11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2013 in Lausanne

Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2013 au Palais de Rumine
Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2013 au Palais de Rumine

 

The 11th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting focued on the latest advances in research in geosciences. It was held 15th and 16th November 2013 in Lausanne.

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment of the University of Lausanne, the Musée Cantonal de Géologie and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially welcomed the 750 participants in the 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting held on 15th and 16th November 2013 in Lausanne.

On Friday 15th, the theme of the 11th Swiss Geoscience Meeting was "Cycles and Events in the Earth System" and five invited keynote speakers illustrated the importance of stochastic events and recurrent mechanisms in shaping and changing the Earth and its biosphere.

  • Kurt Konhauser of the University of Alberta at Edmonton spoke on the importance of biogeochemical cycles during the Precambrian and its impact on the evolution of the atmosphere and biosphere;
  • Angela Coe of the Open University at Milton Keynes discussed the importance of global oceanic anoxia during Earth's history and their impact on life and the environment;
  • Oliver Korup of the University of Potsdam presented events and cycles in the Earth's sediment routing systems;
  • Bruce Yardley from the University of Leeds gave his presentation on the changing nature of crustal processes and the role of fluids through orogenic cycles;
  • Peter Kelemen from Columbia University addressed issues pertaining to CO2 capture and storage in the Earth's lower crust and mantle.
     

On Saturday 16th, a series of 24 scientific symposia covered the diverse spectrum of current research in geoscience, encompassing the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.

The SGM offers an ideal environment to also foster informal contacts and discussion between scientists: Such opportunities occur at the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening, or during the poster session on Saturday. Special time slots are allocated to two poster sessions, at which the authors are present.