mountains glacier thumbTowards the end of this year, geoscience experts will gather in Bern, Switzerland to exchange knowledge and explore the most current geoscience research. Abstract submissions are invited on a wide range of geoscience topics, encompassing the lithosphere, the atmosphere, and the anthroposphere.

The 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting is organized by the Institute of Geography and the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern, and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). It will take place on Friday, 30 November and Saturday, 1 December 2018.


The theme of the 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Plenary Session is 'A Habitable Planet,' looking at one of the most fundamental and fascinating questions in science: why is there is life on Earth? What is it that makes our planet habitable, and what is, for example, the role of plate tectonics in planetary habitability? Geoscientists not only play a crucial role in studying the evolution of planet Earth and the origins of life, but their studies can also contribute to keeping our planet habitable for future generations.

Four keynote speakers will discuss various topics related to 'A Habitable Planet.' 

Bernard Marty (Université de Lorraine, Nancy) will present his ideas on the origin and early evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere. Recent advances in space missions (e.g., Rosetta) and in the geochemistry of ancient rocks allow insights into the origin of atmospheric/oceanic volatiles, such as water, nitrogen, noble gases, and into the composition of the atmosphere during the first half of Earth’s history. Lindsay Stringer from the University of Leeds (Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds) will talk about land degradation and desertification, whereas Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Survey) will discuss rare earth elements in the context of demand and global resources, and will consider challenges for future generations. The plenary session will conclude with a presentation by Ben Marzeion (University of Bremen), who will evaluate the influence of glacier melting on sea-level rise and discuss its consequences.

A series of 23 scientific symposia will cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geosciences, encompassing the lithosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere. Abstracts are invited for oral presentations or poster presentations addressing the following subjects:

1. Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Geodynamics
2. Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry
3. Non-traditional stable isotope geochemistry: development and applications
4. Gemmology
5. Palaeontology
6. Stratigraphy
7. Seismic Hazard and Risk in Switzerland: From Science to Mitigation
8. Earthquakes from the field to the laboratory
9. Shale-Gas, CO2 Storage and Deep Geothermal Energy
10. Celebrating 50 Years of International Ocean Drilling (1968-2018)
11. Quaternary environments: landscapes, climate, ecosystems, and human activity during the past 2.6 million years
12. Geomorphology for a habitable planet
13. Cryospheric Sciences
14. Hydrology, Limnology, and Hydrogeology
15. The new Climate Change Scenarios CH2018
16. Climate Change Education and Outreach
17. Aerosols and clouds in a changing world
18. Atmospheric Processes and Interactions with the Biosphere
19. Environmental Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
20. Remote Sensing of the Spheres
21. Geoscience and Geoinformation: From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation
22. Human Geographies
23. Sustainable social-ecological systems: From local to global challenges

Submission deadline is 31 August 2018.

For more information and to submit your abstract, please visit the Swiss Geoscience Meeting website. 

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