Wednesday, November 9, 2011
6th Siberian International Early Career GeoScientists Conference in Novosibirsk from the 9-23 June 2012
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
South Africa is a very rich country in terms of mineral wealth, with a long mining history, but this mineral wealth is generally concentrated towards the north of the country. Places such as the Eastern Cape and Western Cape are very poor in comparison and so general knowledge on earth science is significantly lower.
In keeping with the YES network’s “Earth Science for Society”, I decided to give a presentation on Monday, 19 September 2011, to about 30 Grade 11 and 12 learners at Hexagon High School in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. Hexagon High School is a FET (Further Education and Training) school and the learners are largely from the rural areas of the former Transkei.
The presentation purpose was to expose students on high school levels to the importance of Geology and the career possibilities associated with it. To keep it relevant to the students, I used the example of the town’s local landmark mountain to illustrate this point. The presentation was roughly 35minutes long followed by a question series
The student response was that of interest and a lot of questions were posed with regards to the direction of study one takes to get as far as I am currently today.
Overall the response was good and should this be done in the future, maybe a more interactive approach should be included, maybe a little trip into the field to expose them to the science on “ground level”
It was a good experience and I enjoyed sharing knowledge with people who were interested in the subject. I also challenge anyone to go out there and share a little about our work, the importance of what we do, the uniqueness of our planet earth and the problems we as society currently face.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Short Course 515: Setting up a GeoSciML data service to publish your geological map data
Saturday, 8 October 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $50; includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Organizers: Arizona Geological Survey, AGI, and YES Network
This course is aimed at graduate students and early-career faculty who are doing geological mapping projects and are interested in online data publication. GeoSciML is a standards-based data format that provides a framework for application-neutral encoding of geoscience thematic data and related spatial data. Using GeoSciML, you will learn how to set up a GeoSciML data service so that you can publish your geological mapping data in a vendor-neutral format that will allow for data exchange and interoperability. Participants are required to bring their own laptops that are equipped with a wireless connection.
Early registration deadline: 6 September
Registration after 6 September costs an additional $30
Cancellation deadline: 12 September
To register, please visit: http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2011/courses.htm
Monday, May 9, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The African Association of Women in Geosciences and the African Geoparks Network (AGN) are creating a common task group in order to promote the african geology. So, these organisations are calling all geoscientists who are working on the African continent to send nice photos of geological sites of scientific and/or educative interest or just with a scenic beauty with a short description that will be published on the AGN website http://www.africangeoparksnetwork.org/ as well as on its related facebook page. This action will help to create a data base related to the geological heritage of the African continent and will allow to promote the geology of the continent. Please don't forget to mentionne your full name, your address and email.
So, please send your photos on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org