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With the advance of 2022, marked by considerable but not complete relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the Foundation has continued its efforts to enhance geophysical education via online versions of its Special Lectures while awaiting the return of quasi-normal conditions in the fall. We are also continuing strengthened outreach to awardees with respect to their studies and future careers as they cope with unpredictable problems and limitations due to a mainly online learning environment.

Thanks to continuing much-appreciated support by the geophysical community together with income generated by its endowments, the Directors were pleased to announce the renewal of the Foundation's core scholarship program for the upcoming academic year (2022/23) with at least twenty awards expected, including new awards of the Carson Indigenous Scholarship, the Bourse des pionniers de la géophysique québécoise, the Collett Graduate Scholarship and the SKGS Scholarship. The deadline for application is May 10, with awards to be announced at the end of June.

As outlined at the Foundation's AGM held on March 9 immediately following the annual full meeting of the Board of Directors and Counselors, the Foundation's finances are reasonably robust despite the global volatility and instabilities, and it consequently looks forward to a busy and productive period advancing its programs and possible new initiatives. This includes encouraging current awardees to attend:

  • the hybrid BCGS Drone Workshop (May 12-13)
  • the KEGS EM Mini-Symposium on June 11 in conjunction with the rescheduled PDAC Convention

The Foundation will subsidize current scholarship awardees to participate in person, and attend PDAC (June 13-15), if their schedules permit.

Looking ahead to the fall, expected to offer welcomed opportunities to meet the latest cohort of scholarship recipients in person, the Foundation expects to revive its in-person Special Lectures as well as the Collett Visiting Lecture program.

Other relevant future geoscience meetings and events

The calendar below shows key global geophysics and exploration meetings in the next 4-6 months, now almost entirely transformed into virtual events, facilitating global participation. Additional details on relevant future geoscience meetings, seminars, conferences and other events, please consult appropriate websites for the KEGS, B.C. Geophysical Society, CSEG, AEMQ, PDAC, CGU, GAC, SEG and university departments. Further details on future geoscience events in the Greater Toronto Area, including KEGS, KEGS Foundation, TGDG, CIM Toronto, Ore Deposit Hub, UofT Earth Sciences Dept, CGCS and School of the Environment, can be found on the GTA GeoEvents Calendar.

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