Saturday, April 19, 2014

VOLCANO: International Conference - 2014 Ore Potential of Alkaline, Kimberlite and Carbonatite Magmatism

Dear YES members,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 30th International Conference on Ore Potential of Alkaline, Kimberlite and Carbonatite Magmatism which be held in Antalya (TURKEY), 29 September - 2 October 2014.

Online registration and abstract submission are now open.

Please visit the conference website for updated information on the conference and to register.

Please don’t forget the important deadlines for this conference ( 

For this conference topics include genesis of alkaline magmatism; genesis of kimberlites and other ultrapotassic rocks; experimental data for petrogenesis of alkaline rocks; geochemistry, petrology and ore potential of alkaline-carbonatitic, mafic and ultramafic rocks and granitoids; mineralogy, crystalochemistry of alkaline rocks and carbonatites and more.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Looking forward to welcoming you in Antalya, Turkey.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"IsoNose" Network:12 Ph-D Positions and 2 Postdocs in Isotope Geochemistry

Isotopic Tools as Novel Sensors of Earth Surface Resources

We invite applications for 12 European Ph-D positions and 2 postdocs on the behaviour of innovative metal stable isotopes in the environment within Marie Curie Initial Training Network Isotopic Tools as Novel Sensors of Earth Surfaces Resources IsoNose funded by the European Union. The IsoNose consortium consists of eight full partners and five associated partners in six countries (Germany, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Turkey, and United States of America), including three industrial partners. The project is coordinated at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences by Friedhelm von Blanckenburg.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Mineralogical Society of America announces the 2015 Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology

The Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology are funded by an endowment created by contributions from the MSA membership. The grant comprises two awards of up to $5,000 each for research in mineralogy and petrology. Students, including graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. However, all proposals are considered together. The award selection will be based on the qualifications of the applicant, the quality, innovativeness, and scientific significance of the research, and the likelihood of success of the project. Applicants may not apply for both this and the MSA Grant for Research in Crystallography in the same year. The grant is for research-related expenses only.
Proposal submissions for the grant are to be made online. Further information and application form are available at
Completed applications must be returned to the MSA Business Office by June 1, 2014.
The next award will be made in January, 2015.
Edward S. Grew

Chair, Mineralogy/Petrology Research Grant Committee

YES Network at the Mediterranean Days of Water Information Systems - Rabat, Morocco

The YES Network partnered the First edition of the Mediterranean Days of Water Information Systems held in Rabat, Morocco on the 19th, 20th and 21st March 2014.

The event listed a large number of contributions from both young researchers from accross Morocco and interventions of experts from the Mediterranean region. Delegates from public and private water sectors in Morocco also participated actively and the ceremonies of opening and closing listed personalities like the Moroccan Minister of Water and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Michel Boko.

               Presentation of the YES Network

                                                           Group picture of the participants and hosts of the event

Saturday, April 12, 2014

EGU Townhall Meeting: "Successful fieldwork - An APECS and PYRN panel discussion"

Would you like to organise your own fieldwork but aren’t sure where to start?

Fieldwork is an essential component of research but often we only get one chance to get it right. This is especially true when travelling to remote locations (eg. the Arctic and Antarctica).

If you would like to pick up tips and advice on planning and implementing a successful field season or are looking for inspiration then please join us on Tuesday 29th April from 19:00-20:00 in Room B7 at the EGU conference centre for a panel discussion on Successful Fieldwork.

The panel members who will be sharing their experiences and answering your questions are Andreas Richter (University of Vienna), Bryn Hubbard (Aberystwyth University), John Connelly (Lund University) and Marc Oliva (University of Lisbon).

The event is organised by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN).

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

If you have any questions about this event please contact Ruth Hindshaw ( or Alexandre  Nieuwendam (

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

3rd YES Congress: Abstracts submission and Travel Grants (Deadline extended - 20th May!)

Dear YES members,

It is still time to submit your abstract for both the 3rd Young Earth Scientists Congress and the 25th Colloquium of African Geology. The response-rate to date continues to be excellent and we look forward to receiving your submissions up to the 20th May 2014.

Please note that abstracts will be accepted for either oral or poster presentation. Please indicate your preference when submitting. Abstracts are to be submitted by e-mail as an attached file in Word format to the Conference Secretariat at the following e-mail addresses: (YES Congress) and (CAG25).

Please ensure that your submission fully complies with format specifications as non-compliant papers cannot be considered.

Click here for detailed information about the call for abstracts and to submit
your abstract(s): and

GSA/GSL Student support for 3rd YES Congress 2014:

The Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London are offering travel assistance to African students and early career geoscientists to attend the 3rd and the 25th 2014. Funds will be distributed in two parts. Upon notification of receipt of the award the societies will provide 75% of the funds. The remaining 25% may be collected at the conference. Young Earth Scientists (YES) Congress Colloquium of African Geology (CAG25) to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11-16 August.

Application Criteria: You must

1. be an African undergraduate, graduate student or early career professional geoscientist (no more than 35 years old);
2. be presenting an oral or poster paper and be able to show that your abstract has been submitted and accepted;
3. attach a brief statement (up to 300 words) describing how attending the YES and CAG conferences will benefit your career development.

Important Dates:
20th May 2014 - Abstract submission deadline for 3rd
20th June 2014 - Notification of abstract acceptance 
30 May 2014 - Application deadline for travel grant
30 June - Notification of travel grant award

Link to the application's site: 
Best regards, 
YES Communications Support Team

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

News from Indian Chapter of YES in year 2014

Indian Geophysical Union had always promoted this endeavor of YES by supporting a large number of young researchers to participate in its Annual Convention since 2011. The 50th convention of Indian Geophysical Union [] was held during 8th -12th January, 2014 at National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad. The conference was jointly organized by the Indian Geophysical Union (IGU) and CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad. Main theme of the convention was “Sustainability of Earth System-The Future Challenges”. The convention was inaugurated by Noble laureate Prof. Y.T. Lee, President of International Council of Science (ICSU), accompanied by Prof. Carol Finn, President American Geophysical Union (AGU), Prof. V.P. Dimri President Indian Geophysical Union (IGU), Prof. H.K. Gupta, Member, National Disaster Management Authority of India, Prof. Mrinal K.Sein and Prof. Shailesh Nayak. 
 IYES member’s group photograph with Prof. ManikTalwani, Prof. V.P. Dimri (President IGU) and Judges for the best poster presentation.

The number of YES members from Indian chapter is increasing manifold. There were more than 50 YES members who participated in 50th Convention of IGU. In total there were 19 poster presentations from students coming from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Kurukshetra University and Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) Gujarat. Apart from these students category, YES members also presented posters in research scholars from CSIR -NGRI, ISR and OIL India Limited. Posters were presented on all geophysical domains.

Out of 19 papers, 5 papers were based on Seismology, 4 were based on Potential Field studies, 3 were based on Remote Sensing, GIS and Groundwater, 3 papers came out with Well Logging and application to well data, instead of these other 4 papers were based on Geology, Microbiology and Environmental studies. In Seismology posters, students talked about estimation of Source Parameters and Attenuation Characteristics from Strong Ground Motion data of different earthquakes. One group talked about Displacement and Strain Displacement during 24th September 2013 Southern Pakistan Earthquake (Mw 7.7).  In Potential Field papers, students talked about different approaches i.e. Spectral approach, Fractals on Potential Field Data. Some students presented the application of Remote Sensing and GIS for Integrated Resources and Groundwater.  There were some presentations  based on Well Logging  data and results. There were discussions about Well Log Data Analysis for Coal Bed Delineation and its Proximity Analysis in Jharia Coal Field and also on Rock Physics Modeling. YES participants were amused to know about Diurnal Variations of Ozone (Total Oxidant) at a Burb Site - Tarnaka, Hyderabad by a local student of Hyderabad. There were participation from Microbiology on Molecular Diversity of Bacterial Communities in a Permanently Cold Arctic fjord and Planktonic Cyanobacterial Communities in Sundarbans Mangroves - A Polyphasic Approach.

Prof. Harsh Gupta, President IUGG along with Prof. V.P. Dimri, President Indian Geophysical Union, encouraging YES members for bagging best poster award.

Panel of experts selected best poster award for students and researchers categories. In both categories, two awards were bagged by IYES members.

Ms. Payal Rani (YES member) from National Geophysical Research Institute won the 2nd award for best poster in student section. She talked about “Spectral Methods for Depth Estimation from Gravity Data:  A comparison”.  She calculated the depth of causative body which causes gravity anomaly by using spectral approach.The depth of causative body can be estimated from the slope of fitted line to the log of power spectrum versus wavenumber. The power spectra can be calculated using the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), Maximum Entropy Method (MEM) and Multi Taper Method (MTM). The synthetic as well as field gravity data has been used for checking the efficiency of these methods. She concluded that the depth of geo-bodies estimated using the MTM is closer to actual value as compared to the depth estimated by FFT and MEM approach.

Mr. Shib Shankar Ganguly, (YES Research Scholar) from CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute won the 2nd award for the best poster in research scholar category. He presented his work on “An Estimation of CO2-EOR potential from a Sector model in a Mature Oil Field, Cambay Basin, India”. He presented a study on the possibility of CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) by CO2 injection in a mature oil field from the Cambay basin, India. For this, a conceptual sector model is constructed and various sensitivity analyses of reservoir parameters, such as grid resolution, residual oil saturation to water, etc. is carried out to understand the COEOR process for the reservoir and observed promising results from the simulation of the conceptual model.

Apart from the above presentations and participation, IYES members interacted with various dignitaries in conference and discuss about the research aspects in Earth Sciences.