MAESA 2017: Breaking New Frontiers

Inaugural Conference on Applied Earth Sciences in Myanmar and Neighboring Regions

2-3 November 2017, Yangon

Field Trip to Mandalay-Sagaing-Shan State, 4-8 November 2017



Beginning on 2 November 2017, the program comprises two days of applied earth sciences sessions and a post-conference field trip (optional but recommended) to Upper Myanmar of two or five days. Please find the Draft Conference Program here


Technical sessions - comprising presentations, poster sessions and mini-workshops - will be held at the Novotel Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar.

2 November 2017: Registration, opening and technical sessions.

3 November 2017: Technical sessions. 

4 - 8 November 2017: Post-conference field trip to the Sagaing Fault, Mandalay-Kyaukse areas and the Southern Shan State (with option to participate only two days and return to Yangon on 6 November).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 September 2017.

Main Themes of the Conference:

  1. Applied Tectonics and Gondwana dispersion
  2. Environmental sustainability
  3. Mineral Resources and Safety in Mining
  4. Genesis of Ore Deposits and Exploration
  5. Sedimentary Basin & Reservoir: Characterization & Modeling
  6. Marine Geology and Oceanography
  7. Engineering Geology and Geophysics
  8. Applied Mineralogy and Gem Deposits
  9. Geohazards and Disaster Management

Post Conference Field Excursion

The field trip covers areas that have long captivated earth scientists interested in Myanmar: the Sagaing Fault, Payaung Taung orogenic gold districts, Kyaukse/Belin metamorphic core complex, pegmatites and granitoids, the renowned Paleozoic stratigraphic sequence along the Shan Scarps, Pindaya Caves, MVT/Irish type Heho-Bawsaing lead-zinc deposits, and Pengpet iron deposits near Taunggyi.
Field Leaders: Professor Khin Zaw, Professor Cho Cho Aye, Dr Kyaw Thu, and Dr Tin Aung Myint.

Provisional Itinerary

4/11/17 – Mandalay: Sagaing Hill & Sagaing Fault

Arrive by morning flight in Mandalay. Drive along the Sagaing Fault, with its amphibolite and sedimentary cover, including limestones, occurring as relatively high topography, covered by extensive basin infill. Visit Minwun Range and Taungphila Pagoda. Drive from Sagaing to Mandalay.
Also visit cultural sites of interest, such as temples and pagodas (time permitting).
Group dinner followed by an overview talk by Professor Khin Zaw.

5/11/17 – Mandalay

Visit Kyanigan metamorphic complex, Payaung Taung orogenic gold deposits. Dinner at Mandalay.

6/11/17 –Pindaya Overnight

Depart from Mandalay and drive to Pindaya through Kyaukse/Belin metamorphic core complex, pegmatites, granitoids and renowned Paleozoic stratigraphic sequence along the Shan Scarps, and up the beautiful and remote Zawgyi river valley.

7/11/17 – Taunggyi Overnight

Visit Pindaya Cave and Bawsaing (Theingon) MVT/Irish type lead-zinc-silver-barite deposits  and drive to Taunggyi.
Farewell dinner in the evening.

8/11/17 – Taunggyi Checkout

Visit Pangpet Fe Mine in the morning and drive to Heho to fly back to Yangon via afternoon flight. Those who wish to stay behind in Shan State to visit Inle Lake, Kalaw, etc. are advised to inform MAESA early. MAESA will not be responsible for the extra days or tourist arrangements, but will provide return plane tickets to Yangon on the date requested.