2022: GDR-Rift conference


November 22-23-24 2022 

GDR-Rift conference

On November 22-23-24, 2022, the second general colloquium of the GDR-Rift gathered more than 60 people in Lyon around interdisciplinary themes.

Many African researchers and students came from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and DRC. This meeting allowed us to address critical issues around training, collaborations, and fieldwork and manage the transition to an international group dedicated to the East African Rift.
We were able to identify actions to be taken to promote this internationalization and the structuring of our communities. The many discussions we had generated also led to identifying key research areas to be developed for all the GDR Rift partners.

The participants were able to discuss and work around six sessions and three workshops:

  • System dynamics and their risks,
  • Understanding the rift: contribution of modeling
  • Energy versus Resources
  • Wetlands,
  • The rift as a factory of diversity
  • Health/environment relations
  • Heritage workshop
  • Turkana Workshop
  • Students workshop

The “Project Construction” workshops were held most of the time informally during lunch and dinner breaks. Some working groups used them to advance ongoing projects.

A guided tour of the Musée des Confluences has been organized on Wednesday afternoon for foreign guests and students thanks to the ENS de Lyon. A discussion with the director of the museum’s collections and the participants followed this visit.

A short synthesis is available here, as well as the collection of abstracts.



Great African Rift
Interdisciplinary Group

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