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7-9 February 2014

The Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville

See the AGS Facebook page for some photos of from the Awards Banquet.



Make your plans for the 40th AGS Colloquium and Annual Meeting, being planned in Wolfville for the 7-9 February 2014.  It will be held at The Old Orchard Inn, conveniently located at Exit 11 on Highway 101, about 1 km west of Wolfville.

Special sessions, special events and short course

Short Course: Computer Programming for Geoscientists using Python (Evan Bianco, Agile Geoscience) - Friday, 7 February (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Python is a free, open source, powerful programming language promoted and advanced by the Python Software Foundation (PSF) a non-profit corporation ( The language allows individuals to develop their own numerical model applications relevant to geoscience, such as groundwater flow, heat transfer, etc. FORTRAN extensions can be used to improve performance. More details at

Symposium: The Last Fifty Years: How Geology has Evolved in Atlantic Canada, in honour of the 50th volume of Atlantic Geology (Sandra Barr, Rob Fensome, Chris White)

Special Session: Paleontology in Atlantic Canada (Melissa Grey, Deborah Skilliter)
Special Session: Research at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs: celebrating 5 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Elisabeth Kosters, Melissa Grey)
Special Session: Environmental Geoscience (Philip Finck)
Special Session: Geology offshore south eastern Canada with a focus on the Nova Scotia margin. (Lynn Dafoe and Calvin Campbell)

Wikithon - join Matt Hall and others to help improve Wikipedia with items relating to the Geology of Atlantic Canada.  Sunday morning, 9 a.m. - Matt will provide instruction - you can provide content!

Other sessions are being organized around themes.


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:

Geoheritage Events

Two special Geoheritage events are being organized coincident with the colloquium:


Abstracts submission is now closed.  Abstracts are in the format used by Atlantic Geology (see sample abstract for format), with a maximum word length of 400 words. A list of all abstract titles received is posted as a pdf file - if you have submitted an abstracts and don't see it here, contact Rob Raeside at Acadia immediately.  If you don't get a response within a few hours, call him at 902-585-1323. In line with Atlantic Geology policy, accepted abstracts will be edited where necessary and published in Atlantic Geology.


The registration website:

Professional - on-line, early (now closed)   $55
Professional - on site (still open online) $80
One day only $35
Student - on-line, early (now closed) $25
Student - on site (still open online) $40
Retired $25
Atlantic Geology subscription $25
Short course registration (FULL) $100 professional/$25 student
Wikithon $10
Luncheon tickets (available until noon, 4 February) $20
Banquet tickets (available until noon, 4 February) $40

Program and schedule

The full program can be downloaded as a pdf file.

8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Short Course: Computer Programming for Geoscientists using Python (Evan Bianco, Agile Geoscience) [FULL]
4 - 9 p.m. - Registration, Orchard Hall foyer, Old Orchard Inn
5 p.m. to Saturday, 4 p.m. - Posters open in the Fireside Lounge
p.m. - evening sessions, followed by poster session and cash bar

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
6-7 p.m. Cash Bar, Fireside Room
7 p.m. - Awards banquet and social.  Guest speaker: Sandra Barr, Acadia University

          after dinner - midnight: AGS Kitchen Party Open Mic:  Bring your Instrument (any instrument!) to the 2014 AGS Kitchen Party.  Join us for music and libations after the AGS Banquet in the Orchard Hall Lobby . This open mic will be hosted by the Mud Creek Boys, contact Ian Spooner ( for details.

See you there!

9 a.m. Wikithon at Acadia University - Huggins 336.  Bring your laptop and join up with Matt Hall to improve the Wikipedia entries for Atlantic Geoscience.  Put your society and your knowledge of the geology into cypberspace! 

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 Fireside Room.  Poster boards are being provided by the Darwin Event Group 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, so space can be cleared for the Awards Banquet.

Short Course: Computer Programming for Geoscientists using Python
(Evan Bianco, Agile Geoscience)

Contact: Evan Bianco,


Earth science includes gathering data, creating visualizations, and making predictions based on the processing and analysis of numerical data. Part of every earth scientist’s toolbox should be a solid knowledge of statistical and numerical methods to analyze natural earth processes. This one-day course will be devoted to understanding and practising how to think about computational problems in earth science. Students will use an interactive Python coding environment (called IPython), and learn how it can be used for rapid prototyping, application development, and producing publication quality graphics. The course does not require any previous computer programming experience, but even experienced scientific programmers find aspects of the course refreshing.

Participants are asked to respond to the following four questions:
1) what discipline are you in?
2) what (if anything) would you like to build or accomplish?
3) how much programming experience do you have already? (none is perfectly ok)
4) do you have a laptop?

Please respond to

Documents pertaining to the AGM

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

Draft minutes (to be considered at 2015 AGM) are now available.


The Colloquium is being held at The Old Orchard Inn, at exit 11 on Highway 101, just outside Wolfville.  Accommodations can be arranged directly with the Inn at  Block bookings for the AGS conference are being held until Monday, 20 January.

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) closed on 1 January.  Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.


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