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YES Network in Tanzania

Posted on 18/08/2014
Joel Gill and GfGD group in Tanzania Aug 2014

King's Geography PhD student, Joel Gill, gave a solicited talk in the 'Geoscience for Society' session of the YES Congress. Running 11-14 August the YES (Young Earth Scientists) Network held their 3rd congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This event had a strong focus on the application of geoscience to serve society, touching on topics such as mineral resources, geohazards and hydrogeology. A diverse range of plenary talks examined issues relating to mining, water and food security. The YES Congress was followed by the 3-day 25th Colloquium of African Geology, gathering people from across Africa and beyond to explore key issues around the theme ‘Earth Sciences for Improving Livelihood in Africa’.

During his talk about his work as Director of Geology for Global Development, Joel outlined the ways by which we can train young geoscientists to make a more effective contribution to development. He also delivered a half-day workshop on the same topic, looking at interactive learning experiences to better understand the importance of cross-cultural communication, diplomacy, public engagement and working in a multi-disciplinary environment. In the Colloquium of African Geology, Joel presented both on the work of Geology for Global Development and his PhD research into natural hazard interactions. Funding to attend and deliver these talks and workshop was kindly provided by the Geological Society of London and Geological Society of America.

While in Tanzania, Joel also returned to the Kagera and Geita regions of Tanzania, spending a week supporting two small NGOs in the assessment of their small-scale water programmes. On the edge of Lake Victoria, this work focused on evaluating existing water projects, advising on future work, preliminary surveys and strengthening the technical capacity of the local team.

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