About the YES Africa Symposium

For the YES Congress 2009 meeting that was held in China from the 24th to 29th October, there were 578 young scientists from 37 countries who wrote and submitted abstracts. Over 300 people attended the meeting, and 57 individuals, including 16 speakers, participated via a virtual webinar interface in the roundtable symposia. Of the 578 young scientists who submitted abstracts, 76 were from young African scientists. Due to limited funding, only 16 Africans were able to attend the YES Congress 2009, As of March 17, 2010 there were 125 African YES Network members, and the number continues to grow on a daily basis. An African-based YES event would allow the YES Network to enable a larger number of young African geoscientists to attend a scientific meeting, discuss their research, and network with other scientists about scientific and professional development challenges issues such as geo-hazards, natural resources, climate change, gender parity in the geoscience profession, and education. These issues affect the lives of young African geologists every day and will also affect their future.

For various reasons, Earth Science studies in Africa have been one of the career paths that has not been promoted or highly preferred by many students. Therefore, this event will enable geoscience students to outline what is it that is appealing about this career and also what should be done to make sure that Earth Science Studies in Africa are improving.

By hosting this event in Africa, more young and early-career geoscientists will be able to interact with – and join - the YES Network. The meeting will also help to motivate them to be actively involved in the activities that the YES Network is currently planning. The meeting will also improve African delegates opportunities to participate in the next YES Congress (held in Brisbane, Australia in 2012 together with the 34th IGC) by expanding the YES Network membership in Africa and strengthening the ties between the YES Network National Chapters and local organizations.

Download the YES Africa Symposium circular.

Download the YES Africa Symposium flyer.

Download the YES Africa Symposium final report.


Local Organizing Committee:

Chairperson: Elyvin Nkhonjera, Malawi (elyvinnkhonjera@yahoo.co.uk)
Communications team leader
: Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, South Africa
                              Supported by: Amel Barich, Morocco
Finance Team leader: Yayeh Desalegn, Ethiopia      
                              Supported by: Eliakimu Kagimbo, Tanzania
Scientific Team Leader: Stephen Joseph Nyagonde, Tanzania
                              Supported by Benjamin Kamanga, Malawi
Operations Team leader: John Clement Beyeme Zogo, University of Johanesburg, South Africa
Chinese Organizing Committee Support member: Sizuo Wang, China


Scientific Committee:

Prof. Aberra Mogessie, Ethiopia
Prof. Lopo Vasconcales, Mozambique
Dr. Gembenga Okunlola, Nigeria
Dr. Genene Mulugeta, Ethiopia
Dr. Greg Tanyileke, Cameroon


Schedule

11 January 2011

08:00 - 08:30:   Opening Ceremony for YES Africa
08:30 - 10:00:   Oral presentations - Session 1: Earth’s Resources and Sustainable Development of Africa
10:00 - 10:30:   Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 - 13:00:   Oral presentations - Session 2: (Continuation of Session 1) Earth’s Resources and Sustainable Development of Africa
13:00 - 14:00:   Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:00:   Oral presentations - Session 3: Post Gondwana Geodynamics of Africa
16:00 - 16:30:   Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 - 18:00:   Oral presentations - Session 4: Environmental Geology and Geohazards (Natural Hazards vs. Man-made Hazards)

12 January 2011

08:30 - 10:00:   Roundtable 1: Natural Hazards in Africa - Presentations
10:00 - 10:30:   Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 - 11:30:   Roundtable 1: Natural Hazards in Africa - Presentations
11:30 - 13:00:   Roundtable 1: Natural Hazards in Africa - Working Group Discussions
13:00 - 14:00:   Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:00:   Roundtable 2: Professional Development Resources - Presentations
16:00 - 16:30:   Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 - 18:00:   Roundtable 2: Professional Development Resources - Working Group Discussions
18:30 - 21:30:   YES Africa 2011 Party

Note: Posters will be displayed through out the CAG23 meeting. During breaks, participants can view and discuss the posters.


Registration Fees

Please visit http://www.cag23.co.za to register and indicate that you are a YES delegate. Registration fees according to CAG for YES delegates are as follows:

Normal Registration (30/08/2010): 200 euro
Late Registration (15/10/2010): 250 euro
Walk in Registration : 300 euro
One day Registration: 80 euro
Gala Dinner: 25 euro

For more information on fees, download the YES Africa Symposium circular.

Please note that the registration fee includes:

  • Access to CAG23 scientific program & exhibitions
  • Delegate Registration Pack
  • Conference beverages
  • Attendance of opening and closing ceremonies
  • Transport from/to Milpark Hotel and Wits students residence (see accommodation)

Note: Short courses, workshops & excursions and accommodation are not included in the above registration fees.


Web-based Participants

We will be providing free web-access to the roundtable sessions for the YES Africa 2011 Symposium. Web-based participants are required to pre-register for the each session.

Each roundtable session will have an web-based working group that will occur concurrently with the working group discussions at the symposium. The web-based working groups will be run via Skype. As part of the registration process, web-based participants will be have the opportunity to specify if they wish to participate in the web-based working group for each roundtable session.

Those participants who have specified that they wish to participate in the web-based working groups will be contacted by the roundtable organizer or moderators with more details about the Skype session.


Oral and Poster Presentations Topics


Session 1 and 2: Earth’s Resources and Sustainable Development of Africa

  • Mineral Resources: PG2-Cr-V, gemstones, industrial minerals, building materials, etc.
  • Energy Resources: Geothermal, petroleum, hydropower, coal, uranium
  • Geohydrology: Groundwater resources, water chemistry, etc.
  • Biosphere reserves and biodiversity conservation toward sustainable utilization
  • GIS and its application to related earth sciences field
  • Geoparks and tourism

Session 1 Talks

Amel Barich
Thermobarometric Evolution of the Granulite-Peridotite Interface in the Internal Rift, Morocco
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Ignatius Kamwanje
Kayelekera Uranium Deposit, Northern Malawi
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Roberta Makoko
Oil Reserves Under Lake Malawi and Associated Opportunities
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Session 2 Talks

Dianah Isaac Irenge
A Synoptic Diagnosis of the 2009 Rainfall Shortages Over East Africa
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Sibong'ile Kayungu Phiri
Geohydrology-Groundwater Resources and Sustainable Use in Zambia
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Hassan S. Mdala
Natural Hazards in Africa: “Earthquakes”: A Presentation on the Malawi Rift and Plate Tectonics
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Abigail Mwailenge
Energy Resources: Coal
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Session 3:  Post Gondwana Geodynamics of Africa

  • East African Rift: Tectonics, Evolution, Volcanism and Geophysics
  • Cenozoic alkaline provinces of western and southern Africa
  • Kimberlite magmatism in Africa
  • Kalahari epeirogeny, sedimentary basins and geomorphic evolution
  • Neotectonics: Intraplate seismicity Quatenary active faults, stress fields.
  • Geochemistry and isotope geology associated with post-Gondwana event
  • Oceanography

Session 3 Talks

Ghislain Zangmo Tefogoum
Mount Bambouto Caldera (Cameroon Line): Structure and Environmental Impact
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Debra Colarossi
Clay Mineralogy and Soil Textures of Quaternary Alluvial Fan Palaeosols on the Heelbo Game Farm, Eastern Free State, South Africa
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Ine Vandecasteele
The Increasing Threat of Natural Hazards in Central Africa: The Case of Urban Megagullies
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Manahloh Belachew
Comparison of Dike Intrusions in an Incipient Seafloor Spreading Segment in Afar, Ethiopia: Seismicity Perspectives
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Samson Mhango
Occurences of Coal Deposits in Malawi and Related Mining Activities
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View Session 3's Discussion and Closing Remarks


Roundtable Topics

Please note that there are some areas that have not been taken up, namely presenters for roundtable topic number 2. If you want to be a moderator or a presenter at one of the roundtables, please email Elyvin Nkhonjera at elyvinnkhonjera@yahoo.co.uk. Please put "YES AFRICA 2011" in the subject line of your email.


Roundtable 1:
Natural Hazards in Africa: Climate change, earthquakes, landslides, hydrological hazards, etc.

Roundtable Organizer:
Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi
Geologist, Council For Geoscience- Limpopo Unit, South Africa
Email: ncmukosi@gmail.com

Roundtable Moderators:
Yayeh Daselegn
Assistant Lecturer (M.Sc. Candidate), University of Ethiopia

Kabore Awudu Moro
National Service Person, Timber Industry Development Division, Ghana

This roundtable session will review current natural hazards that are occurring in the African continent, for example earthquakes (e.g. active East African rift), landslides, floods and drought etc. The roundtable discussion will focus on the different approaches of identifying natural hazards, risk assessment, risk mitigation and the role of the earth scientists and government/ policy makers with regard to natural hazards. What is the role of the government with regard to natural hazards, and how can young earth scientist approach government/ policy makers with regard to these natural hazards?

Speakers and Talks

Cecilia Mukosi
Geo-hazards in the Vhembe District: Erosions, Landslides and Earthquakes
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M. L. Diko
Community Engagement in Geohazard Management along the Cameroon Volcanic Line
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Hassan S. Mdala
The Malawi Rift and Plate Tectonics: A Case of the Karonga Earthquake (December 2009)
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View Roundtable 1's Summary Session


Roundtable 2:
Creating Local and Regional Professional Development Resources for Young and Early-Career Geoscientists

Roundtable Organizer:
Monica Kalichini
University of Zambia
Email: moebi19@yahoo.com

Roundtable Moderators:
Tadesse Berhanu
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Mponda Malozo
Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives at Environmental Management Unit, Tanzania

This roundtable session explores the current programs and initiatives that provide professional development resources for young and early-career geoscientists within Africa. This session will determine how these resources can be increased in order to make them available to a greater number of young and early-career geoscientists, both on a regional and local level. Issues to be explored in this session include: Job availability, preparedness of geoscience graduates, availability local and regional infrastructure to support professional development resources (schools, programs, internet accessibility), and retention of geoscience graduates. Strategies for how the YES Network and YES Network National Chapters can develop and disseminate these professional development resources will also be proposed.

Speakers and Talks


Sarah Gaines
Why a career in Earth Sciences? Earth Stewardship Science!
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Monica Kalichini
Geosciences:  A keystone for development
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Sibong'ile Kayungu Phiri
How does Africa build and retain a cadre of world-class geoscientists in the rising generation?
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Seifu Kebede
Geo-science education, research, outreach in Ethiopia and SSA:  Some thoughts
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View Roundtable 2's Summary Session