The 2017 Biennial Society of Southern African Geomorphologist’s (SAAG) conference has started and two of our National Committee members, Liezel and Christel, are in attendance. Venue is the University of Swaziland in Manzini (Kwaluseni). The day started off with a welcoming note by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, followed by an address and opening of the conference by the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The next two days will be jam-packed with exciting presentations on everything ranging from erosion research to cold climate studies. A workshop on the use of bio-engineering and Vetiver grass will be held on Friday. For more on the presentations by the attending geomorphologists and professionals, or the ‘landscape detectives‘, have a look at the program here.
Congratulations to Dr Hugues Lantuit and Dr Renuka Badhe, the recipients of the 2017 APECS International Mentorship Award. For more on the amazing work the recipients have done in supporting emerging polar researchers and growing polar networks read the announcement here.
Are you keen to become more active in APECS and the APECS leadership? Then why don’t you apply to join the APECS Council or APECS Executive Committee? The term will last for one year (2017-2018) and starts on 1 October of this year. Applications close on 8 September and for any questions please email APECS. You also don’t have to be a member of our South African National Committee. Anyone, as long as you are an APECS member, can apply! You can find out more information on how to apply to the:
- APECS Council 2017-2018 on the APECS Council page; and
- APECS Executive Committee 2017-2018 on the APECS Executive Committee elections page.
Our South African research vessel, the SA Agulhas II, had her recent Open Day in Cape Town. The Open Day was held on 23 & 24 June and was, as the name suggests, open to everyone. Members of Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems, one of the NRF-funded projects that visits Antarctica for geomorphological research each year, was there. Read more on their experiences of the Open Day here.
Meanwhile, the Agulhas has just departed on her winter cruise to the Southern Ocean (Antarctic Winter Cruise 2017). Natasha van Horsten, a PhD in Earth Sciences (CSIR and the Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University) is on board. Have a look at pictures of the Stellenbosch & CSIR team before departure, as well as the ship departing port.