Geomorphological Research Group of Norway / Geomorfologisk Forsknings Gruppe i Norge (GeoNor, IAG National Scientific Member)

Purpose, organisation and key activities of GeoNor

The National Norwegian IAG Geomorphology Group (GeoNor, approved in September 2019) will increase the national and international visibility of Norwegian geomorphology and will stimulate the active communication, collaboration and exchange between senior and early career scientists from geomorphology and from other bio-geophysical and engineering disciplines working at different universities, research institutes and companies in Norway. In addition, GeoNor shall serve as a catalyst for the development of international scientific contacts and collaborations for Norwegian senior and early career scientists. GeoNor shall significantly reach out internationally by being closely linked with the four other Nordic geomorphology groups/communities from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and by showing appreciation for the geomorphological research achievements and the published scientific work of international colleagues that have carried out relevant geomorphological research in Norway. As an active National Scientific Member of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG), GeoNor is part of a global network of senior and young geomorphology groups and communities. GeoNor is initiated and headed by Dr. Achim A. Beylich and is initially run by an efficient core group of eight scientists: Dr. Achim A. Beylich (Chair), Dr. Katja Laute (Secretary), Professor Dieu Tien Bui (Representative for GeoNor members at Norwegian universities and additional Norwegian representative within GeoNorth), Dr. Benjamin Bellwald (Representative for GeoNor members at Norwegian research institutes (others than universities), and communication between the national geology/Quaternary geology, geography and cryospheric sciences communities in Norway), Professor Nils Rüther (Representative for GeoNor members at Norwegian universities), Dr. Louise M. Vick (Representative for GeoNor members at Norwegian universities), Professor Stefan Winkler (Representative for GeoNor members from outside Norway), and a national early career/young geomorphologists representative that will be selected as member of the GeoNor core group following an application procedure widely announced (through GeomorphList and national email lists) for early career/young geomorphologists in Norway.

Concrete activities of GeoNor include

  • An active and frequently updated GeoNor website which serves as relevant information and communication platform for senior and early career members of GeoNor. The website will provide information on relevant scientific projects, relevant meetings, training courses, opportunities for exchange visits, etc. in Norway and outside Norway. Early career/young geomorphologists will be given their own space within this website.
  • The compilation and email distribution of a bi-annual GeoNor newsletter. National and international GeoNor members will be invited to submit contributions to the newsletter (e.g., information on research projects, training courses, workshops and seminars, exchange opportunities, etc.). Early career/young geomorphologists will be given their own section within this newsletter.
  • The biennial organisation of national GeoNor meetings at varying field locations in Norway. At the varying meeting locations relevant ongoing research projects will be presented by GeoNor members and discussed within the group. The biennial GeoNor meetings will include scientific presentations from senior and early career scientists, extended scientific discussions, field excursions, and training courses for early career scientists. To each GeoNor meeting at least one senior and one early career representative of other Nordic geomorphology groups/communities and at least one international colleague (from outside the Nordic countries) with relevant published contributions on the geomorphology of Norway will be invited. The kick-off meeting of GeoNor will be organised in combination with the first GeoNorth Conference (Virtual Conference), 1-2 October 2020, and the first national GeoNor biennial meeting will be held in 2021.

GeoNor initial core members

Dr. Achim A. Beylich, Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), Strandvegen 484, 7584 Selbustrand, Norway; Email:
Chair of GeoNor

Dr. Katja Laute, Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), Selbustrand, Norway; Email:
Secretary of GeoNor

Professor Dieu Tien Bui, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), GIS Group, Bø i Telemark, Norway

Dr. Benjamin Bellwald, Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research (VBPR) AS, Oslo Science Park, Oslo, Norway

Professor Nils Rüther, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

Dr. Louise M. Vick, Department of Geosciences, UiT Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

Professor Stefan Winkler, Institute for Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg, Germany

N.N., National early-career/young geomorphologists representative

National and international colleagues that are invited for being included in the GeoNor mailing list. These colleagues will receive the GeoNor newsletter and will be invited to GeoNor and GeoNorth meetings through the GeoNor mailing list

The mailing list includes senior and early career colleagues that work on geomorphology and/or closely related fields at Norwegian universities or/and Norwegian research institutes or companies. In addition, the mailing list includes the representatives of the four other Nordic geomorphology groups/communities and international colleagues that have carried out relevant geomorphological research in Norway and have contributed with published work on the geomorphology of Norway. The mailing list is just preliminary and will be extended. We have compiled the list based on our knowledge about existing colleagues. Invited colleagues of the mailing list are asked to forward messages sent through the mailing list to any colleagues that might be interested to join GeoNor, GeoNor activities and the GeoNor mailing list.

34th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting 2020, 8-10 January, Oslo, Norway
EGU Annual General Assembly 2020, 3-8 May (EGU 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online, 4-8 May 2020)

First GeoNor and GeoNorth Planning and Strategy meeting (online meeting), 28 May 2020. Meeting agenda and meeting summary report.
First joined GeoNor and GeoNorth Conference (Virtual Conference), 1-2 October 2020. First Circular (15 March 2020), Second Circular (16 June 2020)

Call for Young Geomorphologists National Representatives (16 June 2020)

IAG GeoNorth and GeoNor Newsletter 1/2020 (June)

Outreach and publications
IAG GeoNor poster
Beylich, A.A. (Ed.) (in press). Landscapes and Landforms of Norway. Springer (Springer Book Series on World Geomorphological Landscapes)

Relevant weblinks
International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)
Geographical Society of Norway (NGS)
Geological Society of Norway (NGF)

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