Wednesday, January 21, 2015

YES Sudan to organise the First YES National Chapter Forum - April 23-24 , 2015 in Khartoum, Sudan

The 1st YES Sudan Chapter Forum will be held in Khartoum, between 23 and 24 April 2015. The event will be organized by the Sudan YES National Chapter in cooperation with Al- Neelain University, GeoRift Training Center, Nile Cat and GeoPetra Group.

YES Sudan forum provides excellent opportunities for sharing ideas, experiences and best practices in different areas of geosciences. It is an exciting, stimulating and rewarding annual event for young geoscientist’s professionals in all sectors.

Pathway, Practice and Platform into Global Earth Science Integrations
The theme of the 2015 forum draws attention to professionalism in the field of geosciences. This is demonstrated in the ways in which we constantly review our practices and develop our skills as geoscientists on the pathway to more effective education for our students and ourselves. Our success in this field by exploring effective pathways and platforms depends on how we, as Earth Scientists, shape our practices to explore and extract our earth resources.

Proposals for presentations and workshops are invited on any of the following areas:
1. Professional Pathways.
2. Earth Sciences Education and Policy for Sustainable Development.
3. Success of Integrated Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry approaches.
4. Recounting the journey – Action research.
5. Educating for career pathways in Geoethics and Geoculture.
6. Student support platforms.
7. Gender Mainstreaming in Geosciences.
8. Petroleum Systems and Exploration.
9. GIS and Remote Sensing.
10. Groundwater resources and Sustainable Management.
11. Mining industry for Sustainable Development in Sudan.
12. Small Scale Mining: Prospects, Challenges, and Opportunities towards Sustainable Use.
13. Impacts of Climate changes and adaptability.
14. Human-induced environmental hazards and disasters.
15. Pathways linking theory and practice.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Wednesday 18 March, 2015

YES Network partner in the First International Congress on Continental Ichnology - April 21-25 inEl Jadida, Morocco

Organizers and objectives

The Laboratory of Geodynamic and Variscan Geosciences (Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University) of El Jadida has the most important collection of Late Palaeozoic-Early Mesozoic continental trace fossils in North Africa. More than six hundred unique specimens of Westphalian to Late Triassic age were collected in Moroccan continental deposits during the last years. This is an ideal frame for such a meeting and the results may significantly contribute to the understanding of the evolution of fossil ecosystems during an important part of life's history including the origin and early diversification of amniotes, the rise of archosaurs and dinosaurs, as well as the most severe mass extinction at the Permian-Triassic boundary. In this context, the Ichnological Association of Morocco and Laboratory of Geodynamic and Variscan Geosciences, in collaboration with the Urweltmuseum GEOSKOP (Thallichtenberg, Germany) and the Institute of Geology (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany), the SAURIERWELT Paläontologisches Museum (Neumarkt, Germany) with the assistance of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, “Subcommission on Permian Stratigraphy”, will organize the “First International Congress on Continental Ichnology” [ICCI]. The [ICCI] will be devoted to ichnology and biostratigraphy from a global perspective and originates from activities in the "Non-Marine - Marine Correlation Working Group". It will be also a major meeting of ichnologists and palaeontologists. The congress will focus on ichnology and ichnotaxonomy of continental vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils. The main objective of the congress is to discuss current problems and future perspectives of ichnotaxonomy of vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils from continental deposits as well as biostratigraphic and paleobiogeographic aspects of trace fossils and their potential producers.

1. Vertebrate and invertebrate ichnology of continental deposits

a) Palaeobiology and ichnotaxonomy of trace fossils.
b) Taphonomy of trace fossils and microbially induced sedimentary structures.
c) Trace fossils in palaeoenvironmental, paleobiogeographical and biostratigraphical analyses.
d) Trackmaker reconstruction and the evolutionary contributions of invertebrate and vertebrate ichnology.
2. Methods, applications, conservation a) Ichnology of ecosystem engineers in the geologic record.
b) Photogrammetry and 3D modelling in ichnology.
c) Palaeoichnological heritage : Geoconservation and valorisation.

20-26 April 2015 (2 days Conferences – 3 days post-congress Field-Excursion)

Congress Secretariat
Ichnological Association of Morocco
Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University,
Route Ben Maachou, B. P. 20, El Jadida, 24000, Morocco
Tel : 00212.523343003
Fax : 00212.523342187

International Bachelor Permafrost Summer Field School 2015

Time: 12 June- 3 July 2015, at the University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
The University of the Arctic, Thematic Network on Permafrost offers an international bachelor permafrost summer field school in Svalbard 12 June to 3 July 2015 to be taught be a group of international permafrost researchers. We welcome senior bachelor students, who are interested in obtaining an overall knowledge about permafrost. The course will offer insights into:

• Permafrost basics and its distribution globally.
• Permafrost temperatures in various parts of the World – climatic and other controls.
• Methods of permafrost observations, focusing on drilling, coring and instrumentation.
• Permafrost databases and their use in permafrost analyses.
• How does permafrost affect local community infrastructure and cultural life?
• Interaction between carbon and water in permafrost landscapes.
• How sensitive are permafrost landforms towards climate change?

You can take this course either as a 5 ECTS point course, finishing with an oral presentation in the summer school. Or you can do an individual science project based on the course knowledge, to be submitted by the end of the autumn/fall semester following the summer field school and then graded, and you will obtain 10 ECTS. Students doing 10 ECTS will be given preference to the course.

Application deadline: 15 February 2015, using the UNIS online application system ( There is no tuition fee for this course. Accommodation for students during the course in student housing in Longyearbyen, and it will cost 3900-4600 NOK, corresponding to app. 490-575 Euro, depending on the type of room chosen."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fourth Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists - Yakuts, Russia: Call for registration form and abstract

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to invite you to the Fourth Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists to be held in Yakutsk, Russia from 25 June to 10 July 2015. This event will commemorate the 200th birthday of Alexander von Middendorff and is open to young researchers under the age of 35 years, including undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
The previous Forums were hosted by the Melnikov Permafrost Institute in 2013, 2010, and 2008 and brought together young researchers from around the world (
The Forum for Young Permafrost Scientists will include
the Geocryological Conference held from 25–28 June 2015 and
the Geocryological Field Workshop from 30 June to 10 July 2015.
In addition to traditional topics, the 2015 Forum will focus on emerging new areas of geocryological research:
• Regional and historical geocryology
• Permafrost geothermics and thermal physics
• Periglacial processes and forms
• Landscape dynamics in permafrost regions
• Permafrost geochemistry
• Permafrost hydrology and hydrogeology
• Climate change and permafrost evolution
• Greenhouse gases and gas hydrates
• Permafrost microbiology
• Remote sensing of permafrost
• Stability of engineering structures on permafrost
Languages: Russian and English
Paper presentation: oral and poster
Time for presentation: max. 15 min.
We hereby open the call for session proposals that should be submitted until 10 March 2015 via email:
Melnikov Permafrost Institute website contains all relevant information:
If you have any questions plesase don't hesitate write to

Anna Kut,
Research Scientist of
Melnikov Permafrost Institute SB RAS
Yakutsk, Russia

Friday, January 9, 2015

WIEF Young Fellows 2015, Cordoba

WIEF Young Fellows 2015, Cordoba

The WIEF Young Fellows is one of WIEF’s flagship programmes focusing on youth leadership. It is a one-week intensive leadership programme bringing together young leaders across the globe from all walks of life, covering personal and community leadership, entrepreneurship and business management, environmental sustainability, social enterprise and philanthropy. In short, we are in the business of creating next generation leaders that are poised to become great entrepreneurs, who also have a moral bearing to contribute back to society.

WIEF Young Fellows 2015 will take place in Cordoba, Spain from 16-22 March 2015.

To apply, please submit a completed online application before 23, January 2015. Online form:

For inquiries contact:
Said Hamadi -

Najmia Zulkarnain -

Thursday, January 8, 2015

YES Network's Newsletter is Online!

Dear YES Members,

We are glad to send you a new issue of the YES Network's Newsletter. It is another special issue compiling the YES activities and news during the second semester of 2014, and the network's perspectives for the year 2015.
Last year has been a very busy year for the YES leadership, but we carry from it several successful events - including a global meeting (3rd YES Congress in Dar Es salaam, Tanzania), new partnerships and collaborations, and some great news concerning the future of the network.
1. YES Network Updates (page 3).
2. YES Network Annual Report (page 4-7).
3. 3rd YES Congress Report (page 6)
4. YES Congress Proceedings (page 8).
5. News from the Executive Board (page 9).
6. Crossing Boarders Article: Interview with Dr Nizar Ibrahim on the Discovery of Spinosaurus in the Moroccan Sahara (page 10-11)
7. YES Member Showcase: Amiya Kumar Samal (page 12).
8.  Leadership Opportunities: Send us your application now!  (page 13).
9. Geoscience Community News (page 14-15).

The newsletter is available for download on our website on the following link:
The YES Network Teams wish you a Happy and Successful New Year 2015!