All workshops and fieldtrips are not part of the IUGG – 27th General Assembly.
They are separate events that are not part of the scientific program.

All inquiries for workshops and fieldtrips should be addressed to and not directly to IUGG.

IUGG does not provide a financial support for these events.


Confirmation of time and schedule will be provided at a later date.


Tous les ateliers et visites techniques ne font pas partie de la 27ème Assemblée Générale de l’UGGI, ce sont des évènements à part.

Toutes les demandes d’organisation des ateliers et des visites techniques doivent être adressées à et non directement à l’UGGI.

L’UGGI ne fournit aucune aide financière pour ces évènements.

Half-day excursions


    Date: July 8, 13:30-17:00


    Primary leaders: Laurence Coursol, UQAM, Gabriel Gobeil, UQAM


    Cost: CAD $35 including tax

    Includes transportation from Montréal and back. Admission to the facility is free of charge.


    Requirements: Flat shoes with closed toe are obligatory. As part of the tour is outdoors, suitable clothing should be worn. Each participant of age 18 and over must bring a piece of photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license). The interior portion of the visit is not permitted to persons with a cardiac pacemaker.


    Description: A visit to the Beauharnois generating station on the canal that makes up part of the St. Lawrence River system southwest of the Island of Montréal. Beauharnois is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric generating facilities. Construction started over 80 years ago and the structure is characterised by an award-winning Art Deco architectural style. It comprises 38 generating units, spread over almost 1 kilometre, and is Hydro-Québec’s most powerful run-of-river plant. Specially-trained guides will give you an interactive educational tour of both the interior and exterior of the facility, where you will learn about hydroelectric power generation and the long history of hydroelectricity in Québec. A bus will transport you from downtown Montréal to the facility (a trip of about 45 minutes) and the guided tour lasts 90 minutes. At the end of the tour you will return to downtown Montréal.


    Maximum 50 participants.


    To book this fieldtrip, please click here.


    Date: July 13, 9:30-17:00 (will be moved to July 14 in the case of inclement weather)


    Primary leaders: Lewis Poulin, Environment and Climate Change Canada


    Cost: Free - except your purchases along the way (beverages, food, souvenirs). Good to bring money in case you want to use transit at some point.


    Requirements: This full day walk/hike will be about 12 km in length if you walk the full distance with us. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for summertime city walking. Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen. A water bottle (reusable if possible). Refreshments can be purchased along the way. Good to bring your cellphone so we can stay in touch if necessary, along the way.


    Description: A guided tour of Montréal’s most interesting sights, from a local’s point of view. Participants will travel around the city on foot, by metro, local buses and even the city’s “Bixi” bicycles. The excursion will end in one of Montréal’s pubs or bistros, hopefully on the outdoor patio if weather permits!

    • Are you looking for a beautiful day of walking in Montreal?
    • We’ll start in old Montreal and weave our way (~3.8 km) through the downtown “Promenade Fleuve Montagne” (See link below) to the base of Mount Royal Park.
    • Then we’ll walk up the mountain trail (~45 minutes) or stairs (~20 minutes) to an observation point giving a great view of the downtown area.
    • After a break at the top we’ll walk down to the part of town called the Plateau (~3.5 km) with its many shops and beautiful residential streets.
    • We’ll then walk back towards the old port down the famous rue St Denis.
    • As we approach Old Montreal again, we can hopefully find one of Montréal’s pubs or bistros and relax perhaps on an outdoor patio if weather permits


    Maximum 15 participants.


    To book this fieldtrip, please click here.




    Date: July 8, 8:00-17:00


    Primary leader: Peter Douglas, McGill University

    Co-leader: Christian von Sperber, McGill University


    Cost: CAD $120 including tax

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, lunch and water bottle.


    Requirements: The trip includes short hikes on boardwalks. Sun/rain protection is recommended.


    Description: Mer Bleue Bog is large (33 km2) boreal bog that is uniquely located near a major city. As such it is one of the most intensively-studied and best-instrumented ombrotrophic bogs in the world, and is the basis of hundreds of studies on peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry. Our trip will take participants on a guided tour of the Mer Bleue Conservation Area, including a 1.2 km boardwalk into the bog, with guides pointing out key aspects of this landscape that have contributed to our understanding of peatlands. In addition to the natural bog landscape and associated open water ecosystems, we will also visit and discuss experimental plots where researchers have explored the effects of a warming climate and nutrient enrichment on the bog environment. Mer Bleue is approximately a two-hour drive from downtown Montreal. We will stay at the bog for three hours, where lunch will be served. Before returning to Montreal we will stop at the nearby Beau’s Brewery, which serves local beers including specialty ale made from bog myrtle (not to mention excellent German sausages).


    Maximum 54 participants.


    To book this fieldtrip, please click here.


    Date: July 11


    Primary leader: Alyssa Parks

    Co-leader: Tim Parker, Nanometrics Inc.


    Cost: Free

    Includes transportation from Montreal to Ottawa and back, lunch and light refreshments


    Requirements: Nanometrics requires a list of registrants and must approve each application. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are required as part of the excursion will be outdoors with short distance walks.



    Want to see ‘behind the scenes’ of a world-class Seismology company?

    Nanometrics Seismic Monitoring Solutions invites you to an exclusive open doors visit to their headquarters near Ottawa, Ontario. This excursion to Kanata, (aka “Silicon Valley of the North”), will provide you with a unique opportunity to tour their manufacturing facilities. The tour will also include a live outdoor demonstration of their direct-burial seismic monitoring systems and seminars on their latest product, research and science developments.


    About Nanometrics:

    Nanometrics is an award winning company providing monitoring solutions and equipment for studying man-made and natural seismicity. Headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, with offices and representatives world-wide, Nanometrics has over 30 years’ experience, delivering solutions to customers across the globe. Our real-time and portable seismic systems are utilized by the world’s leading scientific institutions, universities and major corporations. Our pedigree is founded on precision instrumentation, network technology and software applications for seismological and environmental research. We specialize in collecting and analyzing critical real time data for global, regional and local seismic networks. We deliver world-class network design, installation and training services throughout the globe in a safety conscious environment.


    More details:

    This is a full day excursion. A mid-morning departure, with lunch provided en-route, will see you begin the tour of their facilities by mid-day. A full afternoon will be spent at Nanometrics, with a late afternoon departure that will ensure you arrive back in Montreal in time for dinner. Refreshments will be provided mid-afternoon.


    Maximum 20 participants.


    To book this fieldtrip, please contact Alyssa Parks (



    Dates: July 11 or July 18, 8:30-21:00


    Primary leader: David Boteler

    Co-leader: TBC


    Cost: CAD $250 including tax

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, entry and tour of the museum of Science and Technology, entry and tour of the Canadian Museum of History (including a canoe expedition!) and lunch. Participants are expected to pay for their own dinner.


    Requirements: TBC


    Description:  A day trip to Canada’s capital region, with an emphasis on science and culture. In the morning you will visit Ottawa’s new Canada Science and Technology Museum where local staff will give you a special guided tour around the exhibits targeted at geophysicists. After lunch, a short journey across the bridge into Gatineau brings you to the Canadian Museum of History, renowned for its Great Hall containing examples of west coast First Nations totem poles. At the Canadian Museum there will be a guided tour and you get to board a traditional Montréal canoe for a 90 min trip on the Ottawa River, tracing the voyageurs of the late 1700s exploring the Ottawa River and its rich historical surroundings. In the late afternoon you will have time for sightseeing and dinner in Ottawa’s historic Byward Market district before returning to Montréal.


    Maximum 20 participants per day.


    To book this fieldtrip, please click here.


    Date: July 8, TBC


    Primary leader: John Crowley, Canadian Geodetic Survey

    Co-leader: TBC


    Cost: TBC

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, lunch and dinner


    Requirements: Foreign visitors must undergo a background security check by the department responsible for the facility. Registrants must therefore submit their passport information at least 1 month before the visit.


    Description: A visit to the Canadian Absolute Gravity Site (CAGS) and the satellite uplink facility for RADARSAT and other geodetic satellites. Visitors can see and learn about various types of gravity instruments including basic relative meters, absolute gravimeters, and superconducting gravimeters. This will be followed by a discussion of what the instruments are used for and how improvements in our knowledge of gravity advance our understanding of important processes such as large scale tectonics, flood plane mapping, and groundwater change. CAGS is the fundamental Canadian Absolute Gravity Site, where different types or measurements are made regularly to maintain the gravity standard in Canada.  In addition, the Canadian territory has many stations that make up the Canadian Gravity Standardization Network (CGSN) which provides an important backbone of reference stations that support regional scale surveying, science, and industry. No background knowledge is required as basic and advanced topics will be explained. After the tour there will be a short drive to Gatineau park where there will be lunch in an upscale restaurant and time for a short hike



    July 18 (morning) to July 23 (evening)


    Primary leader: Stephan Kolzenburg, McGill University

    Co-leaders: Shane Rooyakkers (McGill University), John Stix (McGill University), Bob Wiebe (UC Davis), Sheila Seaman (UMass Amherst)


    Cost: CAD $1930 including tax.

    Includes transportation from Montreal to Maine and back, accommodation (based on double occupancy), field guidebook and packed lunches (dinners are not included).


    Requirements: Participants are required to arrange their own entry documents to the USA. Failure to be admitted to the USA will result in forfeit of the fieldtrip fee. Neither the fieldtrip organisers, not the local organising committee of IUGG2019, or IUGG in general can provide assistance or be held responsible should participants fail to clear US or Canada immigration. Adequate health insurance is required. There will be walks up to two kilometres over moderate terrain and along the coastline. Weather conditions could range from hot to cold and rainy. Adequate footwear is recommended.


    Description: This trip will introduce participants to the famed intrusive complex of Mt Desert Island, the associated bimodal volcanic succession on Cranberry Island as well as the Pleasant Bay intrusion, located in NE Maine, USA. These localities preserve evidence for a range of highly dynamic magmatic, sub-volcanic and volcanic processes. Highlights range from deep seated intramagmatic pillows and flows, diapirism, composite dikes and partial hybridization that record intimate physical, thermal and chemical interactions between mafic and felsic magmas to a remarkable and unique subvolcanic shatter zone that documents the interaction between fragmenting magma and country rock and records shallow level magma ascent during a caldera-forming eruption all the way to the surface expression, a bimodal volcanic succession, comprising rhyolitic ignimbrites, rhyolitic and basaltic lava flows and phreatic deposits. This field trip is aimed at stimulating trans-disciplinary discussion on a range of magmatic and volcanic processes. We invite participants to present their current research related to the chemical and physical development of magmatic and volcanic phenomena in informal discussion groups in the evenings.


    Maximum 20 participants.


    To book this fieldtrip, please click here.


    Dates: July 18 (morning) to July 23 (evening)


    Primary leaders: Pierre-Simon Ross, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Lyndsay Moore, Rio Tinto

    Co-leaders: Michel Houlé (Geological Survey of Canada), Jean Goutier (Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec)


    Cost: CAD $1475 including tax

    Includes transportation from Montreal and back, accommodation based on double occupancy, guidebook, breakfast and packed lunch (dinner is not included).


    Requirements: There will be walks up to two kilometres over moderate terrain. Adequate footwear (hiking boots) is strongly recommended. Weather conditions could range from hot to cold and rainy, bring raingear and sun protection. Adequate health insurance is required.


    Description: The Abitibi greenstone belt in Quebec and Ontario (Canada) is one of the most coherent greenstone belts in the world and hosts some of the most pristine, Archean-aged remnants of submarine volcanic complexes. Despite the old age of the rocks (2.7 Ga), metamorphic grade and tectonic deformation are locally very low, and glacially polished outcrops can yield very nice exposures, with near-perfect preservation of volcanic textures. A six-day post-conference excursion (including four complete days in the field) will examine volcanic and intrusive facies ranging in composition from komatiitic (ultramafic) to rhyolitic. We will attempt to show both explosive and effusive products for each magma type.


    The excursion will include visits to:

    • the world-famous komatiitic lava flows at Spinifex Ridge and Pyke Hill, which include sheet flows, tube flows, and volcaniclastic rocks;
    • facies variations from massive to pillowed to hyaloclastite in basaltic lavas near Rouyn-Noranda, as well as a possible basaltic lava lake;
    • andesitic lavas and hyaloclastites in the Monsabrais area, including a possible block lava, pillows, and mass flows;
    • explosive andesitic products of the D’Alembert tuff, ranging from thick coarse proximal beds to distal turbidites;
    • various felsic lavas and domes, including the rhyodacitic lavas and volcaniclastic rocks of the Glenwood flow complex.


    In addition to the varying submarine volcanic rocks, participants will also have the opportunity to view mineralization and alteration associated with the volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits of the Noranda area. On the first evening, there will be an informal poster session where participants can present their own work on submarine volcanism, from modern to ancient.


    Maximum 20 participants.


    To book this fieldtrip, please click here.

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