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

Sincerely,

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



Background
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. 

Teachers
John Moore, Duoying Ji, Long Cao, Ying Chen (China’s geoengineering program), Pete Irvine (Harvard University), Doug MacMartin (Cornell University), Masa Sugiyama (Tokyo University)
Participants
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.

Applications
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) gmail.com

Costs
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