Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3rd YES Congress 2014: GSA/GSL Student Travel Grants

Dear YES members,

We are pleased to announce that the Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London are offering travel assistance to African students and early career geoscientists to attend the 3rd and the 25th 2014. Funds will be distributed in two parts. Upon notification of receipt of the award the societies will provide 75% of the funds. The remaining 25% may be collected at the conference. Young Earth Scientists (YES) Congress Colloquium of African Geology (CAG25) to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11-16 August.

Application Criteria: You must
1. be an African undergraduate, graduate student or early career professional geoscientist (no more than 35 years old);

2. be presenting an oral or poster paper and be able to show that your abstract has been submitted and accepted;
3. attach a brief statement (up to 300 words) describing how attending the YES and CAG conferences will benefit your career development.

Important Dates:
10 April 2014 – Abstract submission deadline for 3rd

20 April 2014 – Acceptance decided
30 May 2014 – Application deadline for travel grant
30 June – Notification of travel grant award

Link to application site:

MSA/GS Short Course: Environmental Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Microbiology of Arsenic.

Organized by Robert J. Bowell, Charles N. Alpers, Heather E. Jamieson, Darrell Kirk Nordstrom, and Juraj Majzlan. 15-16 June 2014 (following Goldschmidt2014 Sacramento in June 2014) at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City, CA, USA.

The short course is being run in conjunction with Goldschmidt2014, an international conference on expected to draw about 3000 delegates to the Sacramento Convention Center  during June 8-13, 2014. The short course is sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society, and will be the basis for volume 79 in their highly successful and authoritative series "Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry."

There will also be a full day of oral presentations on arsenic geochemistry (22 talks in all), to be held Friday June 13
in Sacramento at the Goldschmidt 2014 conference. There will also be 24 posters on arsenic on Thursday afternoon, June 12.
A one-day conference registration will allow those who are interested to attend both the posters on June 12 and the oral sessions
on June 13. In addition, the plenary address at the conference on June 12 by Andrea Foster and Chris Kim will discuss
"The Environmental Legacy of the Gold Rush" including information on arsenic and mercury contamination and speciation in mine wastes.

Several of the oral and poster presentations will address the issues of arsenic bioavailability and bioaccessibility in mine wastes and soils.   Oral presentation on other contaminant metals related to mining (such as uranium and rare earth elements) are scheduled on Thursday June 12. Attending oral sessions on both June 12 and 13 will require registration for the entire conference.

I am also organizing a one-day field trip to Empire Mine State Historic Park plus the Northstar Mining Museum on Saturday, June 14. During that field trip, we will present and discuss preliminary results of the arsenic bioavailability / bioaccessibility study that the U.S. Geological Survey has been doing along with California DTSC and various universities.

Registration for the arsenic short course, field trip, and oral/poster sessions are independent -- one can participate in any or all.  Description of the Course and registration information is at <>.  However to register for the short course or field trip without registering for the conference, one must contact <> for assistance.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Gender and Geoethics in Earth Sciences

The YES Network is launching an Online Survey to evaluate the conditions of female earth-scientists around the world. This survey will help us identify the problems and needs of the female YES members around the world. Potential tools and initiatives will be set to help young female earth-scientists in their career path.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey and let us hear your feedbacks about it!

Monday, March 17, 2014

VOLCANO: 6 positions in Volcanology in Munich (Germany) within the framework of the ERC Research Project EVOKES "Explosive Volcanism in the Earth System"

Three Ph.D. and 3 postdoctoral positions are available within the ERC Research Project EVOKES “Explosive Volcanism in the Earth System”. The project is based at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Germany) and the topics involved include:

  • Rheological deformation map for magma
  • Submarine volcanic explosions
  • Acoustic emissions across the glass transition
  • Neutron and X-ray tomography of volcanic materials
  • Permeability history of erupted products
  • Petrophysical properties of volcanic ash

All positions are open immediately and will be filled independently. To express interest and apply, send one PDF to Don Dingwell This file should include your CV, a research statement, an academic transcript and contact information for 2 referees. The research statement should include a description of undergraduate research projects/studies undertaken as well as research interests for the future.

PhD and Post-doc positions with ABYSS, a European Initial Training Network

ABYSS is an EU Framework 7 Marie Curie Integrated Training Network coordinated by M. Godard (Géosciences Montpellier). It brings together 10 European research groups internationally recognized for their excellence in complementary disciplines and 4 Associated Partners from the private sector.
The ABYSS ITN will provide training for 12 Early Stage Researchers (PhD) and 3 Experienced Researchers (Post-doc) in Geodynamics, Mineralogy, Hydrodynamics, Thermodynamics and (Bio-)Geochemistry.

Recruitment will be an international process based on the principles of the European Charter and Code for Researchers. Eligibility criteria apply for ITN projects, in particular, for mobility : at the time of recruitment, researchers shall not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their future host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to that date.

Except when noted otherwise, recruitment of ESRs (PhD) starts on March 20, 2014 and the deadline for applications is June 1, 2014. The call for applications will be open on March 20, 2014. The recruitment procedure will be posted at this date.

For more information, see:

Monday, March 3, 2014

"The Third International Symposium of the International Geoscience Program Project (IGCP) 589"

Dear YES members,

You are kindly invited to participate in the next IGCP 589 Meeting from 19 to 26 October 2014 on "Development of the Asian Tethyan Realm: Genesis, Process and Outcomes" held by the Geological Survey of Iran.

Best regards,
YES Network Communications Support Team

Geoengineering Summer School 2014

Dear YES members,

You are kindly invited to participate on the upcoming Geoengineering Summer School that will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from July 28 - August 1, 2014. Kindly please see the attach file for more details. For Inquires you can contact Daniel Heyens at

Best regards,
YES Network Communicating Science Team