Outreach Partner Inquiry: AGI Study on the impact of COVID-19 on the Geosciences

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The American Geosciences Institute is conducting a year-long study to understand how geoscience employers and educational institutions are changing their workplace and instructional environments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to discover which of these changes will become permanent.

This study is open to all geoscientists, including geoscience students, retired, and not currently employed, who reside in the United States, and are at least 18 years old.

Over the next 52 weeks, survey participants will be emailed a brief online status survey twice a month, which will only take a few minutes to complete.

The results of this study will be valuable in helping geoscience academic institutions, geoscience employers and decision makers to understand the structural impacts on the geoscience enterprise from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results from the study will be reported only in aggregate and in a manner that ensures the confidentiality of the responses. Participation is voluntary, and participants may discontinue their participation at any time.

For more information and to participate in the study, please visit https://www.americangeosciences.org/workforce/covid19

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Leila Gonzales at lmg@americangeosciences.org

Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). The results and interpretation of the survey are the views of the American Geosciences Institute and not those of the National Science Foundation.

MEDGEO 2021 is moving from Spain to Galway, Ireland

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Dear IMGA members,

Hope this message finds you all well during the current outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic! The Executive Committee of IMGA would like to communicate with you that the venue of MEDGEO 2021 International Conference on Medical Geology is changed from Spain to Galway, Ireland.

MEDGEO 2021 will join with ISEH 2020 The 5th International Symposium on Environment and Health & ICEPH 2020 The 6th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Health as a Joint Conference, to be held at National University of Galway, Ireland, during August, 2021 (specific dates to be advised).

Galway is named as “2020 European Capital of Culture”! You are all welcome to Galway!

You may visit the website for the current information: www.nuigalway.ie/iseh2020. More details will follow in due course.

Thank you & stay safe!

Carla

Chair on Medical Geology Research Center at NSCK University in Nigeria

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IMGA is pleased to announced the recent establishment of the "Jose Centeno Centre for Medical Geology Research" at Nasarawa State University, in Keffi (NSUK), Nigeria. This will be a pioneering Centre that focuses on medical geology development in Nigeria and Africa.  NSUK has created an endowment for this Centre, which underscores a commitment in tackling health challenges emanating from a wide range of natural geological factors, as well as environmental and/or occupational risk factors such as mining exposures. NSUK has pioneered research in this area under the mentorship of founding father of medical geology and past president of the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA) - Prof. Dr. Jose Centeno. Being the first in the world, the expectations is that the Centre will lead in the development of research programs on medical geology in Nigeria and throughout Africa,  developing capacity building in this multidisciplinary area of medical geology, collaborate with research grants sponsoring organizations, and establish international collaborators with national and international researchers in the emerging field of Medical Geology.