December 2019

Dear community

Welcome to the YESS newsletter!

YESS wishes you a successful 2020! 

We look back at a great 2019. We held a successful YESS-YHS-APECS-AGU-WCRP Joint Early Career Researcher workshop ”Water Cycle in a 1.5°C warmer world: interdisciplinary approaches”, many perspective papers and we were involved in many discussions in the international scientific community and actively represented the voice of ECRs. 

We are looking forward to a new year with many successful early career researchers events, ECR perspectives and of course bright scientific contributions to Earth system science! 

Outreach Working Group

This newsletter provides insight in the latest developments of the YESS community. You will find news about:

YESS and the Global Atmospheric System Studies (GASS) panel are looking for an Early Career Researcher to be included in their leadership structure, the GASS panel.

The GASS panel is an initiative from the Global  Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX), whose goal is to facilitate and support the international community that carries out and uses observations, process studies, and numerical model experiments with the goal of developing and improving the representation of the atmosphere in weather and climate models.

Currently, GASS panel is formed by 8 researchers, and would like to add one early career researcher to the panel. The early career researcher will work in close cooperation with the entire panel on the development of the GASS activities. In addition, the early career researcher will serve as a contact point between GASS and YESS to promote the involvement of early career researchers in GASS panel activities. The position advertised is a volunteer position with no associated direct funding.

Who can apply?

  • Early career researchers 
  • Research background that fits the themes of the GASS panel (e.g. here)

How to apply?

To apply please complete the following form. We started to review applications from 17 December 2019 onwards, so please apply as soon as possible. Applications are accepted until we identify a suitable candidate.

On December 7, YESS, the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) and the Association of Polar Early Career Researchers (APECS) held a Joint ECR Workshop prior to the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting. The 4-hour workshop brought together 44 early career researchers from different countries and career backgrounds for an interdisciplinary discussion.

During the activity, the participants listened to WCRP Joint Scientific Committee co-chair Detlef Stammer who provided an overview of WCRP grand challenges and strategy. After that, two talks were given by senior scientists covering the main topics discussed (Irina Sandu from ECMWF and Ellen Bruno from the University of California).

After the talks, participants were split into three working groups for further discussion and to elaborate an ECR perspective of the main topic.

This workshop was jointly organized by YESS, YHS and APECS under the auspices of the WCRP Climate Science Week and was kindly supported by WCRP, AGU and WCRP sponsors. We would like to thank all the sponsors for their support.

On December 2019, our Execom Faten Attig Bahar was nominated to join the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and represent YESS  in the Research Board on Weather, Climate, Water and the Environment.

The WMO Research Board on Weather, Climate, Water and the Environment translates the strategic aims of WMO and decisions of Executive Council and Congress into overarching research priorities, and ensures the implementation and coordination of the research programmes to achieve these priorities in accordance with the purposes of Organization defined in Article 2(f) of the Convention. This nomination represents a big step towards a more participation of ECRs in international panels and initiatives.


We would like to congratulate Faten for this achievement and we wish her all the success in her new role at WMO.


User interaction and the suitability of CORDEX data and information products to accommodate user needs were the main focus of the Early Career Scientist event, during the CORDEX International Conference for Regional Climate (ICRC-CORDEX 2019) held in Beijing (China) in October.

Challenges and opportunities were discussed through an expert presentation, short reflections by early career researchers, as well as an interactive dialogue with the audience. Four ECRs presented their short reflections on challenges and opportunities on the application of CORDEX data and user interactions.

A fruitful dialogue between the audience and the presenters took place after the presentations. The discussion emphasized the need to engage in user interaction to further develop regional climate science and also highlighted the challenge to foster the next generation of early career scientists with a user-aware scope while retaining a scientifically solid disciplinary foundation.

This event was jointly organized by YESS and the CORDEX Conference Organising Committee. We would like to thank all the sponsors for their support.

We were invited by the WMO’s World Weather Research Programme Scientific Steering Committee (WWRP SSC) to present the main progress and achievements of this year and to discuss ways forward to improve the interaction between ECRs and weather community to foster the involvement of ECR in the WWRP activities.

During this meeting, our Execom member Marisol Osman was invited to give a presentation about the community, the last activities and plans for 2020.

We would like to thank WMO and WWRP for the opportunity to be present in the event and show the community all the progress we made.

In 2018 and 2019, in partnership with PAGES ECN, PYRN and APECS, YESS organized a group review of the First Order Draft (FOD) of the WGI contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) report. More than one hundred international early career researchers have participated as reviewers in this group review.

Now we are coordinating a group review of the Second Order Draft (SOD) of the IPCC AR6 WGI report by early career experts. The SOD of IPCC AR6 WGI report will be open for expert review from 2 March to 26 April 2020.

We are looking for reviewers to participate in this group review. Participants will be asked to review a minimum of 10 to 20 pages of the report. These are not anonymous reviews; experts reviewers will be recognized for their valuable contributions. Moreover, reviewers not only get recognized as early career experts, but also gain valuable training and insight on the scientific review process for reports addressed to policy makers.

If you want to participate in this group review, please fill in this form no later than January 8th, 2020 (23:59 GMT). The selection criteria will essentially be based on research experience and motivation. Moreover, we will try to balance the selection of applicants based on gender, career stage and geographical location.

Accepted participants will be contacted in the beginning of February 2020. Further information about the review process will be shared with selected participants.

During the last two months, two ECR perspective papers were published. Many YESS members are part of it as co-authors.

Building urgent intergenerational bridges: assessing early career researcher integration in global sustainability initiatives

As part of a collaborative effort from different ECR networks within the ECR NoN, this paper has been published in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Our ExeCom member Gaby Langendijk actively participated in the elaboration of the article. Some highlights from the paper are:

  • Sustainability science faces multi-faceted intergenerational conundrums.
  • Early career researchers (ECRs) can help address these challenges.
  • Global sustainability initiatives increasingly work with ECRs but these collaborations are institutionally fragile.
  • Further integration of ECR networks can help address this fragility.
Building urgent intergenerational bridges: assessing early career researcher integration in global sustainability initiatives. Jørgensen, P. S., Evoh, C. J., Gerhardinger, L. C., Hughes, A. C., Langendijk, G. S., Moersberger, H., Jay Pocklington, J., Mukherjee, N. (2019).  Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 39, 153-159.


Towards a more integrated role for early career researchers in the IPCC process

How can early career researchers play an integrated role in the IPCC process? Recently, as part of a collaborative international effort among a group of YESS members, the following paper has been published in Climatic Change Journal.

Main highlights of the study:

  • Results are based on a global survey conducted among  more than 500 ECRs respondents worldwide. The authors have interviewed ten key experts of the IPCC process to gather their insights and further recommendations.
  • ECRs are highly motivated to become actively involved in the IPCC process, but face a number of barriers to contribute. 
  • Mutually beneficial ways forward on how ECRs could contribute are  outlined and recommendations to implement these paths are suggested to IPCC, as well as to ECRs.
Towards a more integrated role for early career researchers in the IPCC process. Gulizia, C., Langendijk, G., Huang-Lachmann, JT. de Amorim Borges, P., Flach, R., Githaiga, C., Rahimi, M. (2019). Climatic Change.

You can read all our publications here
YESS Community was invited to the “Early Career Scientists and IPCC Scholarship” side event as a part of the youth day during COP25.

During the event the participants discussed the role of ECRs in the IPCC process. In this sense, we presented the main outocomes of our recent perspective paper “Towards a more integrated role of ECRS in the IPCC process” by Gulizia et al.

Our ExeCom member Palmira Cuellar represented YESS and highlighted the active participation of YESS in the IPCC process and shared perspectives and recommendations to continue engaging ECRs in the IPCC activities.

We would like to thank Tania Guillen from GERICS for kindly invited YESS to be part of this event

YESS aims to highlight the scientific contributions by Early Career Researchers in the community to make their work more visible and to enhance scientific interactions among community members and beyond. Here are the most recent papers from our members.

Guidelines to submit your highlight:

  • You should be a YESS member.
  • The paper should be in the scope of interdisciplinary Earth system sciences (natural and social sciences).
  • You should be an author of the paper (lead or co-author).
  • The paper should be published within the last six months.
  • Citation should be in APA format + DOI.
  • Add a link to your YESS profile.
You can send your entries to:

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