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

Highlights - West Africa Students in geosciences share their research to the public online

West African Students in Geosciences are encouraged to present their research project online to gain visibility, and share their research achievements to the public. This month, Cheikh Amadou Bamba NIANG (UCAD, Senegal) has launched the student website of this outreach project:

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

Eglinger et al. New insights into the crustal growth of the Paleoproterozoic margin of the Archean Kéména-Man domain, West African craton (Guinea): Implications for gold mineral system. Precambrian Research 292 (2017) 258 – 289.

Diatta et al. The structural evolution of the Dialé-Daléma basin, Kédougou-Kéniéba Inlier, eastern Senegal. Journal of African Earth Sciences 129 (2017) 923-933.

Ratiba SAHOUI will defend her Ph.D. "Mauritanian and Algerian impact craters: characterization of shock metamorphic effects" on April 8th. Committee composed of A. Ouabadi (USTHB), D. Belhai (USTHB), K. Ouzegane (USTHB), D. Baratoux (IRD/IFAN/UPS), M. Hamoudi (USTHB), M. Zolenski (NASA/JSC), A. Seddiki (USTO).

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.

International Conference on African Large River Basin Hydrology
06 & 09 May 2018 Blida / Algeria.

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

Alain Kouamelan (UFHB), Joseph Brou (UFHB), Marieke Van Lichtervelde (IRD/IFAN) and David Baratoux (IRD/IFAN) will achieve the first campaign of acquisition of "LIBS" (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) data in West Africa on samples from the region of Issia (pegmatites, placers, strategic metals), from the 26th of April to the 3rd of May. The portable LIBS has been made available for a test by the SciApps society.

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:

WAXI Training courses program 2017 - 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 Ghana). May, 22th - 26th. 
  • Mineral systems and metallogeny of the Birimian Craton and applications for exploration targeting: a regional to deposit scale perspective (classroom and field). October, 23 - 28.
  • Mineral alteration footprints and portable field techniques (ASD, XRF, classroom and field, Burkina Faso). November, 4th - 8th. 
  • Field geomorphology and regolith mapping (field course, Burkina Faso). Decem. 3rd - 8th.
  • Field and litho-structural mapping and integration of geophysical data (radiometrics, mag.) (classroom and field, early 2018, to be announced).

Funding opportunities

The International Laboratory "MINERWA" for Responsible Mining in West Africa was not listed in the pre-selected project. An information meeting will be organized as soon as the projet leaders will get precise feedbacks from IRD regarding the reasons of this decision and the recommendations for the future.


New recruitments
International Exchanges

  • Augustin Yao Koffi - 15 March to 15 September, visit at GET Toulouse
  • Jacques Koné - 1st April to 31st May, visit at Boston College, collaboration with Ethan Baxter
  • Mahamadou Diallo - Early April to 31st May, visit at CET Perth
  • Several researchers and students from West Africa and Maghreb will attend the AICAC IV conference in Algeria, including H. Chennaoui (Maroc), Ch. Amadou Bamba Niang (Senegal), David Baratoux (France/Senegal), Nejia Ouazaa (Tunisia), Elycheikh Naviee (Mauritania), among others. 

African Geoscientists under the spotlight

West African Students in Geosciences are encouraged to present their research project online to gain visibility, and share their research achievements to the public. This month, Cheikh Amadou Bamba NIANG (UCAD, Senegal) has launched the student website of this outreach project:


Image of the month: Fieldwork in Eastern Senegal, Sabodala mine site (with Lenka Baratoux, Ibrahima Labou, Jacques Koné, Wilédio Marc-Emile Bonzi, Sylla Serigne, Bernard Bassène, Babacar Samb).
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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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