Friday, December 17, 2010

Share Your Thoughts about the AGU 2010 Meeting

There were a lot of YES Network members at AGU 2010 this year. It was great to see you at the sessions and at the different outings and meet new members. Now it's your turn to comment about your experiences at AGU. What sessions did you attend? Was there anything at AGU that was memorable? Please share your thoughts with us.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Say YES with a Morning Cup of Coffee!

Hi everyone!

If you missed us for the YES Network dinner last night at Mel's Drive-In, come join us for a cup of amazing mad-scientist coffee that will truly give you a kick start for the morning! Where? We're going to meet over at Blue Bottle Coffee at 0700 tomorrow (Wed) morning. Come meet the other YES Network members here at AGU, and find out more about the YES Network and all of our upcoming events and activities. 

Location : 66 Mint Street - and here's the map so you can find your way there.

Learning Geology in 3D

Rowan Cockett, a graduating senior from the University of Calgary, presented a poster this afternoon about an interactive software application he developed (VisibleGeology) that helps students understand the concepts in introductory and structural geology courses. Student can upload maps or use preloaded modules to look at topography, bedding, folding, faulting, as well as dykes, plutons, and unconformities. One thing Rowan noted was how geology teachers often refer to the Rule of V's (the outcrop V's point in the direction in which the formation lies underneath the valley), yet students don't always fully understand the concept. Then he pulled out his laptop, fired up the VisibleGeology application and showed me very quickly how this concept works. We did a fly-through of the geologic feature and then pulled out cross-sections at different points along the formation. He also showed me some of the other features of the application. It's a very easy to use application, and one of the highlights is the ability to upload your own data - which makes it a great tool that can be easily integrated into any classroom activity or pre-fieldwork prep work. The application is not yet available as a mobile app (as this would be a great tool for field courses), but keep tabs on the Visible Geology website to keep up with all the latest releases and updates.

Monday, December 13, 2010

YES Network Dinner at Mel's Drive In

Hey, what a better way to go than to eat good ol' fashioned American-style hamburgers and fries at Mel's Drive In on Mission Street here in San Francisco. The whole experience was complete with the mini-juke boxes, 60's tunes playing in the background (yes - even Elvis), and the murals of the old 60's cars and drive-in restaurants. It was a great place to eat, meet, get to know some new YES Network members, and also chat with some of our senior advisory council members.

Now, I know we missed seeing some of you who RSVP'd for dinner, but hopefully we'll catch up with you at some of the other YES Network events this week.

See you tomorrow at the YES Network session on Natural Hazards at 1:40 - 3:30 PM in Room 3010 at Moscone West.

Reflections on ED12A - Development of Geoscientists from Novice to Professional

The second set of talks in this session covered the gradient from undergraduate education to career preparation to early-career support of geoscientists. Jane Dmochowski (ED12A-01) discussed how the Earth and Environmental Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania has implemented a mandatory junior seminar on research methods that teaches undergraduates how to do research. From guest lectures, analysis of previous senior theses, scientific literature review and computer labs focused on data analysis, students learn how to do review scientific literature, develop a project idea, and analyze data using different quantitative methods. What a great way to prepare your students for entry into graduate school. One challenge that was noted was finding mentors for the students.

In the next talk (ED12A-02) Siva Murugesu, who presented Wilson and Hermans talk (ED12A-02), discussed the Summer Synthesis Institutes in hydrology which bring together students, post-docs, and faculty on intensive research projects for about 7 weeks. The work generated from these intensive institutes have included five topical session at AGU between 2008 and 2010, and over 60 publications.  Coming back to the topic of mentors, it was noted that the role of mentors in these institutes were to "reinforce a positive work environment, coach students out of their comfort zones, and break down language barriers - both disciplinary and cultural".

Next we heard from Diane Doser (ED12A-03) from University of Texas at El Paso discuss how UTEP's Department of Geological Sciences is preparing geoscience student for the workforce through several activities including the Student Colloquim, an annual professional meeting organized and run by students that engages not only academics but also industry professionals. Industry professionals not only support some of the major costs of the event, but also serve as judges for student presentations. The Colloquim serves not only to prepare students for the workforce, but also as a recruiting tool for the department and industry, and as a way for the department to maintain strong industry connections. Another program that UTEP offers is its Pathways to Geoscience Program which includes a two-week summer field program that is for high school students and teachers, and a research experiences for undergraduate students. It's been a great way to connect with high schools and inform teachers and students about geoscience careers. In this program, undergraduates also get experience writing resumes and learning how to conduct research.

We heard from Randy Richardson and co-authors (ED12A-04) next about the resources that SERC's On the Cutting Edge offers for geoscience graduates and post-doctoral fellows who are pursuing academic careers, from workshops to online resources. There's a lot of great information on this site, so take some time to peruse all the pages. The early-career faculty resources are posted here and the resources about preparing for a career in academia are posted here.

Jo Venus, YES Network President, next discussed the preliminary results from the Decision Points Survey - if you haven't taken it yet, please take a moment and fill out the survey form. I'll let Jo fill you in on the preliminary results, so check back for her post on this topic.

Next we heard from Jenny Baeseman from the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) a very dynamic and active international and interdisciplinary group of early-career polar researchers. APECS is extremely active on the web and at meetings including their virtual poster sessions, thriving mentoring program, webinar series, blogs, videos, and the workshops and networking events they organize. If you're doing polar research, whether in the Arctic, Antarctica, or in any of the world's polar regions (alpine and above) get connected to this vibrant community. 

Our session closed with a talk by Sarah Gaines about Earth Stewardship Science and the work she's been doing in developing international research networks based in Africa. The talk generated a lot of discussion afterward.  For those of you who were there today, you can continue the discussions that started today at the  
UNESCO-AfricaArray-AGI townhall meeting - Earth Stewardship Science: Building Research Networks in Africa
Wednesday at 12:30 PM–1:30 PM, Moscone West, Room 2009

Development of Geoscientists from Novice to Professional - Field Courses

We had a set of great sessions today that covered the gradient from K-12 education, undergraduate education, field work / field courses, to preparing students for geoscience careers and supporting early-career geoscientists in the early years of their career.

The first session of talks had two talks about field mapping both looking at what novices see in the field and what experts see. In one, (ED11C-02) Joshua Caulkins conducted a pre-field set of exercises as the group of students and faculty traveled to the field site. The exercises were a set of four exercises, each building on the previous, to see how novice and expert mappers could create geological models based on a set of field data that represented a day's worth of data collection. The students were all 3rd year geology students who had at a minimum taken courses in minerology, structural geology, sedimentology, petrology, and had one previous field course. Analysis revealed that the novice mappers developed fewer probable geological models than did expert mappers.

In the next talk (ED11C-03) Rory Cottrell and co-authors examined how novices and experts examine landscapes when they are in the field by deploying eye-tracking cameras that can record where the observer is actually looking when examining the landscape. They used cameras that measured visual direction, eye motion and landscape view and wide-brimmed straw hats to minimize glare. They found that the experts looked at more of the landscape and focused on a wider swath of features than did novices. Novices tended to look at fewer features and tended to concentrate their focus on prominent geological features.

It was interesting to see these two talks arrive at a similar conclusion from different perspectives. Whereas novices looking at field data tended to construct few probable geological models in one study, the novices in another study tended to focus on fewer visual cues in the landscape when in the field. Yet with time and experience in field mapping, the focus expands to take in more of the landscape and develop a wider range of hypotheses and probable geologic models.

From the Ed Side: Exploration Station

It's 4 am in San Francisco - isn't jet lag wonderful?

Yesterday, I spent about 6 hours at the AGU Exploration Station, part of the public outreach/family oriented events held at the meeting. It's relatively new - I think this was its second year - and a chance for families in San Francisco (and guests of scientists at the meeting) to explore some of the science being highlighted at the meeting. For this year's CloudSat booth, we had an ultrasonic transducer setup to "fly" over kids heads to demonstrate active remote sensing similar to that of the cloud radar on our satellite. I also had some "cloud in a bottle" demos - allowing families to think about and explore what makes a cloud. For me, it's a day of fielding really basic questions about clouds. I love it, because inevitably, those simple questions can really test your understanding, like when a woman asked me why different wind directions cause the fog in San Francisco bay to take on very different appearances - a question spurred on by my demos.

The best part for me is when a kid wants to experiment. My last visitor of the day was a young man who couldn't have been more than 6 years old, who kept trying to measure the height of different objects using the ultrasonic transducer. At one point, I bumped the stand I had been using and it started causing the sensor to sway up and down, making the ground look like it too was moving up and down. He noticed the change in the data, and immediately realized that something had changed, looked around, and then identified the problem in the apparatus. That true scientific moment was the highlight of my day.

I hope that some of you would consider participating in this kind of event in the future. I find I get as much out of it (if not more) than the public participants do.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blogging from the Education Side

Hello out there YES fans! I am taking a break from AGU Packing and Exam Grading to introduce myself. I'm Todd Ellis, an assistant professor of meteorology at SUNY Oneonta, a 6,000+ student primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). I'll be at AGU all week, and my focus at this conference is a little different than average. My scholarly work focuses on K-16 education and public outreach, and when I attend AGU, I mix learning and teaching alike. I'll be at the exploration station on Sunday, a NASA exhibit booth in Tuesday, and an area middle school on Friday. In between, I'll be heading to climate change presentations and education presentations - and blogging from them all.

I hope to see you there. I also tweet from @citizenscience, and would love to meet you if you wanna chat about outreach or life as a faculty member with 4 courses a semester. But it's time to get back to packing... Safe travels to all of you coming to San Fran, and I'll catch ya later with my next entry from the Education Side.

YES Activities at AGU 2010 Fall Meeting

The YES Network will be convening two sessions at the AGU 2010 Fall Meeting, and we'll also be getting together for dinner on Monday evening.

Here's our schedule of events. If you're presenting a talk or a poster at AGU this fall, let us know (email Leila Gonzales at lmg [at] so we can post it on our schedule.

We are looking for YES Network members who would like to blog about AGU and YES events on the YES Network blog. If you are interested in blogging, please contact Leila Gonzales (lmg [at]

Additionally, there are many student opportunities and events at AGU this year. Visit the AGU meeting's Student Opportunities page.  Of special interest is the Career Opportunities Networking Lunch on Wednesday, 15 December from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Golden Gate Salon B. This is a ticketed event (and tickets are free!). Make sure to collect your ticket from the Career Center as soon as you can. The first 200 students to collect tickets from the Career Center beforehand will be admitted to the lunch. To get an idea of what the networking lunch is like, here's a short video of last year's Career Opportunity Networking Lunch, courtesy of AGI.

See you San Francisco!

YES Network Schedule of Events

Monday, 13 December
The Development of Geoscientists: From Novice to Professional 
YES Network Co-Convenors: Syed Ajijur Rahman, Leila Gonzales
ED11C (Talks Part I) 9:00 AM-10:00 AM MS-102 (Moscone South)
ED12A (Talks Part II) 10:20 AM-12:20 PM MS-102 (Moscone South)
ED13A (Posters) 1:40 PM-6:00 PM MS-Poster Hall (Moscone South)

SUNY Oneonta Earth Sciences Outreach Program (ESOP) - Generating New Drilling Prospects for Geoscience Programs by Todd Ellis and Jim Ebert.
ED13A (Posters) 1:40 PM-6:00 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)
To read the abstract of this presentation, search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  ED13A-0602

YES Network Dinner  (Everyone pays their own way...)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - email Leila ( if you will be attending.
Location:  Mel's Drive-In
801 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3006
Phone: (415) 227-4477
Map  |  Restaurant Info

Tuesday, 14 December
CloudSat presentation by Todd Ellis
10:00 AM,  NASA Exhibit Booth (#111)

New Initiatives in the Development of a National Geoinformatics Community 
by S. J. Whitmeyer et al.
ED22A (Talks) 11:05 AM - 11:20 AM, Room 102 (Moscone South)
To read the abstract of this presentation, search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  ED22A-04

Strategies for Earthquakes and Natural Hazards Mitigation I
YES Network Convenors: Jo Venus, Wang Meng
NH23B (Talks) 1:40 PM - 3:30 PM, Room 3010 (Moscone West)

Wednesday, 15 December
Strategies for Earthquakes and Natural Hazards Mitigation II 
YES Network Convenors: Jo Venus, Wang Meng
NH31B (Posters) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)

Supporting Evidence for the Astronomically Calibrated Age of Fish Canyon Sanidine  by Tiffany Rivera et. al.
8:00 AM - 12:20 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)
To read the abstract of this presentation, search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  V31A-2304

Town Hall Meeting - Earth Stewardship Science: Building Research Networks in Africa
12:30 PM–1:30 PM, Moscone West, Room 2009

Friday, 17 December
Numerical modelling of climatically-driven drainage capture and sediment flux, South
Island, New Zealand  by Ann Rowan et. al.
8:00 AM - 12:20 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)
To read the abstract of this presentation, search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  EP51B-0547

Linking onshore and offshore erosion and sediment transport in the Strait of Messina, Italy
by Rajasmita Goswami et al.
8:00 AM - 12:20 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)
To read the abstract of this presentation, search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  EP51B-0544

Application of the U.S. Geoscience Information Network to deploying a National Geothermal Data System by M. L. Allison; S. M. Richard; R. J. Clark; W. Grunberg (Arizona Geological Survey, USA)
1:40 PM - 6:00 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)
To read the abstract of this presentation,
search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  IN53A-1157 

Landscape Response to Active Extensional Faulting and Multiple Local Base Levels: The Perachora Peninsula, Eastern Gulf of Corinth, Greece  by O. Bujanowski-Duffy; S. H. Brocklehurst; R. L. Gawthorpe; E. Finch
1:40 PM - 6:00 PM, Poster Hall (Moscone South)
 To read the abstract of this presentation, search AGU's Fall Meeting Program for Presentation ID#:  EP53B-0618

AGU... its nearly time!

Hello everyone,
The time has come round for the AGU Fall meeting and final prep is underway! Do let us know if you are planning on coming along as we would love to meet as many members as possible. If any of your colleagues are attending maybe now is the time to tell them about the YES Network & then they can come and ask us any questions during the meeting.

We will be blogging from the Conference to keep you up-to-date with what is going on. Check out the website for the listings of YES member presentations.

See you in SF!

P.S. Our schedule of events is posted here: YES Activities at AGU 2010 Meeting

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

YES Network sessions at EGU 2011 - Abstracts Due 10 Jan!

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2011 meeting will be in Vienna, Austria from 03-08 April 2011.

Abstracts are now being accepted for all sessions and we encourage all YES Network members to submit their abstracts as there are many exciting sessions! The deadline for abstract submissions is 10 January 2011.

Please visit the EGU 2011 website for more information about how to submit your abstract and for information about financial support:

Please especially note the following sessions that are being convened and/or co-convened by YES Network members:
(If you are a YES Network member and are convening a session at EGU that we have not listed here, please let us know and we'll update this post to show your session information.)

SSP1.2: Recent advances in fluvial sedimentology and stratigraphy
Convener: Andrew Wilson
Co-Conveners: Arnold Reesink , Andreas Rittersbacher , Joanne Venus

Fluvial deposits contain some of our most precious groundwater and hydrocarbon resources, are archives of paleo-environmental conditions, are sensitive to environmental change, and rivers themselves are the conduit through which continents are linked to oceans and basins.

The study of both modern and ancient river deposits is therefore critical to our understanding of the effects of forcing factors such as climate and tectonics on drainage networks and sedimentary architecture, and in developing predictive tools for assessing resource potential.

We cordially invite submissions spanning the breadth of fluvial sedimentology and stratigraphy with the aim of providing a comprehensive overview of recent advances in this area by field-based, numerical and experimental methods on both channel- and overbank deposits at a range of temporal and spatial scales.

We encourage submission of interdisciplinary research on current topics such as:
• the use of new technologies for characterisation of fluvial architecture, heterogeneities and facies, and their applications to aquifers and hydrocarbon reservoirs
• unravelling preservation potential to link modern rivers to ancient successions
• quantification of ripple- to catchment-scale sediment dynamics and interactions of the fluvial system with adjacent environments

EOS02/EG3: Cultural and Political Impacts on Building Global Geoscience Human Capacity
Convener: Christopher Keane
Co-Conveners: Leila Gonzales , Sarah Gaines

This session will look at the current global state of affairs in the development of the next generation of geoscientists. In particular, the future population of geoscientists is critical to the economic and societal stability and growth of all nations into the foreseeable future. Developed nations face the immediate need to replace their current aging population of geoscientists, whereas developing nations have an immediate need to cultivate human and capital infrastructure to support the training of future geoscientists. International collaborative efforts must be made into new energy and mineral sources and enabling the appropriate stewardship of the environment. However, will the developing world be able to educate enough geoscientists to meet their own social and economic needs in building sustainable economies while protecting their natural environment into the future? Presentations that examine these themes, and particularly these topics are encouraged:
• Broad surveys of the state of the geoscience workforce across national boundaries
• The cultural and social impacts on the next generation of geoscientists
• Programs that are focused on improving capacity building in developing nations and underrepresented populations
• The transferability of geoscience credentials across political boundaries
• The mobility of geoscientists across political and organizational boundaries
• How different national strategies are addressing domestic geoscience issues and the need for expertise
• The role of the private sector in training local workforce and strategies for cooperation with the public sector.

Friday, December 3, 2010

YES Africa 2011 - Free Registration for Web-based Participants

Register today to be a web-based participant in the YES Africa 2011 Symposium.
Listen to the Opening Ceremony, Oral Presentations, and Roundtable Presentations. Take part in the virtual working group discussions as a web-based roundtable participant. Web-based participation is free!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

YES Network - Malaysia National Chapter - now online!

The YES Network - Malaysia National Chapter has just launched its website at

Visit the website to get more information about how you can get involved in YES Network activities and events happening in Malaysia!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

CAG23 Geoscientific Information workshop: 8-9 Jan 2011

CAG23 Superworkshop WS6  (8-9 January 2011)
"Geoscientific information infrastructures in Africa: OneGeology-AEGOS-GIRAF"

This 1½ day superworkshop will bring together the three complimentary initiatives of OneGeology, AEGOS and GIRAF to provide Geoscientific information and developments in Africa. For more information, download the event flyer at:

To register for this FREE workshop, please complete the form at

Share your thoughts about your geoscience career path

Did you share your thoughts in the YES Network's Decision Points Survey yet? Share why you became a geoscientist, or why you didn't. Take the survey today! All survey participants for each year will be entered in a drawing each December to win a select number of prizes.

Here's the link to take you to the survey:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

YES Activities at AGU 2010 Fall Meeting

We've moved the schedule of YES Network Activities at AGU 2010 into our December set of blog posts:

Virtual Registration for YES Africa 2011 Roundtables Now Open

If you are unable to attend the YES Africa 2011 Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa this coming January, you will still be able to participate in the meeting!

On 12 January 2011, there will be two roundtable sessions that will be broadcasted in real-time over the web. Web-based ("virtual") participants are required to pre-register for the roundtable sessions.

Each roundtable session will have an web-based working group that will occur concurrently with the working group discussions at the symposium. The web-based working groups will be run via Skype. As part of the registration process, web-based participants will be have the opportunity to specify if they wish to participate in the web-based working group for each roundtable session.

Roundtable 1:
Natural Hazards in Africa: Climate change, earthquakes, landslides, hydrological hazards, etc.
This roundtable session will review current natural hazards that are occurring in the African continent, for example earthquakes (e.g. active East African rift), landslides, floods and drought etc. The roundtable discussion will focus on the different approaches of identifying natural hazards, risk assessment, risk mitigation and the role of the earth scientists and government/ policy makers with regard to natural hazards. What is the role of the government with regard to natural hazards, and how can young earth scientist approach government/ policy makers with regard to these natural hazards?

Roundtable 2:
Creating Local and Regional Professional Development Resources for Young and Early-Career Geoscientists
This roundtable session explores the current programs and initiatives that provide professional development resources for young and early-career geoscientists within Africa. This session will determine how these resources can be increased in order to make them available to a greater number of young and early-career geoscientists, both on a regional and local level. Issues to be explored in this session include: Job availability, preparedness of geoscience graduates, availability local and regional infrastructure to support professional development resources (schools, programs, internet accessibility), and retention of geoscience graduates. Strategies for how the YES Network and YES Network National Chapters can develop and disseminate these professional development resources will also be proposed.

For more information about the YES Africa 2011 Symposium, the roundtables, and registration details, please visit:

Monday, November 8, 2010

START Awards - Call For Proposals

START, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2011 START Grant Awards for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa.

The Grant Awards will be offered to African scientists to support collaborative research with other African scientists and/or with scientists in other areas of the world. Successful proposals will be selected through a peer review process.

Application materials and instructions for submission of proposals can be found at the START website at:

Proposals are due on 06 December 2010.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

YES Network - Ghana National Chapter is now online!

Are you in Ghana and involved in the geosciences? Have a look at their great new National Chapter website at

Monday, October 4, 2010

WEBINAR: Geoscientists in the Finance Sector

WEBINAR: Geoscientists in the Finance Sector
October 14, 2010: 1:00 - 2:00 pm (US EDT) 

Join us to hear three speakers from the finance sector discuss their career paths, give an overview of their work environment and daily activities, and provide some tips and advice to students and graduates who are interested in pursuing similar career paths.

This webinar is free. For registration details and more information about the speakers, visit AGI's GeoWebinar webpage at

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

YES Network - U.S.A. is now online!

The U.S.A. National Chapter of the YES Network has just launched its website at

Visit the website to get more information about how you can get involved in YES Network activities and events happening in the U.S.!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Abstracts are due on 23 September for the AAPG 2011 Annual Meeting!

Abstracts are due on 23 September for the AAPG 2011 Annual Meeting!  Check out the AAPG's 2011 Annual Meeting themes (especially Theme 11: The Next Geo-Generation: Who, What and Where ) at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Abstract submission deadline for YES Africa 2011 extended to 30 September

The YES Africa 2011 abstract submission deadline has been further extended to 30 September 2010 to be in-line with the new CAG abstract submission date.

For more information about abstracts submission visit YES Africa 2011 webpage at or the CAG website at

YES Network - Morocco is online!

The Moroccan YES Network National Chapter is now online! You can visit their website at, and join the YES Network - Morocco Facebook group at

There are currently four YES Network National Chapters online, three of which have set up their websites and Facebook groups within the past month. Has your country got a YES Chapter website or Facebook page? If not get in touch with your YES Network National Representative or the YES Network leadership team to get one set up!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Abstract Deadline Extended to 20 August 2010 for YES Africa 2011 Symposium

Abstracts submission deadline for the YES Africa 2011 Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa has been extended until 20th August 2010. For those who have not submitted their abstracts yet, it is now your chance to participate.  You can also send more than one abstract according to the related topics proposed for this event.

For more information visit our event webpage on:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Survey: Decision Points in the Geoscience Career Pathway

Decision Points in the Geoscience Career Pathway

This project aims to determine the key inflection and decision points in the career pathways for early-career geoscientists, from university through to 10 years post-graduation. This study will not only identify the factors contributing to individual decisions, but also will monitor career choices over a ten year period. The results will provide direct insight into the causal factors for decisions pertaining to enrollment and retention in geoscience university programs, as well as decisions about career pathway choices.

For more information about the survey, please visit:

How you can get involved and make a difference...

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey form. All contact information will be held confidential and will not be disclosed in survey results.

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions about the survey or this YES Network-affiliated study, please contact either Joanne Venus ( or Leila Gonzales (

Thursday, July 29, 2010

YES-Africa 2011 - Abstracts deadline: 10 August 2010

Remember to submit your abstracts for the YES-Africa 2011 Symposium by 10 August 2010.

Abstracts are being accepted for the following major themes:
  • Earth’s Resources and Sustainable Development of Africa
  • Post Gondwana Geodynamics of Africa
  • Environmental Geology and Geohazards (Natural Hazards vs. Man-made Hazards)
Additionally, there will be the following two round table sessions at the YES-Africa 2011 Symposium:
  • Natural Hazards in Africa: Climate change, earthquakes, landslides, hydrological hazards, etc.
  • Creating Local and Regional Professional Development Resources for Young and Early-Career Geoscientists
Visit the YES Network's website ( for more information about these sessions and about the YES-Africa 2011 symposium.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

YES Network - Tanzania now online!

The YES Network - Tanzania National Chapter is now online! You can stay up to date on YES Network activities in Tanzania by visiting their website, and you can follow them on Facebook by joining the YES Network -Tanzania Group. Additionally, you can watch presentations on YouTube rom the first YES-Tanzania Scientific Forum about the launch of the YES Network-Tanzania website and the closing remarks by Prof. Sospeter Muhongo.

The YES-Tanzania Scientific Forum was held on the 23rd-24th of July. This event was very successful as it was attended by over 200 participants from secondary schools, universities, colleges, government organisations, NGOs and many more. Photos from event will be posted soon and the YES Tanzania Bulletin will be distributed twice a week. The meeting summary report is currently being compiled, and will be released soon. Check the YES Network-Tanzania website for more information!

Monday, July 12, 2010

YES Network sessions at the AGU 2010 Fall Meeting!

The YES Network will be chairing the following two sessions at the AGU 2010 Fall Meeting (13-17 December 2010) in San Francisco, California.

AGU abstracts submissions will open on 21 July and close on 2 September. 

Visit the AGU 2010 Fall Meeting website ( to submit your abstracts, obtain travel, visa and registration information, and find out about travel grants (

ED27: Creating Professional Development Resources for Early-Career Geoscientists

Session Convenors:
Leila Gonzales
American Geological Institute
YES Network, Communications Team ex-officio member

Syed Ajijur Rahman
YES Network, Professional Development Support Team Chairperson
Poverty Environment Network, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

This session aims to address the low percentage of geoscientists graduates that transition successfully into the profession. NSF data indicates that approximately 14% of all geoscience graduates work in their core profession, and another 22% work in closely-aligned disciplines. With approximately 50% of the current workforce expected to retire within the next 10-15 years, there is a critical need for establishing professional development resources that will boost the flow of geoscience graduates into the profession and enable these graduates to develop the skills and experience to become future leaders within the profession, thus effectively replacing the cohort of retiring senior geoscientists.

NH05: Strategies for Earthquakes and Natural Hazard Mitigation

Session Convenors:
Joanne Venus
YES Network President
The University of Leeds

Wang Meng
YES Network, Working Group Advisory Support Team Chairperson
China University of Geosciences

Tragedies in the past few years due to earthquakes have emphasized the critical need for the development and implementation of strategies to effectively understand and mitigate the effects of earthquakes. This has also highlighted the need for increased interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge transfer to early career specialists. Strategies developed include a range of predictive modeling, infrastructure improvements, public outreach, and policy intervention.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

5th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference on Exchanging Knowledge on Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability in Africa: The Role of Networking

TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World - Regional Office for Sub Saharan Africa, (TWAS-ROSSA), will hold its fifth Young Scientists’ Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from 6-8 December 2010.The theme of the conference is “Exchanging Knowledge on Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability in Africa: The Role of Networking.

The Conference will provide a forum for scientists to share their research findings on climate change in the region as well as outline effective networking mechanisms for the advancement of climate change research and implementation of scientific measures to reduce Africa’ vulnerability

Objectives of the Conference
  • Bring together scientists from various scientific fields in Africa to take stock of the advancements made in climate change research in the region.
  • Assess the impact of their research findings in as far as it is implemented by policy makers, development partners and society at large.
  • Assess the importance of collaboration/networking in climate change research.
  • Outline strategies for improving collaboration so as to achieve an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral response to the challenges of Climate Change.
The Conference is open to Young Scientists (below 45 years of age) from Sub-Saharan Africa who, within their respective scientific fields, are working on Climate Change issues in the region. There will be keynote addresses in plenary sessions by renowned experts, followed by in-depth analysis in working group discussions. Selected applicants will also be requested to make presentations on their research work on Climate Change in the region. The sessions will be chaired by Senior Scientists who will also provide resource and guidance to the young scientists.

TWAS-ROSSA will cover travel (only from within sub-Saharan Africa) on economy class, accommodation, meals and local transportation for selected participants. This support has been made possible by TWAS Offices in Trieste, Italy. Self-sponsored participants should notify the TWAS-ROSSA office in advance i.e. when submitting their applications, that they will cater for their conference costs.

Application forms for the Conference should be filled and submitted electronically together with the applicants’ Curriculum Vitae. All applications must reach TWAS-ROSSA office on or before 1st September 2010. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Visit the YES Network's Community News webpage to download the conference announcement and conference application form.

Friday, July 2, 2010

GeoConnection Webinar: Geosciences: Towards a Smarter Economy

GeoConnection Webinar: Geosciences: Towards a Smarter Economy
18 August 2010: 10:00-11:00am (US EDT)
  (15:00-16:00 BST)
Join us to listen to the following speakers discuss this recently released report published by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). The report details how geoscience can be oriented toward a smart economy, and describes how the geoscience sector can contribute to economic recovery. The report also provides a clear vision of the sector in 2020 and its implications for the geosciences within Ireland. To download the report, visit:

Dr. Peadar McArdle, Geological Survey of Ireland
Garth Earls, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
Prof. Pat Shannon, University College Dublin
Dr. Deirdre Lewis, Institute of Geologists of Ireland / SLR Consulting

This webinar is co-sponsored the Geological Survey of Ireland, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.

Participation in this webinar is free.
To register for this webinar, visit AGI's GeoWebinar website:

Background Information:
In 2008, a report entitled "Geoscience - Gaining Ground" was published outlining the contribution made by geoscience to the Irish economy and society in terms of employment, research, spatial development etc. The report identified that core geoscience activities were estimated at €1.4 billion and non-core activities amount to €1.9 billion. Total direct value was estimated at 2.24% of GNP in 2006, but because of the relatively low import content, the significance of this activity is greater than the figure itself suggests: the geoscience contribution comes to 3% GNP when indirect value is added.

The report concluded that if Ireland was serious about moving up the value chain in alignment with its knowledge-based economy aspirations, it would have to lay down stronger foundations in the geoscience sector, particularly in areas of research and public service.

On foot of the report, the Royal Irish Academy, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Geological Survey of Ireland commenced work on the “Geoscience - Towards a Smarter Economy” report.

EGU 2010 Roundtable Videos and Summary Report online!

Visit the YES Network's "OneGeology Initiative" Roundtable Symposia webpage ( to view the videos of the presentations and discussions and download the summary report. Find out how you can get more involved as a YES Network member in the OneGeology Initiative!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Upcoming Grant and Award Deadlines from AGU

AGU Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research
Deadline for Nominations: 1 July 2010
The AGU Natural Hazards Focus Group seeks nominations for its new award to young scientists engaged in studies of natural hazards and risks. This award recognizes one or more promising young scientists for outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. research. Accordingly, eligibility is restricted to current Ph.D. students and those who have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree up to 12 months prior to the nomination deadline. Nominees should be AGU members.

The major criterion in the evaluation of candidates nominated to this award is the impact (or potential impact) of the research on the field of natural hazards. The award consists of $500 for support of travel to the AGU Fall meeting, a certificate, and recognition at the Natural Hazards Reception. The awardee(s) will have the opportunity to deliver an invited paper in an appropriate Natural Hazards session at the AGU Fall meeting. The awardee(s) will also be announced in EOS.

In order to be considered by the selection committee, nominations should be received by July 1, 2010. Please send nominations in an electronic form to:

Dr. Ilya Zaliapin, E-mail:
Secretary, AGU Focus Group on Natural Hazards
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557
Tel: +1-775-784-6077

For more information, visit:

Call for Applications: Bruno Martinelli Travel Fellowship: Travel Grant for Latin American/Caribbean Students and Young Scientists
Travel Grant Deadline: 7 July 2010

To attend and present a paper on the volcanic process at the 2010 Workshop of the European Seismological Commision "Earthquakes and Volcanoes"
Clermont-Ferrand, France
18-25 September 2010

For more information, visit:

2010 Hydrological Sciences Award
Deadline for Nominations: 15 July 2010
The Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee of the AGU Hydrology Section seeks nominations for the 2010 Hydrologic Sciences Award (known formerly as the Robert E. Horton Award). The awardee will be recognized for an outstanding contribution to the science of hydrology. All contributions made over a career can be considered, but more weight should be given to the last five years. Please send a current resume of the nominee and a minimum of three supporting letters by 15 July 2010 to the Committee Chair:

Professor Harihar Rajaram
Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0428 USA
Tel: +1-303-492-6604
Fax: +1-303-492-7317

For more information, visit:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

“Life in the Field” Video and Photo Contest

Do you have video footage or photos from Field Camp or Geoscience Field Trips?
Submit your video or photo to the American Geological Institute's (AGI's) 2010 LIFE IN THE FIELD Contest!

AGI is looking for footage and pictures to use in an upcoming student outreach video on the importance of field work to your geoscience training. Materials should show:

1. Field camp and field trips
2. “A Day in the Life” of a field geoscientist
3. Why do you like working in the field?

Deadline: August 1, 2010
Submit materials or questions to:
Download entry submission form and contest rules at

Prizes: First place will win the Glossary of Geology, valued at $99, the Faces of Earth DVD Box Set, and the glory of being featured in an AGI video about field work as part of our video series for geoscience students.

Get inspired to participate!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Global Environmental Leadership Fellows

Global Environmental Leadership Fellows

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is searching for world-class postdoctoral candidates to fill four new Global Environmental Leadership Fellows positions. As an interdisciplinary center of excellence at the University of Minnesota, the IonE is discovering solutions to Earth’s biggest problems through cutting-edge research, partnerships and leadership development. For more information see

Monday, May 17, 2010

Keep Current on Geoscience Issues!

The American Geological Institute publishes a series of data briefs and webinars, called Geoscience Currents, about geoscience workforce issues. The Geoscience Currents also represent data collaborations with other societies, employers, and professionals, and some of these publications are authored by members of the international geoscience community.

Recent Geoscience Currents topics include diversity in the geosciences (both occupations and degrees), updates on geoscience enrollments and degrees conferred in the U.S., mega-trends in the Australian mining industry, and geoscience salary and employment trends.

Geoscience Currents Discussion webinars provide a forum where members of the geoscience community can discuss the information on the most recent Geoscience Currents with the authors. Participation in these webinars is free.

Visit to get more information about AGI's Geoscience Currents data briefs and webinars.

Ph.D. Opportunities at China University of Geosciences-Beijing

China University of Geosciences (CUG-Beijing) is offering two full Ph.D. scholarships in the Earth Sciences. The scholarships include travel and other expenses. Applications will be granted to one student from an English speaking country and one from a developing country. The topic can be in sedimentology or a related field, and the supervisor will be Prof. Wang Chengshan (see his CV at

For more information about China University of Geosciences (CUG-Beijing), visit: Feel free to contact Wang Meng for any other information ( The application process is open until suitable candidates are found.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Contribute to the Global Geoscience Compendium

The YES Network is assisting the IUGS Global Workforce Taskforce in completing a global compendium on geoscience information (educational institutions, professional societies, employers). You can read more about the project at

We are asking all YES Network members to join the project, and provide their contributions to this valuable online resource. To provide your inputs to this project, review the information in each of the categories by using the menu under the banner image, and leave updated and or new information by completing the form at the top of each page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

AGU 2010 Meeting - Session Proposals Due on 27 May 2010

The 2010 AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting will take place on 13–17 December 2010 in San Francisco, California, USA.

Session Proposals for are being accepted until 27 May 2010. There have been a lot of great ideas generated during EGU, and new project ideas that have been proposed over the past few months, plus many ideas still in the formative stages. Submitting a session proposal to AGU is a great way to get connected to other scientists who are working on similar issues, and also to build the presence of the YES Network at the AGU meeting. For more information about how to submit a session proposal, visit:

AGU provides Student Travel Grants for a limited number of students planning to attend annual and biannual AGU meetings. You can find more information about how to apply for these grants here:

Monday, May 10, 2010

The YES Network's OneGeology Initiative Roundtable Symposium

Thank you to EGU for advertising the OneGeology roundtable session in the EGU Today flier on Friday. For those of you who weren't at EGU, this flier was handed out each day, so that participants could see the interesting sessions that were taking place each day.

The YES Network's OneGeology Intiative roundtable symposium began with announcements by the YES Network President, Joanne Venus (who was presenting virtually from the field in Utah, USA). Jo presented the new YES Network logo and congratulated Tharindu Dissanayake for creating the design. She also conveyed comments from David Govoni and Luca Micucci (the past President and Executive Director of the YES Network) and introduced the new YES Network leadership team.

Following her comments, Eveline Speelman, organizer of the roundtable session,  provided a few logistical comments about the virtual roundtable session and then handed the virtual mic over to Ian Jackson, Chief of Operations for the British Geological Survey who was participating from the UK. Ian discussed the creation and organization of the OneGeology project and conveyed some essential insights as to what made the project strong. Namely, the project is: 1) task/goal focused, 2) organizationally light which makes it very nimble, 3) focused on outreach and communication activities to promote the project and its products, and 4) has a simple and straight-forward mission, to make the best available geological map data worldwide web-accessible. Ian also noted that the barriers faced by the OneGeology project were not scientific nor technical, but rather were of a social nature (e.g. personality  and cultural differences). In the end, Ian noted that the desire for OneGeology was to create a sustainable and stable project for the long-term.

Joanna Brayson next gave a detailed overview of the OneGeology project including its aims for the future and the challenges it has faced and overcome in obtaining data and making sure that the data are interoperable. The next stages of the OneGeology project include increasing the number of participants, especially from Africa and to increase the number of countries providing data and to increase the resolution of the data that is served. Joanna closed her talk by presenting some ideas for areas where the YES Network and OneGeology could collaborate on projects. These ideas were further discussed in the working group sessions.

Next, Lee Allison, who was connecting from the U.S., spoke about data integration in the U.S. and discussed the Geoscience Information Network (GIN) and the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).GIN is a distributed web-based interoperable opensource network of geoscience information that uses a modular approach to build the network through adopting and linking existing capabilities. The network is being buitl at the Arizona Geological Survey, and has 80,000 + geological maps and between 2,000 - 3,000 databases. GIN was adopted as the data exchange mechanism for the NGDS. The NGDS, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a distributed network of databases that will collectively acquire, manage and maintain geothermal and related data across the U.S. Users of the NGDS will include federal and state agencies, researchers, decision makers, the general public, educational institutions, the geothermal industry, and financial institutions. The GIN and NGDS projects were selected by the Energistics consortium as prototypes for seamless data integration in the Energy Industry Metadata Standards Working Group. Lee discussed how GIN, NGDS, and the OneGeology initiatives are creating the foundations for a global digital data network of geoscience information. Lee closed with a fly-over of an intergrated geoscience data set in the U.S.

Jan Jellema  presented next about the virtual quarry model for mineral resources that has been developed for the Netherlands. Jan discussed the importance of carefully planned mineral resource extraction due to the competing land uses in the Netherlands and the limited amount of land. The virtual quarry model aids in resource extraction planning because it provides a high resolution (250x250x1 m up to 50 m depth) model of the entire subsurface of the Netherlands. As such, planners can examine compare the economic potential of quarrying vs. the loss of agricultural lands at any location within the country. Jan closed with a online demonstration of the virtual model.

Alexander Kronimus gave the next presentation about ThermoGis, an on-line GIS that provides the ability to quickly scan the Netherlands in order to find sites that would be economically viable for geothermal heat extraction. ThermoGIS is a flexible system that easily integrates new data sources, thereby providing users with up-to-date information. It also can be extended to other applications and, if data is available, to locations outside of the Netherlands. Alexander noted that this system is a complimentary asset to geothermal exploration activities, but that it is not a substitute for actual on-the-ground exploration activities.

Kristine Asch discussed the challenges with creating a common geological vocabulary across national and continental boundaries with the OneGeology intiative, with a specific focus on OneGeology-Europe. She discussed why having a standard for terms and definitions was essential to building continental and global geological maps, especially when integrating data from a plethora of sources. Such integration issues may arise when integrating data that has differing levels of detail (scale), projections, ages of the data sets, etc. Kristine also announced that the Explanation Notes OneGeology-Europe vocabulary has been completed, and is now being used as part of the global geological definitions and terms. This document will also be a foundation for INSPIRE. Kristine closed her talk by inviting all YES Network members to the IUGS-CGI GeoScience Language Workshop which will be held on 25-26 August 2010 in Berlin Mitte. Topics will include geoscience ontologies, vocabularies and terms at the national, continental, and global level. 

After a short coffee break, the roundtable participants divided into 2 working groups in the room and 1 virtual working group for virtual participants (see below) to discuss new applications and possible extension of the OneGeology initiative, and strategize ideas for collaboration between the YES Network and OneGeology.

In-person Working Group Sessions

Virtual Working Group Session

The roundtable symposium concluded with presentations by the working group convenors (Christopher Keane, Julia van Winden, and Leila Gonzales) who summarized the working group discussions. The working groups discussed potential new applications using OneGeology, including the development of other geological layers of the map, such as hydrological resources, and creating new 3D applications. Additionally, there was discussion of collaboration between the YES Network and OneGeology in order to create a GeoSciXML certification program in which YES members could participate on a periodic basis.

The roundtable presentations and working group discussions will be used to generate a roundtable synthesis report. As soon as the synthesis report has been completed and the webinar converted to a web-viewable video, they will be uploaded to the YES Network website.

YES Network Opportunities from AGI's Social Technologies to Jumpstart Geoscience Careers Poster.

The poster session Thursday evening was an exceptionally productive event for the YES Network. AGI's poster "Social Technologies to Jumpstart Geoscience Careers" poster outlined examples of effective use of Web2.0 technologies to connect with young and early-career geoscientists and provide them with forums and inforamtational resources about the geoscience profession. The poster highlighted AGI's GeoConnection resources as well as the YES Network.

Discussions pertaining to the AGI poster as well as other posters in the session (International Geoscience Informatics Partnerships, Projects, and Collaboration Technologies) revealed several resources that could be used in existing YES Network projects, and opportunities for the development of future resources. I'll highlight some of the key discussions and posters to get the brainstorming process going among YES Network members.

SpecBase: A Virtual Research Environment for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing - Jens Klump and Sören-Nils Haubrock.
Jens and I disucssed his Virtual Research Environment idea which is portable and uses different technologies to share data, provide input to a virtual lab notebook, and document creation and dissemination. Although the poster focused on remote sensing data, the concept could potentially be portable to other types of research questions and data sets. Given the globally distributed membership of the YES Network, this virtual research environment concept would be great to test and use in future YES Network projects.

Citizen Seismology: Involving the Citizens for Rapid Earthquake Assessment - Rémy Bossu, Sébastien Gilles, Gilles Mazet-Roux, Linus Kamb, and Laurent Frobert.
This is a very innovative project in which users can provide eyewitness data about earthquakes by logging into the CSEM-EMSC website to find out information about the earthquake they just felt and by providing information on a web-questionairre (which is available in 27 languages). This group is currently deploying and testing its new ShakeMapple application which captures ground movement via a motion sensor application that can be downloaded and installed in laptop computers. EMSC's earthquake website attracts approximatley 1 million visitors per month and the project has produced some innovative ways to map earthquake damage (such as recording the number of web-session closures when earthquakes hit an area). The project will be updating its website this summer and also will be developing a dedicate website for smartphones. I know the YES Network is developing a project regarding earthquake mitigation strategies, and this application may be a resource for those involved in this YES Network project. Also, a similar project in the US is the USGS's "Did You Feel It?" earthquake monitoring program. In related news, the European Seismological Commission 32nd General Assembly will be held 06-10 September 2010 in Montpelier, France. For more information, visit: http://www.esc2010.

GIRAF (Geoscience InfoRmation in AFrica) is a geoscience initiative whose aim is to support the building of a pan-African geoscience information knowledge network by sharing geoscience information knowledge and best practices across political boundaries. I spoke with Kristine Asch (who also gave a talk at the YES OneGeology roundtable session) and Colin Reeves about this project and other geospatial initiatives that they are working on in Africa. GIRAF aims to address the challenges in education, hazard mitigation, sustainable resource management, and climate change research and mitigation through the use of applied geosciences. YES Network's African National Chapters would be an asset to this project, and Kristine is very interested in discussing how GIRAF and the YES Network could collaborate on this project. Also, the second GIRAF Workshop will be organised in 2011 and take place at SEAMIC in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. To keep up to date on what's going on with GIRAF, you can check on their new blog.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reflections on The Fruits of IYPE session at the EGU 2010 meeting

The International Year of Planet Earth (2007-2009) jumpstarted many projects to help promote the geosciences across a variety of scales (local to global). The session started with an overview of a sampling of projects that were created as a result of the IYPE. I was able to present the YES Network talk, “The YES Network: IYPE’s Motto ‘Earth Sciences for Society’ In Action” as the second talk of the program. The talk highlighted the formation of the YES Network and how it has grown since the YES Congress 2009 event. I also used the time to show the many achievements that the YES Network has accomplished over the past few months, and how we have met, and in many cases, exceeded our 2010 goals in our Development Plan. Finally, I finished the presentation by discussing where the YES Network is headed in the near future. Then, I asked all the YES Network members in the room to introduce themselves, and explain a little bit about themselves and how they are involved in the YES Network. Thank you again to all of the YES Network members who were able to participate in the talk this way. By sharing a little about yourself and how you are involved in the YES Network with the audience, you were able to show how dynamic and diverse and interdisciplinary the YES Network is.

After the YES talk, there were many other interesting talks about activities going on around the globe, and I’ll discuss the key points of each one here. I was inspired by the great accomplishments that have been made with these projects, not only in the amount of activities, but also in the way that these project were able to include not only students, but also policy-makers and governmental and private industries in promoting the geosciences within these countries.

Grazina Skridlaite, from the Institute of Geology and Geography in Lithuania discussed the range of earth science outreach activities (i.e. field trips, competitions, performances, seminars, visits by geoscientists, etc.) that are being implemented in secondary and high schools. Additionally, the Lithuanian National Committee for IYPE and Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania proclaimed September 22nd (autumn equinox) as “Earth Day”, when students are within the first few weeks of the new school year. You can see the range of outreach activities here:, and read the abstract of her talk here.

Next, Wolfgang Eder discussed the concept of GeoHeritage and the GeoParks in his presentation. Given that many YES Network members are engaged in fieldwork activities, it would be a great idea to check to see if any of us are doing research in a GeoPark or GeoHeritage area. There is a new journal by Springer called “GeoHeritage” which is accepting publications about all aspects of geoheritage and its protection (identification, quantification and management of geoheritage sites, conservation, global change, geotourism, sustainable development, etc.) What a great way to combine both research and outreach activities by helping to geologically map these areas, develop conservation and outreach materials for these regions of the Earth, and publish your findings and recommendations in the GeoHeritage journal. (Read the abstract of this talk.)

In the next talk Eikichi Tsukuda discussed the IYPE activities of the Geological Society of Japan including the development of GeoParks in Japan, and the International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO), and the Japanese Earth Science Olympiad. The next IESO will be held in Italy in 2011, and the YES Network was encourage to participate in the competition, and spread the word about this event. (Read the abstract of this talk.)

László Szarka next discussed the many activities from the IYPE National Committee in Hungary. Of note are the “Earth Science Fair” at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest, the many publications produced (including the translations of the IYPE booklets), and the “Earth and Heaven – Geology and Theology” conference which was a rather successful conversation between scientists and theologians. Also, Hungary premiered the Planet Earth TV during the IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly (August 23-30, 2009, One very interesting point made in this talk was how many IYPE National Committees adopted the phrase “Earth Sciences for Humanity” rather than “Earth Sciences for Society”. It is a subtle point, but one worth noting. (Read the abstract of this talk.)

Werner Piller discussed the Via GeoAlpina project which created geoscience trail guides for various hiking and walking trails along the Alps which can be downloaded from the Via GeoAlpina website. The trail guides include information from a variety of earth science disciplines: geology, geophysics, paleontology, mineralogy, hydrogeology, pedology, climatology, and geomorphology. Follow-on activities suggested for this project include attracting local and regional authorities and financincg from private entrepreneurs and local administrations. Now, how many YES Network members like getting out and hiking and/or walking through nature? When I heard this talk, my first thought was "I wonder how many YES Network members are doing research along these trails or in areas where such trail maps could be created?" Would it be possible to get out and hike these trails, perhaps as a trail guide, and talk about not only the information in the guide, but also share your own unique research along different points of the hike? What a great opportunity! (Read the abstract of this talk.)

The session finished with a presentation by Luca Demicheli about the OneGeology and OneGeology-Europe projects (read the abstract of this talk.). The creation of this interoperable digital geological dataset is an impressive task to say the least, and the progress made with this project (113 countries, of which 40 are serving data) including the challenges associated with designing and implementing the project is amazing. OneGeology has a plethora of applications and ones in which YES Network members could get involved quite easily. This talk was a great segue into tomorrow's "OneGeology Initative" roundtable session. See you either at the session here at EGU or online! If you are participating as an online/virtual participant, remember to register for the session.

Share Your Experiences about Your YES Network Presentations at EGU

This is a call out to all the YES Network members here at EGU. I know we've talked in person about how your presentations went, and what you've seen at EGU this year. Let's share our learning with the rest of the YES Network members who are following us online virtually. Please make sure to add your comments to this blog about your presentations and the posters/talks and other meetings you've attended at EGU.

Also, I'd like to extend a big thank you to all of you who showed up to my talk this afternoon about the YES Network! Your contribution to the talk was the most important part of the whole presentation because the other attendees in the room were able to see how far-reaching and dynamic the YES Network really is. I'll be blogging more about the whole IYPE session in a little bit and all the ideas and opportunities that came out of the session for new YES Network projects!

See you all at the YES Network Roundtable tomorrow afternoon! Room SM2 : Time 13:30 - 17:00.

Thoughts on the 04 May Townhall Meeting: An International Geoscience Initiative

After a set of presentations proposing different topics for global geoscience initiativies, senior scientists and leaders of several geoscience organizations engaged in a lively discussion with the YES Network members about how such global initiatives could be implemented. In the course of the discussion, the senior scientists and leaders stressed the importance of "passing the torch" to the younger generation of geoscientists who could further develop and distribute these projects within an international context through their use of current and emerging web-technologies. The senior scientists commended the YES Network for its rapid growth and geographic distribution of our membership (from just over 300 members from ~30 countries last October to almost 800 members from 85 countries today).

It was very good to hear the leaders of these geoscience organizations express their encouragement and support for the YES Network and in its ability to further develop these ideas and initiatives into global-reaching projects. By using our scientific knowledge and skills to solve social issues at local, regional and international scales, and by helping to build the capacity within developing nations by implementing professional and educational resources for young geoscientists, we will create global geoscience initiatives that will make truly make a difference in this world.

John Ludden (BGS), Edmund Nickless (GSL), Pat Leahy (AGI), and Jack Hess (GSA) will develop a summary document that will highlight the key points of this townhall meeting and provide a roadmap for the next steps in establishing the global geoscience initiative. This report will be delivered to UNESCO.

This was the third townhall meeting on the Global Geoscience Initiative project that is sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI), the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Geological Society of America (GSA), and the Geological Society of London (GSL). The previous townhall meetings were held at the 2009 GSA meeting in October 2009, and the 2009 AGU meeting this past December. For more information about the Global Geoscience Initiative and the results of the previous townhall meetings, visit:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Provide feedback to EGU about the 2010 General Assembly meeting

The EGU has provided an online form where you can provide your thoughts about the 2010 General Assembly meeting (general comments, outreach suggestions, suggestions for a more dynamic general meeting, etc.).One common theme that has come up time and again in the sessions, and especially in the townhall meetings, has been the interest in and promotion of young scientists. So if you are here at EGU this year, please visit the online feedback form and leave your suggestions and thoughts for the EGU programme committee.

Compete in the YES Network Challenge at EGU!

Compete in the YES Network Challenge at EGU to win the Glossary of Geology and The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets

Winners will be announced at the YES Network's OneGeology Roundtable session this Friday, 07 May, and must be present to receive their prizes.

Challenge Level 1:Talk to as many people at EGU as possible about the YES Network and have them register as YES Network members via the YES Network's website (

In order to qualify, new members must register by 12:00 on Friday, 07 May and must include your name in the "Explain why you are interested in being part of the YES Network:" section of the membership form.

The YES Network member at EGU who signs up the most new YES Network members will get to choose either Glossary of Geology or The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets as their prize.

Challenge Level 2:

Talk to as many people as possible at EGU and collect their business cards. Write your name on the business card and drop it in the YES Network Challenge box at the AGI exhibition booth by 12:00 on Friday, 07 May. The YES Network member who collects the most cards will win either the Glossary of Geology or The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets. All business cards will be returned to YES Network members at the OneGeology roundtable session. 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Get Your YES Network Sticker for your Name Tag!

Are you at EGU? If so, come by and get your YES Network sticker either from Eveline (she'll be at her poster this afternoon at 17:30 this afternoon, or from Leila (at the American Geological Institute booth in the exhibition hall).

Monday, April 5, 2010

YES Network Activities at the 2010 EGU Meeting

We're getting ready for the EGU meeting in Vienna, Austria next month. If you're planning on attending, please RSVP to let us know. We've got several activities that we're planning for YES Network members (lunches, social outings, etc.) and we want to make sure we include everyone!

Just to get things started, here's a beginning list of places to be at EGU for YES Network members. If you're attending and have a poster or a talk, please let us know and we'll add your presentation to the list!

Schedule of YES Network Activities

MONDAY, 03 May

13:00 - 15:00, Poster Area BG, (Poster Number: BG54 EGU2010-3050, section BG6.1)
Reconstructing Mg/Ca ratios of seawater and implications for Mg/Ca based climate reconstructions - Jos Wit, et al. 

15:30–18:00, Room D (TM0)
Townhall Meeting: Women in Geosciences and 'What can EGU do for Women Geoscientists?'

17:30, Poster Area X/Y, (Poster Number: XY251 EGU2010-13875)
Arctic Ocean circulation during the anoxic Eocene Azolla event -  Eveline Speelman, et al.


YES Network Lunch Outing - (Bring your euros!) - 12:00. We'll meet outside the registration building by the yellow wall. 

17:30–19:00, Room D (TM1)
Townhall Meeting:  An International Geoscience Initiative

18:30–20:00, Room 36 (US7)
Union Symposia:  Eyjafjallajökull - eruption, plume, and consequences


09:15 - 09:30, Room 23 (EGU2010-4999)
A first look at silicon isotopes in two contrasting estuaries - Harold J. Hughes, et al. 


13:30 - 13:45, Room 29 (EGU2010-2552)
The YES Network: IYPE's Motto “Earth Sciences for Society" in Action - Leila Gonzales and Christopher Keane

YES Network Social at EGU - Time and Location TBD

FRIDAY, 07 May

10:30-12:00, Poster Area XY (Poster Number: XY517, EGU2010-15422, session NH9.3/EOS6) 
How do the public and policy makers communicate their perceptions of environmental risk to academics? - Jennifer Holden

10:45 - 11:00, Room 23 (EGU2010-12698)
Symbiotic methane-oxidizing bacteria in peat moss: microbial diversity and environmental relevance - Julia van Winden, et al.

13:30 - 17:00, Room SM2 (Blue Level, Basement)
YES Network Roundtable Symposia: OneGeology Initative
See the YES-EGU website for more information about the schedule and speakers, and information on how to register as a virtual participant:

15:30 - 17:00, Poster Area XY, (Poster Number: XY498, EGU2010-15297, session NH8.1/BG1.4/SSS42)
Temporal relationships between heavy-metal concentrations in water and food crops at a Zambian urban agriculture site. -  Jennifer A. Holden, et al.