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14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting

18 November 2016 - 19 November 2016

14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting
Dates: 18 – 19 November 2016
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Find further information below or visit the following website: http://www.geoscience-meeting.ch/sgm2016


On Friday 18th,

Keynote presentations will focus on this year’s theme “Time in Geosciences: Knowledge for a new beginning”. Four keynote speakers will present their research covering a wide range of geoscientific topics. Klaus Mezger (University of Bern) and Andrew Knoll (Harvard University) will take us far back to the origins of Earth and Life on Earth in deep time, unlocking the fundamental aspects of the physical and biological parameters underpinning the functioning of the Earth’s system. Edouard Bard (College de France, CEREGE, University Aix-Marseille, CNRS) will focus on timing and rates of environmental changes in our recent past, extracting lessons from the Holocene. The symposium will conclude with a presentation by Ulrike Niemeier (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology) who will discuss how rates of geological processes inform current geoengineering approaches in the context of adaptation to climate change.

On Saturday 19th,

22 scientific symposia will cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geoscience,encompassing the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.

The SGM also provides the ideal environment to foster informal contacts and discussion among scientists, in particular during the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening (Campus Biotech) but also at the poster sessions in the main hall of the venue on Saturday. Two poster sessions are scheduled withthe authors will be present for active discussion and feedback.


Deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday August 31st, 2016.

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 SGM2016 website



Deadline for registration is Friday October 21st, 2016.

Registration and Payments should be made electronically following the instructions on the SGM2016 website.
Registration fee is SFr. 55.- (SFr. 35.- for students /PhD students).
An extra SFr 20.- will be charged for the Geoscience Party (SFr 15.- for students).
Onsite registrations will be charged an extra CHF 20.-


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

1 Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics
2 Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry
3 Gemmology
4 Palaeontology
5 The Sedimentary Record of Tectonic, Climatic and Environmental Change From Deep to Modern Times
6 Stratigraphy
7 Timing of Earth Processes: from dates to rates
8 Rock mechanics, Rock physics and Geophysics
9 Subsurface Geology & Geo-Energy
10 Open Session in Geomorphology
11 Quaternary environments: landscapes, climate, ecosystems, human activity during the past 2.6 million years
12 Cryospheric Sciences
13 Hydrology, Limnology and Hydrogeology
14 Environmental Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
15 Linking Trace Element and Carbon Biogeochemistry
16 Trace elements in aquatic ecosystems: from legacy to emerging pollutants
17 Atmospheric Processes and Interactions with the Biosphere
18 Phenology and seasonality
19 Earth Observation addressing key Earth System processes
20 Geoscience and Geoinformation – From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation
21 Development and governance of geo-energies. Insights from the social sciences
22 Perspectives and challenges of mineral resource availability

You can also download the SGM 2016 flyer in PDF format with a description of all the symposia.


18 November 2016
19 November 2016
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