Friday, April 13, 2018

Geocongress: Abstract and Student Funding Deadline Extended to 20 April 2018

Deadlines Extended to 20 April 2018

Call for Abstracts: Bringing the Geosciences Together - Extended to 20 April 2018

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) would like to invite all geoscientists from academia and industry to submit an abstract for the Geocongress 2018 to be held 18 to 20 July 2018 at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, South Africa.
The theme of this conference is “Bringing the Geosciences Together”, with the aim to provide a platform for southern Africa-based and – associated geoscientists to present their latest research.

View available geocongress 2018 topics here

Guidelines for abstract submission:
Submit an abstract Guidelines

Geocongress 2018 Student Funding – Application Deadline Extended to 20 April 2018

A major aim of Geocongress 2018 is to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a national conference, attend scientific sessions across a range of disciplines, and network with prominent researchers in their field. Every effort has been made to keep registration costs for the conference as low as possible, but we understand that there are additional costs that may prohibit attendance. We are happy to announce that the Student Support Subcommittee of Geocongress 2018 will provide financial assistance to deserving postgraduate students to attend the conference, based on the outcome of a competitive application process.

Read more about the Call for applications student support here

To be eligible for financial support, you need to be a full-time Honours, MSc or PhD student registered for the 2018 academic year at a tertiary institution in South Africa or one of its neighbouring countries. You also need to be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at the Geocongress. You are not eligible if you have funding dedicated to attending the Geocongress from another source.

To be considered, candidates need to submit their applications to by no later than 20 April 2018.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) presents Geological Skills for a young professional (Jul 27 – 29, 2017)

Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) presents Geological Skills for a young professional (Jul 27 – 29, 2017)


Venue:  C.S.I.R. Miningtek, Carlow Rd & Rustenburg Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2109
About the Course: This three-day course will include talks on the various opportunities within the industry, the different techniques used to collect, analyse and present data, and some “soft” skills such as mentorship, the perfect CV and acing that interview: The course will conclude with an introductory workshop by Rod Tucker on core logging, and a practical session, where delegates will get the opportunity to examine a 600m section of drillcore from bore-hole BV-1, drilled in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex.
Day 1: The participants will be introduced to the nitty-gritty of the mining industry, in terms of potential employment opportunities and what the industry looks for in potential recruits, a view through  a day in the life of an exploration geophysicist, the importance of sampling and  basic necessities in the application of softwares
Day 2 introduces participants to sample analysis (including QA/QC),  data management, Geomatics, details of field work, killer CV writing and experts guide
Day 3 focuses on the Chip & Core Logging Course by Rodney Tucker where  practical application of knowledge acquired from the previous days are put into practice.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dear All SA-YES Members,

On behalf of the SA-YES executive, We wish you all a happy new month, as well as remind you that you are the backbone of Earth Sciences now and future. 

It is high time we strengthened our relationship on all grounds, to foster a better working environment for YES in South Africa in 2017 and beyond. In lieu of this, I will like to introduce to you our new SA-YES executive body who are poised to facilitate growth and development of the network (find details below).
Your support is needed to make the YES Network grow and thrive. Just as the saying goes: "A lone tree does not make a forest". For us to be successful, we must be attuned to a common cause and harmoniously united in its pursuit. Therefore, all your ideas and suggestions, which will help better SA-YES, are welcomed. 

Have a splendid month ahead


SA-YES network Secretariat

Monday, January 23, 2017

Geoengineering the Climate: Impacts and the Developing World Summer School at Beijing Normal University 17-21 July 2017

Solar Radiation Management (SRM) is the most radical, controversial, and rapidly acting form of geoengineering. SRM is a set of proposals to reduce the impacts of climate change by means such as sulfate aerosol injection or marine cloud brightening. This school will focus on interpreting and analysing computer simulation of SRM from the international Geoengineering Intercomparison project (GeoMIP) consortium of 12 Earth System models. We will also investigate social and ethical aspects of SRM. The GeoMIP simulation and data are from large computer systems that are not available in the developing world, and inaccessible with typical internet speeds. This the school will equip developing world researchers with the state-of-the-art simulation results on geoengineering, and the knowledge of how to use these results in their own studies. 

John Moore, Duoying Ji, Long Cao, Ying Chen (China’s geoengineering program), Pete Irvine (Harvard University), Doug MacMartin (Cornell University), Masa Sugiyama (Tokyo University)
The summer school will train researchers and advanced students with an expertise in their local climate change impacts in the developing world.  The essential local knowledge and impact models needed for understanding and predicting climate change scenarios have not considered geoengineering climates. These impacts may be, for example, in the effects of large storms or typhoons, floods, droughts, or agricultural production. The students will be given GeoMIP data on a disk to keep.

Apply before March 30 by sending a 300 word explanation of your motivation for attending, and current CV. Also indicate if travel support is needed.  For further information and applications please contact John Moore john.moore.bnu (at)

We have limited travel grants available for participants who apply for transport costs. Meals and accommodation will be provided at BNU by the course.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Leadership

On behalf of the entire body of the Young Earth Scientist (YES) Network, South Africa chapter, we will love to wish every YES member a prosperous new year 2017 that will be filled with unspeakable joy and seismic-range advancement in all ramifications.
We will also love to introduce to you our new national coordinator, Mr Zakhele
“A hearty greeting to all SA YES NETWORK Members!
As we welcome the New Year, I thought I’d send my first official greeting to all members of YES Network (SA Chapter). I recently assumed the position of President and National Representative of the SA YES Network and I look forward to the next 2 years of serving and growing this network of young earth scientists.
So, who am I? Well in a nutshell, I grew up in Soweto and went on to adopt the University Pretoria as my second home, where I am currently pursuing my postgraduate studies in climate change related research. Apart from being a rock-star, I enjoy reading (A LOT) and cooking – as well as the eating thereafter. My biggest wish is to (time) travel as much as possible. My colleagues and I look forward to an exciting and fruitful 2017, and I hope you will join us in making this YES Chapter exemplary.”
Kind Regards,
Zakhele H. Nkosi
President and National Representative:
YES Network (SA Chapter)

Kindly meet of our newly appointed National Secretary General, Mr Oluseyi A Abegunde.
Mr Oluseyi is currently a PhD student in Applied Geology at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His research focuses on environmental geochemistry, GIS and its applications, software modelling, geostatistics, water treatment, data analysis, economic geochemistry and minerals geochemistry.
He is experienced in organizing presentations and attained leadership positions within his department and the university both in undergraduate and graduate level. He has presented in local and international conferences and well published.

The new team of executives is poised to take YES network South Africa chapter to the next level. Therefore, we solicit your support as no rocks, no wealth, no nation.
Looking forward, may this New Year find you better, restored, healthier, happier, peaceful, contented, blessed, satisfied, interest revitalized, vision reignited, and succeed in all ramification to make this New Year THE BEST one yet.
Happy New Year
From the office of the Secretary General, YES network SA chapter