All workshops and fieldtrips are not part of the IUGG – 27th General Assembly.
They are separate events that are not part of the scientific program.

All inquiries for workshops and fieldtrips should be addressed to and not directly to IUGG.

IUGG does not provide a financial support for these events.

Half-day excursions


    Date: July 8, 13:30-17:00


    Primary leaders: Laurence Coursol, UQAM, Gabriel Gobeil, UQAM


    Cost: TBC

    Includes transportation from Montréal and back. Admission to the facility is free of charge.


    Requirements: Flat shoes with closed toe are obligatory. As part of the tour is outdoors, suitable clothing should be worn. Each participant of age 18 and over must bring a piece of photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license). The interior portion of the visit is not permitted to persons with a cardiac pacemaker.


    Description: A visit to the Beauharnois generating station on the canal that makes up part of the St. Lawrence River system southwest of the Island of Montréal. Beauharnois is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric generating facilities. Construction started over 80 years ago and the structure is characterised by an award-winning Art Deco architectural style. It comprises 38 generating units, spread over almost 1 kilometre, and is Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. Specially-trained guides will give you an interactive educational tour of both the interior and exterior of the facility, where you will learn about hydroelectric power generation and the long history of hydroelectricity in Québec. A bus will transport you from downtown Montréal to the facility (a trip of about 45 minutes) and the guided tour lasts 90 minutes. At the end of the tour you will return to downtown Montréal.


    July 13 (could be moved to July 14 in the case of inclement weather)


    Primary leaders: Louis Poulin, Environment and Climate Change Canada


    Cost: TBC


    Requirements: Comfortable shoes and clothing for summertime city walking.


    Description: A guided tour of Montréal’s most interesting sights, from a local’s point of view. Participants will travel around the city on foot, by metro, local buses and even the city’s “Bixi” bicycles. The excursion will end in one of Montréal’s pubs or bistros, hopefully on the outdoor patio if weather permits!



    Date: July 8


    Primary leader: Peter Douglas, McGill University

    Co-leader: Christian von Sperber (McGill University)


    Cost: CAD $120 including tax

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, lunch and water bottle.


    Requirements: The trip includes short hikes on boardwalks. Sun/rain protection is recommended.


    Description: Mer Bleue Bog is large (33 km2) boreal bog that is uniquely located near a major city. As such it is one of the most intensively-studied and best-instrumented ombrotrophic bogs in the world, and is the basis of hundreds of studies on peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry. Our trip will take participants on a guided tour of the Mer Bleue Conservation Area, including a 1.2 km boardwalk into the bog, with guides pointing out key aspects of this landscape that have contributed to our understanding of peatlands. In addition to the natural bog landscape and associated open water ecosystems, we will also visit and discuss experimental plots where researchers have explored the effects of a warming climate and nutrient enrichment on the bog environment. Mer Bleue is approximately a two-hour drive from downtown Montreal. We will stay at the bog for three hours, where lunch will be served. Before returning to Montreal we will stop at the nearby Beau’s Brewery, which serves local beers including specialty ale made from bog myrtle (not to mention excellent German sausages).


    Date: July 11 or 18 (to be confirmed)


    Primary leader: TBC

    Co-leader: TBC


    Cost: TBC

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, lunch


    Requirements: Nanometrics requires a list of registrants and must approve each application. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are required as part of the excursion will be outdoors.


    Description: Nanometrics, Inc. is a Canadian manufacturer of seismic equipment, based in Kanata, Ontario. The excursion will include a tour of their manufacturing facilities, a demonstration of their direct-burial systems and a set of seminars.



    Dates: July 11 and July 18


    Primary leader: TBC

    Co-leader: TBC


    Cost: TBC

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, lunch


    Requirements: TBC


    Description: A day trip to Canada’s capital region, with an emphasis on science and culture. In the morning you will visit Ottawa’s new Canada Science and Technology Museum where local staff will give you a guided tour around the exhibits. After lunch, a short journey across the bridge into Gatineau brings you to the Canadian Museum of History, renowned for its Great Hall containing examples of west coast First Nations totem poles. In the late afternoon you will have time for sightseeing and dinner in Ottawa’s historic Byward Market district before returning to Montréal.



    Date: TBC


    Primary leader: John Crowley, Canadian Geodetic Survey

    Co-leader: TBC


    Cost: TBC

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back


    Requirements: Foreign visitors must undergo a background security check by the department responsible for the facility. Registrants must therefore submit their passport information at least 1 month before the visit.


    Description: A visit to the Canadian Absolute Gravity Site (CAGS) and the satellite uplink facility for RADARSAT and other geodetic satellites.

    May be converted into a full-day trip if logistics permit. In this case, the visit to the geodetic facilities would take place in the morning, followed by lunch in Wakefield, followed by sightseeing and short hikes in Gatineau Park.



    July 18 (morning) to July 23 (evening)


    Primary leader: Stephan Kolzenburg, McGill University

    Co-leaders: Shane Rooyakkers (McGill University), John Stix (McGill University), Bob Wiebe (UC Davis), Sheila Seaman (UMass Amherst)


    Cost: CAD $1930 including tax.

    Includes transportation from Montreal to Maine and back, accommodation (based on double occupancy), field guidebook and packed lunches (dinners are not included).


    Requirements: Participants are required to arrange their own entry documents to the USA. Failure to be admitted to the USA will result in forfeit of the fieldtrip fee. Neither the fieldtrip organisers, not the local organising committee of IUGG2019, or IUGG in general can provide assistance or be held responsible should participants fail to clear US or Canada immigration. Adequate health insurance is required. There will be walks up to two kilometres over moderate terrain and along the coastline. Weather conditions could range from hot to cold and rainy. Adequate footwear is recommended.


    Description: This trip will introduce participants to the famed intrusive complex of Mt Desert Island, the associated bimodal volcanic succession on Cranberry Island as well as the Pleasant Bay intrusion, located in NE Maine, USA. These localities preserve evidence for a range of highly dynamic magmatic, sub-volcanic and volcanic processes. Highlights range from deep seated intramagmatic pillows and flows, diapirism, composite dikes and partial hybridization that record intimate physical, thermal and chemical interactions between mafic and felsic magmas to a remarkable and unique subvolcanic shatter zone that documents the interaction between fragmenting magma and country rock and records shallow level magma ascent during a caldera-forming eruption all the way to the surface expression, a bimodal volcanic succession, comprising rhyolitic ignimbrites, rhyolitic and basaltic lava flows and phreatic deposits. This field trip is aimed at stimulating trans-disciplinary discussion on a range of magmatic and volcanic processes. We invite participants to present their current research related to the chemical and physical development of magmatic and volcanic phenomena in informal discussion groups in the evenings.



    Dates: July 18 (morning) to July 23 (evening)


    Primary leaders: Pierre-Simon Ross, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Lyndsay Moore, Rio Tinto

    Co-leaders: Michel Houlé (Geological Survey of Canada), Jean Goutier (Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec)


    Cost: TBC

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, accommodation based on double occupancy, guidebook, breakfast and packed lunch (dinner is not included).


    Requirements: There will be walks up to two kilometres over moderate terrain. Adequate footwear (hiking boots) is strongly recommended. Weather conditions could range from hot to cold and rainy, bring raingear and sun protection. Adequate health insurance is required.


    Description: The Abitibi greenstone belt in Quebec and Ontario (Canada) is one of the most coherent greenstone belts in the world and hosts some of the most pristine, Archean-aged remnants of submarine volcanic complexes. Despite the old age of the rocks (2.7 Ga), metamorphic grade and tectonic deformation are locally very low, and glacially polished outcrops can yield very nice exposures, with near-perfect preservation of volcanic textures. A six-day post-conference excursion (including four complete days in the field) will examine volcanic and intrusive facies ranging in composition from komatiitic (ultramafic) to rhyolitic. We will attempt to show both explosive and effusive products for each magma type.


    The excursion will include visits to:

    • the world-famous komatiitic lava flows at Spinifex Ridge and Pyke Hill, which include sheet flows, tube flows, and volcaniclastic rocks;
    • facies variations from massive to pillowed to hyaloclastite in basaltic lavas near Rouyn-Noranda, as well as a possible basaltic lava lake;
    • andesitic lavas and hyaloclastites in the Monsabrais area, including a possible block lava, pillows, and mass flows;
    • explosive andesitic products of the D’Alembert tuff, ranging from thick coarse proximal beds to distal turbidites;
    • various felsic lavas and domes, including the rhyodacitic lavas and volcaniclastic rocks of the Glenwood flow complex.


    In addition to the varying submarine volcanic rocks, participants will also have the opportunity to view mineralization and alteration associated with the volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits of the Noranda area. On the first evening, there will be an informal poster session where participants can present their own work on submarine volcanism, from modern to ancient.


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