Geology for Global Development

External Opportunities – Conference, Training, Competitions and Research

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had a few emails with some exciting opportunities that may interest our members. We’ve outlined each of these below  and given some details for getting involved!

**Nile Research – Intrepid Explorers, King’s College London – Walking the Nile Expedition

Intrepid Explorers is an initiative based in the Department of Geography (King’s College London). Over the coming months they will be following the explorer Levison Wood as he walks the length of the Nile (4250 miles), learning from both his preparation and what he encounters in the field. If you know of any relevant research that is located within this region (stretching from Rwanda to Egypt) then please fill in this form to facilitate the compilation of a map that will show the diversity of research being undertaken (geographical, geological and others…). Detailed information can also be submitted here.

**Special Issue – Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward A Sustainable Future

A Geological Society of America special volume, appearing in 2015. Topics are to include the geoscientific foundations for development anywhere, the basics of creating sustainable economies, and the importance of honoring social and cultural frameworks.  There will be numerous case studies of using geoscience for the public good in water supply and wastewater treatment, mining and mineral resources and mine waste remediation, environmental restoration and sustainable land use, fossil fuels (supply, replacement, and carbon sequestration), and mitigation of hazards including landslides, flooding, and volcanic hazards.  Challenges that must be met now and in the future will be highlighted.

Candidate articles may either be full papers (5-15 pages) based on research, outreach, or demonstration of principles, or extended abstracts (2-4 pages) concerning work in progress and brief reports of pertinent experiences.

If you are interested in contributing to this important publication, submit a Statement of Interest with 1) a proposed title, 2) a brief description of the work and intended scope of paper, and 3) authorship with contact information, via e-mail by February 1, 2014 to one of the two volume editors listed below.  You will receive a response from the editors by March 1, 2014.  Drafts of completed manuscripts including figures, references, etc., will be due November 1, 2014.

For further information, visit or contact either of the editors listed below.  We urge you to consider participating in this important effort, and look forward to hearing from all interested people. Editors: Greg Wessel (Geology In The Public Interest, and Jeffrey Greenberg (Wheaton College, 

**I’m a Geoscientist! – Get me out of here – Great communication/outreach opportunity

This is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with geoscientists. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your ability to talk about geoscience to a non-expert audience, there’s a cash prize to fund dissemination work, and most importantly you have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of geoscientists! Read more here and see this excellent EGU blogpost.

**Geoscience Information for Teachers

Information from EGU News: Southern African teachers can now apply to participate in the first UNESCO-EGU-ESA Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshop. Selected teachers will receive a travel/hotel stipend and free registration to the meeting, which is taking place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 26–28 February 2014. The topic of the workshop is Climate Change and Human Adaptation. Secondary-school science teachers can apply to participate in the South African GIFT workshop by filling in an online form or sending their application materials to by January 24. The application information is available for download in PDF format, a document which also includes further details about the UNESCO-EGU-ESA GIFT workshops.

**EGU 2014 Reminder – Geology and International Development, Geoethics, Hazard Communication

A short reminder that you can now submit abstracts for the EGU 2014 – there are a range of sessions including ones on geoscience and international development, geoethics and natural hazards education and communication. In addition to these sessions, we have profiled others across the disciplines that may interest our readers.

**Conference – High Impact Natural Hazards Related to the Euro-Mediterranean Region

This conference aims to open a forum on natural hazard events that are characterized by high impact and large destructive potential, particularly related to the Euro‐Mediterranean Region including Turkey (e.g., Marmara Region). Full details are available here, with registration and abstract information here. 

**PhD Applications

A number of universities are now advertising PhDs with funding opportunities. You can read more here.

Joel is the Founder/Director of Geology for Global Development (@Geo_Dev) an organisation working to support geologists to make a sustainable contribution to the fight against global poverty. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a PhD in geography (natural hazards), and research interests in multi-hazard frameworks, disaster risk reduction, rural water projects, and sustainable development. This work has taken him to Chile, China, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Joel is currently based at the British Geological Survey, and tweets at @JoelCGill.