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         AGS COLLOQUIUM 2016

         Holiday Inn, Truro

        5-6 February 2016


         With thanks to our sponsors


Acadia E&ES


Fundy Geological Museum



Department of Energy

Department of Natural Resources

The location - Holiday Inn, Truro

Centrally located in Nova Scotia, all events will be held in the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. You can book directly using: Atlantic Geoscience Society - Holiday Inn bookings. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of the 4th, 5th, 6th February, at a conference rate of $112 (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.  Reservations must be made by 4 January. Cancellation of room booking is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Special sessions, special events and workshop

The following workshop and special sessions are being planned:

  • Special Sessions:
  • Offshore Geology of Eastern Canada - Lynn Dafoe and Calvin Campbell
  • Geoscience education and outreach: creating an awareness - Co-conveners Howard Donohoe, Tracy Webb, Jennifer Bates and Ann Timmermans
  • Data Sets at the Front and Back End of the Mining Industry in Maritime Canada: A full day session to highlight: (i) newly acquired provincial data of use to the mining industry for reconnaissance targeting and prospect generation, and (ii) newly acquired data being used by the mining industry to assess prospective deposits at an advanced stage of exploration/development - Cliff Stanley, Wei Zhang
  • Dates, Rates, and Durations of Tectonic Processes - Timing is Everything: an examination of the timing of tectonic processes from a variety of perspectives, including geochronology, stratigraphy, and general geological knowledge - Becky Jamieson & Nick Culshaw
  • Advances in Carboniferous Geology in the Atlantic Provinces: Adrian Park and Steven Hinds. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy: basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, application of palynology, paleomagnetics, lithogeochemistry; Structure and Tectonics: regional tectonics and the involvement of basement, seismic profile interpretation, borehole interpretation and correlation; Paleontology: paleoecology and paleogeography


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 recognise your effort with the following awards:

  • Rupert MacNeill Award for the best undergraduate student paper
  • Sandra Barr Award for the best graduate student paper
  • Rob Raeside Award for the best undergraduate student poster
  • Graham Williams Award for the best graduate student poster


Submissions are invited for oral or poster presentation at the Colloquium.  The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 25th 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 Rob Raeside - if you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of the abstract within 24 hours, contact him directly (902-585-1323).


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

Professional - on-line, early (up to 25 Jan) $65
Professional - on site $85
QA/QC workshop - professional $150
QA/QC workshop - student $50
One day only $45
Student - on-line, early (up to 25 Jan) $25
Student - on site $40
Student - one day only $20
Retired $25
Atlantic Geology subscription $25
Luncheon tickets (available until noon, 1 February) $20
Banquet tickets (available until noon, 1 February) $40

Program and schedule

Program and Abstracts volume is now available.

8.30 - 4.00 Workshop on QAQC in Geology Research and Exploration, Friday 5 February
4 - 9 p.m. - Registration
5 p.m. to Saturday, 4 p.m. - Posters open in the lower level
p.m. - evening sessions
p.m. - ice-breaker/mixer in lower level and viewing of posters

Posters available to 4 p.m.
Oral sessions through the day
Business luncheon, 12 noon (AGS Annual General Meeting)
5 p.m., Science Atlantic (Earth Science Committee) meeting
7 p.m. - Awards banquet and social.  Guest speaker: Gerald Gloade, Mi’kmaq artist from Millbrook and Program Officer at Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre

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.

Award winners

Rob Raeside Award for best undergraduate poster: Lori Paslawski, St. Francis Xavier University Graham Williams Award for best graduate poster: Cody Paige, Dalhousie University
Rupert MacNeill Award for best undergraduate paper: Christopher Sangster, St. Mary's University Sandra Barr Award for best graduate paper: Travis McCarron, University of New Brunswick

Poster Boards

Posters will be displayed from Friday to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Elm/Oak conference room (lower level).  Poster boards are being provided by Darwin Event Group, Coldbrook, as 4 feet x 8 feet coroplast sheets (twin wall corrugated plastic) mounted on a rigid frame (horizontal format).  You can use either pins or Velcro (please bring pins or Velcro with you) to affix your poster.  Posters must be removed by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Documents pertaining to the AGM

Documents pertinent to the AGM will be included in the Program and Abstracts volume.

Draft minutes (to be considered at 2016 AGM) are now available.

  • Agenda for AGM
  • Minutes from 2015 AGM
  • Report from the President (John Calder)
  • Report from the Education Committee (Tracy Webb)
  • Report from the EdGeo Workshop Committee (Jennifer Bates)
  • Report from the Video Committee (Graham Williams)
  • Report from the Publications Committee (Sandra Barr)
  • Report from the Products Committee (Dave Keighley)
  • Report from the Awards Committee (John Calder)
  • Report from the Membership Committee (Ann Miller)
  • Report from the Atlantic Geology Editors (Sandra Barr, Rob Fensome, Simon Haslett, Chantelle Nixon)
  • Report from the Science Atlantic (Earth Science) Committee (tba)
  • Report from the Publicity Coordinator (Elisabeth Kosters)
  • Report from the Webmaster (Joe MacIntosh)
  • Report from the Travelling Speaker Series committee (Tim Fedak)
  • Financial Report (Nelly Koziel and Calvin Campbell - distributed at meeting)
  • Slate of nominations for Council and Executive, 2015 (Cliff Stanley, Past President - provided at meeting)


The Colloquium is being held at the Holiday Inn, Prince St., Truro, easily accessed off Exit 14 on Highway 102 (follow signs for Highway 2, east along Robie St to Juniper St (by the Ford dealer); right (south) along Juniper St.; left (east) on to Prince St. at the 4-way stop sign; the inn is 400 m on your left. Block booking is held up to 4 January 2016.

 Other accommodations include:

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.  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.

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