Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2018: Call for abstracts & first announcement

Dear Colleagues,

The Institute of Geography and the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern, as well as the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2018 in Bern.

On Friday 30th
The theme of the 16th SGM Plenary Session is “A Habitable Planet”.

One of the most fundamental and fascinating questions in science is why there is life on Earth. What 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 maintaining our planet habitable and liveable for future generations.

We have invited four keynote speakers to 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 permit to have 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.

On Saturday 1st,
23 scientific symposia will cover cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geosciences, encompassing the lithosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.

The SGM also provides the ideal environment to foster informal contacts and discussions among scientists, in particular during the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening but also at the poster sessions on Saturday. Time is reserved for two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present for active discussion and feedback.

Deadline for abstract submission is August 31st, 2018.
Depending on the number and subject of abstracts submitted, proposed sessions may be merged or new ones created. Abstracts will be initially assigned to the session indicated by the authors at the time of abstract submission.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically following the instructions on the SGM2018 website

Deadline for registration is Friday October 31st, 2018.
Registration and Payments should be made electronically following the instructions on the SGM2018 website.
Registration fee is SFr. 75.- (SFr. 45.- for students /PhD students).
An extra SFr 20.- will be charged for the Geoscience Party.
Onsite registrations will be charged an extra CHF 30.-

We kindly invite you to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters addressing the following subjects:

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

You can download the SGM2018 flyer here (PDF):

Don't forget, that young researchers can apply for several prizes and awards!

Looking forward to seeing you in Bern!
The SGM 2018 Organizing Committee