30th November + 1st December 2018

vonRoll areal – University of Bern

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. 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, whereas Ben Marzeion  (University of Bremen) will evaluate the influence of glacier melting on sea-level rise and discuss its consequences. The plenary session will conclude with a presentation by Lindsay Stringer from the University of Leeds (University of Leeds) who will talk about land degradation and desertification.


On Saturday 1st

a series of 22 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 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.

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