Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November 2016:

Université de Genève

The Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT cordially invite you to participate in the 14th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on 18th and 19th November 2016 in Geneva.


Friday 18th
The theme of the 14th SGM Plenary Session is “Time in Geosciences: Knowledge for a new beginning”. Time is a fundamental and fascinating variable at the heart of Geosciences. They strive to uncover the timing of events and their chronology in order to understand the dynamics of our planet and the forces that govern its evolution. Dating techniques occupy a central part in this endeavour, and their developments have been decisive in reshaping our understanding of Earth and the evolution of Life.

The identification of a rich record of global changes reflecting complex interactions between different processes operating at very different time and space scales stimulates our awareness that daily, even local, changes integrate into global and long-term transformations.

More than ever, our immediate concern with environmental change, energy resource availability and healthy living conditions requests an in depth understanding of the Earth’s history and functioning. In this plenary session, our aim is to inspire thinking around the broad notion of Time in Geosciences, and how this knowledge is an asset for adaptation to a changing planet.

Our four keynote speakers will focus on this year’s theme “Time in Geosciences: Knowledge for a new beginning”, 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,
a series of 20 scientific symposia will cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geosciences, 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 hallways of the conference building (Uni Mail) on Saturday. Time is reserved for two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present for active discussion and feedback.


Looking forward to seeing you in Geneva!
The SGM 2016 Organizing Committee.


sgmc_logo This year the 3rd Swiss Geoscience Master Congress will take place at the Department of Earth Science of the University of Geneva on Thursday 17th November, one day before the Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2016. This event is a platform for ideas and meeting as well as a showcase for prospective students looking for the right Master program in Earth Sciences at a Swiss university. Current master students as well as freshly graduated students from all around Switzerland and beyond are invited to present their MSc-thesis.

New! Download the program and the abstract booklet now online! See you in Geneva!

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