Friday, January 6, 2017

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


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vacant post : South African National Representative

Dear South African YES members

The YES Network is looking for a new National Chapter Representative for South Africa, the requirement are as follows

  • You must be an active South African YES member
  • Physically based in South Africa and studying at one of the South African higher learning institutions Need to be actively involved in Earth Science related activities in your institution or at YES 
  • Need to be passionate about Promoting Earth sciences among young earth scientists 

Responsibilities for the National Chapter representative include the following

  • Prepare plans and budgets for the YES annual action plan (at the country) in collaboration with the national committee members,
  • Develop and execute fundraising strategy for the YES annual action plan (at the country) in collaboration with the national committee members, 
  • Handle all YES National Committee implementing activities and financial aspects under supervision of the Matron/Patron. 
  • Organize scientific forums, sessions, symposiums in your country or regions for YES members
  • Organize annual Geo-educational outreach programme in different parts of South Africa
  • Collaborate with other scientific organizations/institutions within South Africa
  • Participating in all webinar meeting of the network worldwide
  • Participate in local and scientific forums as a South African Representative 

If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply, please send your application to Position reference is (South African National Representative). Please quote the position title as reference when submitting your application. Your Application should include CV and recommendation letter from your Institution

Application deadline is 20th October 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Young Earth Scientist (YES) Network Activities during the 35th International Geological Congress

The YES Network is an international association of early-career geoscientists who are primarily under the age of 35 years from universities, earth science organizations and companies from across the globe. The YES Network was formed as a result of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2007. In 2009, in collaboration with the IYPE and under the patronage of UNESCO, the YES Network organized its first international Congress at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, China. The Congress focused on climate, environmental and geoscience challenges facing today’s society, as well as career and academic pathway challenges faced by early-career geoscientists. The YES Network aims to establish an interdisciplinary global network of individuals committed to solving these challenges, and furthering the IYPE motto of Earth Sciences for Society”. Currently YES Network has over 4000 members from over 120 countries.

Approximately 148 YES members from over 30 countries attended the 35th IGC. The YES Network coordinated a number of activities, which include three scientific sessions, YES Annual General Meeting (AGM) as well as a One day field trip. The AGM provided a good platform for YES members to engage with one another and National Representatives gave a short presentation about their activities in their respective countries. National chapters presented include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Malaysia, Iran, and China just to mention the few. The AGM meeting was followed by the YES social dinner event. The YES Network also organized a one day field tour on the rocks and mountains of Cape Town with a focus on local geology. The field trip was organized and led by Ms Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, with the kind assistance of Mr. Nick Baglow and JP Hunt. The field tour stops include Signal Hill, Sea Point Contact, Hout Bay Beach, Chapmanspeak drive, Cape Point and the Boulders Beach.

During the closing ceremony of the 35th IGC, the YES Network presented two awards namely, Best Poster from a Young Earth Scientist at 35th IGC, which was awarded to Mr. Manuel Nopeia (YES Mozambique) and Best Abstract Competition in Applied Geochemistry supported by YES Network and IUGS/IAGC Task Group on Global Geochemical Baselines, which was awarded to Mr. Putra Herianto (YES Indonesia)

We would like thank the 35th IGC LOC, Council for Geoscience, Geological Society of Africa, European Geological Surveys, Earth Science Matters Foundation, International Union of Geological Sciences, and Kroceus outdoor clothing company for their kind support.

Some of the YES members after the AGM meeting during the 35th IGC

Some of the YES members at the YES stand From Left- Felix Cumbano & Manuel Nopeia(YES Mozambique), Josephine Uushona &Giesberta Shaanika (YES Namibia) Ephraim Kamethe (Democratic Repubic of Congo)

Some of the YES members at the YES stand: From Left Arpita Pankaj (YES India), Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi and Valerie Nxumalo (CGS/YES South Africa)

Some of the YES members at the YES stand during the 35th IGC 

YES participants at the YES stand: From Left- Khodani Matshusa, Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, Sihle Sogayise (CGS/YES South Africa) and Eduardo de Mulder (Earth Science Matters Foundation)

Field trip participants at Signal Hill, Cape Town
Some of the Field trip participants at Cape Point. From Left Taryyn Lee (YES USA), Elyvin Nkhonjera (YES Malawi), Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi (CGS/YES South Africa)

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 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:

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. The application deadline has been extended to the 7th April 2014. 

For further inquires regarding this summer school please contact Daniel Heyens at

Best regards,

YES Network Communicating Science Team