Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Apply for funding to attend the EGU General Assembly!


Dear members,

Preparations for the EGU 2015 General Assembly (12–17 April, Vienna, Austria) are in full swing, and there are a number of opportunities and news we wanted to draw your attention to, relating to the conference and more. Don’t forget to submit your abstract to the meeting by 7 January or, if you’d like to apply for financial support, by 28 November..
Travel funds
The EGU is committed to promoting the participation of young scientists (YS) who wish to present their work at the EGU General Assembly. In order to encourage participation, a limited amount of the overall budget of the EGU General Assembly is reserved to providefinancial support to those who wish to attend the meeting.
Financial support includes a waiver of the registration fee and a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (relating to the abstract for which support was requested). Additionally, the grant may include support for travel expenditures, at the discretion of the Support Selection Committee, to a maximum of €300.
Scientists who wish to apply for financial support should submit an abstract, on which they are first authors, by 28 November 2014. If you want to learn more about how the applications are evaluated and funding is allocate, this blog post includes all the details. 

Young scientist awards
Recently, the winners of the 2014 General Assembly Outstanding Poster (OSP) Award were announced. Make sure you put yourself forward for the award at next year’s conference if you are presenting a poster, it couldn’t be easier! You can express your interest in participating in the OSP contest when submitting your abstract and be sure to attach the OSP label to your poster board at the EGU meeting.
The Division Outstanding Young Scientist awardees for 2014 have also been announced. You can find out more about the inspiring research of these young scientists at the meeting next year by attending their talks.

YS website

The YS website provides a hub of information for early career researchers. Make the website your one-stop shop for information regarding: financial support to attend the General Assembly, what is on at the conference with a strong YS focus, job opportunities, useful resources, listings of events and courses, as well as opportunities for getting involved with the Union.

In the forthcoming months we will be opening the Imaggeo Photo Contest and the Communicate Your Science Video Competition. Pre-registered participants to the EGU 2015 Assembly can submit up to three original photos and one moving image on any broad theme related to the Earth, planetary, and space sciences via our open access image repository, Imaggeo, and be within the chance of winning a free registration for the 2016 General Assembly. Alternatively, you may want to communicate your research to a wider audience and try your hand at video production, in which case the video competition is for you. The prize for the winning video is also a free registration to the 2016 General Assembly. More details on both these opportunities will follow shortly.
Get involved with the EGU
The EGU is a truly bottom-up organisation that relies on, and values, the input of its members on a variety of projects and activities. As young scientists, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the EGU, such as Union-wide volunteering opportunities in education and outreach and division specific openings, including being a YS representative. As well as giving you the platform to interact with a large network of researchers in your field, being a young scientist representative is a great opportunity to build on your communications skills, boost your CV and influence the activities of Europe’s largest geoscientific association.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The Geological Society of Peru and YES Network Peruvian Chapter with the  with support from the Peruvian Geological Survey (INGEMMET), the Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IGP) and other pervian entities organized the workshop entitled "MANAGEMENT OF GEOLOGICAL RISKS IN LIMA AND CALLAO" on 20 and 21 November 2014 in Lima.

The event aims to provide a space for exchange ideas about managing the risks of geologic origin in Lima, the capital of Peru, and also to present the projects which are being implemented to improve such management. It is a fundamental issue to be addressed comprehensively from the perspective of prevention is important geoscientific input from all levels of society.

For more information view the link:


Friday, November 14, 2014

ASSW Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts

ASSW Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts
Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART)
27-30 April 2015
Toyama, Japan
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 17 November 2014.
Organizers of a session entitled "Arctic in Rapid Transition -- Future Research Directions from the Perspective of Early Career Scientists." This session will be held during the 2015 Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), as part of the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). The meetings are taking place 23-30 April 2015 in Toyama, Japan.
Much research has been conducted in the Arctic in the past few decades, however some areas received more scientific attention than others, i.e., Atlantic and Canadian Arctic is more advanced than Pacific and Central Arctic. Pan-Arctic research is important to quantify the changes occurring within the complex Arctic systems, especially since the ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles could have strong regional variability. Contribution from Asian countries to Arctic research is not large in comparison with European and North American countries due to geographical limitations. In order to fill the geographical gaps in Arctic research, it is fundamental that Asian early career to mid-career scientists become involved in international collaborations. Also, research resources such as personnel, facilities and funding are still limited in the world. Thus, involvement of Asian early to mid-career scientists into the frame of international collaborations is important to logistically, as well as scientifically, improve pan-Arctic research in coming decades.
This session specifically aims at allowing early career scientists, to get involved in international collaborations under the umbrella of the Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) network, with especially encouraging scientists from Asia. The Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART; http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/en/ART/), an official network of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), is an integrative, international, interdisciplinary, Pan-Arctic network to study the spatial and temporal changes in biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem functioning of the Arctic Ocean over multiple time scales. Early career researchers' perspective is of great importance to ensure the involvement of the next generation of Arctic researchers, since they will be the ones sustaining current monitoring and implementing new projects into the future. The goal of this session is to integrate studies from various Arctic research fields in order to better understand the changing Arctic system beyond its regional variability and across multiple time-scales, and will also include outcomes from the former ART science workshop held in Sopot 2012 as well as the workshop in Brest 2014 (http://istas.sciencesconf.org/), and the session of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN; http://pyrn.arcticportal.org/index.php/en/) at the EUCOP-4 conference (http://www.eucop4.org/) in Portugal.
Abstract submission deadline: Monday, 17 November 2014.

For further information including a complete list of ISAR-4 and ICARP III session themes, abstract submission instructions, registration instructions, and to download the first, second, and third circulars, please go to: http://www.assw2015.org/.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Early Career Forum on 'Digital Management of Samples' at AGU (organized by EarthCube RCNs C4P & iSamplES)

To: Graduate Students, Post-Docs, Early Career Scientists

Do you deal with any type of samples as part of your research?
Could you use a stipend to help cover the cost of AGU registration or travel costs?  

Please come to the Early Career Forum while at AGU this December:

This is a lunchtime forum to meet and discuss the plans and challenges of creating and storing digital sample information, whether earth materials samples are solid, liquid, or gas, or even experimental run products. We will chat about developing best practices for sampling and preserving sample information to make our growing collections easily manageable and more useful.

When: Thursday December 18, 2014 11:45am-1:15pm
Where: Moscone Center (at AGU), San Francisco, CA

Lunch will be provided, plus a limited number of stipends (cost of Early registration) will be available to those who register for and participate in the forum.

This forum is for graduate students and early career scientists (those within 5 years of completion of a PhD). The project is sponsored by the NSF Earthcube Research Coordination Networks iSamplES and C4P (Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience) and the results will help guide planning and development of an “internet of physical samples” for the earth sciences.

If you are interested, please fill out a simple application form by November 15, 2014.

More about iSamplES

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PhD research in metamorphic petrology and tectonics, southeastern Yukon Territory, Canada

PhD research in metamorphic petrology and tectonics, southeastern Yukon Territory, Canada

Supervisor and institution: Dave Pattison, University of Calgary (pattison@ucalgary.ca)
Collaborating partner: David Moynihan, Yukon Geological Survey (david.moynihan@gov.yk.ca)

Start dates: Summer 2015 (field work), September 2015 (academic term)

Project: Applications are invited for a PhD study focussing on the metamorphic and tectonic history of the upper Hyland River area of southeastern Yukon. The aim of the study is to understand the extent, origin and significance of a large region of amphibolite-facies, low-pressure metamorphism centred on the Logan and Mt. Billings batholiths. Questions to be addressed include: the nature and extent of amphibolite-facies metamorphism; the nature of deformation associated with amphibolite-facies metamorphism; the relative and absolute timing of metamorphism, plutonism and deformation; and the structural relationships between amphibolite-facies regions and adjacent low-grade domains. Metamorphic petrology will be combined with structural analysis and modern geochronological techniques to provide a tectonic synthesis of the area and elucidate its significance for the development of the northern Cordilleran orogen. The project will have a large field component, which will be carried out in collaboration with the Yukon Geological Survey. In addition to documenting and interpreting regional geology, it is anticipated that the student will use the information obtained to address process-oriented questions in metamorphic petrology.

Activities: 1:50,000-scale bedrock mapping, isograd mapping, metamorphic petrography and petrology, phase equilibrium modelling, structural and microstructural analysis, U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology.

Expectations: In addition to producing a thesis, the student will be expected to present their work orally/in poster form at relevant workshops and meetings during their program, contribute to annual reports for the Yukon Geological Survey, and have published or submitted approximately three peer-reviewed papers upon graduation. The student may also be asked to contribute to applications for external research and travel support. The student will be expected to work as a teaching assistant in support of University of Calgary undergraduate classes and field schools.

Support: Teaching assistantship during academic year, YGS summer salary, research and travel expenses.

Requirements:  MSc or strong BSc. Background in petrography, metamorphic petrology and structural geology.Applicants should have an interest in field geology and previous bedrock mapping experience. They should be physically fit as well as being comfortable traversing rugged terrain and camping in remote locations (2-person fly-camps) for extended periods of time. Some GIS experience would be beneficial.  Above all, self-motivation, a real interest in petrology and geology, and a desire to pose questions and solve problems independently. Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada by March, 2015, have a valid driver's licence, and be eligible to obtain a firearms possession and acquisition licence (PAL).

Application materials: CV; summary of academic record (transcript); statement of interest (including qualifications, motivation); names and contact information for three references.

Deadline to apply: January 19, 2015
Contact details and link to web site for information about Pattison’s research group:
Dr. David Pattison
Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2N 1N4

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Global Young Academy Call for Applications 2014

The 2014 call for new members to join the Global Young Academy in 2015 is now open. Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

Research fields: The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the sciences, medicine, engineering, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Excellence: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline.

Impact: The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programs around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Age/career point: Applicants should be in the early years of their independent careers. The majority of the GYA’s members are aged 30-40 and the typical period from completion of a PhD or similar degree is 5-10 years. Applicants falling significantly outside these ranges may be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Diversity: We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. Applications from women, researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, scholars working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors, and from candidates in regions where the GYA has no current representation are particularly welcome.

Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and must be accompanied by a letter of support.Application forms should be emailed to applications@globalyoungacademy.net.

For questions about the selection process please see also our FAQ.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 11 pm UTC, Sunday 28 September 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships: Application Deadline November 1

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellowships. Policy fellowships provide the unique opportunity to apply your  knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm. Fellows share an interest and commitment to public service, a desire to learn about science and technology policy, and a willingness to apply their scientific and engineering backgrounds in new arenas.
Fellows serve in yearlong assignments in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the federal government in Washington. Candidates who demonstrate strong scientific and technical credentials, a commitment to public service, strong communication skills, problem-solving ability, good judgment, flexibility, and leadership qualities, are encouraged to apply.
For more than 40 years, scientists, social scientists, engineers, and health professionals have applied their knowledge and technical expertise to policymaking while developing valuable career-enhancing skills in the process. Join a network of more than 2,800 current and alumni fellows impacting policy, contributing to public service, and forging new careers. 
FELLOWSHIP YEAR: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016

-Doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc, etc.) in any scientific, social science, health/medical or engineering discipline Master’s in engineering with 3 years of engineering related professional experience.
-US citizenship.

- $75,000–$100,000.
- Health insurance, travel/training and relocation allowances.

Email fellowships@aaas.org or call 202-326-6700

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Postdoctoral position: Hydrothermal atomic force microscopy development (position #4791)

Carrick M. Eggleston, Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis at the University of Wyoming, seeks a postdoctoral research scientist with expertise in AFM and development of new AFM technology. The goal of the NSF-funded project is to develop a pressurized fluid cell system enabling in-situ AFM imaging at 200°C and 20 bars pressure in support of materials stability and properties studies. The system will use photothermal cantilever drive. We seek creative, self-motivated individuals with the ability and interest to pursue challenging interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research and development environment. Requirements for consideration include:
-A Ph.D. degree in Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related field.
-Strong academic and research background in physics/materials science (or related field) applicable to design and implementation of pressurized in-situ AFM.
-Preference for candidates with hands-on experimental experience with AFM and AC imaging modes.
-Demonstrated excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
-Demonstrated aptitude for critical thinking, good judgment, self-motivation, attention to detail, and accountability.
-Candidates must be legally able to work in the United States at the time of application.
Please direct inquiries and applications in electronic form to Carrick M. Eggleston, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming, Department 3006, Laramie, WY, 82071; carrick@uwyo.edu. Applications referencing position #4791 must include a CV, a statement of research interests and experience addressing the criteria listed above and giving a date of availability, and the names and contact information of at least 3 referees who can provide a letter of recommendation upon request. We will begin to review applications immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness. We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Three year PhD position in metamorphic petrology at the University of Potsdam

We are seeking motivated candidates for a three year PhD position (75%, equal to about 34k€ pa) in thermodynamic and geochemical modeling of porphyroblast growth in metamorphic rocks. The project involves state of the art micro-geochemical investigations (EPMA, LA ICPMS, SIMS, X-ray tomography) and combines observations in natural samples with thermodynamic-geochemical growth models. The aim is to simulate and quantify texture development in metamorphic rocks and compositional growth zoning in minerals in order to extract information about element transport mechanisms and –rates in metamorphic rocks. Candidates should have a masters degree or equivalent in geosciences or any related natural science. The successful candidate should have knowledge and experience in the fields of in situ geochemical methods and/or thermodynamic modeling and should be interested in computational methods involving skills in computational languages.
The candidate will be working with colleagues from the University of Potsdam in collaboration with the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, which provide an excellent analytical infrastructure as well as a number of experts in the fields of microanalytical methods, metamorphic petrology and numerical simulation of rock-forming processes.
The project is funded for three years by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and can start immediately. The advertisement will be open until the position is filled.

Applications with a cover letter indicating the motivation of application and a CV should be sent to Matthias Konrad-Schmolke, email: mkonrad@geo.uni-potsdam.de

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

econd Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities"

Second Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities"
21-24 October 2014
Brest, France
Deadline: Abstract submission and registration by 11 August 2014
Registration and Call for Abstracts for the Second Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities" (ISTAS) under:
The second international ART science workshop (http://istas.sciencesconf.org/) about "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities" (ISTAS) aims at discussing the integration of spatial and temporal scales to better understand the changing Arctic system as a whole, by including various Arctic research fields such aspermafrost land-ocean interactions, physical oceanography, sea-ice, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems functioning, marine biodiversity, ocean-atmosphere exchanges and ocean acidification, paleo-reconstruction and biological archives, and social sciences. During the workshop, in parallel sessions and discussion groups future Arctic research priorities from an early career perspective will be elaborated. Results of this workshop will feed into the larger ICARP III (3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning) meeting in Toyama, Japan in April 2015 (http://icarp.arcticportal.org/).
This international workshop is open to any scientist who share a common interest in improving our understanding of ongoing and past changes in the Arctic and developing dialogues on interdisciplinary Arctic research approaches and future directions.
The workshop is jointly organized by the Arctic in Rapid Transition initiative (ART, http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/ART), an official IASC network (http://www.iasc.info), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS, http://www.apecs.is), and the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM, France, http://www-iuem.univ-brest.fr).
The Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Initiative http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/en/ART is an integrative, international, interdisciplinary, Pan-arctic network to study the spatial and temporal changes of the Arctic Ocean. In order to better understand and forecast the impact of recent changes on the Arctic, ecosystems and biogeochemical features, variations in sea ice cover, ocean circulation and associated physical drivers are investigated over multiple timescales.
Limited funding will be available for early career scientists. More information on the preliminary agenda, venue, preliminary list of invited speakers can be found on our webpage http://istas.sciencesconf.org/. For questions you may contactistasworkshop@gmail.com.
Please register and submit your abstract by August 11.
Best regards,
Michael Fritz
(on behalf of the Organizing Committee)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Geoscience in YOUR language!

The YES Network Communications Support Team is launching the initiative "Geoscience in YOUR language" to invite the YES membership world wide to share their geoscience experiences in their native languages. 

This initiative aims to break the language barrier and encourage young earth scientists around the world to communicate their science in their own languages. We believe it is crucial for the young and early career geoscientists to develop Geoscience Communications skills in their own language to help innovation and promotion of Geosciences in their respective countries. 

With a membership of more than 3000 members from more than 123 countries, the YES Network will dedicate a new page on the website and blog to publish chronicles of young earth scientists in their native languages. 
This initiative will be carried out with the help of the YES National Chapters who will participate in gathering and reviewing the items received. 

Articles, pictures and videos are welcome. So, we will be looking forward to receive your contributions!

Also interested in Geoscience Communications and would like to join the official YES Bloggers team? Write us at networkyes.communications@gmail.com.

Geoscientifically yours,

Amel Barich
YES Communications Support Team

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Mappt Agile Geodata Competition

Taking innovation into the field; Mappt announces the ‘Mappt Mobile GIS Activities Competition’ a program designed for you to innovate how Geomapping can be better used and managed in the field.

The Mappt Agile  Geodata Competition

Mappt in partnership with YES Network is inviting all members to innovate how geomapping data is used and managed in the field. We are seeking innovative ideas on how data, whether it is Geology, GIS or other, can be better captured and managed through the use of the Mappt application in the field.


Mappt is an agile data capture and management tool for field use built for Android devices. A video introduction providing an overview can be found on the Mappt Website at: http://www.mappt.com.au or click here for a direct link.We are seeking demonstrations and concepts of how Mappt can better inform, improve efficiencies or be used in interesting ways by Geo-Professionals while in the field. The winners of the best submission will receive a free copy of Mappt Professional edition for 1 year + discounted professional licensing renewal for the following year. 
Mappt can be used for:

  •  Create and edit data in the field
  • Add and edit notes and information with points, lines and polygons
  • Simple file based import / exporting of KML, KMZ and Shapefiles
  • Take all your existing satellite imagery, and maps offline with full ECW/JP2 support
  • Switch between map types
  • Use internal or Bluetooth GPS for location and tracking path creation
  • Use Geofences to create inclusion and exclusion zones
  • Internal measurement tools for distance, area etc.
  • Projection control (Geodetic and UTM)
  • Thematic mapping fucntionality

Mappt with YES Network will provide 10 full Professional licensed copies of Mappt for free throughout this competition. This is an opportunity to show how information collection while in the field can be improved and used in new ways.

Who can apply

The competition is aimed at the young geoscientists members of the YES (Young Earth Scientists) Network; so the competition is open to all young geoscientists (under 35 years of age). The Mappt development team encourages students, or any young researchers to develop innovative concepts and methods on how Geomapping data can be used within Mappt while in the field. We are looking for innovative uses of the functionality within Mappt to improve Geodata while in a disconnected environment.

Registering your application

The registration of the applications developed for this competition will be accepted until the end of July 2014. Please register your entry by emailing support@mappt.com.au and include the following information:
    Email contact
    Title of your Mappt Concept
    The URL link to access the idea or a short summary (1 page document including pictures where relevant) outlining your proposed new idea of how Mappt can better manage or use geomapping data while in the field.

The selection procedure

A Mappt and YES Network selection board will be established to evaluate and decide on the winning concept or idea.

The winning prize

The winner of the competition will receive a Mappt Professional license for 1 year valued at over $1000.

About Mappt:

Mappt is an agile data capture and management tool used on Android tablet devices providing you flexibility and interoperability for your core Geodata. Using Mappt allows you to be in the field working with your information in a matter of hours. Its user friendly interface, smart functionality allows you to work with your corporate enterprise data while in a disconnected environment. Mappt on Android tablets provides you with the confidence of a robust application on a flexible hardware solution for all types of environments you work in. A low cost, high value solution that compliments your data management workflow. Download a free version of Mappt via the Google Play store: play.google.com. For more information about Mappt visit www.mappt.com.au. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cairano (AV) – The Environmental Forum of the Apennines earns acclaim

Cairano (AV) – "Talk to defend ourselves". With this title the Workshop was held within the itinerary "Restart! Recover and Re-inhabit", organized by the active Environmental Forum of the Apennines, which is increasingly taking hold among civic committees, associations and citizens, especially of the Apennine hinterland. The venue of the training laboratory was Cairano, a country of just over 300 inhabitants that overlooks the Valley of the river Ofanto, in Alta Irpinia.
The choice of Cairano is not a coincidence. In fact, it falls into a cycle started in Volturara Irpina and Castelvetere sul Calore in order to highlight the areas of the hinterland, surrounded by nature and breathtaking scenery but at the same time increasingly mistreated, isolated, forgotten, abandoned to their fate and subject to a growing pollution that undermines the quality of life.
The aim of the Forum is without doubt worthy: the protection, defense, safeguarding and enhancement of inland areas. How? Starting to unite, forming working groups, driven by unity of purpose to find solutions to environmental problems. And the following of associations, civic committees and citizens greatly increases. Yesterday, between the bystanders there were both curious citizens who wanted to learn, both members of committees as "Protect Heat River", "United in the Valley" (Sele), "No Incinerator", all agree to take action even more, to join and to coping with common. Virginian Spiniello, President of "The Wanderer Tramp", in the network of Environmental Forum, stresses so decided: "The Forum is still an idea, we are launching proposals that must become concretely events. The goal is to be set up by autumn a study centre to pursue instances screened with the support of technical documentation. The aim is to interact and make environmental communication with citizens and committees so that they are the source and they are ready to transfer to citizenship information for greater environmental awareness".
Eduard Natale, new computer engineer and founder of the Committee "No oil in Upper Irpinia" which, after presenting "communication strategies on the web" during the Workshop, has repeated what Spiniello had just said: "It is important to create a network of organizations communicating with each other and then they implement an environmental communications plan". Oil exploration in seismic areas, construction of power lines, the exploitation of water sources, landfill and the indiscriminate dumping of waste in mountainous areas, pollution of reservoirs, like that of the Plain of the Dragon which provides water supply even to Puglia, are just some of the environmental problems in the territory. If to all this we add also the closure of small hospitals, law courts, schools, post offices, here is that depopulation grows out of proportion.
The internal areas of the Apennines, Irpinia and Cilento in Campania, in short, according to a planning not too esoteric, should be reused for new non-residential purposes. The path undertaken by the Environmental Forum is certainly difficult, arduous and fraught with obstacles but only by infusing, with patience and determination, an essential environmental awareness, it is possible to share from natural resources and the small villages of the Apennines.

Antonio D’Anna

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I UCA International Summer School "Studying by the sea". Come and join us!

The I UCA International Summer School (UCA – ISS) blends formative and cultural activities, and an international character, all offered in Southern Spain by the University of Cadiz (UCA) and the International Campus of Excellence of the Sea cei·mar. It has been conceived as a summer forum where members of academia from all over the world may participate with the society of southern Europe in the exchange of knowledge, traditions, languages and cultures.

The I UCA International Summer School offers a specific academic programme centred in the sea, organized by EIDEMAR, the International Doctoral School of cei·mar. cei·mar is a consortium of universities and research centres that covers all different aspects on marine studies:  education, research, innovation, culture, etc.

The Academic Programme is primarily oriented to undergraduate (sophomores and seniors) and graduate (master and Ph. D.) students and it is divided into two independent courses:

  • Course I. Coastal Management and Ocean Processes (from 3rd to 11th July)
    • Block I. - Beaches: Everything you always wanted to know about then but were afraid to ask.
    • Block II. – Ocean acidification and biomineralizarion.
  • Course II. Biological Marine Resources Programme (from 14rd to 18th July)
    • Block III. – The amazing world of seaweeds: An unforgettable journey from biology to gastronomy.
    • Block IV. – Aquaculture in Southern Europe: Basic and applied aspects.
Both courses count with the participation of national and international lecturers and researchers from different Spanish and international universities and research centres.

Besides, the UCA-ISS offers in parallel a full calendar of cultural and educational activities and events for students.

All the information about fees, registration, administrative details, cultural activities and other useful information can be found in the following websites:

Inscription Dates: From 5th June to 1st July.

Contact Person:
Patricia Jordán Grimaldi, Internationalization Technician, International Campus of Excellence of the Sea. International Relations Office, Edificio Constitución 1812. Paseo Carlos III, nº 3, 2ª planta. 11003 - Cádiz. Tel +34956015682, E-mail: iss.uca-ceimar@uca-es

If you think any person might be interested, please do not hesitate to forward this message.

“Studying by the sea. Come and join us!”
INSCRIPTION: From 5th June to 1st July

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Earth Science Week 2014 Contests Announced

 In celebration of Earth Science Week 2014, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme, "Earth's Connected Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest, and an essay contest.

Students, geoscientists, and the general public are invited to participate in this year's photography contest, "Connections in My Community." Entries must be composed of original, unpublished material, and show where you observe the dynamic interactions of earth systems in your community.

This year's visual arts contest, "Earth's Connected Systems and Me" is open to students in grades K-5. Scientists study, for example, how water shapes the land, how living things use air, and how air and water act on each other. How do such connected systems affect you? Use artwork to show how land, water, air, and
living things are connected in the world around you.

Finally, students in grades 6 through 9 may participate in the essay contest. This year's essays must address the idea of "Earth System Science in Today's World."

Submissions will be judged by a panel of geoscientists on creativity, relevance, and incorporation of the topic at hand. Selected winners will be awarded for their submissions.

For details, please visit 


Earth Science Week 2014 will be celebrated October 12-18. To learn more, please visit 
http://www.earthsciweek.org/. To order your Toolkits, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/. You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

European Young Earth Scientists Best Research Award

The YES Network announces the chance for young European geoscientists to be awarded for their research related to the themes of the sessions of 3rd YES Congress which will be held in Tanzania on 11-16th August 2014.

The first three young geoscientists with the most original and innovative researches in their respective fields will be awarded during the event and will receive a grant, sponsored by the EuroGeoSurvey, that will cover totally or partially the expenses of their participation in the 3rd YES Congress. 

-          First Award is $1500 
-          Second Award is $1000
-          Third Award is $500

To participate you need:
-          To be under 35 years old or early-career earth scientist.
-          To be resident in one of European Union countries.
-          To be a YES Network member (you can register also before the deadline of the challenge – www.networkyes.org).
-          To submit an abstract to one of the 6 sessions of the congress, for more information, please visit the website of the event:       http://www.yescongress.org/2014/oralsessions.html

The deadline of this challenge is the 20th June. Winners will be declared online on the YES Network website by the 30th June.

For more information and full announcement, please visit the YES website: http://www.networkyes.org/index.php?cID=278#News_Leadership

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GLAC Virtual Forum - Solutions for Barriers to Access to Application Services: Earth Observation, Capacity Building

The IAF GLAC (Global Applications Conference) in Paris will be hosting a Virtual Forum on June 3rd with the Global Earth Observations community to broadcast a high-level discussion on access to earth observations data, especially for the developing world.

Title of the Panel: Solutions for Barriers to Access to Application Services: Earth Observation, Capacity Building
Date: Tuesday June 3rd
Time: 14:00 – 15:30

The session will begin at 14:00 and will be Chaired by Mario Hernandez and Moderated by Brent Smith. Panelists include: 

Dr. Barbara Ryan , Director GEO Secretariat - https://www.earthobservations.org/ag_geosec_ss.shtml 

Dr. Sandile Malinga, Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). 

Dr. Yasushi Horikawa President, Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and former Executive Director, Space Applications Mission Directorate, JAXA 

Mr. Mark Noort, EOPOWER (Earth Observation for Economic Empowerment) - http://www.eopower.eu/ 

Dr. Ray Williamson, former President of Secure World Foundation - http://swfound.org/about-us/our-team/dr-ray-williamson/ 

Young professionals who cannot travel can participate in this conference by listening to the panel and asking questions remotely. We want to open these rich discussions to the next generation of space leaders. These virtual events bring insight and knowledge to a broad community

More information: http://goo.gl/nPbvDo

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

GSA Science Policy Fellowship

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is seeking applicants for its Science Policy Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides recent MS or PhD recipients the opportunity to work in the GSA Washington Office for one year. The fellow works with the GSA Director for Geoscience Policy to participate in a range of science-policy activities. The fellow will attend congressional meetings and hearings, agency briefings, seminars ,and coalition sessions and will develop communication methods to disseminate this information to GSA members. The fellow will also participate in GSA programs, including the Geology and Public Policy Committee.

The fellow will receive a competitive stipend and healthcare stipend. Funds are also available for fellowship-related travel. The start date is flexible, and could start as early as 1 September.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV/resume, writing sample, and list of 3 references to Kasey White at kwhite@geosociety.org.

Consideration of applications will begin 16 May.

Monday, May 5, 2014

ELS2014: REMINDER: call for abstracts

Dear Distinguished Colleagues,
we are very pleased to inform you that the call for abstracts is still open for a few days.
If you are interested in submitting abstracts and suggesting any ideas to the various scientific symposia, workshops and other Conference events you are welcome to do it until 11 May 2014.
Please, submit your abstracts within 11 May 2014 through the appropriate window available on Conference website.
The subsequent deadlines are as follows:
2 June 2014: Deadline for abstracts acceptance
30 June 2014: Deadline for payment of early registration fee
31 August 2014: Deadline for payment of regular registration fee
After 31 August 2014 and on-site: payment of late registration fee
22-25 September 2014: Conference
Please, consult the website WWW.ELS2014.EU for any other info about the Conference.
We are confident that you will find ELS2014 of your interest and we hope to welcome you in Bari next September 2014.
Kind regards.
Teodoro Miano, University of Bari, Italy
Artemi Cerda, University of Valencia, Spain
Johan Six, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Claudio Zaccone, University of Alberta, Canada

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Peruvian National Representative will officially launch of the YES Network in the Geological Society of Peru

This May 14th the peruvian national representative of the YES network (Sheyla Palomino), will deliver a lecture at the Geological Society of Peru (GSP) for the official presentation of the YES network and then present some of her work experience. 


Admission is free and it is in the auditorium of the SGP (28 de Julio 745, Miraflores, Lima-Peru). 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

YES Network Winter-Spring 2014 Newsletter

Dear All,
We're glad to let you know that the latest edition of the YES Network's Newsletter is now up on the YES Network website: 

Newsletter Highlights:

1. YES Community News: 3rd YES Congress 2014 - Abstracts submission deadline extended and registration Open! Don’t forget to check out the available travel grants! (page 4).
2. National Chapters: News from India, Morocco, DR of Congo and Peru (page 6-7).
3. Meet the YES Executive Women! (page8)
4. Featured YES Personality: Elyvin Nkhojera (page 9).
5. Crossing Boarders Article: NASA Sends “Big Data” in to the CloudNASA Sends "Big Data" in to the Cloud by Melissa Prior (page 10-11)
6. YES Member Showcase: Salma Tifratine (page 12).
7.  Leadership Opportunities: Send us your application now!  (page 13).
8. Geoscience Community News (page 14-16).

Amel, Tobias, Cecilia and Abdelouahed

YES Network Newsletter Team