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​The 15th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Somerset West, South Africa (9 - 14 June 2024)



ICMG24 Conference Recap: A Successful Gathering of Military Geoscientists

We are delighted to share that the ICMG24 conference was a resounding success! The event, held from June 9 to June 14, 2024, at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, South Africa, brought together military geoscientists from around the world in an innovative hybrid format. This allowed for both in-person and virtual participation, fostering a truly global exchange of ideas and collaboration.

Highlights of the ICMG24 Conference

  • Hybrid Format: For the first time, ICMG24 was conducted as an international hybrid conference, enabling participants from various parts of the world to join either in person or online. This approach significantly broadened the reach and inclusivity of the event.
  • Diverse Participation: We were honored to host esteemed national and international institutions and military organisations. This diverse representation enriched the discussions and provided valuable insights into the field of military geosciences.
  • Keynote Addresses and Sessions: The conference featured a series of compelling keynote addresses, technical sessions, and panel discussions on a wide range of topics. The theme, "Unmasking the Change and Continuity in the Nature and Character of Military Operations," resonated throughout the event.
  • Abstract Presentations: We received numerous high-quality abstract submissions. Presenters shared their research through both oral presentations and poster sessions, contributing to the dynamic exchange of knowledge.
  • Post-Conference Excursion: Participants enjoyed a five-day post-conference field excursion exploring the coastal geology and military history of the greater Cape Town area, Franschhoek, the Cederberg region, Saldanha Bay, and Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve.

Looking Back at ICMG24

The conference not only provided a platform for academic and professional exchange but also strengthened the sense of community among military geoscientists. The discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the field.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all participants, speakers, and organisers who contributed to making ICMG24 an unforgettable event. Stay tuned for more updates and future events!

Conference Details

Date: June 9 - 14, 2024
Location: Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, South Africa
Organisers: Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University and the International Association for Military Geosciences (IAMG)
Theme: Unmasking the Change and Continuity in the Nature and Character of Military Operations

For more information and updates on future conferences, please visit our faculty website.

Conference Committee:​

Dr Ivan HenricoChair
Assoc. Prof Hennie Smit (ret)Day-to-day Activities
Dr Babalwa MtshawuSite Visits
Cdr (Assoc. Prof) Jacques BezuidenhoutPost Conference Excursion
Dr Rikus Le RouxPost Conference Excursion
Lt Col (Dr) Susan HenricoAccommodation
Assoc. Prof Evert KleynhansPublications
Ms Anri DelportPublications
2Lt L.M. Du Toit
Administration Assistant (PG Student)
SLt S. MbathaAdministration Assistant (PG Student)
SLt W.W. Mashaba
Administration Assistant (PG Student)
Capt S. NyembeAdministration Assistant (PG Student)
Lt M. Mathoho
Administration Assistant (PG Student)
SLt K.T. Kortman
Administration Assistant (PG Student)
SLt N.V. Mat​hebula
Administration Assistant (PG Student)
Lt Cdr L. Matiwane
​Administration Assistant (PG Student)
Prof Eric McDonald
​President of the IAMG
Lt Col Drew Craig Secretary of the IAMG​

Conference Scientific Committee:​

Assoc. Prof Evert Kleynhans
Assoc. Prof Hennie Smit (ret)
Cdr (Assoc. Prof) Jacques Bezuidenhout
Lt Col (Dr) S.J. Henrico
Dr Rikus Le Roux
Dr Babalwa Mtshawu
Dr Ivan Henrico