Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PhD-research fellowship, high-pressure experimental mineralogy and petrology Collaborative project, Oslo and Bristol

PhD-research fellowship, high-pressure experimental mineralogy and petrology
Collaborative project, Oslo and Bristol

The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics at the University of Oslo has a vacant PhD Research Fellowship in high-pressure experimental mineralogy and petrology.  We seek candidates for an experimental project to determine the melting phase relations in 2-5-component systems, relevant to the deep silicate Earth, using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LH-DAC).  The experimental work will be carried out in the LH-DAC-laboratory in Bristol.  The quenched run products will be extracted and prepared by ion-slicer or FIB, before analysis by field-emission EMPA and/or analytical TEM.  The melting phase relations will be used to develop thermodynamic models for melting throughout the Earth's mantle.  Such data are important for the understanding of the early Earth evolution and differentiation, possibly leading to major compositional heterogeneity in the mantle.

A candidate must have completed a MSc or 4-year Honours BSc degree by June/July.  A solid background in mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry and a strong motivation to contribute to our understanding of high pressure melting relations and early Earth evolution is essential.

Further information can be found at:
or by contacting:
R.G. Tronnes (
M.J. Walter (

All applications must be submitted at:
as soon as possible (deadline May 15).

Webinar: Networking for Academic Careers, May 16, 2013

Networking for Academic Careers
May 16, 2013
4 pm Eastern | 3 pm Central | 2 pm Mountain | 1 pm Pacific (1 hr)

Leader: Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin, Madison  (Environmental Studies Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Registration deadline: May 9, 2013
Payment deadline: May 9, 2013

Networking may be the most important career skill that we don't learn in grad school. Effective networking helps connect you with jobs, collaborators, funding, mentors, and recognition for your work. Person-to-person connections also lead to a more rewarding professional experience, reducing feelings of isolation and helping to build support systems and friendships. This webinar will help participants think through both the "why" and "how" of effective networking, both in-person and on-line, and introduce a clear, practical strategy for your own career networking. We hope you will join us!

Webinar goals are for participants to:
    consider the reasons for networking
    learn more about effective networking strategies
    develop a clear, practical strategy for your own career networking

Time - 4 pm Eastern | 3 pm Central | 2 pm Mountain | 1 pm Pacific
Duration - 1 hour
(We will offer an optional webinar warm-up 15 minutes before the start of the webinar). 

Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. Participants will receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event.

Registration and payment - Please use the Online Registration Form to reserve your place in this webinar. The cost of the webinar is $30 (or $20 for NAGT members). Once you register for the webinar, you can pay the registration fee. Both the webinar registration and registration fee are due by May 9, 2013.

Preparation - Prior to the workshop, download any handouts posted to this website

Heather Macdonald
Department of Geology
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA  23187-8795

CRITICAL METALS MEETING (sponsored by International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD))

Announcement from International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD)
(Register soon, see website link))

Critical metals are metals whose availability is essential for high-technology, green and defense applications, but vulnerable to politically or economically driven fluctuations in supply. At present, this designation applies particularly to the rare-earth elements (REE), tantalum (Ta), niobium (Nb), lithium (Li), molybdenum (Mo) and indium (In). Their areas of application, supply market and mine to end-user pathways have undergone major changes in the past decade. Some of these changes have greatly affected metal prices, or raised concerns regarding the future of advanced technologies dependent on critical metals, and the national security of those countries whose demand for these metals for industrial and defense applications is satisfied entirely by imports.

In recent years, great progress has been made in the understanding of those geological processes that produce industrially viable concentrations of critical metals in igneous systems and supergene environments. At the same time, many aspects of metal transport and enrichment in the mantle and lower crust remain unclear, as do the driving forces and mechanisms behind hydrothermal and metasomatic processes leading to the formation of such important deposits as Bayan Obo, Mineville and Steenkampskraal. CM2013 will provide a forum for further discussion of the origin and evolution of REE, Nb, Ta, Li, Mo and In deposits, and related processes in igneous, hydrothermal, metamorphic and supergene environments. The Workshop will be held in conference facilities at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in central Mongolia. The meeting will be accompanied by a rich cultural program and followed by a fieldtrip to several large REE and Cu-Mo-Au deposits in the Mongolian “outback”. Geologists, petrologists, mineralogists, geochemists, explorationists, technologists and market experts are all welcome to attend, contribute to the Workshop, and explore wonderful Mongolia!

The First Workshop on the Geology of Critical Metals (CM2012) was held September 4-7, 2012, at Peking University in Beijing, China. The meeting was a great success, attracting many distinguished speakers from China and abroad (USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia) and delegates from as far away as Brazil. The topics discussed ranged from the geology and evolution of Bayan Obo and other deposits, to regional metallogeny, to method development, to market considerations. The Workshop was followed by a fieldtrip to Xi’an and Mo deposits in central China.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jindrich Kynicky, Chair of the Organizing Committee: kynicky@mendelu.cz

Monday, April 29, 2013

Session 7.3 - Geoethics and natural hazards at IAEG XII CONGRESS, 2014 - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Dear YES members,
We bring to your attention the Session 7.3 - Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface at IAEG XII CONGRESS, Torino - Italy 2014. The congress is focused on Engineering Geology for Society and Territory.

You find the Session 7.3 description at:

Convener and co-conveners are: Silvia Peppoloni, Janusz Wasowski, Giuseppe Di Capua, Tom Dijkstra, Peter Bobrowsky, Meng Wang

You may be interested to submit an abstract in the Session 7.3.
Please use this link: 
The deadline is: 15 May 2013.
No abstract fee is due.

The Organizing Committee has planned with Springer to collect and publish the contributions sent to the XII IAEG Congress in a Series of Eight Books, each dedicated to a topic of the Congress.

Please, forward kindly this message to your colleagues that could be interested to this session.

Thank you for the attention.

Best regards,
Giuseppe Di Capua
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
(Research geologist)
IAPG-International Association for Promoting Geoethics

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
Website: http://www.iapg.geoethics.org
Email: iapgeoethics@aol.com
Join us and become an IAPG member

Thursday, April 25, 2013

LARAM School 2013 - International School on ''LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation'' (for PhD students and Young Doctors) 2 - 14 September, 2013 Salerno, ITALY

LARAM is an International School on “LAndslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation” that was founded at the University of Salerno.
The School is aimed at 40 PhD students and 20 Young Doctors, from the following fields: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Geology or other related studies. 

The Scientific Committee consists of international experts in the fields of Landslide Risk.


LARAM Class 2013:

40 PhD students (Applications now open, deadline 31 May 2013)
Eligible students must be enrolled in a PhD programme in: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Geology or a related course.
Tuition and accommodation free of charge.
Apply online at:

20 Young Doctors , PhD dissertation discussed not earlier than 2008 (Registrations now open, deadline 31 May 2013)
Registration fee: 300 Euros.

Please forward this announcement to any interested Colleague or students in your Institutions.

Best regards,
Sabatino Cuomo

LARAM Technical Committee

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Call for the 4th Transdisciplinary Geoengineering Summer School at Harvard University from 5-10 August 2013

The fourth transdisciplinary geoengineering summer school will take place at Harvard University from 5 to 9 August this year.  The full Call for Applications will be distributed soon, but please save the date (and start your applications).

The school, which will focus on solar geoengineering, is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and recently appointed faculty and researchers working in any applicable discipline. The number of participants is limited to 80.  To apply, please submit a short letter (300 words or less) covering your research interests and an explanation of relevance of this summer school to your research. We request a short letter of recommendation from applicants who have not attended a previous geoengineering summer school and whose research is in the early stages (that is Master’s students and PhD candidates in their 1st or 2nd years).

The summer school will cost $300 USD. This includes shared accommodation, all lunches and a banquet dinner.  Single accommodation will be available at a first-come-first serve basis for an additional $21/night. Please indicate on your application if you would like a single room.  Cost of travel is the responsibility of participants. Some scholarships will be available for participants who would otherwise not be able to attend, and a request for support should accompany the application in such circumstances.

Application deadline
The US Department of State advises that visa applicants from many countries must now apply 3–4 months in advance of their travel date. Please check the 
U.S.Department of State website for information about travel to the USA and to verify whether you require a visa.  Due to processing times there is an early application deadline for those who need visas of 18 April 2013. The general application deadline is 01 May 2013.

Please contact Hollie Roberts with any questions (
In Addition a message from Andy Parker 
I am helping to organise the school and just wanted to add in a note to everyone about deadlines. Even though the Call for Applications states a deadline of 18 April for those who need visas, we will continue to accept applications after that date. We would not want to miss out on a good candidate for the sake of a few days. The deadline was put in place in part to encourage early application and to draw attention to the long US visa application process.  Also note that experience working on geoengineering is not mandatory, we welcome applications from people working on relevant related disciplines.
Even if you can't make it to the summer school you might be interested in a forthcoming report on a series of meetings on geoengineering run by the African Academy of Sciences, which is due for release soon.

Andy Parker
Research Fellow - Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Box 117
Cambridge, MA 02138

Thursday, April 4, 2013

YES Network - Pakistan National Chapter - now online!

The YES Network - Pakistan National Chapter has launched its website at www.networkyespakistan.blogspot.com

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

YES @ EGU: FREE Webinar on Geoethics and Natural Hazards: The role and responsibility of the geoscientists

The YES Network is co-convening the IAPG session NH9.8 “Geoethics and natural hazards: the role and responsibility of the geoscientists” this year at the EGU. During this session, an oral presentation will be given by the President of the YES Network, Meng Wang, about the YES perspective on Geoethics regarding Geohazards mitigation.

If you're participating this year in the EGU, feel free to join us in Room G7, on Tuesday 09th April 2013 at 08:30, if you're not on site, you can join us online through a FREE webinar hosted by the AGI, please visit the following link to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/702947129 .

See detailed programme for this session below:
Chairperson: Susan Kieffer and Silvia Peppoloni

Geoethical implications in the L'Aquila earthquake case

08:30–08:45 : The L'Aquila trial
Alessandro Amato, Massimo Cocco, Giovanna Cultrera, Fabrizio Galadini, Lucia Margheriti, Concetta Nostro, and Daniela Pantosti

Max Wyss

Meng wang, Amel Barich, and Silvia Peppoloni               

Thomas H. Jordan

Dario Albarello

Valentina Koschatzky, Katharine Haynes, and John McAnene


Chairperson: Silvia Peppoloni and Janusz Wasowski

Hazards mitigation: a geoethical perspective

Susan W. Kieffer

Elena Ferrero and Alessandra Magagna

Ruth Allington and Isabel Fernandez-Fuentes

Stefano Tinti, Alberto Armigliato, Gianluca Pagnoni, and Filippo Zaniboni

Eduardo Marone and Ricardo Camargo

Marco Mucciarelli

For the session link at the EGU please see the following link http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2013/orals/11853
Thank you and looking forward to seeing you online