The International Association of Military Geosciences
12th International Conference on Military Geosciences
Stellenbosch, 18 to 23 June 2017, and the
Post Conference Field Excursion, 24 – 30 June 2017
The theme of the conference was “The scope, reach and impact of Military Geosciences”, celebrating the diversity of research avenues explored by Military Geoscientists, as well as the impact this research has on military activities in the broadest possible sense. This five-day conference took place at the picturesque Lanzerac Wine Estate in the scenic university town of Stellenbosch, about 50 kilometres from Cape Town. The Lanzerac Wine Estate can trace its history back to 1692 when Governor Simon van der Stel granted the farm in the Jonkershoek Valley to Isaac Schrijver and three freed slaves.
If you attended, or even if you missed it, you can still look at the conference photographs.
The conference hosted military geoscientists (academics and students) from around the world and featured the following:
- Presentations from distinguished international and South African scholars and researchers.
- Field trips: Attendees will explore the rich cultural and physical geography of the Cape Winelands and the Cape Town metropolitan region through informative excursions during the conference. This will include a full day visit to the Cape Peninsula, including Cape Point, as well as a half day excursion to the Castle – the oldest existing European building in South Africa.
- A welcoming function on Sunday evening and dinner on Monday evening (all lunches and coffee breaks are included).
- A Conference banquet.
- The six-day post-conference field excursion will include the following:
- Return flights from Cape Town International to King Shaka International in Durban.
- All transport, meals and accommodation.
- Visit the Drakensberg – the scenic escarpment dividing the coastal province of KwaZulu – Natal from the interior.
- Visits to four of the pivotal battles fought on South African soil, as well as viewing the Big Five.
Previous ICMG conferences were held at Annapolis, Maryland (2015); Aviemore, UK (2013); Las Vegas, Nevada (2011); Vienna, Austria (2009); Quebec City, Canada (2007); Nottingham, UK (2005); West Point, New York (2003); Greenwich, UK (2000); Toronto, Canada (1998); London, UK (1996), and Seattle, Washington (1994).