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)