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AGS 2017, 43rd Colloquium and Annual General Meeting 
"Innovations in Geoscience, Geological engineering, and the Geoenvironment, in the Northern Appalachians"

Fredericton Inn & Conference Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick | February 10-11, 2017

Organizing Committee

Thanks to our sponsors

David Lentz (UNB), Chair
David Keighley (UNB), Registration
Jim Walker (GNB), Technical /Program Chair
Michael Parkhill (GNB), Abstract Editor
Chris McFarlane (UNB), webmaster
Ann Timmermans (UNB), Outreach
Robin Adair (UNB, consultant), Sponsorship

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Program with abstracts (.pdf)

Call for Abstracts (closed)

Abstracts should summarize results and conclusions. They should contain no criticism, and must not include references, photographs, or diagrams. Also they should not contain new rock names, new stratigraphic or time units, nor new fossil names.
Submissions are invited for oral or poster presentation at the Colloquium. Please indicate whether you are a student and degree (PhD, MSc or BSc). The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday, 17th January, 4.30 p.m. Be sure to indicate if your presentation is intended to be present as an oral paper or a poster. Abstracts must be in the format used by Atlantic Geology (see 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. Abstracts should be submitted to Michael Parkhill <Michael.Parkhill@gnb.ca> - if you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of the abstract within 24 hours, contact him directly 506-547-2070.

Special sessions, special events and workshop

NB CIM Workshop (FULL): David Lentz "portable-XRF applications in Geologic Research and Exploration" Friday 10 February Noon to 4 pm UNB Forestry & Geology Building, Room F9 (2 Bailey Drive)

Symposium: "The Northern Appalachian Orogen: Correlations and Conundrums"
Conveners: Sandra Barr, (Acadia), Travis McCarron (UNB), Deanne van Rooyen (CBU), and Chris White (NSDNR)
Keynotes: Cees van Staal (GSC), & Reg Wilson (GNB)
This symposium will bring together those interested in the abundant new geological work being done in the northern Appalachian orogen, and give those active in this work an opportunity to present and discuss new results and interpretations. We plan to assemble papers arising from the session in a “special issue” of “Atlantic Geology”.

Special Sessions:
1) "Museum and University Geology/Paleontology Collections" – in memory of Don Reid, ONS (1922-2016)
Conveners: Melissa Grey (Joggins Fossil Institute), Jason Loxton (CBU)
Collections form the foundation of every museum and are key teaching tools for both universities and museums. This session focusses on the many types of geological/paleontological collections there are, how they are used, and how they were acquired. We pay particular homage to individuals, such as the late Don Reid of Joggins, who dedicated much of their lives collecting and donating their finds to museums where they can be studied and appreciated by many.

2) "Magmas and Metals"
Conveners: James Brenan (Dal), Donnelly Archibald (SFX), Nadia Mohammadi (UNB)
Many of Earth's metallic deposits are linked to magmatic activity, with the processes by which the elements are concentrated related to a variety of compositional, physico-chemical and tectonic factors, some of which are as yet poorly understood. This session will bring together researchers applying field observations, chemical and isotopic analysis, experiments, and numerical simulations to gain a better understanding of the role of magmas in concentrating metals, with a goal to developing advanced ore formation models.

3) "Environmental Geoscience in the Atlantic Provinces and Beyond"
Conveners: Don Fox ((GNB), Ian Spooner (Acadia), Bruce Broster (UNB)
We welcome all presentations in Environmental Geoscience and particularly encourage research in Applied Environmental Research (Surficial geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Assessment, Geomatics etc.) and Humans and Environmental Change – An Applied Science Perspective (Environmental Change, Archaeology, Paleolimnology, Physical Geography etc.)

4) "Advances in Carboniferous Geology in the Atlantic Provinces" in memory of Dr. Wouter van de Poll (1932-2017), Professor, UNB Geology (1970-1996)
Conveners: Adrian Park (GNB), Steve Hinds (GNB), David Keighley (UNB)
The rationale being: inviting contributions dealing with the stratigraphy, paleontology, sedimentology, structural geology, basin analysis, geochronological, geochemical, and geophysical studies pertaining to the evolution of the Carboniferous basins of the Atlantic Provinces and adjacent offshore areas.

5) "Where on Earth?: Education, Integration and Development of Earth Science for Social Benefit in Atlantic Canada.” Everyone and anyone is invited, welcome and encouraged to present
Conveners: Ann Timmermans (UNB), Kevin Gallant (NBCC), Becky Geneau (Science East) Catherine O'Connell (UNB PASSC), Rilea Kynock (UNB) 

General Session
"Current Research in the Northern Appalachians and North Atlantic Margin"

Oral Presentations

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 (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 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.

Poster Presentations

Posters should be designed to fit on a 4' x 8' display board. Self-adhesive Velcro tabs will be provided on site.


Friday Feb 10th

12:00 - 4:00 pm Workshop: pXRF applications in Geologic Research and Exploration.  Venue @ UNB Earth Sciences, Forestry & Geology Building Room F9
2:00 - 10:00 pm - Registration in lobby of Fredericton Inn
6:00 – 6.30pm through Saturday 4 pm - Poster session and cash bar (Salon A)
6:30 pm at Fredericton Inn GAC Howard Street Robinson Lecture by Rebecca Jamieson "How do large hot orogens work? Lessons from the middle crust." Abstract available at GAC website
6:30 pm at UNB Quartermain Centre: Earth Science Café: "Sparking Curiosity with a Billion Years of Stories: Stonehammer Geopark” (poster). Registration for Earth Science  Café is through Eventbrite site
7:05 - 9.35pm - evening sessions
9:40 - 11:00 pm - ice-breaker/mixer in lower level and viewing of posters

Saturday Feb 11th

Posters displayed until 3:20pm (Poster session 9:55-10:20am)
Oral sessions through the day (8:15 am - noon, 2:00 - 4.30pm)
Business luncheon, 12:00 noon (AGS Annual General Meeting)
5 pm - Science Atlantic (Earth Science Committee) meeting
7.30 pm – Awards banquet and social (reception 6:45pm). Guest speaker: Dr. Randy Miller, Emeritus NB Museum, UNB Adjunct


Conference registration is done online: go to the Event Rebels site to complete registration. Payment is made by credit card through PayPal.

2017 Registration rates

pXRF workshop - professional $25
pXRF workshop - student $5

Professional - on-line, early (up to 18 Jan) $70
Professional - on site $90

One day only - Friday $60
One day only - Saturday $60

Student - on-line, early (up to 18 Jan) $25
Student - after 18 Jan on site $45

Retired  - on-line, early (up to 18 Jan) $25
Retired - after 18 Jan or on-site $90

Atlantic Geology subscription $25
Luncheon tickets (available until noon, 6 February) $20
Banquet tickets (available until noon, 6 February) $40

Outreach activities

Friday Earth Science Cafe at UNB Quartermain Earth Science Centre (see above)

Teacher Training 2-day Workshop, AGS 2017 Colloquium
On February 10th and 11th, 2017, the Atlantic Geoscience Society 2017 Colloquium Outreach Committee will host a 2-day Teacher Workshop in Fredericton, NB, entitled: Hands-On Earth Science Boot Camp for teachers in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada.

The theme of the workshop is: "Where on Earth?: Education, Integration and Development of Earth Science for Social Benefit in Atlantic Canada”.
Day 1: Hands-on Workshop with Earth Science Educators
**GOAL: address educational objectives and learning outcomes for Earth Science Units in elementary, middle and high school
Day 2: Interactive lecture sessions
**GOAL: explore progressive ideas for Earth Science education - from drones to entrepreneurship to outdoor science and our environment
Registration is now open!
COST: $25 for one day, $40 for two days

Friday lunch and daily refreshments are included. Participants in the Friday workshop will receive a comprehensive Earth Sciences Teaching Resources Kit, containing rock, and mineral specimens, a Mineral Identification Tool Kit, our Earth Sciences Teaching Resource USB containing classroom ready activities and handout templates, images and diagrams, PowerPoint presentations, an annotated website list, various posters, teaching guides, and other resources.

Space is limited! Please register early! Please use the attached brochure for more information and registration details or contact:
Ann C. Timmermans | quartermain@unb.ca | 506-458-7205


The Colloquium is being held at the Fredericton Inn & Convention Centre (http://frederictoninn.nb.ca/), on 1315 Regent St., Fredericton, easily accessed off the Highway. Block booking is held up to 17 January 2017.  When making your booking at the Fredericton Inn please quote Group Code AGSS0217 arriving February 10th departing February 12th.  Rates are $119/night + HST/night (standard/deluxe) and $139 + HST/night (execuitve).  Rate includes up to two complimentary breakfasts per room per night. 

Other close accommodations include:
• City Motel

Nominations for Gesner Medal and Laing Ferguson Award

Nominations for the Gesner Medal (AGS Distinguished Scientist Award) and the Laing Ferguson Award (for distinguished service) are now open. See AGS website for details. Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Nominations must be received by 1 January 2016. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.