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.

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