Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The German Chapter of the Young Earth Scientists Network (YES) is pleased to announce the 5th International YES Congress 2019 to be held at the Freie Universität Berlin in Berlin, Germany from 9 - 13 September 2019. The congress will have the theme “Rocking Earth’s Future”

The current and future grand challenges of global change are manifold and include rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, global warming, contamination of water and soil, the continuing transition of our economy to post-industrialism and related increases in vulnerabilities. For early career Earth Science researchers the task is to ensure that humanity is prepared to tackle all these challenges in a smart and sustainable way. This requires hard facts, reproducible and transparent science and a sound commitment.

The 5th YES Congress 2019 will be centred around six large topical areas:

  • Ashes to Ashes - Understanding Earth Processes
  • Unboxing Earth - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
  • Heritage Earth - Sustainable Resource Management
  • Society at Risk - Impacting Earth Phenomena
  • Brave New World - Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences
  • Beyond Printing - Communicating Science

We would like to remind you for the call for abstract. With more than 40 sessions covering the following themes we would like to attract young academics:

Resourcing Future Generations

The question how to resource future generations is of particular importance for the right of populations to improve their standards of living but also for the question on how we can preserve our plantet. The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) declared the topic „Resourcing Future Generations“ as its flagship initiative. The YES congress will add to the initiative of the IUGS the perspective of the youth and the early career scientists. 

Big Data

A priority theme is how to treat the vast amounts of data that are being collected and stored at a rate faster than they can be analyzed. This data holds huge potential to learn more about the Earth and to make new discoveries. Access to „Big Data“, its use and management will be one of the priority themes of the congress

Natural Hazards

Changing hydro-climatic and socio-economic conditions can increase the impact of natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, etc. The severeness of the impacts calls for better mitigation strategies, but also for new approaches to tackle the transient nature of hazards and risks. The YES congress aims to establish a platform for the active exchange of  advanced knowledge and methods in the field of complex system analysis. 

Science Communication and Communicating Science

The way and methods how we communicate sciences has become increasingly important, especially concerning the discussion linked to climate change but also to other subjects relevant for the Earth science. Special workshops will present the newest achievements, methodologies and discussions in the field of science communication and on how we present facts and uncertainties to the public and politics. 

Training and Learning for Young scientists

Addressing such issues need an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. Therefore, advanced interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies and approaches will be given high priority and presented in special workshop sessions. Pre-conference workshops and summer schools shall offer the young academics further opportunities to enhance their skills in relevant fields within the Earth science. 

Publication and Sustainability

The conference proceedings with extended abstracts will be internationally published by GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience via the electronic publication platform „GFZpublic“. GFZpublic is an open access platform. This will make the conference papers longtime citable and available. The results of the congress will be furthermore disseminated via the IUGS and the IAG and their publication platforms.  

The deadline for the call for abstract is March 4th 2019. A full list of sessions and details on abstract submission can be found here:

Information on the themes, workshops, summer schools, training courses, excursion and on the abstract submission procedure you can find at:

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