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Indicative Program YES 2012 Congress

Sunday 5 August (University of Queensland)

09:00-10:00 YES Network Congress Registration

A YES 2012 registration desk will be set up at the University of Queensland for delegates registering only for YES Network events.

To participate in YES sessions to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, you must register as a delegate and pay the appropriate registration fee. Discounted registration fees are available to YES members and student delegates.


10:00-12:00 CV Workshop

At this workshop YES delegates will learn tips and tools for strengthening their CV. Murray Smith, Vice President of Human Resources in Minerals Exploration at BHP will share his insights into what industry looks for in the content and structure of a CV, while Tiffany Rivera from Roskilde University, Denmark, will address how academics (and those interested in pursuing a career in academia) should organise and present their CV.

Registration for this workshop will be via the YES Network website between October and March, 2012 (Limited onsite registration).


12:00-13:00 Lunch Function

YES Delegates are invited to a lunch function as a start to the Industry-YES Network Members Event. Come along and meet your fellow YES Network members right before the IGC begins.

The cost of this lunch is included in your registration if you are a YES member and have pre-registered for this event. Additional guests are $30 AUD each; registration and payment details please contact Ashley Paroz at between October and March, 2012.


12:00-15:00 Industry-YES Members Event

This event will bring industry representatives, academics, researchers and professional organisations together with YES Network members to discuss opportunities for employment, work experience and collaboration in an informal and relaxed environment.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity to interact with some of the brightest early career earth scientists from around the world by having a display and/or sending a representative of your organisation please contact Gabriela Perlingeiro at


Monday 6 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)

18:00-20:00 YES National Chapters, YES Room 1

This session will include presentations from the YES Network National Chapters on exciting projects and their plans for 2012-2014, and the YES awards ceremony.


20:00-22:00 YES Network Meet and Greet Dinner

A chance to see downtown Brisbane, join us for dinner in the city centre. Further details to be confirmed. (Cost not included in your registration)


Tuesday 7 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)

The YES Network Roundtable Program will commence on Tuesday 7 August. Roundtable sessions aim to bring together experts and early career geoscientists to discuss pertinent and topical issues. Two roundtable sessions will run concurrently each evening.

Roundtable sessions will run from 18:30 to 20:30 in the main conference centre, except for Friday 10 August when they will run from 09:00 to 11:30. Light refreshments will be provided and delegates are welcome to join their roundtable session organisers for dinner after each session (not funded) to continue the discussions.


18:30-20:30 Roundtable 1, YES Room 1

How can Geoscientists best engage with the public and high school pupils

Convenors: YES Outreach Team, Ashvin Wickramasooriya


18:30-20:30 Roundtable 2, YES Room 2

Geological knowledge and technology transfer in developing nations

Convenor: Regional Representatives from Africa and Middle East


Wednesday 8 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)

17:00-19:00 Roundtable 3, YES Room 1

Engaging with policy makers: A YES legacy

Convenors: Gabriela Perlingeiro, YES Australia, David Govoni, YES Italy


17:00-19:00 Roundtable 4, YES Room 2

Education and Outreach in Polar Science

Convenors: Punyasloke Bhadury and Aisling Dolan, (joint YES Network and -Association of Polar Early Career Scientists)


Thursday 9 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)

18:30-20:30 Roundtable 5, YES Room 1

Emerging geoscience themes and the role of the YES network

Convenors: Visioning Team, Sarah Gaines, UNESCO


18:30-20:30 Roundtable 6, YES Room 2

Women in Geosciences

Convenor: Tiffany Rivera, YES Denmark


Friday 10 August (Brisbane Convention Centre)

8:30-10:15 Roundtable 7, YES Room 1

Professional Development: International skill recognition

Convenors: Professional Development team and Working Group Advisory Team


10:45-12:30 Science Communication Workshop, YES Room 1

Convenors: Cecilia Mukosi, YES South Africa


14:00-15:45 YES Network Poster Session

Posters invited from National Chapters and YES Network members based around the themes of the Roundtable Program and National Chapter activities.


YES within the IGC


All YES members are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts to the IGC programme. All YES member presentations will be listed on the YES Network website.


Details of the YES Network Symposium


IGC Theme 36. Regional, Thematic and Specialist Symposia

36.7 Overcoming geoscience challenges in the 21st century by developing and improving the skills of early-career geoscientists [YES Network]

Convenors: Joanne VENUS (UK), Gabriela PERLINGEIRO (Australia) and Michelle COOPER (Australia)

The Earth is facing significant challenges, many of which will need to be addressed by the next generation of Earth scientists. In order to meet these challenges it is imperative that the Earth scientists of the future form strong, international networks and develop relevant, cross-disciplinary skills. Effective outreach, including mentor schemes and internships, is more important than ever and required in order to support, recruit and retain the geoscientists required in the future. Faced by so many choices, early-career Earth scientists’ key decision points need to be identified and discussed. Also crucial to the development of our future Earth scientists will be the recognition of international qualifications.

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