1. International Geological Congress, Brisbane, 2012
The 34th International Geological Congress was held in Brisbane from 5Ė10 August, 2012. Six symposia were successfully organised by AGID under Theme 2 of the Congress, "Geoscience Benefiting Low-Income Countries". A full list of these symposia appears in AGID's Geoscience Newsletter No. 63 (See below).
2. AGIDís Geoscience newsletter
The 64th issue (December 2012) of AGIDS Geoscience Newsletter has been issued. To read and /or download go to PUBLICATIONS/Geoscience Newsletter/download.
3. Geoethics News
The June 2012 issue of Geoethics News can be downloaded from ACTIVITIES/more/Geoethics Project/download. The latest and also back copies of Geoethics News together with other useful in formation on geoethics can be found at http://tierra.rediris.es/Geoethics_Planetary_Protection/ .
4. Geoscience Awareness in Schools: AGID's TEAM Project in Nigeria.
The AGID TEAM Project is designed to spread practical knowledge about geoscience and its relevance to daily life amongst schoolchildren in low-income and developing countries. The target in Nigeria during 2011 was to reach out particularly to schools in the northern parts of the country, an area which was indicated by the preliminary Geoscience awareness survey (conducted in 2010) to display the least geoscience awareness of all the zones in the country. However, during 2011, there were some challenges to security in that part of the country as a result of the activities of religious extremists. This coupled with the fact that 2011 was an election year in the Country caused some disruption to the planned programme of school visits.
Despite theses challenges some level of activity proved possible, mainly as a result of the participation of the local chapters of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) which has become involved in the TEAM programme since 2010. Fifteen secondary schools were visited in Ilorin and six in Offa towns while eight nursery and primary schools were visited, all in Kwara state. A positive development was the special interest shown by teachers in the schools visited and three teachers joined the team in subsequent visits to other schools. Eighteen schools were visited in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.
In the southwest states further success was recorded. The collaboration of AGID and NMGS initiated in the previous year resulted in TEAM being adopted as one of the Programmes of the southwest Chapter of the NMGS. This year, a total of 55 schools were visited in Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo states. The Museum of the University of Ibadan Department of Geology has continued to host visits by pupils of primary and secondary schools due to the mobilisation efforts of the AGID TEAM project working in collaboration with the Department.