Tuesday, June 9, 2015

35th International Geological Congress to be held in Cape Town in 2016

Dear YES members

As you are aware, the 35th International Geological Congress is going to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa next year, 27 August – 4 September 2016.

We would like to see as many Young  Earth Scientists possible at the 35th IGC and this is an appeal to you  to visit our website www.35igc.org for abstract submission and registration information. We are also kindly requesting that the attach poster below be shared at different platforms including your local Information Centres/Libraries for wide visibility of this Congress


Thank you and looking forward to welcome you all next year in Cape Town









Sunday, October 12, 2014

The AL du Toit Memorial Lecture Tour ( Sept -Oct 2014)

33rd  AL du Toit Memorial Lecture

After a couple of years of nonexistence, the GSSA Polokwane branch took it upon their sleeves to also be among the hosts of the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture, hosted at the University of Limpopo.


Dr Alexander Logie Du Toit (1878-1948) is an eminent South African field geologist, famous for being one of the supporters of the Alfred Wegner’s theory of continental drift. His work added a great knowledge on various aspects of geology in South Africa. Travelling on foot or riding on his bicycle he was able to map most geological boundaries in South Africa and detailed his geological work in scientific papers and books. After his death the GSSA instituted a series of memorial lectures across southern Africa, these are delivered every two years by an admired scientist in honour of his great work.
This year, the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture was presented by another esteemed South African geologist, Prof Nic Beukes.  His research career focuses on sedimentary basin analyses with emphasis on manganese(Mn) and iron(Fe) ore deposit formation.  The lecture titled “genesis and paleoenvironmental significance of Precambrian sedimentary Feand Mn deposits with special reference to the history of free oxygen in the ocean and atmosphere” is being delivered across 12 places throughout southern Africa.
My highlights of the talk were how he addressed the schools of thought which support banded iron formation (BIF), their environments of formation (anaerobic and aerobic conditions) and their timing in Precambrian.  He showed evidence of free O2 in the oceans and atmosphere in Neoproterozoic before the Great Oxidation Event (~ 2.35 Ga), noticeable by the relative abundance of BIF in the Precambrian record,  Isua, W Greenland (~ 3.8Ga) as an excellent example.
BIFs occur as combinations of cherts, haematite/ magnetite with carbonates andare usually interbedded with manganese (MnO2 formed by carbon degradation) as seen in the Hotazel Formation of the Transvaal SG.
Prof Beukes presented his findings on the striking similarities between the Transvaal and Hamersley basin (on the Kaapvaal and Pilbara cratons). He used a basin analysis approach: showing contrasts or lack thereof sedimentary facies, palaeomagnetics, geochemistry of these interlayered BIF and manganese (Mn) successions. How these resemble restricted back –arc basins and possibilities of a single basin, Vaalbara???
The audience: the young scientists and  professionals
There is a noteworthy disappearance/appearance of these deposits throughout geological record. He attributed the episodic disappearance/appearance to be relatively dependant on volcanism and tectono-eustatic sea-level. Tectono-eustatic sea level changes due to glaciations are plausible hence the stratigraphic occurrence of these deposits with glaciomarine deposits.
The lecture presented gave the audience more than what was expected, the use of  micro and macro scale examples suggesting  the presence of free O2 in the atmosphere and oceans in the Archaean and on formation and structure of these interbedded Mn and Fe deposits.

I was personally bewildered by an outsized number of young scientists amongst the audience both from the industry (Anglo Platinum, Bokoni Platinum, and the Council for Geosciences) and the academic end of the geological spectrum (professional scientists and students from the University of Venda and the host institution). The lecture really appealed to both ends of the spectrum.  

 As a young scientist I am inspired to follow in the steps of these two greatest geologists to go out and discover and capture the greatest geological phenomenon and add value in the research community and I hope I share the same sentiments with each and every young scientist who attended the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture.


Prof Nic Beukes sandwhiched by the two ladies in the front row with the organising team

A special thanks to the official sponsors GSSA,  Assmang and  ofcourse the host institution - University of Limpopo.


 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GSA/GSL Student travel grants to the 3rd YES Congress 2014


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 YES Congress and CAG25. 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. The YES Congress and CAG25 will  be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 11-16 August 2014.

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:
20th May 2014 - Abstract submission deadline for 3rd YES Congress 
20th June 2014 - Notification of abstract acceptance 
30 May 2014 - Application deadline for travel grant
30 June 2014 - Notification of travel grant award

Kindly see the link to the travel grant application's site: http://goo.gl/RlPkUZ





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Geoengineering Summer School in Heidelberg, Germany

Dear YES members

You are kindly invited to participate on the upcoming Fifth Interdisciplinary Summer School on Climate Engineering that will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from July 28 - August 1, 2014. To participate on this summer school, please complete the application form on the following link.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hZ4gHXL_1j-Dk9uzXevQPDLwDr7U4VJkm8pe1rsJEMc/viewform. The application deadline has been extended to the 7th April 2014. 

For further inquires regarding this summer school please contact Daniel Heyens at heyen@eco.uni-heidelberg.de


Best regards,

YES Network Communicating Science Team
www.networkyes.org

Monday, March 31, 2014

Travel Grants opportunities for the 3rd YES Congress

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 YES Congress and the 25th CAG 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 and  Colloquium of African Geology (CAG25) to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11-16 August 2014.

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
20 April 2014 – Acceptance decided
30 May 2014 – Application deadline for travel grant

30 June – Notification of travel grant award

Thursday, October 3, 2013

DFID, ACU and AAS Launch £4.85 million Climate Impacts Research Capacity Building Programme in Africa

Dear Partner ,
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are pleased to invite you and/or your institution to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a new fellowship scheme and institutional capacity strengthening programme that will enhance research into the impacts of climate change.
The GBP 4.8m programme titled, Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE), is funded by the UK government and will strengthen both institutional and individual research capacity.  It will fund maximum one-year fellowships for 60 post-Doctoral and 40 post-MSc researchers and concurrently run a programme for strengthening institutional research management and support for early career academics. The fellowships will cover the full cost of a one-year placement at another (host) African institution and will commence in 2014. Full implementation of the programme will be contingent on sufficient interest and commitment being expressed by African institutions to host and nominate fellows and a large enough pool of eligible fellows.
For further information about this programme, please visit CIRCLE Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) or the CIRCLE webpage and read the criteria before submitting your EOI. To submit your EOI as a potential Host and/or Nominating/Home institution or as a Fellow, click on the relevant link below:
The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is 31 October 2013.
For further assistance please contact Dr Benji Gyampoh, b.gyampoh@aasciemce.org or Ms Jay Kubler,j.kubler@acu.ac.uk
You are kindly requested  to assist by forwarding this call to all suitable institutions and/or individuals in your network.   

Yours Sincerely, p
Peter Abwao
For
Prof.Berhanu Abegaz- Executive Director

Dear everyone

We are looking for a YES member in South Africa to be a representative in the South African Women in Engineering event taking place on the 17th October 2013, Johannesburg. The UNESCO finalists for " the Engineer-your-Earth" competition will also be presenting their proposals. If you are interested please send us your details at earthscience.sa@gmail.com 

For information about this event please visit the following link http://www.sawomeng.org.za/events/sawomeng-presents-engineering-africa