The coordinated voice for Canadian Earth Sciences
The Mission of CFES is to be the coordinated voice of the Earth science community in Canada, ensuring that decision makers and the general public understand the contributions of Earth sciences to Canadian society and the Canadian economy
CFES/FCST was established in 2006 as the successor to the Canadian Geoscience Council (CGC). CFES is an umbrella organization of 12 Canadian member societies and 2 cooperative groups (the list of member organizations is here). Our constituency represents industry (minerals, hydrocarbons, environmental/geotechnical), government (Provincial/Territorial Geological Surveys) and Academia, in total, an estimated 20,000 Canadian earth scientists. CFES/FCST also closely cooperates with 4 observer organizations.
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GeoHazards6, sponsored by CGS, will be held at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario, 15-18 June 2014. The technical program will be supplemented by 4 keynote presentations from highly regarded speakers covering topical issues ranging from Tsunami Hazard risk in Canada to Pipeline Lifecycles, a technical trade show, and a special one day workshop at the end of the conference, "Geohazard Risk Communication, Perception and Tolerance Workshop".
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Alexandria, VA - Answering a community-wide call from geoscience societies and
employers, an American Geoscience Institute inter-society ad hoc committee
examined the issue of academic geosciences program accreditation. The committee
has concluded its two years of study, and released a report that details three
observations regarding the classification of college and university geoscience
The committee's three major observations are about distinctive approaches:
program accreditation by a board or community, classification of programs, and
student competency-based badgering/portfolios. All of these approaches are
currently in use for managing academic programs outside of the geosciences, and
could be readily adopted for use by geosciences programs. The rationale,
benefits, and challenges of each approach are detailed. Much as the formation of
this committee was driven by the community, the report suggests that community
should determine what combination, if any, of these pathways might strengthen
the geosciences into the future.
Numerous previous efforts have been attempted to assess the viability of a
formal program accreditation process for the geosciences, but this report is the
first that has identified defined possibilities.
This report is available from AGI's website