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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

For the first time in 10 years, the Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) will be hosted in the United States. Penn State will host the 20th annual conference August 10-16, 2019 on the University Park campus. The conference will include such topics as geomathematics, geostatistics, geoinformatics and geomodeling, with a special focus on geomodeling issues at the intersection of food, water and energy. 

Penn State was selected to host the conference in part due to the strength of the academic and research programs in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME), the EMS Energy Institute  and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). The conference will be jointly hosted by IAMG, the EMS Energy Institute and EMS.  

“EMS is a world leader in generating the fundamental knowledge needed to develop novel solutions for the issues pertaining to the conference theme,” said Sanjay Srinivasan, IAMG 2019 conference chair, and professor and head of EME. “IAMG Conference speakers will share their insights into how water, climate and ecosystems will change in the face of the energy and food needs of a growing human population.” 

EMS encompasses all the major disciplines and topic areas of interest represented at the IAMG Conference, creating a venue to strengthen and promote the mathematical geoscience field and facilitate networking between early career geoscientists and leading researchers. 

Holding the conference on the University Park campus will situate attendees near major, unconventional shale gas production areas along with coal and mineral mining areas. Several optional tours and activities will be offered to help attendees learn more about energy resources in the area and regional culture including an option to learn about start-of-the-art weather and climate prediction technology. 

Interested researchers can submit a short abstract through the conference website by December 18, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed by prominent researchers in the fields of geomodeling and geostatistics from eight different countries. Any contributions to the development and application of mathematics and information theory focused on geoscientific problems are welcome. Selected authors will be assigned to present their research through an oral presentation or during a poster session. Authors can also choose to submit a manuscript which will be considered for publication in a special edition journal. A complete timeline for abstract submission, review and notification is available on the IAMG 2019 website. 

To learn more about the conference including optional short courses and tours, visit iamgconferences.org/iamg2019. Register by April 30, 2019, for a discounted registration fee.