Friday, December 21, 2012

Engineer your Earth competition

The UNESCO Engineering Initiative and Earth Science Education in Africa Initiative propose this competition to bring together creative young African innovators from engineering and the Earth Science fields to propose concrete new solutions to major environmental challenges facing sustainable development which they identify in their communities.

who: diverse teams of up to three young (ages 18 – 30) African engineers, geologists, hydrologists, scientists, policy makers, creative-thinkers, problem-solvers.

what: proposal identifying a major challenge to sustainable development in Africa and suggesting a concrete science and engineering based solution on the ground. The best proposals will reflect the applicants’ personal challenges and experiences and could range from issues related to mining, natural hazards, drinking water, sanitation and more.  Proposals should be realizable!

when: 2-page proposals in English are due to UNESCO ( by 1 February 2013.

prize: participation in the Engineer your Earth side event at the Science and Engineering Fair in Nsukka, Nigeria from 26 to 29 March 2013 with 2 days to refine the proposal in consultation with expert mentors, and the opportunity to present the proposal to Fair sponsors (INTEL, IEEE, ASME, Microsoft) for funding

partners: Young and early career Earth Scientists (YES) Network, Youth Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Engineers without Borders, Geoscientists without Borders, South African women in Engineering (SAWomEng), Association of African Women in Geosciences, WFEO Youth Committee.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

YES Africa Initiatives

As part of the YES Africa initiatives: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia,  Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome & Principe will work together on their section of the YES Africa initiative that was suggested during the YES Africa Meeting. For further information about YES Africa intiatives  please visit their website here

In the coming months South African chapter and the above mentioned countries chapters will collaborate to take on geoeducational literature initiatives detailing the importance of particular field (s) of geoscience in Africa. The results of this research as well as the recommendations will be shared with varous institutions, government departments as well the YES Network. The idea is to provide information to the public on possible career opportunities in geosciences that can improve, sustain Africa and eleviate poverty in the continent.

More information on this project will be posted soon. YES Network members wishing to participate on this intitiative, please contact us at

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The April YES Network Newsletter

Dear All,
We're writing to let you know that the latest edition of the YES Network's Newsletter is now up on the YES Network website:

Newsletter Highlights:
1. The 2nd YES Congress is looking for volunteers (see cover page for details).
2. We are seeking YES Members to be editors or reviewers for the YES Network Bulletin.  See Page 2 for details.
3. Mary Seid from the United States of America is this month's featured profile.
4. Do you want to get more involved in the YES Network?  YES is holding the 2012-2014 elections for leadership roles! Even if you don't want to be directly involved as a YES Network Executive Role, you can still run for team member positions.  Plus, don't forget to vote for those YES Members who you think would be great leaders for our community! For more information on YES Network elections, please read pages 3-6.

Jo, Tiffany, Chhavi
YES Network Newsletter Team

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Important Information on the YES Network Leadership Elections: Please Read

Dear All,
Please note the email address for ALL applications for the 2012-14 leadership team.

At this time we are ONLY accepting applications for the following positions:
President (1 role)
Team Leaders (5x roles)

The team leader roles are for the following teams:

1. Communicating Science
2. Career Development
3. Regional YES Network (esp applicable to current National and Regional Reps)
4. Scientific Collaboration
5. Communications and Support Team

We advise you to read the information available at (download the document YES2012NetworkElections) to find out about the teams and their aims.

Please note these positions are ALL for the YES Network 2012-14 Executive.

If you wish to apply for a Team Member Role - please await further instructions (that is the next phase of the elections)

If you are a National Representative, please do not apply for extension/ reapplication at this stage.

We encourage all members to consider applying.

BY THE  6th April.

Receipt of applications sent to the yesnetwork.president or other leadership team accounts cannot be guaranteed due to high email volumes. So please ensure you send your application to the specific address.

Thank you

Joanne Venus

Monday, February 13, 2012

Abstract submission to the 34th IGC-YES Symposium

YES Network members are invited to submit an abstract to the 34th IGC YES Symposium Overcoming geoscience challenges in the 21st century by developing and improving the skills of early-career geoscientists’ (Theme 36, symposium 36.7). You should note that this symposium is a part of the main IGC program and therefore abstract submission for this symposium will be governed by the same ‘rules’ as other IGC abstracts.This means that:

- Abstracts must be submitted via the IGC abstract portal (; this involves a cost)
- Presenters may only give one oral presentation; they can however have both a talk and a poster (separate abstracts need to be submitted for each)
- Abstracts are due by 17 February 2012 (AUSTRALIAN TIME)- Abstracts must be submitted using the correct template or they may be rejected outright .

We recommended that you don’t leave your abstract submission until the last minute as many people do that and the servers can get overloaded preventing upload. Finally, if you do have any problems submitting your abstract please contact the conference organisers (email provided) not the YES Network President.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2nd World YES Congress in Brisbane from the 5-10th August 2012

The 2nd World YES Congress will take place in Brisbane Australia in conjunctions with the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC)  from the 5-10th August 2012. Most the 2nd World YES Congress sessions will take place in the evenings, which will allow YES Network members to participate on the main 34th IGC sessions. The YES Network Congress sessions are as follows:

Sunday, 5 August (University of Queensland)
12:00-14:00 YES Congress Registration
14:00-16:00 Workshop: CV Writing - online registration until March 2012
16:00-18:00 Industry-YES Members Event
18:30-20:00 Cocktail & Dinner hour

Monday, 6 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)
18:00-20:00 YES Network National Chapters Showcase
20:00-22:00 YES Network Meet and Greet Dinner
Tuesday, 7 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)
18:00-20:30 Roundtable (Room 1): How can geoscientists best engage with the public and high school pupils?
18:00-20:30 Roundtable (Room 2): Geological knowledge and technology transfer in developing nations

Wednesday, 8 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)
18:00-20:30 Roundtable (Room 1): Engaging with policy
makers: A YES legacy
18:00-20:30 Roundtable (Room 2): Education and Outreach in Polar Science

Thursday, 9 August (Brisbane Convention Centre) 
18:00-20:30 Roundtable (Room 1): Emerging geoscience
themes and the role of the YES Network
18:00-20:30 Roundtable (Room 2): Women in Geosciences

Friday, 10 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)
09:00-11:30 Roundtable (Room 1): Professional Development:
International skill recognition
09:00-11:30 Workshop: Communicating Science to the Public
4:00-15:30 YES Network Poster Session

For further information about YES Network activities in Brisbane, please visit the main YES Network website at