Monday, October 5, 2015

IASC Fellowship Program 2016

Dear Colleagues,
The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2016.
The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen. IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. They are expected to scientifically contribute but also to help organizing specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network of contacts and also to develop management skills.
The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, selected Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC and the further involvement is individually decided by the WG Steering Group and the Fellow.
For more information please see or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska:
For this round of applications, interested ECSs have to fulfill the following criteria:
PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past the PhD)
  • able to commit to participating in the activities of one of the IASC WGs for at least 12 months from March 2016 to April 2017.
  • able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 12–18 March 2016 in Fairbanks (Alaska, USA) and 31 March -7 April 2017 in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • located in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark / Greenland, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
  • have a very good command of English
How to apply:
If you are interested in this amazing opportunity then please send us:
  • A full CV
  • A statement of interest including:
  1. your research background
  2. why you are interested in becoming an IASC Fellow
  3. which IASC WG you would like to join and why you are interested in that particular WG
Please send your application to no later than 12 GMT on 15 November 2015. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.
Dr. Volker Rachold

Executive Secretary
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Geoscience Workforce and the Future of Undergraduate Education: Free AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs Webinar

Dear Colleagues,
The AGU Heads and Chairs program and the American Geosciences Institute is please to be offering a free webinar on Geoscience Workforce and the Future of Undergraduate Education. Leading this month's webinar is Sharon Mosher, Dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.  She will be discussing the results of the Geoscience Employers Workshop, including survey results on skills and competencies.  This month's webinar is a perfect follow-on from last month's discussion about competencies approaches in building a robust geoscience workforce.
Please consider registering yourself or invite any of your faculty or colleagues who are interested in learning more about this topic.
We invite you to join us on Friday, October 9, 2015  from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. EDT.
Register for free for the webinar at:
To view recordings of past AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs webinars, please visit:
Even if you can not make the webinar, but want to be informed about the recording, please register and we will notify you as soon as the recording is available.
Best wishes,

Pranoti Asher (AGU) and Christopher Keane (AGI) 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Call for Submission _Seismic Atlas (Wiley Blackwell)

Dear members,    

Our co-edited "Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation on Seismic Images” will be published by Wiley Blackwell. We invite you and your research group to submit four contributions/entries (four seismic colour images and captions), from any terrain, in this atlas. You can submit your already published images after taking due permission.

If you are interested, kindly express interest within 29-Sept-2015 at      and submit contributions within Nov 2015. Please ask for clarifications if you need so.
1. Expression of interest:                                                     29-Sept-2015
2. Submission of images and captions:                                Nov 2015
3. Review comments reach authors:                                    Dec 2015
4. Book ms submitted to Wiley Blackwell:                         March 2016
5. Book publication:                                                            October 2016

Wiley Blackwell will publish the atlas with all images in colour. Therefore we are seeking high resolution (300 dpi) colour images from potential authors. Images need not come from the same terrain, and may represent different structures. Captions should be wellexplanatory and utilize up to 500 words. Compulsorily provide us uninterpreted seismic images as well. Include explanatory sketches/models/maps/3D views/seismic attribute images/well data etc. to support your interpretation.  It will be good to provide up to 4 references per caption so that the reader can go back to the key publications and learn more about that structure and the terrain.

Interpretation could be inherently subjective. To address this important yet commonly overlooked aspect, we wish to get some of the submitted seismic images interpreted by another author who is unaware of the terrain. If you agree to have your seismic image interpreted by another author, please mention that in the cover letter. There is nothing wrong or right in another interpretation, and experienced interpreters tend to be very close to reality (Bond et al. 2015, Geol. Soc. Sp. Pub. 421: This will be very informative for the readers and may even provide the contributors with possible alternate interpretations. We may keep such re-interpretations in a web-based repository as “Supplementary Material”.

If you have diffraction seismic images as a new imaging technology, we would encourage to submit those images along with their interpretations. Please demonstrate how they are better in imaging certain structures.

We intend to have the following chapters/divisions in the book. However, being an edited volume, the final chapters will actually depend on the actual contributions received. We (editors) will write brief introduction for individual chapters. In case your contribution does not match with the contents that we have set, we can add up a miscellaneous section to incorporate such images and contributions.

We anticipate the book will be of great use in both academics and intustry.

Tentative contents:
1. General information on seismic technology
2. Structural geology basics
3. Faults
            i. Normal faults
            ii. Reverse faults/Thrusts
            iii. Strike-slip faults
            iv. Fault linkages/transfers/relay ramps
            v. Reactivation
            vi. Inversion
            vii. Sediment-fault interactions

4. Folds
            i. Compressional folds: antiforms
            ii. Compressional folds: synforms
            iii. Compaction structures
            iv. Forced folds
            v. Roll-over anticlines
            vi. Sediment fold interactions
5. Mobile substrates – shale and salt
            i. Shale Growth Fault Thrusts Belts (GFTBs)
            ii. Salt structures
            iii. Complications in salt and sub-salt interpretations
6. Unique structures
7. Common pitfalls in interpretation

Achyuta Ayan Misra-1, Soumyajit Mukherjee-2
1. Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai, INDIA

2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, INDIA

Monday, August 17, 2015

Call for Papers: International Multidisciplinary Forum for young researchers "Academic Science Week - 2015"

Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences call for Papers: International Multidisciplinary Forum of young scientists and specialists "Academic Science Week - 2015", will be holding on November 2-4, 2015.
Young scientists and specialists under the age of 40
The body of the abstract is accepted in the electronic format typed in MS Word. Font – Times New Roman (12pts), with single line spacing. Paper format is А4, margins are 2.5 cm. The thesis length should not exceed 2 pages, including one figure and one table; The title of the thesis – capital letters, bold (11pts), aligned centrally, without indent. Next line should contain family name and initials of the authors, italic, aligned centrally. If the authors are from different organizations, indicate *; Next line with * should contain the full name of the organization, city, country and email address of the presenter. Fonts are 11 pts, italic, aligned central. The figure should be inserted in the text as JPEG.
A summary in English must be submitted in abstract that will be presented in the Azerbaijani language.

Conference topics:
- Multidisciplinary approach in science
- New achievements and prospects of Information & Communication - Technologies
- From Theory to Practice
- Life and environmental safety

Hospitality, intended to set sail and conference-related expenses (hotel, food, etc.) will be paid by the Organizing Committee.

The event dedicated to the 70th anniversary of ANAS and aims to bring together research and educational institutions of the country, relevant ministries, scientific funds, entrepreneurs and media representatives. Within the Forum, it is planned to organize a conference with the purpose of organize international debates on multidisciplinary scientific directions which is very actual in nowadays and provide active participation of young researchers in these debates.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Global Young Academy – 2015 Call for New Members

The 2015 call for new members to join the Global Young Academy in 2015 is now open. Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 11 pm UTC, Sunday 27 September 2015.

Please see here for more information including application forms and instructions.

The Global Young Academy:

Founded in 2010, the Global Young Academy is an international organization of young researchers with members from six continents.
Members are selected for five year terms. Each member should attend the Annual General Meeting (25-29 May 2016) and is expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organization’s programs, which include participation in policy development, promotion of national young academies, supporting science and education at the international level, and the young scientist ambassador program. For more information on the Global Young Academy or any of its programs, please visit

Friday, August 7, 2015


The earthquake felt August 7, 2015 at 3:24 has a tectonic origin. Effect in the subregion of the Great Lakes is characterized by an extensive zone (rifting) whose extension is valued at 1cm per year. Therefore, this tectonic activity is always accompanied by intense seismic activity. Note that the last great earthquake pacer in the region dates back to February 2008.

Location of the earthquake (Epicentre)
The seismic history of the area and damage assessment this morning leads us to hypothesize that the epicenter was located in Kalehe territory (Ihusi on Lake Kivu) near the fault Birava exactly in the Southwest region of Lake Kivu.

Intensity of the earthquake
According to the observation of the damage and the report analysts CEEG Goma this morning, the intensity would be 6 on the scale Merchalli (Magnitude 5.8 on the Richter scale according to the Volcanological Observatory of Goma). It is now difficult to rally this earthquake with volcanic activity in the region and this would have no direct impact on a possible volcanic eruption. The population of Goma has not to worry for now only it must remain vigilant and attentive to the authorities of the directives.
As the earthquake is usually due to a brisque release of energy, a series of small tremors will be felt for a period of 10 to 15 days related to residual energy release and ongoing accumulation.

We note the following damage
Several injuries and loss of life are reported in the towns of Mabingu, Katana (according to a summary report provided by the health zone Kabamba, Katana) Lwiro, Lugendo, Kabamba, Kavumu, Tshovi, Kavumu, Bagira (in town Bukavu) etc.
There are also reports of collapsed houses and more damage.

Population Council
The Centre for Expertise and Geological Survey (CEEG) advise the population of the sub-region of the Great Lakes, Goma and Bukavu in particular to observe the following basic principles:
- Do not freak disaster (earthquake) given that we live in an area with permanent and continuous seismic activity.
- Move away from buildings, suspended and unstable objects in case of an earthquake;

- Protect especially the head by hiding under a table, desk or table doorways during a quake or if there is opportunity to go outside.

Friday, July 17, 2015

4th GIRAF Workshop, 6th – 9th of October 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique.

We would like to announce to all of you and invite you warmly to the 4th GIRAF workshop which will take place from 6th – 9th of October 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique.

The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and jointly organized by the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and National Directorate of Geology (DNG), Maputo, together with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The workshop will be under the patronage of the Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI), UNESCO and the Geological Society of Africa (GSAF).

The main topic will be Geoscience Information and Sustainable Mining, but contributions to all Geoscience Information topics in particular in Africa are welcome.
At the moment BGR, UEM and DNG are working together on the 4-day workshop program. In parallel we are up-dating the GIRAF website  where you can register your interest in your participation of GIRAF 2015. Please check regularly for new and actualized information.