Welcome to Geology Fieldwork Conference

About The Conference

A Code For Geoscientific Fieldwork in Africa: Guidelines on Health and Safety Issues in Mapping, Mineral Exploration and Geoecological Research

The need to reinforce health and safety management issues in geoscientific and geoecological fieldwork in Africa is urgent. This is exemplified from the recurrent reports of missing participants, unsavory accounts of encounters with village heads, municipal authorities or section chiefs, motor vehicle accidents, hunting accidents, kidnappings, armed robberies, attacks by herdsmen, ‘vigilante groups’ or wild animals, unethical field procedures, common law duty of care, litigation, insurance considerations, and so on. It is surely not good publicity for any university if a student undertaking fieldwork is attacked, killed by wild animals, hijacked, injured by landmine, catches malaria, or, worst, shot by a hunter and dies in the field. The theme of the Conference: ‘A Code for geoscientific fieldwork in Africa’ could never have been more apposite at this time, as we continue to record more and more of these tragic incidents. The aim is to demonstrate unequivocally that most of the risk encountered during geoscientific and geoecological fieldwork in Africa can be reduced, or, in some instances, be obviated altogether, by knowledge, experience, adequate preparation and observance of appropriate health and safety precautions. The Conference will bring to light the virtual absence of regulatory guidelines in conducting geological fieldwork by many geoscience departments in Africa and some mineral exploration and mining establishments, and would highlight the importance of mitigating health and safety challenges identified from the ethical, legal, economic and other dimensions. Invited veterans in African field geology would incorporate in their keynote addresses, a rich and diverse set of fieldwork experiences, insights and reflections on conducting geoscientific fieldwork in Africa, the problems that emerge, the solutions that were developed, and the realities of being ‘in the field’. The focus will be on provision of hands-on approaches to conducting geoscientific fieldwork safely in a range of African settings, exploring the methodological considerations that engender risks and safety aspects, and offering strategies to mitigate these, and provide guidelines for maintaining geodiversity and geoheritage. The Conference is a “must attend”, for it will provide an essential guide to health and safety for geology undergraduates and postgraduate students in tertiary geoscience institutions, academics, mineral explorationists, geoecological researchers, nature conservationists and geotourists in Africa and from abroad. The Project can be considered from a more generic perspective as well, as many African fieldwork experiences in the geosciences can be compared with those encountered in other scientific fieldwork endeavours, such as in the life sciences and in ecology. Supporting roles on articulating health and safety policy guidelines and ergonomics would be provided by invited professionals in the medical, legal, insurance and geological hardware and equipment supply fields. A number of short training courses will be organised on topics related to the Conference theme, such as: “Medical Geology Curriculum and Appropriate Field Project Selection”, ‘Safety Requirements in Well Logging’ and “Administering First Aid and Emergency Care in the Field”.

A Message of Welcome By The Chair

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join this ‘International Fieldwork Conference’ in Abuja, Nigeria from 24 to 29 June, 2018 on the Theme: ‘A Code for Geoscientific Fieldwork in Africa: Guidelines on Health and Safety Issues in Mapping, Mineral Exploration and Geoecological Research’. The scientific committee is preparing the programme with great care to provide a world-class scientific and interactive programme of lectures and tutorials to make this event an educative and memorable one by complementing up-to-date knowledge and research on the safe conduct of geoscientific and geoecological fieldwork; with exciting workshops presented by a galaxy of eminent national and international speakers. We have collaborations and partnerships with various geoscientific and ecological institutions. In addition to practical aspects of routine health and safety measures in field campaigns, it is also very important to remain in touch with the latest advances in ergonomics and innovations in design of fieldwork safety gear, and exchange ideas with the assembled national and international eminent speakers and researchers on environmental risk assessment. The Federal Nigerian Capital of Abuja is a beautiful cultural City. Moreover, the weather in June will be very pleasant. You will thus have the opportunity to enjoy many other attractions in around the City, besides the Conference. Dear prospective delegates and participants, we strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunity to attend this ‘Fieldwork Conference 2018’. On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I extend a very warm hand of welcome, and promise you a comfortable stay, great scientific content and pleasant memories to take home. Come and enjoy this big, unique pedagogical fieldwork event of our specialty, full of enriching moments with our students, colleagues, mining professionls, nature conservationists and geotourists; and also treat yourself to this charming and hospitable City! With warm regards, Prof. T.C. Davies (Conference Chair) On Behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

Language

English is one of the official languages in Nigeria, and would be the principal means of communication at the Conference. However, the lingua franca is Pidgin, which can be understood by most participants from West Africa.

Exhibition and Advertisements

There would be spaces provided for exhibition of your products, brands, equipment and other services by geoscientific institutions, mining companies, and allied firms. This will also allow you to showcase and market your business profile to potential clients. Payment for exhibition spaces at Naira 50,000 per slot, should be made to any of the Conference bank accounts by Bank draft or Certified Cheque. Members of the public are also invited to advertise their companies, businesses, services and products in the ‘Final Circular’ due in March 2018 or in the ‘Book of Abstracts’. The cost of a full page advert is Naira 50,000, and half page, Naira 30,000; to be paid by Bank Draft or Certified Cheque to any of the Conference bank accounts.