Dear YESS-Community,
Within this newsletter we would like to give you a short update on the YESS online presence as well as on interesting events and actions including the following topics:

YESS Online Activities

We are very happy to announce that the YESS webpage is back online! The website provides information on:

  • YESS history - Where YESS is coming from?
  • YESS structure including information on the council, working groups, executive commitee and regional representative and how to get active in YESS
  • News - summarizing the recent activies and announcements of YESS
  • Information on conferences, courses, summer schools and awards
  • Upcoming events and webinars
Please check and update your profile (email address, affiliation, etc) by logging in to internal part of the website. If you don’t have a profile yet, please sign-up here. Please also check the website functions and content, report issues and suggestions for updates and additions (both technical and content-wise).
Furthermore we would like to invite you to follow the #YESS2science on Twitter where YESS members and other ECRs highlight their recently published paper every Thursday. This is a very good oportunity to share the scientific work among the YESS community and to foster the interdisciplinary interests of the YESS community. We believe that this is a good way to bring publicity to our work coming from the YESS community, as well as to see what's going on in our field or in other regions. It will also give you the opportunity to connect with other ECS working on the same topic and to expand your network.

How does the YESS tweet feed work? 
Use the hashtag #YESS2Science and a link to the paper and if possible include the author's twitter account. Also, if you wish you could include other hashtags to identify the topic or field of research and your institution account. We will use our account @yesscommunity to promote the hashtag and, plausibly, we will retweet your article.

YESS Office

To be more relevant to all students and researchers and to further grow the YESS community, we invested considerable time and effort in getting a YESS Officer who not only provides support in our periodic tasks, but also helps in the coordination of events and organization of the activities in our Working Groups.

Now, thanks to the generous support of Dr. Celeste Saulo, head of the Argentinian National Weather Service, we can happily announce that we have a YESS office. Out of over 50 applications, Valentina Rabanal was selected for the YESS officer position. She’s an Atmospheric Sciences Master student in University of Buenos Aires and a firm believer that it is the youth that is in charge of improving our world.

She will be assisting the Executive Committee and work closely together with the YESS Council to make our network bigger and stronger.

Welcome Valentina to the YESS community!

YESS Elections

We are opening the YESS elections for the Executive Committee and Regional Representatives. Would you like to be part of the YESS Executive Committee or to become a Regional Representative? Or would you know another YESS member you wish to nominate to become an ExeCom member or Regional Representative? Please send your nomination(s) to valentina.rabanal(at) no later than April 7th 2017.

Who can be nominated and who can vote ?

The Regional Representatives and the Executive Committee members are elected by the Council. Every YESS Member can be nominated for the Regional Representatives who support the Executive Committee by sharing experience, special interests, situations, or information from their region. They are also responsible for the growth of YESS in their region and serve as the contact point for specific regional questions or tasks. The Exective Committee consists of up to six members and is responsible for maintaining an overview and guiding YESS activities and also serves as the contact point for communication both within the YESS community and with external partners. Only Council members can be nominated for the Executive Committee elections. The Council itself is open to all active YESS members interested in shaping the development and activities of the community. The activities of the Council members are mainly organized within the working groups.

At April 12th, the YESS officer, Valentina Rabanal, will be distributing the final list of candidates who are willing to be part of the anonymous and electronic election and a link on how to vote on up to 6 candidates of your choice for the Execom and your choices for the Regional Representatives.

Please note that this year we have decided to split the region ‘Asia’, in ‘Central-Asia’ and ‘South-East Asia’. We are ideally seeking for 2 representatives per region.

We strongly encourage you to self-nominate or nominate others for the Execom and for the Regional Representatives!

Survey of how to get more ECRs involved in the IPCC process

Always wanted to be part of the IPCC process? – Answer this survey!

If you are an early career scientist (students and researchers up to 5 years after their latest degree) let your voice be heard to get more young researchers involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the future. This survey aims to gain improved understanding on how early career scientists (ECS) can play a role in the IPCC.

The objectives of this research are aligned with the vision of the YESS community, to unify ECS in an influential network and communication platform to promote local and global exchange across multiple disciplines related to Earth system science.

Your contribution is greatly needed and will be very much appreciated! It will take you around 10 minutes or less to complete the entire form. We guarantee you that all answers will be kept strictly confidential, and survey results will be used for research purposes only.

Thank you very much in advance!

Job opportunities, Awards & Summer Schools

A list of updated announcements can be found on the YESS website here.
Einstein Fellowship

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research.
The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. The fellow will receive a stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses.
Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences. Applications for 2018 should include a CV, a two-page project proposal, and two letters of recommendation.
All documents must be received by April 15, 2017.

2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition

The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality under the age of 35 to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. Three research grants of € 20,000 will be awarded in favor of innovative projects to promote environmental, economic and/or social sustainability in agro-food system.
The research proposals can be submitted by individual researchers and multidisciplinary teams, until June 28th, 2017.

Maria Reiche support programme for female habilitation candidates and post-doc researchers

The programme is designed for early-career female scientists who plan to pursue habilitation (second PhD) or obtain an equivalent qualification at TU Dresden, Germany.

The funding period is18 months with the opportunity of extension for max. further 6 month by positive evaluation. Depending on the post-doc fellow’s application, funding is either used to fund a half- or full-time post (TV-L13, in exceptional cases up to E 14 TV-L) or can be paid out as a grant. The grant total is in accordance with the current DFG funding guidelines.

Deadline for applications: 31st August 2017.
Funding for a position may start in January at the earliest.

Upcoming Events

A list of additional upcoming events can be found on the YESS website here.

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 (23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria)
The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.

YESS is organizing a side event at EGU for ECRs where a short introduction on the focus of YESS will be given. Immidiately after this we invite participants to join us in the bar "Käuzchen" for an informal "Come together".
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