YES Network Newsletter

Read about what's going on in the YES Network around the world and stay current with upcoming events by reading our newsletter. Subscribe to our Newsletter by filling out a YES Network membership form.

Each newsletter features the latest activities and upcoming events in the YES Network from around the world.

Current Issue

Winter-Spring 2014 Issue - Highlights:


1. YES Community News: 3rd YES Congress 2014 - Abstracts submission deadline extended! (page 4).
2. National Chapters: News from India, Morocco, DR of Congo and Peru (page 6-7).
3. Meet the YES Executive Women! (page8)
4. Featured YES Personality: Elyvin Nkhojera (page 9). 
5. Crossing Boarders Article: NASA Sends “Big Data” in to the CloudNASA Sends "Big Data" in to the Cloud by Melissa Prior (page 10-11)
6. YES Member Showcase: Salma Tifratine (page 12).
7.  Leadership Opportunities: Send us your application now!  (page 13).
8. Geoscience Community News (page 14-16).

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National Representatives - Connect with your National Chapter's membership

Keep in touch with the YES Network members in your country! Get your National Chapter’s most recent member ship list by emailing the YES Network’s Membership Administrator, Heather Houlton at hrh[at]

YES Network Bloggers

We are seeking input for the YES Network blog. Share your experiences in the field, in the lab, or on any other (relevant) geoscience topic. Please send your submissions to networkyes.communications[at] and we.ll post it on the blog. If you have a blog already, and enjoy writing, come join our blogging team to write about what interests you in the geosciences.

Membership Profiles

There are currently 128 members who have posted their profile in the YES Network.s Membership Directory! Join the community to find collaborators, develop YES Network projects and chat about geoscience topics of interest. Click on Join YES page on the YES Network's website to access the Membership Directory.

Even if you would like to keep your profile unlisted in the Membership Directory, please make sure to update your profile's Country of Residence  field. That way, we can connect you with your local YES Network National Representative so you can keep current on YES Network activities in the country where you live.

Newsletter - Call for Photos!

We need new photos for the YES Network newsletter. If you have photos that you would like us to use as part of the YES Network newsletter, please email them to us at networkyes.newsletter1[at]

Recent Results from the Retaining Students through the Student-to-Professional Continuum Survey

If you haven't shared your thoughts, please do so today!  We'll be sharing the most recent results in the Newsletters over this summer.

We'd love to hear from you. Read our newsletter to find out what information you will need to include in your email to our Newsletter Team (networkyes.newsletter1[at]

Previous Issues

2013: May 2013, Summer/Fall 2013
September 2012July 2012June 2012May 2012April 2012March 2012February 2012January 2012

2011: December 2011October-November 2011September 2011August 2011July 2011,

June 2011April 2011March 2011February 2011January 2011

How to Contribute to the YES Network Newsletter

Do you have news, a member profile, updates about your team or project, an article, or artwork you'd like to share? Send us an email at with the information:

YES Network Member Showcase
Visit the YES Network website’s Member Showcase page for a complete list of information required to submit your profile to the YES Network Member Showcase. For inclusion in both the YES Network website and newsletter, please send your information to the Communications Team and the Newsletter Publication Team.

Crossing Borders Articles
We accept short (1 page) articles for publication that highlight the application of geoscience research to societal issues. Consideration is also given to articles that address the health of geoscience discipline as a whole and introduce new tools, research methods, and or concepts that can be applied to address societal challenges, raise the awareness of the geoscience in society, and improve the demographics of the geoscience profession as a whole. Submit your manuscript, name, affiliation, and references to the YES Network Newsletter Publication team.

News Items, Opportunities, Updates, National Chapter Information, etc.
Email the information (news, opportunities, updates to events, national chapter information, etc.) along with your name and email address.

Photos and Artwork
We accept .png or .jpg images. Please include your name, email, and your consent for the YES Network to use your photos and artwork in our media publications.

YES Network News

Check out what's going on in the YES Network around the world and get involved with upcoming YES Network activities!

News from the Leadership Teams

Geoscience in YOUR language!
The YES Network Communications Support Team is launching the initiative "Geoscience in YOUR language" to invite the YES membership world wide to share their geoscience experiences in their native languages.

This initiative aims to break the language barrier and encourage young earth scientists around the world to communicate their science in their own languages. We believe it is crucial for the young and early career geoscientists to develop Geoscience Communications skills in their own language to help innovation and promotion of Geosciences in their respective countries.


The Mappt Agile Geodata Competition

Mappt in partnership with YES Network is inviting all members to innovate how geomapping data is used and managed in the field. We are seeking innovative ideas on how data, whether it is Geology, GIS or other, can be better captured and managed through the use of the Mappt application in the field.

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Mappt is an agile data capture and management tool for field use built for Android devices. A video introduction providing an overview can be found on the Mappt Website at: or click here for a direct link.

We are seeking demonstrations and concepts of how Mappt can better inform, improve efficiencies or be used in interesting ways by Geo-Professionals while in the field. The winners of the best submission will receive a free copy of Mappt Professional edition for 1 year + discounted professional licensing renewal for the following year.

Mappt can be used for:

  • Create and edit data in the field
  • Add and edit notes and information with points, lines and polygons
  • Simple file based import / exporting of KML, KMZ and Shapefiles
  • Take all your existing satellite imagery, and maps offline with full ECW/JP2 support
  • Switch between map types
  • Use internal or Bluetooth GPS for location and tracking path creation
  • Use Geofences to create inclusion and exclusion zones
  • Internal measurement tools for distance, area etc.
  • Projection control (Geodetic and UTM)
  • Thematic mapping fucntionality

Mappt with YESNetwork will provide 10 full Professional licensed copies of Mappt for free throughout this competition. This is an opportunity to show how information collection while in the field can be improved and used in new ways.

Who can apply: The competition is aimed at the young geoscientists members of the YES (Young Earth Scientist) Network; so the competition is open to all young geoscientists (under 35 years of age). The Mappt development team encourages students, or any young researchers to develop an innovative concepts and methods on how Geomapping data can be used within Mappt while in the field. We are looking for innovative uses of the functionality within Mappt to improve Geodata while in a disconnected environment.

Registering your application: The registration of the applications developed for this competition will be accepted until the end of July 2014. 

The winning prize: The winner of the competition will receive a Mappt Professional license for 1 year valued at over $1000.

For more information, please download FULL ANNOUNCEMENT.


European Young Earth Scientists Best Research Award

The YES Network announces the chance for young European geoscientists to be awarded for their research related to the themes of one of the sessions of the 3rd YES Congress which will be held in Tanzania on 11-16th August 2014.
The first three young geoscientists with the most original and innovative researches in their respective fields will be awarded during the event and will receive a grant, sponsored by the EuroGeoSurvey, that will cover totally or partially the expenses of their participation in the 3rd YES Congress.
- First Award is $1500
- Second Award is $1000 
- Third Award is $500

To participate you need:
- To be under 35 years old or early-career earth scientist.
- To be resident in one of European Union countries.
- To be a YES Network member (you can register also before the deadline of the challenge -
- To submit an abstract to one of the 6 sessions of the congress, for more information, please visit the website of the event:

The deadline of this challenge is the 20th June. Winners will be declared online on the YES Network website by the 30th June.

Please download the FULL ANNOUNCEMENT containing the required documents and application form. 

GSA/GSL Student support for 3rd YES Congress 2014:

The Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London are offering travel assistance to African students and early career geoscientists to attend the 3rd and the 25th 2014. Funds will be distributed in two parts. Upon notification of receipt of the award the societies will provide 75% of the funds. The remaining 25% may be collected at the conference. Young Earth Scientists (YES) Congress Colloquium of African Geology (CAG25) to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11-16 August.

Application Criteria: You must

1. be an African undergraduate, graduate student or early career professional geoscientist (no more than 35 years old);
2. be presenting an oral or poster paper and be able to show that your abstract has been submitted and accepted;
3. attach a brief statement (up to 300 words) describing how attending the YES and CAG conferences will benefit your career development.

Important Dates:
20 May 2014 - Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED!)
30 May 2014 - Application deadline for travel grant
20 June 2014 - Abstract Acceptance decided
27 June 2014 - Complete Travel Grant application by sending abstract acceptance letter to with a subject line indicating "GSA/GSL Student support for 3rd YES Congress 2014"
11 July 2014 - Notification of Travel Grant Approval.

Link to application site:

Gender and Geoethics in Earth Sciences

The YES Network is launching an Online Survey to evaluate the conditions of female earth-scientists around the world. This survey will help us identify the problems and needs of the female YES members around the world. Potential tools and initiatives will be set to help young female earth-scientists in their career path.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey and let us hear your feedbacks about it!

3rd World YES Congress and CAG25

The International Orgzanizing Committee (IOC) and Tanzanian National Organizing Committee (NOC) of the YES Network are happy to announce that the 3rd World YES Congress will be held -for the first time in Africa- at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre-MJNICC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 11th - 14thAugust 2014 in conjunction with the Colloquium of African Geology which will take part on 14th -16th August 2014.

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Executive Board

We are happy to announce that the YES Network is the first international associate of the AGI Federation. Read the press release:

Call for authors in YES Earth Science Book

Dear YES Members and Colleagues,It is our great honor to invite submissions to the first YES Book Academic edition for special issue on Earth Science.
This special edition of the book is meant for the Senior secondary school and graduate college students. It focuses on the fundamentals of Earth Science, scope of the Earth science studies. A major section of educated society will also be the target readers of this special edition.
YES book will be published and housed by the University of Tucuman, Argentina, under the INSUGEO Management. INSUGEO, Institute of Geological Correlation, is an academinc unit of University of Tucuman and the CONICET, the research council of Argentina. The series of the book will be indexed in EBSCO, Ulrich International Periodical Directory, Thomson Reuters ISI Master Journal List, Zoological Record, Gale Cencage Learning y Georef, Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ and Latindex.
Submission requirements:
We encourage all YES members to submit the proposals. Interested authors need to send the chapter proposal (not more than 500 words) via email to networkyes.secretary[at] with subject: YES Book Proposal. A CV/Resume of the interested author is required to assess the experience in the same field.

For more information about the themes, deadlines and contacts, please visit our blog on:


Skype Chats & Webinars

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to encourage YES Network members to become involved in YES Network activities. We are planning to start a series of on-line discussion sessions held via skype. These will run in a similar way to the online component of our roundtable sessions. If you would like to volunteer to run a topic please get in touch ( Topics could be related to Earth science, careers, outreach, crossing borders, etc. We will provide you with support on running the session.

28th April 2014, 4pm GMT (We're looking for a moderator!)
National Representatives - ‘Drop In’ Skype Chat

Add yesnationalreps to your Skype contacts. Meet and chat with other National Representatives, exchange tips and develop ideas on how to build your National Chapter. This session will run as as text chat session.


YES Network Meetings & Activities:

To be updated soon, stay tuned!



Opportunities for YES Network Members

Check out what's going on in the YES Network around the world and get involved with upcoming YES Network activities!

Leadership Team Opportunities:

Leadership teams, do you have positions and duties that YES Network members can help you with? If so, send your position announcements to , and we will post them here and in the monthly YES Network Newsletter.

Call for YES Network members who wish to assist in various YES Network activities and projects
Do you want to help with the running of a YES Network event? Do you have an idea for a workshop? Or would you simply like to get more involved in the day-to-day running of the network? We have lots of exciting projects in development, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved! Please note that there will be a time commitment requirement with all projects, so do let us know how much time you can invest. Thank you! Contact me directly at if you are interested. Please ensure that the email subject reads:  "Call for YES Network members" or I might miss your email.
~Best wishes,
Wang Meng, YES Network President

Become a YES Communications Team member!
We are seeking motivated YES members to join us in the team and participate in the different Communications Team activities!
Insterested? E-mail us now at: with your CV and a short letter to explain to us your motivations for this position.
We're looking forward to hear from many of you soon!

Newsletter Editor and Designer/Illustrator Needed!
If you're interested in the position or would like more information, please contact the YES Network's Database Administrator and Membership Services Manager Heather Houlton at (cc  
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for more information. 


Research & Project Collaborations:

Have an idea that you’d like to develop with other YES Network members? Post your idea here. Send a brief description of your research or project idea and your contact information (name and email) to, and we’ll post your information here and in the next YES Network Newsletter.

1. YES Network: Geomicrobiology Initiative
Punyasloke Bhadury

2. Updated Decision Points Survey
Jo Venus and Leila Gonzales

Thank you to all who participated in the YES Network’s Decision Points Survey. We got a lot of feedback from our survey participants and had several good discussions with colleagues at the AGU 2010 Fall Meeting in December. Based on these discussions, we have updated the survey to be more extensive to better capture information about why people stay in or leave the geosciences. If you have not yet taken the survey, or if you have already taken the survey, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes out of your busy day to fill out the updated survey.

3. Women in Geoscience Survey
Amel Barich, Tanvi Arora, Cecilia Mukosi
The YES Network is running a survey about women in Geoscience and we would like to have your opinion.
The survey comes in the context of a global initiative launched by the UK Chapter of the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH)( to comemorate its newly formed Commission on Gender and Geoethics (CoGG). The YES Network will contribute to its first Special Issue and we hope to give an insight from our perspective about this topic.

Please take a few minutes to complete it and let us know if you have more ideas and suggestions to improve it and/or to contribute to the empowerment of women in this discipline, especially the early-career ones. 
Link to the survey: 



Geoscience Community News

News from around the world from the international geoscience community!

General News:

International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 596 (2011-2015)

Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Paleozoic
IGCP 596 is specifically interested in the interaction between climate change and biodiversity in the Devonian and Carboniferous Periods (416 - 299 million years ago) when the terrestrial ecosystems experienced a biodiversity boom and oceanic ecosystems suffered catastrophic extinctions.

We recommend to visit the relevant website ( frequently. Various workshops and conferences are planned for the next years and we would be pleased to see a good number of young scientists attending the IGCP 596 meetings. For further information see webpages and /or contact Peter Königshof (

Better Warnings for the Consequences of Earthquakes

How can we better prepare ourselves for massive earthquakes to prevent damage and loss of life? Read the story at

AGI Launches GeoWord of the Day

In celebration of the release of the revised 5th edition Glossary of Geology for the Kindle and Nook platforms, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has started a free GeoWord of the Day service.
The GeoWord of the Day is a fun and convenient way to learn a new geoscience term every day. Each morning (US ET) the service will highlight a new word or term featured in the Glossary of Geology, ensuring daily authoritative terms and definitions for years to come. Users may choose to receive the GeoWord of Day directly through email by subscribing online at

OneGeology is very pleased to add a Russian translation of the OneGeologyKids web pages, now available online.

If you would be able to help provide additional translations into your language, please get in touch with the OneGeology secretariat at

Upcoming Events:

IMA 2014 General Meeting - 21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association

30 Aug - 06 Sep 2014 - Johannesburg, South Africa
As a country with a large mining and mineralogical industry, as well as strong mineralogical, geological and geochemical research initiatives, South Africa is highly appropriate to host this meeting. Most of the mines and mineral occurrences are close to good infrastructure and easily accessible. Other easily accessible southern African countries also boast some outstanding geology and mineral fields.The content of the technical sessions will reflect all the traditionally most important topics of our science as well as other, locally and internationally relevant topics.

More information:

More Geoscience events are published regularly on our blog: Subscribe for more updates!

Resources, Positions & Funding:

CFES Survey of Canadian Geoscientists under the age of 35

If you are a Canadian geoscience professional or student under the age of 35, please check out the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) online survey at: There will also be a link to the Survey on the CFES website CFES, in cooperation with Geoscientists Canada ( and the Canadian Council of Chairs of Earth Science Departments ( has identified the need to better understand the transition from university graduation to initial career advancement of Canadian Earth scientists.

YES Bulletin News

Check out the First Edition of the YES Network Bulletin!



Earth Science Education: A Necessary Tool for Development in Africa. A Product of the YES Africa 2011 Roundtable Discussion. I. Ddamba (Download)  p.5

Hydrostratigraphy. S. Mukherjee (Download)  p.10

Mount Bambouto Caldera (Cameroon Volcanic Line): Formation, Structure and Environmental Impact. G. Zangmo Tefogoum, D.G. Nkouathio, A. Kagou Dongmo, P. Wandji, M. Gountie Dedzo & F.M. Tchoua (Download)  p.14

Flanking Microstructures of the Zanskar Shear Zone, Western Indian Himalaya. S. Mukherjee (Download)  p.21

(Download the FULL VERSION)

We would like to thank all who have participated in the release of the first edition of the YES journal and we invite YES members to submit their papers for future editions to the following e-mail address:


We are seeking editors and reviewers for the YES Network Bulletin. Please, if you are interested send an email with a brief resume (CV) to and cc: Dr. Carlos Gonella at 
The Bulletin Team also seeks a Logo! Please inquire to

Carlos and the editorial staff

News from YES Network Websites

Read our RSS feed from the YES Network's blog and from National Chapter websites to find out what's going on around the world in the YES Network.

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YES Network - Argentina
March 14th
Investigan fósiles de una especie de hemicordados que proporcionaría un eslabón evolutivo clave"Spartobranchus tenius" es un grupo de gusanos bellota.Christopher Cameron y sus colegas del Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad de Montr...
February 11th
Isla de Socotra (Océano Índico): Descubren 69 nuevas especies de insectos.Un equipo internacional de científicos, del que forma parte el profesor Juan Antonio Delgado del Departamento de Zoología y Antropología Física de la Universidad de Murcia, ha descu...
YES Network - Ghana
September 11th
The YES Network is an international association of early-career geoscientists who are primarily under the age of 35 years and are from universities, geoscience organizations and companies from across the world. The YES Network was formed as a result of &#...

YES Network - Italy

Forum about Japan's Tsunami and Earthquake

This forum is focused on the earthquake happened in Japan that has caused the terrifying tsunami. As a first point of discussion, here is the article sent by Prof. Koji Okumura,

YES Network - Malaysia
February 11th
The half day trip to Klang Gate Ridge on the 12th of November 2011 was part of the Explore our Urban Geoheritage programme, jointly organized by Young Earth Scientist (YES) Malaysia Chapter, Institute for Environment and development (LESTARI), and Geolo...
November 1st
Explore our urban geoheritage .... semua dijemput hadir. Makluman tempat terhad. First come first serve basis.
YES Network - Namibia
July 8th
YES Member Josephine Uushona, recently went on air to promote YES Namibia.You can listen to the interview here.YES Network Namibia Promotes Earth Science in the Country ...
July 8th
GeolSoc Talk in JulyA TALK BY: PROF. RACHEL WOODTITLE : “EVE OF BIOMINERALISATION”DATE : FRIDAY, 18 JULY 2014VENU : AUDITORIUM OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF NAMIBIATIME : 17H30Please see the GeolSoc website for more information and updates. http://www.geols...
YES Network - South Africa
October 12th
33rd  AL du Toit Memorial LectureAfter a couple of years of nonexistence, the GSSA Polokwane branch took it upon their sleeves to also be among the hosts of the 33rd AL du Toit memorial lecture, hosted at the University of Limpopo...
April 10th
The Geological Society of America and the Geological Society of London are offering travel assistance to African students and early career geoscientists to attend the 3rd YES Congress and CAG25. Funds will be distributed in two parts. Upon notification of...
YES Network - USA
September 8th
TED has great talks over various science topics.  Check this one out titled: Discovering Ancient Climates in Oceans and Ice, talk by Rob Dunbar.
September 8th
Want to work on Capitol Hill and have a positive impact for the geosciences? GSA is seeking a new Director of Geoscience Policy. Follow the link for the job description.
YES Network - Uzbekistan
March 20th
"Инженерная защита территорий и безопасность населения: роль и задачи геоэкологии, инженерной геологии и изысканий"EngeoPro-20116-8 сентября 2011 г, Россия, Москва!!Прием тезисов продлен до 31 марта 2011!!В рамках конференции ...
March 14th
There are several items we would like to draw your attention to in this month's Newsletter: and Leadership Opportunities:There are many leadership opportunities are available for YES Network mem...