EAG-GS Outreach Program

The EAG-GS Outreach Program is a partnership between the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, with the directive of developing outreach activities in geochemistry in under-represented regions of the world.

2017 Outreach Program to Africa

AHofmann_150Outreach Lecturer: Axel Hofmann

Axel Hofmann is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geology of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He holds a doctorate from the University of Mainz in Germany and has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Wits University in Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. His main interest and expertise is centred on the Archaean geological record of southern Africa. His research emphasizes the importance of field work and the usage of an integrated suite of petrological and geochemical tools in order to decipher the geological history of Archaean volcano-sedimentary successions. Research is undertaken at the interface between geology, geochemistry and geobiology, utilizing analytical equipment for in-situ trace element geochemistry, geochronology and (non-traditional) stable isotope geochemistry at the micro- and nano-scale, for the understanding of Archaean surface processes, early life and sediment-hosted mineral deposits.

Axel Hofmann will present a short course on Early Earth Life and Mineral Systems

The short course on Early Earth Life and Mineral Systems explores the relationship between surface processes, evolution and habitat of life and the formation of mineral deposits on the early Earth. It investigates the geochemical, mineralogical, environmental and biological evolution of the Earth’s surface and immediate subsurface from its volcano-sedimentary record 4.0 to 2.0 billion-years-old. The course focuses on the impacts of the evolution of life on surface processes, geochemical cycles and the formation of sediment-hosted mineral deposits using modern geochemical concepts and techniques. Read more

Location and dates

Date Institution Country
26-28 April 2017 University of Ghana Ghana
29 November – 1 December 2017 Addis Ababa University Ethiopia
5-8 December 2017 University of Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania
17-19 January 2018 Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria
22-24 January 2018 University of Ibadan Nigeria
25-29 January 2018 University of Lagos Nigeria

Photos from Ghana


Axel Hofmann, students and professors at the University of Ghana


Axel Hofmann at the University of Ghana


The attentive audience at the University of Ghana

Past Outreach Programs

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