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U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences

The U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (USNC/IUGS) serves as a focal point for U.S. discussions on how to best maintain the viability and relevance of the geological sciences internationally.  The committee provides guidance and input to the IUGS on these issues, and plans and implements U.S. participation in furthering the goals and work of the IUGS. The USNC/IUGS works in cooperation with scientific societies and seeks their input on nominations to the committee. 

What's New

UNESCO's International Geoscience Programme Now Accepting Proposals
The IGCP is pleased to issue a call for project proposals on one or more of the following topics: earth resources, global change, geohazards, hydrogeology, and geodynamics. A special theme -- groundwater sustainability in volcanic regions -- is also eligible for funding. Proposals will be considered for funding between $5k and $10k, and may be submitted by an individual or a group. Women and early career scientists are especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, October 15. For the proposal guidelines and submission form, visit

5th International YES Conference: Now Accepting Session Proposals
The German chapter of YES invites earth scientists to submit session proposals for the 5th International YES Conference by Monday, October 15, 2018. The conference theme is "Rocking Earth's Future," and it will be held from September 9--13, 2019, in Berlin, Germany.

The YES Congress in 2019 will be a special opportunity for young scientists from all over the world to share their experiences, their science and culture and to expand their skills. YES additionally offers numerous summer schools and a Workshop on Global Geochemical Baselines and Resourcing in the period before and after the congress. Different events, ranging from invited keynote lectures across "elevator pitches" to a "market of opportunities" offer young talents the possibility to introduce themselves to potential future employers from industry, business, universities and public authorities and to discover opportunities for training and research in Germany. 

To submit a session proposal, visit the YES conference site.

Celebrating America's Geoheritage in 2018
The U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences proudly supports the U.S. Geoheritage and Geoparks Advisory Group. These geological scientists promote the preservation of National Parks, Landmarks, Monuments, and other treasured parts of our nation. Most recently, the Advisory Group collaborated with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) to feature “Our Shared Geoheritage” as the 2016 Earth Science Week ( theme. 

The Advisory Group continues to broadly promote the concept of geoheritage and the crucial links between geology and American history at locations ranging from Appalachian coal mines to Michigan’s copper-rich Keweenaw Peninsula. The benefits of developing such a program include improved public awareness of America’s geological heritage and increased geotourism visitation and economic development in these locations.

For more information on Geopark applications and educational outreach, please visit

Congratulations to the 2016 Geological Society of America (GSA) Travel Grant Winners!
The GSA Foundation, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and the USNC/IUGS awarded twenty award travel grants for students and young scientists to attend the 2016 Congress. The USNC/IUGS extends its sincerest congratulations to the recipients, listed below in alphabetical order:

1. Karin Abrahamsson (University of Kansas)
2. Jaclyn Baughman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
3. Natalia Bykova (Virginia Tech)
4. Megan Derrico (Stanford University)
5. Eric Gottlieb (Stanford University)
6. Neil Griffis (University of California, Davis)
7. Sandra Hardy (The University of Texas at El Paso)
8. Daniel Kelley (The Ohio State University)
9. Katherine Kuklewicz (University of Kansas)
10. Bailey Lathrop (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
11. Tarryn Lee (Towson University)
12. Sophie Lehmann (The Johns Hopkins University)
13. Abniel Machin (Universidad del Turabo)
14. Ryan McKenzie (University of California, Riverside)
15. Michael Meyer (Virginia Tech)
16. A. Drew Muscente (Virginia Tech)
17. Demian Nelson (University of California, Santa Barbara)
18. Qing Tang (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
19. Isabel Villaneda-van Vloten (University of Kansas)
20. Yang (Wendy) Zhang (Purdue University 

IUGS Cape Town Cape Town Dinner Pic
Mentors and award recipients at the Travel Award Mentoring Dinner, IUGS Congress in Cape Town, August 28, 2016




Activities and Events


Resource Links

IUGS International Webpage

Contact the USNC/IUGS

Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate

2016 AGU Session (PDF):
"The U.S. Government Role in Preserving Geoscience Sample and Data Collections" by Ester Sztein

December 16, 2015 AGU Session (PDF):
"Arctic Science Diplomacy: Opportunities for International Collaboration and Policy-Engaged Scholarship" by Ester Sztein and Melody Brown Burkins

February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Banner Photo Credits: Capelinhos Volcano, Faial, Azores and Chile's snow-covered Villarica Volcano (Grant Heiken); view from Mt. Whitney's majestic peak at nearly 14,495 ft / 4418m in California's Sequoia National Park (Jill McCarthy).

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