Wednesday, September 25, 2013

YES Network to participate in the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum (29-31 October 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris)

Establishing a Youth Forum emerged as an important process in the creation of synergies between UNESCO’s work on youth, youth organizations and public institutions working on youth, thereby striving to create interaction between young women and men across the world, policy makers, the civil society, the private sector and the international community.

This year, around 500 young participants from all over the world will gather on the occasion of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, from 29 to 31 October 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, identify common preoccupations and problems.

Three YES leaders have been nominated as Innovators by UNESCO and one of them will participate onsite to highlight their role in putting geoscience in the service of society and connecting young  earth-scientists worldwide.

Besides, all YES members are invited to participate online in the UNESCO Youth Forum discussion about “Youth and social inclusion: civic engagement, dialogue and skills development”. For information on how to register, please check out the following link

By taking part in the online discussion community, young men and women will be able to shape the way in which UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth is to be implemented from 2014 to 2021.

In line with the three main axes of this Strategy, the topics for discussion are:
1.    Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth
2.    Capacity development for the transition to adulthood
3.    Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation

To read more about the online discussion forum, please visit the following page:

The September/October Newsletter is now Online!

The September/October newsletter is available for download on the YES Network website.


1. YES Community News: 3rd YES Congress 2014 - Venue announced! (page 4).
2. National Chapters: News from YES Cameroon (page 5).
3. YES Personality of the Month: Leila Gonzales (page 6-7). (NEW!)
4. YES Member Showcase: Stefania Fornelli Genot (page .
5. Leadership Opportunities: Send us your application now! (page 9 ).
6. Geoscience Community News (page 10-12).

Check it out now!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Applications for the Student/Early Career Scientist MLSOC program now being accepted – Deadline: October 13, 2013 (Financial support for travel is available)

Applications for the Student/Early Career Scientist MLSOC program now being accepted
   - Deadline: October 13, 2013   (Financial support for travel is available)

Please see attached announcement for application instructions.

Participate in a workshop tailored to engage students/early career scientists in marine seismic research.  The workshop is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2013 in San Francisco, CA (before the AGU Fall meeting).  Applications for travel and lodging support are being accepted through October 13th, 2013.
The Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee (MLSOC), a standing committee of UNOLS, has the charge to engage the community and oversee scientific operation of the R/V Marcus G. Langseth as a National Oceanographic Seismic Facility. The focus of the MLSOC is to ensure high quality geophysical images, provide oversight on state of the art seismic acquisition capabilities, lower the threshold of expertise needed to use the facility, and increase quality and accessibility of archived data. Additionally, the MLSOC is charged with maintaining and enhancing the Langseth's capabilities for general geophysical and oceanographic research.

The MLSOC fall meeting is an open forum for marine scientists to learn about scientific discoveries and technical advances, as well as to express their opinions about the National Oceanographic Seismic Facility activities.  The MLSOC meeting is held annually on the Sunday before the start of the AGU fall meeting.

The MLSOC is committed to increasing the involvement of students and postdoctoral/early career scientists.  To that end, this program was designed to: 1) expose students and early career scientists to the MLSOC, 2) engage these participants in the MLSOC advisory activities, 3) offer participants training and mentoring in the process of developing research programs that use the Langseth, and 4) enable participants to network with scientists actively involved in Langseth-supported research.  These goals will be achieved through a workshop (prior to the MLSOC meeting) with breakout sessions on ships and technical support, data, cruise planning and funding models and by directly involving participants in the MLSOC fall meeting.
The early career workshop will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm followed by an evening workshop dinner (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm) featuring a guest speaker(s).  The MLSOC fall meeting will occur on Sunday, December 8th from 10 am to 5 pm (the day before the start of the 2013 AGU Fall meeting) in San Francisco, CA.

Students and early career scientists can apply for financial support to offset the cost of travel and lodging for the MLSOC workshop and meeting. Participants must attend the entire workshop, evening dinner, and MLSOC meeting.

For more information about UNOLS and the MLSOC, please visit our website at:
   o         UNOLS homepage:
   o     MLSOC webpage:

Please see attached announcement for application instructions.

Special Issue “Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences” - Call for Abstracts (DEADLINE EXTENDED!)

Dear Geoscientists:
It is with great pleasure that I announce a special issue on “Gender and Geoethics in the Geosciences” to be published by a high-impact international journal. A summary follows below:
This special issue is a tribute to the participation of women in the geosciences, including physical geography as well as within geology and the Earth sciences. It commemorates the newly formed Commission on Gender and Geoethics (CoGG), as part of the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH). The guest editor is the representative of the UK national chapter and coordinator of CoGG. The special issue presents scenarios where women professionals, such as academics, are considered as part of the geosciences as either as participants or subjects. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is a suitable outlet for this content because of its international outreach and environmental scope. It is anticipated that the content will have ramifications for current international policy concerning the ethical treatment of women in the geosciences. Contributions approach the role of women in the geosciences from a feminist perspective that is humanistic and inclusive. As part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for 2015, the third goal (to ‘promote gender equality and empower women’) is an important one to achieve in the developing as well as developed world, and this is true for the academic disciplines, particularly those that are traditionally male-dominated such as the geosciences. Developed countries should set an example for the world of the equal treatment of women, and this includes in the academic sphere.

Those interested in submitting a paper to this special issue do not need to be members of the newly formed CoGG and this is not an invitation to women only. Please note that abstracts (up to 400 words) are due by 31st October 2013 nd can be submitted to me at this email address: Please include 3-6 keywords with your abstract and your affiliation and contact details in addition to article title and summary. Decisions on acceptance will be made by the end of October this year. This is an Open Access publication, with five papers published free-of-charge and discounts given to high-quality submissions.
Please feel free to distribute this message more broadly. Should you have any questions, please do contact me.

Best wishes,
Mary Thornbush

More information at:

International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 596 (2011-2015) Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Paleozoic

The face of Planet Earth has changed significantly through geologic time. The configuration of continents and oceans and the organisms that inhabited them are very different from those we see today. IGCP 596 is specifically interested in the interaction between climate change and biodiversity in the Devonian and Carboniferous Periods (416 - 299 million years ago) when the terrestrial ecosystems experienced a biodiversity boom and oceanic ecosystems suffered catastrophic extinctions.

We recommend to visit the relevant website ( frequently. Various workshops and conferences are planned for the next years and we would be pleased to see a good number of young scientists attending the IGCP 596 meetings. For further information see webpages and /or contact Peter Königshof (

Friday, September 20, 2013

Call for authors in YES Earth Science Book

Dear YES Members and Colleagues,
It is our great honor to invite submissions to the first YES Book Academic edition for special issue on Earth Science.
This special edition of the book is meant for the Senior secondary school and graduate college students. It focuses on the fundamentals of Earth Science, scope of the Earth science studies. A major section of educated society will also be the target readers of this special edition.
YES book will be published and housed by the  University of Tucuman, Argentina, under the INSUGEO Management. INSUGEO, Institute of Geological Correlation, is an academinc unit of University of Tucuman and the CONICET, the research council of Argentina. The series of the book will be indexed in EBSCO, Ulrich International Periodical Directory, Thomson Reuters ISI Master Journal List, Zoological Record, Gale Cencage Learning y Georef, Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ and Latindex.
Submission requirements:
We encourage all YES members to submit the proposals. Interested authors need to send the chapter proposal (not more than 500 words) via email to networkyes.secretary[at] with subject: YES Book Proposal.  A CV/Resume of the interested author is required to assess the experience in the same field.

A tentative list of topics include:
1.     About Earth Science
2.     What is Earth as a system? Tectonic paradigm; composition of inner Earth; rock types; Atmosphere; Ocean studies; Water cycle; Environment
3.     Earth’s origin and composition
4.     Different theories for the existence-including scientific, non-scientific, and religious belief.
5.     Different methods to study Earth or different fields of Earth Science (ES)
6.     What Earth Scientists do?
7.     History of Earth. How old is Earth? How Geologists, Palaeontologists, Geophysicists and geochemists determine the age of Earth. Periods – Systems. Stratigraphical chart.
8.     Palaeontological record and Life History.
9.     Earth and economy. Geographic approach. Mining. Hydrocarbons. Renewable and non-renewable resources, Sustainable development.
10.  Natural and geological hazards, Environments and Geological risks;  Risk Management and Prevention.
11.  Earth sciences at XXI century,  New approaches;  Importance and Frontier areas of research. 
12.  Earth: Quo vadis. Solar system exploration. New worlds?
13.  Case histories in different fields.
14.  Use of Information Communication Technology [ICT] in Earth Science

We are open to suggestions towards the addition or modification of tentative chapters. Kindly send your concerns to networkyes.secretary[at] Further guidelines will be communicated after receiving the proposals.

All the best,

Dr. Carlos A. Cónsole Gonella, PhD
INSUGEO (Instituto Superior de Correlación Geológica)
CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Tucumán                                            
Miguel Lillo 205 (4000)
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina.
Tel.  + 54381 4236395 (120)   
Dr. Tanvi ARORA, PhD
CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road,
Hyderabad-500 007, India
T: +91 40 2701 2624 / 2701 2000 (Ext. 2624)

Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 18!

Celebrate the second annual Geologic Map Day! On October 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society. Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13-19.

Be sure to check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in this year's Earth Science Week Toolkit at
Showing how geologic maps can be used to understand natural hazards, the poster also provides step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity and links to state geologic maps and maps of national parks. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page

"As the saying goes, 'Civilization exists by geological consent – subject to change without notice.' Outside of Alaska, California is the most seismically active state in the country, with more than 70 percent of the Nation's earthquake damage occurring in this state every year. Mapping earthquake faults and their surrounding geology is a key element in making California safer for its communities," says Dr. John Parrish, President of AASG and State Geologist
of California.

Geologic Map Day partners include the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, and Esri.

To find your state's geologic survey and additional geologic mapping information go to and click on the state of interest.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PhD position in numerical modelling of seismic cycles in subduction zones

Main host institution: INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE CIENCIAS DE LA TIERRA, Granada, Spain 
Main secondement Institution: ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. 

The Instituto  Andaluz  de Ciencias  de la  Tierra (IACT) at Granada (CSIC and University  of  Granada) seeks to appoint a PhD student in Non-­lithostatic fluid (thermo)dynamics of subduction interface dehydration reactions. The successful applicant will join the IACT’s Petrology  and  Geochemistry  Research  Group  and  work  in  a  multi-­‐disciplinary  environment under the supervision of Dr. Carlos J. Garrido and Dr. Vicente López Sánchez-­Vizcaíno

Research: Investigation of the pressure, stress, and temperature evolution in natural systems undergoing metamorphic devolatilization reactions is essential for the reconstruction and understanding of the dynamic of fluid expulsion and volatile cycling in subduction zones and the influence of fluids release on seismic activity in these settings. The main objective of the PhD will be the investigation of the role of fluid dynamics in the thermodynamics and kinetics of metamorphic dehydration reactions by combining thermo-­‐mechanical modelling with petrological   and   geochemical studies  of  natural   analogs   with    special   emphasis  on serpentinite dehydration reactions.

Tasks: 1) Quantify the role of non-­‐lithostatic fluid pressure in controlling dehydration reactions at depth and implement modifications in current thermodynamic numerical codes for simple dehydration reactions, with a focus on serpentinite dehydration; 2) Petrological and geochemical study of natural analogs. Implement them in simple 1D thermo-­‐mechanical models to investigate their effects on metamorphic equilibrium and kinetics.  

Research   Methodology:   Structural   and   petrological   mapping,   metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, thermodynamic and thermo-­‐mechanical modelling. 

Candidate Profile: Candidates must hold an MSc in Earth Sciences, Geophysics or a related discipline. Experience in thermodynamics, geodynamics, metamorphic petrology, numerical modelling  and  programming  languages  is  highly advantageous.  See  below  for  further eligibility criteria requirement for participation in EU-­‐ITN projects. 

The successful candidate will be hired by the CSIC to work at the IACT, and will be enrolled in the Earth Science PhD Program of the University of Granada. The candidate will benefit from first-­‐class research facilities and the unique cultural and international environment of the University of Granada. The candidate will also spend at least 6 months at the ETH Zürich— the second mentor institution—working under de supervision of Prof. Jamie Connolly (thermodynamic modelling) and Prof. Taras Gerya (thermo-­‐mechanical modelling). The candidate will also collaborate with Dr. Benoit Dubacq (UPMC, Univ. Paris VI), as well as with others ZIP’s PhD students working on related research topics. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Carlos J. Garrido (, Prof. James             Connolly        (         or         Prof.         Taras         Gerya (

Expected starting date:  January-­‐June 2014.
 Deadline for application: October 15, 2013. 


The Zooming In between Plates Initial Training Network (ZIP-­ITN)

The  ZIP  ITN  is  a  collaborative  research  effort  between  10  European  universities,  12 industry partners and entails a total of 12 PhD positions and 2 postdoctoral fellows.

Successful  applicants in  the  ZIP  project  are  expected  to  participate  in  specific  project related meetings and benefits of specialized short courses offered as part of the ITN (ZIP  trainings).  To apply Candidates need to submit their CV, a letter of application, two letters of reference, and academic credentials (mark sheets and degree statements) through an online application facility hosted at the ZIP  website. The appointment is for a fixed term period of 36 months. Salary and monthly mobility allowances follow attractive/competitive E.U.  standard. There  are  no  restrictions  on  the  nationality  of  the  candidates,  however  some eligibility  restrictions apply concerning mobility and post graduate experience.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Petrologist/Mineralogist/Geochemist - Lafayette College

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Lafayette College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position beginning academic year 2014-2015 with expertise in petrology/mineralogy/geochemistry.  We seek a person with academic preparation to teach a two-course sequence in mineralogy and igneous/metamorphic petrology, and courses in geochemistry and introductory physical geology. Candidates must be dedicated to high-quality teaching and establishing and maintaining an active research program involving undergraduates. Applicants are expected to contribute to the College Common Course of Study and are encouraged to describe additional courses they may wish to teach.

Lafayette College is a highly selective private undergraduate college with academic programs and opportunities characteristic of larger institutions.  The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has approximately 50 students across all class years and features small class sizes, hands-on laboratory and field experiences, and strong support for faculty research and professional development.  The College is approximately 70 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia.  Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff.  All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.  Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, statement of teaching and research interests, vita, college and graduate school transcripts by uploading a single PDF attachment to the Application form at: and candidate should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted by their referees to the reference form at: will interview at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, CO; however, applications will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2014, or until position is filled. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


 Faculty of Geology, Universitat de Barcelona

 SEPTEMBER 19TH-21ST, 2013

The Barcelona SGA Student Chapter organizes the Second BCN SGA Student Chapter Workshop.
This year, the activity will focus on Mineral deposits related to acid magmatism. 

It is addressed to students and young researchers interested in this type of ore deposits, as well as to professors, researchers and professional geologists who want to increase their knowledge and/or be up to date of the latest research on this topic. Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to provide an advanced overview of mineral deposits related to acid magmatism, including mineralogy, textures, petrology, geochemistry, and economic interest of these deposits.

This workshop includes an introductory lecture entitled “_Felsic magmatism and hydrothermal systems_” given by Dr. Bernd Lehmann and a one-day session [1] of lectures given by international specialists on this topic.

In addition, a one-day field trip to the Conca de Barberà area is prepared for Saturday 21th, leaded by Dr. Joan Carles Melgarejo. A few kilometres from the city of Barcelona, this zone is characterised by having plenty of interesting ore deposits outcrops, such as quartz-wolfram veins in hercynian granitoids, polymetallic sulphide mineralisations (Pb-Zn-Cu-Au-PGE-Bi-Te-As-Ni-Co-V-Cr), barite veins and XVIth century alum mines. Mineralogical and petrographical aspects of the ores and host rocks will be combined with geochemistry, fluid inclusion data and large-scale tectonics, in order to have a broad view of the visited ore deposits and their geological setting.

This workshop is open to everyone and international students are very welcome. Although there is no fee for the participation to the workshop, a pre-registration is required. The registration form is atached to this e-mail, and must be sent to before SEPTEMBER 15TH. Attendance to the field trip is 10 EUR for SGA student members and 20 EUR for non-members in order to cover transport expenses. Admittance to the field trip is limited to 25 participants (strictly by the order of registration), so register as soon as possible!

There is an accommodation program for students, which consists on places offered by some members of the Barcelona SGA Student Chapter in their student or family flats to accommodate foreign students for free. If you are interested in this option, please write us an e-mail at with "student accommodation program" as subject.

Further information about this activity will be published soon at Do not hesitate to contact us at:

Best regards,