Geosciences in West Africa and Maghreb - March 2017
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Geosciences in West Africa and Maghreb
March 2017

Highlights - Special Issue

Precambrian Geology of West African Craton for Sustainable Development

Call for papers for the special issue Precambrian Geology of West African Craton for Sustainable Development to the Journal of African Earth Science. Deadline: 30th June 2017.  Select "WAC Mineralization” during on-line submission

Scientific news and publications

Call for papers for the special issue Precambrian Geology of West African Craton for Sustainable Development to the Journal of African Earth Science. Deadline: 30th June 2017. 
Sélect "WAC Mineralization” during on-line submission

Q. Masurel, N. Thébaud, J. Miller, S. Ulrich. 2017 - The tectono-magmatic framework to gold mineralisation in the Sadiola-Yatela gold camp and implications for the paleotectonic setting of the Kédougou-Kénieba inlier, West Africa.

Eglinger, A., Thébaud, N., Zeh, A., Davis, J. Miller, J., Parra-Avila, L.A., Loucks, R., McCuaig, T.C., Belousova, E. 2017. New insights into the crustal growth of the Paleoproterozoic margin of the Archean Kéména-Man domain, West African craton (Guinea): Implications for gold mineral systemPrecambrian Research 292 (2017) 258–289.

Link to WAXI articles 
Link to WAXI theses in pdf format 


Seminars and Conferences

Workshop Mines and Sustainable Development in French-speaking Africa. 15- 20 May 2017 at Université Polytechnique Mohamed VI, Bengurir, Maroc.

Symposium Mines Guinée 9 - 17 May, Conakry.

4th SGA-SEG-UNESCO-IUGS short course on African Metallogeny. Kigali, Rwanda, 5 - 9 June.

Workshop - Big data and bio-geosciences. 30 May - 2 June, 2017. Toulouse.

The 4th International Symposium on Innovation & Technology in the Phosphate Industry,  Benguerir city, Congress Center – Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. 8-10 May,

First Workshop on the West African Craton and its margins (WACMA1), Dakhla, Morocco, 24-29 April.

1st International symposium on the Geology of the Maghrebides chains and adjacent areas(CIGCM 2016), 4 – 6 December 2016, Sétif, Algeria.

The Fourth Arab Impact Cratering and Astrogeology Conference, Lagouhat 9th-12th April 2017. 

The First ASRO Geological Congress, El Jadida, Morocco - March 15-17, 2017.

Field work

Makhoudia FALL (UCAD), Kedougou-Kenieba Inlier, January 27th - March 15th. Radiometric measurement along flight lines radiometric surveys in Senegal and Mali (WAXI).
Mahamadou DIALLO (ENI), Kedougou-Kenieba Inlier, January 27th - March 15th (WAXI).
Jacques KONE (UCAD/UPS), Kedougou-Kenieba Inlier, January 11th - March 16th. Structural and metamorphic mapping (WAXI).

Lenka Baratoux (IFAN/IRD).Kedougou-Kenieba Inlier, 9-16 March (WAXI).
Marieke Van Lichtervelde (IFAN/IRD), Wiledio BONZI (UPS/Univ. Ouagadougou), Mamadou DIOP (UCAD). Kedougou-Kenieba Inlier, 8 - 18 March (WAXI).
Koffi GNAGON (UFHB), Joseph BROU (UFHB), Digbeu WILFRIED. Field study and sampling on the region south of Man, Ivory Coast, 13 - 18 March (T2GEM).

Training opportunities

Training session to scientific programming in Python (free training, organized by F. Paletou, Univ. of Toulouse, by application). 3 - 5 Avril, Dakar. Contact:

A informal training session about the IGN free stereophotogrammetry software "MicMac" has been organized at the "Laboratoire de Télédétection Appliquée (IST, Dakar)" by 
R. ANTOINE (CEREMA, Rouen). This software is used to create Digital Elevation Models from any types of images (aerial, drones). Participants: G. FAYE (IST/LDTA, Dakar), Moustapha NDOUR (Univ. Thiès), David BARATOUX (IFAN/IRD/UPS) + students. 
For more information:

WAXI Training courses program - Pre-registrations:
Back to the basics of applied structural geology and mapping (field course - Ivory Coast). May, 15th - 19th.   Advanced applied structural geology (field course / mine site). May, 22th - 26th. 
Mineral attrition footprints and portable field techniques (ASD, XRF, classroom and field, Burkina Faso). November, 4th - 8th. 
Field Geomorphology and Regolith mapping (field course, Burkina Faso). December 3rd - 8th, 2017. 
Mineral systems and Metallogeny of the Birimian Craton and applications for exploration targeting: a regional to deposit scale perspective (classroom and field course). October, 23 - 28.
Field and litho-structural mapping and integration of geophysical data (radiometrics, mag.) (Classroom and field course, early 2018, to be announced).

Funding opportunities

Master Fellowhships "IDEX" to study at the University of Grenoble open to foreign students (8000 €/year). Application deadline: 31 March 2017.
Contacts: Vivien Quéma,, Séverine Bérenguer, 
Check for the Master of Earth Planetary Sciences and Environnement 


New recruitments

David Baratoux (IFAN/UPS/IRD) is recruited Senior Scientist at the Institute of Research for Sustainable Development. He will be appointed to his new position during the year 2017. All results for IRD recruitments of researchers may be consulted here:

International Exchanges

African Geoscientists in the Spotlights

A few sentences from the students who have been awarded an IRD travel grant to attend the PICG 638 in Dakar, in December (extract and translation D. Baratoux):

Saga SAWADOGO (Univ. Ouagadougou): Thanks to the PICG638, I had the occasion to: meeting geoscientists from several regions of the world (Senegal, France, Ivory Coast, South Africa, U.S.A., Morocco, Niger, Mali and Algeria). I had also the occasion to increase my knowledge about the geodynamics and economic potential of the Birimian. I have been able to present my own Ph.D. work and I have received feedbacks and recommendations from well-established researchers. This will be also the occasion to prepare a scientific article for the PIGC638 special issue in Journal of African Earth Sciences.


Image of the month: Fieldwork in east Senegal (Marame NGOM) in February 2017 about artisanal gold mining. Picture from Marame NGOM (UCAD)
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Editor: Dr. David BARATOUX (IRD/UPS/IFAN),
Correspondents for Africa:
Makhoudia FALL (UCAD/Sénégal), Dr. Alain KOUAMELAN (UFHB/Côte d’Ivoire), Abigail AYIKWEI (Ghana, Univ. of Ghana), Dr. Ousmane WANE (USTTB), Prof. Hasnaa CHENNAOUI (Univ. Hassan II, Casablanca), Dr. Moulley Charaf CHABOU (Université Ferhat Abbas, Sétif, Algérie), Atmane LAMALI (CRAAG, Algérie).
International correspondents
Lenka Baratoux (IRD/IFAN), Dr. Luc SIEBENALLER (ASDM), Mark Jessell (UWA), Gloria SENYAH (Ghana, QUT)

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