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         AGS 44th COLLOQUIUM - 2018

         Holiday Inn, Truro

        2-3 February 2018


         With thanks to our sponsors


Acadia E&ES


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 6th, 7th, 8th February, at a conference rate of $___ (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.  Reservations must be made by 8 January 2018. Cancellation of room booking is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Special sessions, special events and workshop

If you are interested in organizing a special session, workshop, field trip, or any special event, please contact colloquium organizers Rob Raeside or Chris White.


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, 22nd 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 details will be posted later in the fall.

Program and schedule

Short Course: "Subsurface Methods How to use and interpret drill-hole data and other subsurface data for both industry and academia" - organized by Robin Adair. Cost: $475/person (applicable to professional development hours); $50 for academia; $25 for students. The participants will need a pencil, eraser and a package of coloured pencil crayons.

This short course focuses on the gathering, management and interpretation of geoscience data in the subsurface. It will also demonstrate the link between subsurface data and surficial surveys as well as GIS/Geomatics applications. By default, this is an introduction to 3D GIS and the application of large datasets to modelling the subsurface. The course is designed for academic, professional and student applications in equal share.

Data in the subsurface is gathered in two general categories reflecting direct measurement and indirect or remote measurement. Direct measurement involves analysis and observation of surface outcrop, drill core, drill cuttings, pits (including open pit mines), trenches and underground development (mine access ramps, tunnels etc.). Indirect measurement involves most facets of remote sensing and includes all aspects of geophysics. The effective application of 3D GIS requires the establishment of a link between direct and indirect measurements through effective gathering of physical rock properties on a case by case basis where direct measurements are available. The vast majority of direct and indirect data is generated by industry in the petroleum and mineral resource sectors.

Critical to the utilization of subsurface data is the ability to interpret geological data in both 2D and 3D. This involves the development and application of geological intuition during the interpretive process.

This short course will use hard rock examples and applications with analogies to the soft rock domain. Modules within the course develop concepts of data acquisition, management and a hands-on exercise in interpreting drill hole data in the subsurface. Demonstrations of 3D subsurface modelling will complete the session.

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 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 2018 AGM) are now available.

  • Agenda for AGM
  • Minutes from 2017 AGM
  • Report from the President (Robin Adair)
  • Financial Report (Nikole Bingham-Koslowski and Lynn Graves - distributed at meeting)
  • 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 (Cliff Stanley)
  • Report from the Awards Committee (Lynn Dafoe)
  • Report from the Membership Committee (Ann Miller)
  • Report from the Atlantic Geology Editors (Sandra Barr, Rob Fensome, Denise Brushett, Chantel Nixon, David West)
  • Report from the Webmaster (Joe MacIntosh)
  • Report from the Travelling Speaker Series committee (Tim Fedak)
  • Report from the Science Atlantic (Earth Science) Committee (Grant Wach)
  • Slate of nominations for Council and Executive, 2018 (Bob Grantham, 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 8 January 2018.

 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 2018.  Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

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