- Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics
- Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
- Stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry
- Environmental Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
- Natural Organic Matter, Trace Metals and Nanoparticle Biogeochemistry
- Stratigraphy and Sedimentology: processes and deposits through time
- Seismic Hazard and Risk in Switzerland: From Science to Mitigation
- Deep geothermal energy, CO2-storage and energy-related exploration of the subsurface.
- Scientific Drilling is Going Strong, Scientific Drilling Matters!
- Quaternary environments: landscapes, climate, ecosystems and human activity during the past 2.6 million years
- Soil: Formation, Processes, and Conservation
- Hydrology and Hydrogeology
- Limnology in Switzerland
- Cryospheric Sciences
- Atmospheric Composition and Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
- Tackling the Climate Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change Education and Communication
- Geoscience and Geoinformation – From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation
- Scalability, transferability and transformative potential of global change research in mountains
- Human Geographies: Materials, Natures, Politics
- Human Geographies: Bodies, Cultures, Societies
- Human Geographies: Cities, Regions, Economies
1. Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics
Swiss Tectonics Studies Group of the Swiss Geological Society
Presentations are invited considering structural geology, tectonics, and geodynamics, including field, experimental and model studies of structures at all scales. The session should also provide a forum for interdisciplinary contributions studying the interplay between surface processes, topography and tectonics. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate and present their results.
2. Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology
This session is dedicated to research reports in the fields of mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry that encompass the investigation of rock-forming processes from the nano- to the orogen-scale and beyond. We welcome contributions involving the use of multiple techniques, including but not limited to field-based studies, petrological and geochemical analysis, experimental petrology, geochronology, and thermodynamic modelling. We particular encourage contributions from MSc/PhD students and young scientists who wish to share their ongoing research projects with the scientific community.
3. Stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry
Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology
Progress in the domain of mass spectrometry (e.g. MC-ICP-MS, TIMS, LA-ICP-MS, SIMS) over the past twenty years has allowed the development of protocols to measure non-traditional stable isotopes (or “metal stable isotopes”; e.g. Li, B, Mg, Ca, Fe, Ge, Ti, V, Cr, Zn, Ba, Mo, Ni, U), traditional stable isotopes (e.g. O, C, S) and radiogenic isotope systems (e.g. Sr, Nd, Hf, Pb) with higher precision and spatial resolution. This improved significantly our understanding of the mechanisms that control stable isotope fractionation and it also opened new research avenues for radiogenic and stable isotope systems. This session therefore invites contributions that use stable and/or radiogenic isotopes to discuss questions related to surface and deep Earth geochemical processes, including geochemistry of magmatic and metamorphic rocks, sedimentology, cosmochemistry, oceanography, environmental geochemistry and biogeochemistry.
4. Environmental Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
Trace elements play crucial roles in aquatic and terrestrial environments as growth-limiting nutrients, but also as highly toxic or radioactive compounds. Trace elements derived from both natural and anthropogenic sources may thus critically affect ecosystem functioning and productivity as well as human health.
The environmental fate and impact of trace elements are controlled by their speciation and the intimate coupling of abiotic and biotic transformation processes at different scales (spatial and temporal), and may be closely linked to the biogeochemical cycling of other elements such as Fe, Mn, Ca, P, S, or C.
To advance the state of knowledge on the biogeochemistry of trace elements from the molecular to the global scale, state-of-the-art analytical methods such as hyphenated and isotope techniques, synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopies, electron microscopies, theoretical (DFT) methods, as well as (bio)geochemical and geostatistical modeling approaches can be used.
For this session, we invite contributions concerned with (bio)geochemical processes and their effects on trace element speciation, mobility, bioavailability, toxicity and distribution in natural and engineered environmental systems on different scales
5. Natural Organic Matter, Trace Metals and Nanoparticle Biogeochemistry
Vera I Slaveykova, Isabelle A. Worms
The symposium has wide and interdisciplinary perspectives on the biogeochemistry of essential and toxic trace elements, metallic nanoparticles with specific emphasis on their interactions with the microorganisms and natural organic matter (NOM). Numerous lines of evidence suggest that NOM plays a critical role in a variety of biogeochemical processes such as trace element and nanoparticle complexation, redox reactions, biomineralization, biouptake and toxicity to microorganisms. Deciphering the role of NOM in trace element and nanoparticle biogeochemistry will allow to improve the basic knowledge on the link between the biogeochemical cycles of metals and carbon. The symposium will focus on the new approaches to explore the role of NOM on the bioavailability, acquisition strategies, cellular metabolism and biological effects of the trace elements such as mercury, arsenic, uranium, iron, manganese, radionuclides, metal containing nanomaterials etc. in both aquatic and terrestrial environment. Contributions at multiple scales of trace element-microorganism interactions are welcomed; including mechanistic studies in laboratory, biogeochemical cycle studies in the field, and modelling approaches
Schweizerische Paläontologische Gesellschaft,
Kommission des Swiss Journal of Palaeontology (KSJP)
This session is dedicated to all subdisciplines of palaeontology in Switzerland and all other countries. Presentations and posters may deal with macro- and microfossils, all major clades including prokaryotes, eucaryotes, metazoans, plants etc. Preferred topics are evolution, biostratigraphy, palaeobiogeography, palaeoecology including palaeoclimate, bio-events, evo-devo, but results from other fields may be presented as well. Fossils provide essential data to document the history of life and evolution; index fossils provide important data for stratigraphic correlations; recently, fossils (especially of plants) have been widely used in research on palaeoclimate. Session language is English. At the end of the session, a young palaeontologist is awarded the palaeo-prize by the KSJP.
7. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology: processes and deposits through time
Swiss Committee for Stratigraphy (SKS/CSS)
Swiss Palaeontological Society (SPG/SPS)
Swiss Geological Survey – swisstopo
This session is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of new results from studies on external processes and deposits in a time perspective. Talks and posters on specific regional stratigraphic and sedimentological questions, on broader scale correlations and reconstitutions (e.g. paleoclimate), as well as on new methodological developments, are most welcome.
8. Seismic Hazard and Risk in Switzerland: From Science to Mitigation
Earthquake risk mitigation in Switzerland started more than 20 years ago. Since then, several important steps have been taken towards a more systematic implementation of preventive and preparation measures. Scientific studies from different research fields formed the base for decision-making in this continuous process. On-going research includes the estimation and consequences of strong ground shaking, the assessment and improvement of engineered structures, as well as studies on potential earthquake-triggered mass movements, liquefaction in alluvial plains and tsunamis in lakes. We invite researchers working in the fields of seismic hazard, engineering, vulnerability and risk to contribute to this session. The session covers all earthquake-related research topics in natural sciences, structural and civil engineering, and social sciences, and aims at bringing together researchers with practitioners, specialists from industry, and decision makers from cantonal and federal offices.
9. Deep geothermal energy, CO2-storage and energy-related exploration of the subsurface.
A current worldwide challenge is to develop renewable energy sources while at the same time reducing atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases. Clever use of deep geological formations can make a significant contribution to this endeavour. This symposium brings together researchers and industry representatives involved in exploration and exploitation of the sub-surface geology for the energy sector, and focusses on: deep geothermal energy, carbon sequestration and other novel applications. Geothermal heat extracted from depth in excess of 400 meters is defined as deep geothermal energy. The heat is extracted by enhanced geothermal system processes or by drilling into aquifers or tectonic faults. Carbon sequestration aims at permanently storing carbon dioxide from industrial or air-capture sources in saline aquifers. Other relevant applications of the subsurface include, but are not limited to, seasonal storage and retrieval of heat or other energy carriers in the subsurface, such as methane, hydrogen or compressed air. Presentations related to any of these topics are kindly invited. This includes field measurements, data analysis and interpretation, instrumentation, laboratory experiments, inversion and modelling studies at all scales, but also work dealing with legal aspects is welcomed.
10. Scientific Drilling is Going Strong, Scientific Drilling Matters!
With ships moored, expeditions and field campaigns postponed, laboratories closed, and scientists grounded or confined to home offices during these past months, one cannot help but wonder – what next? And, yet, despite the restrictions, scientific endeavors continue to occupy center stage. In particular, scientific drilling, in both oceanic and continental settings, provides access to unique Earth archives documenting past events. Scientific drilling allows Earth scientists from all disciplines to sample, quantify and unravel the story of the interconnected processes that have, and will, shape our planet.
We welcome contributions from the entire Earth Sciences community using drilling as a tool to reconstruct the past and inform the future. Ranging from mega-earthquakes to microbes, from soft sediments to hard rocks, from the origins of life to the evolution of continents and to patterns of past climate change, we are looking for contributions showcasing the breadth and depth of scientific innovation and curiosity brought about by Scientific Drilling. We are also interested to learn more about the latest drilling projects, from drilling the Swiss Foreland for nuclear waste disposal and geothermal energy to drilling the lower continental crust. We are eager to hear about new approaches, including laboratory techniques and modeling approaches, as well as future perspectives and multidisciplinary drilling proposals from the Earth Sciences community.
11. Quaternary environments: landscapes, climate, ecosystems and human activity during the past 2.6 million years
Swiss Society for Quaternary Research (CH-QUAT)
During the Quaternary Period, the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s history, changes in environments and climate shaped human evolution. In particular, large-scale features of atmospheric circulation patterns varied significantly due to the dramatic changes in global boundary conditions which accompanied abrupt changes in climate.
Past variations in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and in climate were archived in Quaternary deposits and provide critical information for the interpretation of present and future environmental changes. Quaternary research focuses on understanding these changes in environmental conditions, and on assessing their impact on landscapes, ecosystems, and human societies.
Within this context, this session brings together scientists from diverse disciplines in Earth Science, Archaeology and Environmental Science. In addition to studies focusing on the reconstruction and impact of past environmental change, we also invite presentations focusing on human expansions and cultural development, and contributions to methodological improvements in climate proxy studies or in methods of age determination. Topics may include all aspects of Quaternary science and we strongly encourage students and young scientists to present the results of their ongoing research.
12. Soil: Formation, Processes, and Conservation
Soil is the interface of all geospheres and involves the complex interaction of weathering, geomorphic processes, bioturbation and other processes from the micro to the macroscale. It has central functions for geo-ecosystems and biodiversity, water-, nutrient cycles and carbon sequestration, and essential human needs (e.g. food production). Furthermore, soil serves as a record of landscape evolution and human-environment interactions. Physical and chemical threats to the pedosphere (e.g. erosion, compaction, contamination) require multifaceted measures for its protection and conservation.
This session is dedicated to soil and therefore interdisciplinary. It unites soil geographers, soil physicists, -chemists, -biologists as well as agronomists and researchers working on sustainable land use. The aim of this session is to provide a platform of exchange related to the different perspectives to the pedosphere. We welcome contributions using field-based methods, laboratory techniques or modelling approaches related to 1) soil formation, classification and distribution, 2) soil processes on different levels and spatiotemporal scales and 3) assessment of soil threats and sustainable soil management.
Cristian Scapozza, Nikolaus Kuhn, Dorota Czerski, Caroline Bolliger, Reynald Delaloye, Isabelle Gärtner-Roer, Elisa Giaccone, Christoph Graf, Isabelle Kull, Mario Kummert, Christophe Lambiel, Géraldine Regolini, Julie Wee
Swiss Geomorphological Society (SGmS)
The Swiss Geomorphological Society (SGmS) invites people from research and practice to present their geomorphologic work at the 19th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting. Young scientists are particularly encouraged to take the opportunity to submit their MSc and PhD theses and to foster relationships with colleagues.
We encourage talks and posters that relates to the study of Earth’s surface processes, landforms, materials and the evolution of landscapes. Landscapes, landforms and processes of the Earth surface affect the planet’s patterns of habitats, the provision and access to environmental services, and the exposure to natural hazards.
Scientists and practitioners in geomorphology, often in close collaboration with related disciplines, try to gain an understanding of the dynamic Earth surface shaping and the associated impacts on geosystems and societies. In particular, geomorphology studies questions such as resources management (water, soil, Earth materials), ecological networks (ecosystems, geodiversity, biodiversity), or the safety and security of territory and human population (hazards, risks, exposure, health, agriculture, forests, changing climate).
Understanding our relationship with the Earth surface is even more relevant in times when planetary boundaries are reached or have been crossed. Looking at other planets, geomorphology also contributes to deciphering their past or present habitability.
Therefore, the conveners of this session at the 19th Swiss Geoscience Meeting encourage contributions from all areas of basic and applied geomorphology, including studies of the past and present processes and their implications for the evolution of Earth surface, the influence of global change and how it may influence the Earth’s surface.
14. Hydrology and Hydrogeology
Swiss Hydrological Commission CHy,
Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology SGHL,
Swiss Hydrogeological Society SGH
This session is open to contributions dealing with hydrology and hydrogeology at all spatial and time scales: from global, continental, catchment to pore scale and processes occurring at the scale of a few minutes, hours or years Contributions demonstrating interdisciplinary approaches, such as groundwater-surface water interactions, are encouraged.
The session is expected to share the same poster session with the Limnology session to maintain an integrated view of the water resource.
15. Limnology in Switzerland
Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology SGHL
We invite limnologists working on different systems and scales to present their research and exchange with peers. With the symposia being held in the city of Geneva, we particularly welcome contributions that show first results from the LéXPLORE platform installed on Lake Geneva. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate and present their results. The session will share the poster session with the “Hydrology and Hydrogeology” session to promote an integrated view of the water resource and foster interdisciplinary research.
16. Cryospheric Sciences
Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society
This session addresses all topics related to the Alpine and polar cryosphere. We expect contributions covering the whole range of Alpine and polar snow, ice and permafrost research. We encourage theoretical, experimental, as well as practical contributions, especially from young researchers. Presentations that address the aspects of dynamics and thermodynamics of snow, ice and permafrost and impacts related to changes in climate and natural hazards are particularly welcomed.
17. Atmospheric Composition and Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
ACP – Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
The aim of this session is to provide a platform for research reports from all fields related to atmospheric sciences including biosphere–atmosphere exchange and interactions. The session welcomes contributions that focus on relevant aspects of atmospheric, surface, or anthropogenic and ecosystem processes, which either influence atmospheric composition, cloud formation, greenhouse gas budgets and climate or are influenced by them.
Exchange and feedback processes are of key interest, but also reports from field campaigns, laboratory studies and modelling exercises of specific chemical, physical or ecosystem processes are welcome, as well as insights from long-term monitoring and larger research infrastructures.
The session is suited to researchers working in the field of Climate Sciences, Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Physical Geography, Meteorology, Ecology and Agricultural Sciences. We especially encourage young scientists to present their Master theses or PhD projects, either in the oral or in the accompanying poster session.
18. Tackling the Climate Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change Education and Communication
Despite high levels of public awareness about anthropogenic climate change and increasing pressure on the political sphere, climate action among large parts of the general public still remains relatively low. However, climate strikes and demonstrations with ten thousand of predominantly young participants in the recent past may have uncovered new drivers, processes, and forms of individual as well as collective engagement with climate change. So what are the individual and societal preconditions, factors, and mechanisms that facilitate or prevent action on climate change among different segments of the population? And what are the potentials and limitations for climate change education and communication efforts? Here, various disciplines within the educational, psychological, social and climate sciences, as well as humanities can provide the theoretical and practical instruments to understand public engagement with climate change.
This session aims to provide multiple perspectives into the challenges and opportunities of climate change communication and education. Inviting contributions from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., education, psychology, communication, public understanding of science, humanities, social and natural sciences), this session focuses on the perception, processing, communication, application, learning, and education of climate information and knowledge. Talks or posters may relate to all approaches (e.g., theoretical and practical, quantitative and qualitative), scales (i.e. local, national, global), and age levels (e.g., children, adolescents, adults). We encourage contributions from young scientists (Master- or PhD-projects), while interdisciplinary projects are especially welcomed too.
19. Geoscience and Geoinformation – From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation
Swiss Geological Survey
Swiss Geodetic Commission
Swiss Geophysical Commission
Swiss Hydrogeological Society
Digital data acquisition and 3D modelling of geospatial objects and processes are already standard and are still gaining increasingly importance in geosciences. For instance geodetic data capture in combination with digital geological mapping and sensor observations constitute an important basis for various tasks in engineering geology, underground infrastructure, natural hazard prevention and other geoscientific fields. Moreover, open exchange of such data is crucial for efficiently use in fields such as Building information modelling (BIM). The analysis of observations and the prediction of unknown data by machine learning approaches is getting increasingly important in recent years.
In this symposium papers related to geospatial applications in all geosciences (geodesy, geophysics, geology, hydrogeology, engineering geology, geomorphology, etc.) will be presented. The focus will be on the following topics:
- Development and application of digital tools for data capture
- Transformation from field data to digital datasets and time series
- Digital geological mapping and geoscientific information systems
- 3D modelling, analysis of temporal variations and visualisation of geospatial objects and processes
- Approaches of data science and machine learning for geoscientific tasks
Methodological papers as well as thematic case studies will be discussed. Contributions related to the topic of the 19th SGM Plenary Session are especially welcome this year.
20. Scalability, transferability and transformative potential of global change research in mountains
The complexity of mountain social-ecological systems (in terms of elevation, climatic, ecological and human diversity as well as differentiated responses to global change) challenges our ability to produce generalizable knowledge. Yet such knowledge is crucial to identify and structure commonalities and differences across cases in terms of sustainability issues, and the conditions under which appropriate solutions to address these problems work in context. How to transfer designs, concepts, methods and findings across single-case evidence and general regional/global patterns is thus a timely research question, especially in the context of inter- and transdisciplinarity. Besides the mentioned complexity of mountains, is the heterogeneity of scientific and non-scientific perspectives regarding what counts as evidence and what are the privileged transformation levers. This symposium thus welcomes contributions from all fields of mountain research that can help us gain a deeper understanding on scalability, transferability and transformative potential of global change research findings.
The symposium will address (but it is not limited to) the following open questions which may appeal to a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches:
- How can mountain researchers respond to the demand for systematic findings and monitoring to substantiate assessments (IPCC, IPBES) and conventions (SDGs, Paris Agreement, CBD post-2020 framework, etc.)?
- Does knowledge context limit scalability and transferability?
- What has been learnt from approaches to involve stakeholders in transformative research projects?
- How should monitoring systems be integrated at various scales (e.g. LTER network and local voluntary efforts) in terms of design, comparability of indicators, data sharing, synthesis of findings, etc.?
- What lessons can be learnt from this integration of monitoring systems regarding the scalability and transferability of research on mountains?
- How can researchers monitor and support the transformation to more sustainable socioeconomic models in mountain regions (tourism, agriculture, energy supply, etc.)?
Cross-scale dynamics are influenced by time contingencies. The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted mountain regions in different ways. This in turn may be having an effect on our ability to conduct fieldwork, co-produce knowledge with stakeholders, and ground findings in concrete social-ecological contexts. Thus, in this symposium we also welcome contributions that present and reflect on research experiences under COVID-19 restrictions, in relation to the above-mentioned challenges. Is reduced face-to-face interaction impacting researchers’ ability to co-produce generalizable knowledge across scales? What opportunities emerge out of the massive use of virtual communication tools in terms of data sharing beyond the scientific domain, and in terms of improving transnational co-operation?
21. Human Geographies: Materials, Natures, Politics
- Extraction, resources and waste
- Security, risks and hazards
- Environmental governance and politics
- Environmental histories and futures
- Anthropocene & the Earth system politics
- Science-society relations in the context of uncertainty
- Critical political ecology and critical physical geography
- Political geology and political ontology
22. Human Geographies: Bodies, Cultures, Societies
Karine Duplan, Irène Hirt,
Swiss Association for Geography (ASG)
The symposium provides room for timely and innovative research across critical social and cultural geographies. We invite empirically grounded contributions and/or theoretical as well as methodological interventions from junior, advanced and established researchers. We particularly encourage (but not limited to) panel sessions covering topics such as:
- Bodies, protest and space claiming from an intersectional perspective.
- Feminist geographies in crisis times.
- Im/mobilities regimes at the light of the pandemic.
- Home, family and community in times of lockdown.
- Geographies of care and labour.
- Critical cartography and the social uses of geographical information.
- Participatory/decolonizing methodologies.
- Feminist digital human geographies.
And are open to all other suggestions!
If you are interested in organizing a session within this symposium, please send an abstract of circa 250 words to Karine Duplan (email@example.com). Those interested in presenting a paper should please wait for the individual session calls, but do feel free to get in touch with the symposium organizers to register your initial interest.
23. Human Geographies: Cities, Regions, Economies
Julio Paulos, Sven Daniel Wolfe
Swiss Association for Geography (ASG).
This symposium is devoted to research that involves or interrogates the urban. Over three panel sessions, we invite contributions from urban, economic, and/or political geographers at any career stage. We welcome empirical, theoretical, or methodological interventions covering (but not limited to) urbanizations, gentrifications, mobilities, neoliberalisms, contestations, exclusions, borderings, East/South/North comparative work, etc.
If you are interested in organizing a session within this symposium, please send an abstract of 300 words to Julio Paulos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sven Daniel Wolfe (email@example.com). Those interested in presenting a paper should please wait for the individual session calls, but do feel free to get in touch with the symposium organizers to register your initial interest.