Month: August 2015


August 30, 2015 Celebration 1 comment

The first Madagascar school for advanced users took place in Qingdao, China, on August  8-9, 2015, and was hosted by the China University of Petroleum (East China).

The local organizers were Professor Qizhen Du (China University of Petroleum) and Dr. Gang Fang (Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology).

The school attracted more than 100 participants from 15 different organizations, including 10 Chinese universities. The program included not only lectures on different advanced topics in the use of Madagascar but also presentations from different users about their personal experiences with using Madagascar for geophysical research. The school materials are available on the website.

The school timing and location cleverly coincided with the famous Qingdao International Beer Festival, the biggest one of its kind in Asia.

Qingdao Beer Festival

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August 29, 2015 Links No comments

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