Karst Dynamics Laboratory, affiliated with the Ministry of Land and Resources

International training course on karst hydrogeology and karst carbon cycle monitoring

September 25, 2010KDL 2666
  1. International training course on karst hydrogeology and karst carbon cycle monitoring

(2010-09-25)

 

Background and aims:
    Approved by the 34th General Conference of UNESCO in October 2007, an International Research Center on Karst (IRCK) under the auspices of UNESCO (Category II) was established in Guilin China, the Agreement between the Chinese government and UNESCO concerning the Establishment and Operation of the IRCK was signed in Paris on February 11, 2008 and the Center was officially inaugurated in December 2008.
    IRCK is based at the Institute of Karst Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS), located at No. 50 Qixing Road, Guilin, Guangxi 541004, P. R. China. It is committed, among other objections and functions, to providing advisory activities, technical information and training as a basis to develop and implement new integrated methods of desertification rehabilitation and ecological restoration and undertaking international technical consultation and organizing international workshops and symposia on special subjects, scientific field investigations and lecture tours. It organized an international training course on karst hydrogeology and karst ecosystem in Guilin, China on November 8 – December 5, 2009, which was attended by 17 trainees from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Romania and Peru.
     To keep on the implementation of its mandates and tasks, with the sponsorship of the Institute of Karst Geology, CAGS, IRCK will organize an International Training Course on Karst Hydrogeology and Karst Carbon Cycle Monitoring in Guilin, China to be scheduled on November 29 – December 10, with the aim of enhancing research cooperation and academic exchange between China and other countries, and sharing Chinese successful experience in karst scientific research with colleagues overseas. The Chinese karst scientists warmly welcome fellow geologists, hydrological engineers and related administrators from developing countries across the world, who are interested, to participate in this training course.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE
Time and venue:
The training course will held in Guilin China on November 29 – December 10, 2010.
Working language:
The working language is English.
Arrangements:
The course programme includes 5 parts in the following:
1. 6-day lectures,
2. 1-day visit (laboratory test technology and methodology, Karst Geology Museum of China),
3. 2-day field work,
4. 1-day excursion and field demonstration (along the Li River);
5. 1-day trainee assessment.

Major topics:
This ten-day programme will cover 3 topics as follows:
1. China Karst Hydrogeological overview, which will be addressed in 3 aspects: ① Development background and distribution of the karst areas in China; ② Karst hydrogeological features of China and its research advances; ③Karst research in China and IGCP projects.
2. Assessment and management of karst groundwater resources, which will be addressed in 2 aspects: ① monitoring techniques of karst groundwater and assessment methods of water resources; ② Development, utilization and management of water resources.
3. Assessment techniques and methods of karst carbon cycle monitoring, which includes 2 aspects: ① Karst carbon cycle theories and monitoring methods; ② Potential karst carbon cycle and climate change.
The field work is mainly on tracer experiment and hydrochemical test in the Karst Experimental Sites in Maocun and Yaji close to the Institute of Karst Geology in Guilin.

Lecturers:
The organizer of the training course will invite experienced experts and specialists from the Institute of Karst Geology, CAGS or the members of the IRCK Governing Board and Academic Board to deliver lectures and usher field excursions.

Maximum trainees:
The maximum of applicants to be accepted is 15.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Financial assistance:
1. International air fares: Applicants who are accepted will be offered a grant in a range of RMB 10,000 to RMB 15,000 to cover the actual international air fares of economic class and additional fares will be covered by applicants themselves. It is highly suggested that the accepted applicants book the air tickets themselves and get the reimbursement when attending the training course.
2. Tuition fees: The organizer of the course will provide tuition fees for all the trainees, plus board and lodging, domestic transportation and an allowance of 500 RMB. Health and accident insurance regarding medical treatment at preference rates will be provided.
Accommodation:
For each participant a single-room will be reserved at the Guilin Plaza Hotel (20 Lijiang Road, 541001 Guilin) from November 29th to December 11th, 2010. Participants are expected to arrive not before November 29th, 2010. Due to the frequent moving during the course, participants are strongly advised not to bring along dependants.
Visa Application:
Each participant is required to get a visa to China before leaving home. To apply for visas, participants will be requested by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate to submit a letter of invitation. The organizer will send an invitation letter in early November, 2010 to accepted applicants from overseas who need to apply for a visa. To formulate such an invitation letter, the following information is required:
? Full name (as printed in the passport)
? Date and place of birth
? Gender
? Nationality
? Affiliation
? Mailing address
? Phone and fax numbers and e-mail address
? Passport number
? City where you will apply for visa (Embassy/Consulate)
Weather conditions:
The local temperature is in a range of 10℃ ~ 18℃ with humid air during late November and early December of the year. Field dress, thick coat and rain coat are necessary.
Contact information:
For further information please contact:
Ms. Lu Qian
International Training Course on Karst Hydrogeology and Karst Carbon Cycle Monitoring
International Research Center on Karst (IRCK)
Institute of Karst Geology
50 Xiqing Road, 541004 Guilin, Guangxi, P. R. China
Tel.: + 86-773-5845576
Fax: +86-773-5845576
Email: luqian@karst.ac.cn
Internet: http://www.irck.edu.cn
http://www.cags.ac.cn/
http://www.karst.ac.cn/
http://www.karst.edu.cn/index.htm

APPLICATION
Requirements for application:
   Applicants are required to have completed a thorough training in geology, hydrology or karstology and to hold a degree from a university or other recognized institutions of higher learning.
   It is desirable that the applicants should have practical experience in karstology, geology, hydrology or hydroengineering, either at a university, with a geological survey, or with a governmental or private institution engaged in karstological, geological or hydrological work.
   In particular, females with the above mentioned skills are encouraged to apply for the course.As lectures are given in English, it is essential that the applicants must have a good command of English in listening, speaking and writing.
Application form:
All applications will be considered individually by a selection board. For a proper judgment of the applications, it is necessary that the applicants should fill in the application form as fully and clearly as possible. In addition to the application form, a recommendation letter is required for each applicant from relevant authorities of his (her) home country.
The application form should be sent and emailed to
Ms. Lu Qian
IRCK
Institute of Karst Geology, 50 Xiqing Road, 541004 Guilin, Guangxi, P. R. China
Email: luqian@karst.ac.cn
Fax: +86-773-5845576
before October 15th, 2010.
Confirmation Letter:
The organizer of the training course will send a letter to each applicant before October 25th, 2010 to tell him (her) whether he (she) has been accepted or not. If their candidature is accepted; the decision of the selection board is irrevocable.
Please note that since the maximum number of accepted applicants is 15, priority will be given to those from least developed countries, particularly African countries.
Assessment of results
Participants who have fulfilled the requirements of the course will receive a certificate of completion from the International Research Center on Karst (IRCK) under the auspices of UNESCO and the Institute of Karst Geology (IKG) of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS).
Mail it before October 15th, 2010 to:
Ms. Lu Qian
IRCK
Institute of Karst Geology, CAGS
50 Xiqing Road, 541004 Guilin,
Guangxi, P. R. China

APPLICATION FORM
For detailed information please see the attached circular and application form.
Download: CIRCULAR AND APPLICATION FORM

Application form should be sent to Ms. Lu Qian before October 15th, 2010.

Any questions related please contact:
Ms. Lu Qian
International Training Course on Karst Hydrogeology and Karst Carbon Cycle Monitoring
International Research Center on Karst (IRCK)
Institute of Karst Geology
50 Xiqing Road, 541004 Guilin, Guangxi, P. R. China
Tel.: + 86-773-5845576
Fax: +86-773-5845576
Email: luqian@karst.ac.cn
IRCK Secretariat
September 25th, 2010