29th Colloquium of African Geology – September 26th to 29th , 2023


29th Colloquium of African Geology (https://cag29gsaf.org/)

The Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) is a major biennial meeting organized under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf). Professor W. Q. Kennedy, assisted by Dr. Tom Clifford, convened the very first CAG at the University of Leeds, England, in March 1964. There was a pulse of excitement that electrified the assembled audience from Africa, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand when Prof. Kennedy announced his new concept of a ‘Pan-African thermo-tectonic event’.

Since then, there have been 28 events, 18 of which were held in Europe, and only 10 in Africa, specifically in South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Morocco(twice), Mozambique and Tunisia.

With the inspiring theme “The earth sciences and Africa’s development: current realities, future projections”, CAG29 will be held at the Safari Hotel Conference Centre, Windhoek, from September 26th to 29th , 2023. At this stage of the organization, the LOC is calling for abstracts, as well as proposals of sessions and conveners, workshops, short courses, exhibitions, and more field trips. The Second Circular, to be released by 15 April 2023, will give details of the Colloquium’s scheduled activities.

Message from the President of the Geological Society of Africa

The Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) is a major biennial meeting organized under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), where earth scientist globally have the opportunities to present their research results on topics related to Africa and surroundings areas on a continental and international scale . It also affords the incubation, generation and execution of initiatives that lead to interaction between the Academia, Industry and the Society.
The 28th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG28), hosted by Morocco, it was announced that the 29th Colloquium (CAG29) would be hosted by Namibia during the final week of September 2023. The theme of the event will be:

“The earth sciences and Africa’s development: current realities, future projections”

The event will be attended by senior and early-career earth scientists from government, associations, mineral exploration and mining companies and civil societies, as well as representatives from politics and the media are welcome. Career scientists from African countries and other developing areas are especially encouraged to regard this event as an opportunity to present their research to a wide audience, with participations from different sectors, countries, and continents. Namibia, the host country, boasts an interesting, heterogeneous geology covering some 2.6 billion years of earth history, with a wide variety of mineral deposits and mineralization styles, that have contributed – and still contribute-immensely to the country’s economy.

In addition, Namibia’s impressive geomorphic landscapes have great potential for geotourism, while the host city, Windhoek, is a culturally diverse centre of learning. Academically, the geoscientific sessions and excursions highlighted in this circular and following circulars promise to provide a deeper insight into the multi-faceted geological history of the African continent.

I therefore enjoin all geoscientists globally, to start making plans to attend what will be an interesting and geologically fulfilling event, which will be held in Namibia from September 26th to 29th 2023

Prof. Olugbenga Okunlolagbengaokunlola@yahoo.co.uk

Message from the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee

It is a great pleasure to invite you all to Namibia to take part in the 29th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG29). The Local Organizing Committee and the National and International Scientific Committee, with support from various sponsors, will endeavour to put together a program that does justice to this year’s theme “The earth sciences and Africa’s development: current realities, future projections”.

Hosting CAG29 in Namibia gives us a unique chance to showcase our country’s spectacular geology to Africa and the rest of the world, as well as to raise Namibia’s visibility as a premium geoscience destination.

For you, attendance of CAG29 may present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to the beautiful city of Windhoek and participate in an exciting scientific program covering the breadth of the geosciences, experience fascinating geological features in the field, network with the international geoscience community, or to hold business meetings in a congenial and relaxed setting. Whether you are from industry, government or academia, you will find a full and interesting program at CAG29. This First Circular provides important information to assist delegates planning their participation in CAG29. The full schedule will be announced in the second circular. Preliminary field trip information is also available in this circular.

The appreciation of the Organizing Committee goes to the many members of the geoscientific community around the world who have shown interest in this prestigious event over the past years and decades. It is our hope that you will be able to join us for the 29th Colloquium of African Geology and we look forward to welcoming you in Windhoek in September of 2023. While many of you will be no strangers to Namibia, we venture to suggest that our multihued country may still have some new aspects to offer – geologically and otherwise!

Mrs. Anna Nguno Anna.Nguno@mme.gov.na / cag29.whk@gmail.com

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