Nordic IAG Network of National Geomorphology Groups from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (GeoNorth, IAG National Scientific Member, Regional Group)

Purpose, organisation and key activities of GeoNorth

The new Nordic IAG Network of National Geomorphology Groups/Communities (IAG GeoNorth, approved in September 2019) is stimulating the active communication, collaboration and exchange between the national geomorphology groups/communities of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden in Northern Europe. By serving as an international IAG umbrella network, GeoNorth shall foster the initiation and/or further development of national geomorphology groups in the five Nordic countries. Being a formal and official organ of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) (IAG National Scientific Member GeoNorth, Regional Group), GeoNorth is connected with the global IAG network of national senior and young geomorphology groups and communities. The new IAG National Scientific Member and umbrella network GeoNorth is initiated, coordinated and chaired by Dr. Achim A. Beylich (Norway) and is run by the GeoNorth representatives of the five Nordic national geomorphology groups/communities: Dr. Achim A. Beylich, Dr. Katja Laute and Professor Dieu Tien Bui (Norway), Dr. Mikkel Fruergaard and Dr. Verner Brandbyge Ernstsen (Denmark), Professor Jukka Käyhkö and Dr. Eliisa Lotsari (Finland), Dr. Thorsteinn Sæmundsson and N.N. (Iceland), and Dr. Lina Polvi Sjöberg and Professor Arjen P. Stroeven (Sweden). In addition, each of the five national geomorphology groups/communities will have an own early-career/young geomorphologists representative that will be selected by an appointed board after application procedures widely announced (through GeomorphList and national email lists) for early career/young geomorphologists in the respective countries.

Concrete GeoNorth network activities include

  • An active and frequently updated GeoNorth website (including web-links to national websites of the national members of the umbrella network and connected groups and societies) which serves as information and communication platform for senior and early-career members of the five national geomorphology groups/communities (information on scientific projects, relevant meetings, training courses, opportunities for exchange visits, etc. in the five Nordic countries and outside the five Nordic countries). Early career/young geomorphologists will be given their own space on this website.
  • The compilation and email distribution of a bi-annual GeoNorth newsletter. GeoNorth 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 joint meetings (starting in October 2020) of the five national geomorphology groups/communities. These meetings will be organised in varying Nordic countries at field locations where relevant ongoing research projects will be presented and discussed, and will include scientific presentations from senior and early-career scientists, extended scientific discussions, excursions, as well as well-selected high-quality training courses for early-career scientists. The first GeoNorth joint Conference will be held as a Virtual Conference on 1-2 October 2020.
  • In addition to regular business meetings held during the biennial GeoNorth meetings, the senior representatives and the early-career/young geomorphologists representatives of the five Nordic countries will meet and hold additional planning/strategy meetings during international conferences (e.g., EGU, AGU, Nordic Geological Winter Meetings, IAG International and Regional Conferences).

Chair of GeoNorth:
Dr. Achim A. Beylich
, Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), Selbustrand, Norway; Email:

Confirmed network members and representatives:
Five national geomorphology groups/communities of

  • Norway; Representatives:
    Dr. Achim A. Beylich (Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), Selbustrand, Norway; Email:,
    Dr. Katja Laute (Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), Selbustrand, Norway; Email:,
    Professor Dieu Tien Bui (University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), GIS Group, Bø i Telemark, Norway; Email:;
    Early-career/young geomorphologists representative: N.N.
  • Denmark; Representatives:
    Dr. Mikkel Fruergaard (Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Email:,
    Dr. Verner Brandbyge Ernstsen (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS); Email:;
    Early-career/young geomorphologists representative: N.N.
  • Finland; Representatives:
    Professor Jukka Käyhkö (Department of Geography and Geology, University of Turku, Finland; Email:,
    Dr. Eliisa Lotsari (Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland; Email:;
    Early-career/young geomorphologists representative: N.N.
  • Iceland; Representatives:
    Dr. Thorsteinn Sæmundsson (President of the Geoscience Society of Iceland) (Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland; Email:,
    Early-career/young geomorphologists representative: N.N.
  • Sweden; Representatives:
    Dr. Lina Polvi Sjöberg (Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden; Email:,
    Professor Arjen P. Stroeven (Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden; Email:;
    Early-career/young geomorphologists representative: N.N.

Annual IAG affiliation fee (from 2020 onwards): 600 Euros

IAG GeoNorth approval letter

IAG GeoNorth poster

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)

Relevant weblinks
International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)
Royal Danish Geographical Society
Geological Society of Denmark
Geographical Society of Finland
Geoscience Society of Iceland
Geographical Society of Norway (NGS)
Geological Society of Norway (NGF)
Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG)

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