiafs experience in developing a strong and sustainable mineral and energy resources sector will underpin a program emphasising future mineral and energy supplies. Other major themes, which reflect major challenges for countries in the Oceania region and more broadly, will be climate change and its impacts on natural resource management and communities, and understanding and mitigating geohazards. Another feature will be a geoscience ginformation supersessionh - covering a range of topics from OneGeology to data information/standards.

Field trips

The 34th ICG is planning approximately 30-35 pre- and post-Congress field trips which will offer diverse opportunities to experience the fascinating geology of the region.  These field visits will include all Australian States, and the Northern Territory. In addition, field trips to New Zealand, Malaysia and New Caledonia and PNG are being planned. There will also be a range of one-day tours available during the conference. The list of proposed field trips w available on the IGC website www.34igc.org.

Workshops

Workshops held in conjunction with the IGC will be of two types:

(i) Professional fee-based workshops; and

(ii) Training workshops which are aimed at attracting support for participation by delegates from developing countries. Topics such as sustainable mining, carbon sequestration, geohazards and groundwater are proposed.

Congress website

Anyone who would like further information, or wishes to make any suggestions, volunteer their services, organise business meetings during the event, or simply register interest in attending should do so through the 34th IGC website, www.34igc.org, using the gRegister your interesth tab.

 

Contacts:

Secretary General:  

Dr Ian Lambert: ian.lambert@ga.gov.au


Carillon Conference Management:
info@34igc.org

 


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Forging national approaches to some of Australiafs major challenges:
Floods, fires, water, environment, minerals and energy

 

Dr Ian B. Lambert, Geoscience Australia

 

Of the inhabited continents, Australia is the flattest, driest and most deeply weathered. These features contribute to a number of important challenges from rapid and slow onset hazards, to maintaining economic prosperity through strong resources and agricultural sectors, protecting our terrestrial and marine environments, and weaning off heavy coal use. Addressing each of these requires strong geoscience inputs.

 

This presentation will outline several high profile examples of the integration of geological and geospatial information into national approaches to meeting such challenges. These involve extensive interaction between governments, researchers and the private sectors and they are supporting informed decisions about mineral and energy developments, natural resource management, the environment and infrastructure.

 


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