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The Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) would like to invite you to attend Geocongress 2018 to be held 18 to 20 July 2018 at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, South Africa. The theme of this conference is “Bringing the Geosciences Together”, with the aim to provide a platform for southern Africa-based and –associated geoscientists to present their latest research.

Southern Africa has a long history with regards to the geosciences due to the global and financial significance of its geological record. Considering the world-class quality of geoscientific work being produced annually in southern Africa, the need for a local conference where this work can be presented is clear. The number of geoscience post-graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows have also increased drastically in recent years, making the need for a local platform for research exposure and networking even greater.

The conference aims to cover a broad spectrum of geoscience topics that will include, but not be restricted to: economic geology; environmental geology; exploration geology; geochemistry; geochronology; geohydrology; geophysics; igneous petrology; metamorphic petrology; mineralogy; mining; sedimentary geology; and structural geology. Since announcing the call for sessions at the end of 2017, the reaction has been very positive, with numerous session proposals focusing on both academia and industry already submitted. The conference will also be combined with workshops preceding the conference and one and two day excursions in the region surrounding Johannesburg.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the University of Johannesburg 18 to 20 July 2018!

Bertus Smith
Chair: Geocongress 2018 Local Organizing Committee

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