Wednesday, March 4, 2015

YES Network to hold a session in the IGU regional Congress in August 2015 in Russia

C12.16 Commission on Geoparks AND YES Network
Title is "Geoheritages, A Recorder of the Global Change along the Silk Road for Future Sustainable Development"

Conveners as Meng WANG*, Dongying WEI, Alireza Amrikazemi, Tanvi Arora

Silk Road, a series of routes that extend across the Eurasian continent and connect a vast area of land including Russia, Mongolia, Turkey, Iran and the Balkan Peninsula. On one hand the Silk Road is a significant traffic hub between the Asian and Europe continents; moreover it covers areas that are rich in natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas and other minerals. Not only the Silk Road fulfills the mission of providing physical routes with its abundant resources that enhance communication both economically and culturally, but more importantly along the Silk Road there are numerous of natural & culture heritages and geological wonders, for instance the Turpan Basin, the Tianshan mountains, the Pamirs, deserts and lakes. However, the Silk Road has an uncoordinated relationship between the advantages of having rich natural resources with huge future development potential and the relatively weak economical foundation in the majority of the areas, such unbalanced situation has become one of the main factors in the areas of political instability.
The Silk Road plays a significant role in cultural transmission history; it has become a popular research topic in international studies, especially in regards to its earth science researches. The cooperation and co-development of the Silk Road in various aspects including Earth science, mineral resource economy, have been highly emphasized with vital significance and international prospective.
In the past, we did a lot of research about the history heritage in this regions but not Geoheritage, which is also very important and development. The Geoheritage and Culture Heritage, both become one kind of recorder of the whole development of Silk Road from past until now. How it play the rule for the future development? And what it the Global Change impacted on them? And how we could develop the geoheritage and culture heritage for the local future sustainable development with the better protection?
We may want to have the discussing in this session to explore the Geohritage along the silk road, and we may also invite the good plan around the nearby area to find the better way to carry out here.
The session is about the development of Silk Road from the history, Geoheritage and Global change, education and local development in the future.

More information, please check

Call for papers: Special Issue of YES Congress 2014 (Deadline Extension to March 27th, 2015)

Dear members and colleagues,
The YES Network and editors announce that the deadline for submission of articles to the special issue on 3rd Young Earth Scientists Congress (Tanzania, 2014) in the Journal of African Earth Sciences (Elsevier), was extended until March 27, 2015. This will be the final date.

Journal of African Earth Sciences website:
The title of this issue is "Contributions to the Global Earth Sciences Integration" following the main scope of the YES Congress.

I-          Deadlines are as follow: 
Submission deadline - February 27, 2015
LAST EXTENSION – March 27,  2015
Acceptance deadline – August 28, 2015

II-        Guidelines:
Format and instructions at:
III-      Submission:
The submission website for this journal is located at:
Very important- To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into this special issue, it is important that authors select “SI:YES congress 2014” when reaches the “Article Type” step in the submission process.
IV-     Guest editors:

Sandow Mark Yidana, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Hydrogeologist/Groundwater Modeller
Department of Earth Science
University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. Ghana

Prof. Pier Fantozzi
Professor of Physical Geography and Geomorphology Department of physical sciences, earth and Environment of Siena University

Prof. Florencio Gilberto Aceñolaza
Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Tucumán and Researcher of the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET)

Prof. Qiuming Cheng
Professor of Earth and Space Science and Geography Department of Geography of York University

Dr. Riccardo Salvini
Assistant Professor at Department of Physical Sciences, Earth and Environment at Siena   University

Dr. Carlos Cónsole-Gonella
Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of Tucumán and Researcher of the National    Research Council of Argentina (CONICET)

Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information to:
Dr. Carlos Cónsole-Gonella
YES Network - Scientific Collaboration Team Leader
INSUGEO (Instituto Superior de Correlación Geológica)
Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
Miguel Lillo 205 (4000) San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fossilworks Intensive Workshop in Analytical Palaeobiology

About the workshop
An intensive training workshop focusing on methods used by analytical palaeobiologists has been held since 2005. As in previous years, the 2015 workshop will held at Macquarie University in Sydney. The sessions will run from 21 June to 11 July.
Topics will include community palaeoecology, diversity estimation, speciation and extinction, phylogenetics, phenotypic evolution, and geometric morphometrics. Both simulation modelling and data analysis methods will be employed. Training will combine lectures and practical exercises. Participants will be given hands-on instruction in programming using R and taught to use other analytical software. In addition to the workshop coordinator, each week a new instructor will be present. The instructors are expected to include John AlroyAlistair EvansMichal Kowalewski, and Pete Wagner.
There is no fee for registration, but no expenses will be subsidised this year due to lack of institutional support for the workshop. Participants will be advised on the availability of budget accommodations with cooking facilities near the campus. Participants are encouraged to solicit travel funds from their home institutions or other organizations.

How to apply
Participants should be in the early stages of their own research in palaeontology or any related area and should have a background in basic statistics. The ability to understand rapidly spoken English is essential. Although the workshop is open to all undergraduates and advanced graduate students, first or second year graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from professionals who have completed their studies will be considered but are not given first priority. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format to John Alroy ( Applications should be mailed by midnight on Saturday, 28 February 2015 as reckoned in the Pacific time zone. A cogent explanation must be given for submitting an application after the deadline. Applications should consist of a one page statement. Do not include separate documents such as a curriculum vitae. No form needs to be filled out.

The statement should include a brief description of current research plans, a list of degrees earned stating the year of graduation in each case, a brief list of relevant classes taken, and an account of the applicant's previous use of statistics and knowledge of programming. Applicants who do not employ English as a primary language should describe their experiences learning and speaking it. Applicants are encouraged to explain why the topics addressed by the workshop are of special interest to them and to what extent these subjects are taught at their home institutions.

Applications must be accompanied by a recommendation letter, also in PDF format, written by the applicant's academic advisor and e-mailed separately. Obtaining a recommendation from anyone who is not an advisor must be explained. It is important that the recommendation give details about the applicant's personal character and abilities, not just credentials and descriptions of research projects. Recommendation letters also should be received by the end of the due date.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

ICAM VII 2015 in Trondheim, Norway

The next meeting, 7th International Conference on Arctic Margins (ICAM VII), previously announced to be arranged in St. Petersburg, will be held 2nd-5th June 2015, in Trondheim, Norway. ICAM VII is hosted by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), and will be held at Britannia Hotel in the city center of Trondheim.
ICAM: The International Conference on Arctic Margins (ICAM) is a forum for earth scientists who study the Arctic. ICAM was founded by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in 1991 with the underlying themes of Arctic understanding and international cooperation in Arctic research. Since its very beginning ICAM has proved a successful arena to raise the geo-scientific knowledge of the Arctic and to foster cooperation and collaboration among Arctic researchers.
ICAM is organized, hosted, and conducted by scientists for scientists, which makes it a unique forum. Since its inception in 1991 six meetings have been held in Anchorage, Magadan, Celle, Dartmouth, Tromsø and Fairbanks.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

YES Sudan to organise the First YES National Chapter Forum - April 23-24 , 2015 in Khartoum, Sudan

The 1st YES Sudan Chapter Forum will be held in Khartoum, between 23 and 24 April 2015. The event will be organized by the Sudan YES National Chapter in cooperation with Al- Neelain University, GeoRift Training Center, Nile Cat and GeoPetra Group.

YES Sudan forum provides excellent opportunities for sharing ideas, experiences and best practices in different areas of geosciences. It is an exciting, stimulating and rewarding annual event for young geoscientist’s professionals in all sectors.

Pathway, Practice and Platform into Global Earth Science Integrations
The theme of the 2015 forum draws attention to professionalism in the field of geosciences. This is demonstrated in the ways in which we constantly review our practices and develop our skills as geoscientists on the pathway to more effective education for our students and ourselves. Our success in this field by exploring effective pathways and platforms depends on how we, as Earth Scientists, shape our practices to explore and extract our earth resources.

Proposals for presentations and workshops are invited on any of the following areas:
1. Professional Pathways.
2. Earth Sciences Education and Policy for Sustainable Development.
3. Success of Integrated Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry approaches.
4. Recounting the journey – Action research.
5. Educating for career pathways in Geoethics and Geoculture.
6. Student support platforms.
7. Gender Mainstreaming in Geosciences.
8. Petroleum Systems and Exploration.
9. GIS and Remote Sensing.
10. Groundwater resources and Sustainable Management.
11. Mining industry for Sustainable Development in Sudan.
12. Small Scale Mining: Prospects, Challenges, and Opportunities towards Sustainable Use.
13. Impacts of Climate changes and adaptability.
14. Human-induced environmental hazards and disasters.
15. Pathways linking theory and practice.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Wednesday 18 March, 2015

YES Network partner in the First International Congress on Continental Ichnology - April 21-25 inEl Jadida, Morocco

Organizers and objectives

The Laboratory of Geodynamic and Variscan Geosciences (Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University) of El Jadida has the most important collection of Late Palaeozoic-Early Mesozoic continental trace fossils in North Africa. More than six hundred unique specimens of Westphalian to Late Triassic age were collected in Moroccan continental deposits during the last years. This is an ideal frame for such a meeting and the results may significantly contribute to the understanding of the evolution of fossil ecosystems during an important part of life's history including the origin and early diversification of amniotes, the rise of archosaurs and dinosaurs, as well as the most severe mass extinction at the Permian-Triassic boundary. In this context, the Ichnological Association of Morocco and Laboratory of Geodynamic and Variscan Geosciences, in collaboration with the Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP (Thallichtenberg, Germany) and the Institute of Geology (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany), the SAURIERWELT Paläontologisches Museum (Neumarkt, Germany) with the assistance of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, “Subcommission on Permian Stratigraphy”, will organize the “First International Congress on Continental Ichnology” [ICCI]. The [ICCI] will be devoted to ichnology and biostratigraphy from a global perspective and originates from activities in the "Non-Marine - Marine Correlation Working Group". It will be also a major meeting of ichnologists and palaeontologists. The congress will focus on ichnology and ichnotaxonomy of continental vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils. The main objective of the congress is to discuss current problems and future perspectives of ichnotaxonomy of vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils from continental deposits as well as biostratigraphic and paleobiogeographic aspects of trace fossils and their potential producers.

1. Vertebrate and invertebrate ichnology of continental deposits

a) Palaeobiology and ichnotaxonomy of trace fossils.
b) Taphonomy of trace fossils and microbially induced sedimentary structures.
c) Trace fossils in palaeoenvironmental, paleobiogeographical and biostratigraphical analyses.
d) Trackmaker reconstruction and the evolutionary contributions of invertebrate and vertebrate ichnology.
2. Methods, applications, conservation a) Ichnology of ecosystem engineers in the geologic record.
b) Photogrammetry and 3D modelling in ichnology.
c) Palaeoichnological heritage : Geoconservation and valorisation.

20-26 April 2015 (2 days Conferences – 3 days post-congress Field-Excursion)

Congress Secretariat
Ichnological Association of Morocco
Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University,
Route Ben Maachou, B. P. 20, El Jadida, 24000, Morocco
Tel : 00212.523343003
Fax : 00212.523342187