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International and go
Switzerland In 2008, the NC has been Vietnam
http://iype.scnat.ch mainly involved in bringing tran@vnn.vn
scientists together in water
The NC has been involved resource analysis, natural hazard fore- The NC developed an exten-
in two major IYPE initia- casting and socio-ecological aspects of sive outreach and research
tives: OneGeology and Via global change under the IYPE banner. Sev- programme. The National
GeoAlpina. The main IYPE eral scientifi c conferences, including events IYPE Launch was held on World Environment
outreach activity in Switzerland is planned for young scientists, have been organised Day, in Nha Trang. Four issues of the Journal
for 2009 – BaseCamp09, a mobile festival on with special sessions dedicated to the IYPE of Geology in Vietnamese and two in Eng-
display in many cities in all linguistic regions issues. lish were dedicated to IYPE. A major book on
and addressing six of the IYPE themes. A 50 the geology of Vietnam was prepared and an
CHF IYPE gold coin was issued. United Kingdom English version will be published in 2009.
ted.nield@geolsoc.org.uk
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Tanzania Yemen
ernment initiativ
The UK NC, through the Sa.iype@gmail.com
In 2006, the NC organised Geological Society of
an IYPE workshop attended London, organised a set of The NC translated much
by, among others, IYPE 10 general public lectures, all download- of the IYPE information
Patron and former president Benjamin able (www.geolsoc.org.uk). A touring lec- into Arabic and produced a
Mkapa. The creation of an Earth Resource ture series at universities in all UK regions monthly IYPE Newsletter. Yemen served as a
Museum at the Dodoma University was a is planned for the last triennial year, as are distribution centre for IYPE messages in the
prime activity, as well as teaching journal- the London lectures, for which generous Arab World and Middle East. NC activities
ists and school teachers and composition of sponsorship was obtained from Shell. include revitalisation of the Yemen Geolog-
a book on Earth resources and awareness ical Society, an IYPE Student Summer Fes-
raising activities in general. United States of America tival and awareness-raising actions through es
www.geosociety.org/IYPE the media, seminars and workshops.
Thailand
sommai@dmr.go.th The NC aims to generate Zambia
renewed interest, excite- vmkawamya@yahoo.com
Nationwide, geoscience stu- ment, and awareness
dents were trained in dis- among the public, decision makers, and The NC’s action plan includes
seminating their knowledge students concerning the need for greater a national conference on the
to the public (Young Geoscientifi c Guides knowledge in the geosciences and how it impact of the Earth sciences
project). Also for students, training camps benefi ts society. USNC goals focus on edu- on the national economy and a project on
were organised in conservation of dinosaur cation and awareness, and outreach efforts vulnerability and effects of groundwater
fossil remains, which have a signifi cant out- target strategic audiences. The Geological resources in Zambian communities. Out-
reach potential. Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting reach activities will be focused on inclu-
in Houston, Texas (October 2008) was the sion of more women geoscientists in the
Turkey pinnacle US science event for 2008 and booming mining industry.
Nizamettin.Kazanci@eng.ankara. the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
edu.tr meeting in San Francisco will be the high- Regional Committee for
light of 2009. East and Southeast Asia
In 2008 the Turkish IYPE chan6161@streamyx.com
Committee organised exhi- Uruguay
bitions, discussion panels www.dinamige.gub.uy This Committee represents 11 nations,
and conferences on the IYPE aims and ambi- seven of which have their own NCs. The
tions and their signifi cance for the Turkish Together with the Geolog- Geo-heritage of East and Southeast Asia
people. The series of 12 IYPE brochures is ical Society, the NC organ- book is being published in commemora-
being translated into Turkish and a pub- ised a national student con- tion of IYPE. Another contribution to IYPE
lishing house has offered to print 100,000 test to promote awareness about natural is the Congress on the Geology and Min-
copies free of charge. hazards, geology and the environment. eral Resources of Southeast Asia (GEOSEA
CDs are being produced for schools, on 2009).Expansion of GEOSEA membership
Ukraine underground water and on semi-precious (currently four) should minimise fragmen-
yvk@casre.kiev.ua stones. tation of geoscience in the region. ■
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