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18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting

06/11/2020 07/11/2020

Conferences 2020

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ETH Zürich
Please note that in light of the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s edition of the SGM will not be held in physical form at the ETH Zurich, but will exclusively be held online via video-conferencing. See the event website for further details. 

Invited keynote lectures will be held on this year’s Plenary Session theme: 'Shaping Earth: From Planet Accretion To Microbes'.

A series of 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.

View the complete list of all simposia here


Online registration opens on 1 September 2020. Click here to access the registration page

Submit Your Abstract

The deadline to submit your abstract is 21 August 2020 - see the call for abstract here

MRI Activities at the 18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting

Symposium 27: Mountains as contexts for global change: interdisciplinary experiences, challenges and new perspectives across the natural and social sciences

Carolina Adler1Iago Otero2, Emmanuel Reynard2, Jörg Balsiger1,3Aino Kulonen1

1Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
2Interdisciplinary Centre for Mountain Research (CIRM)
3Forum Paysage, Alpes et Parcs (Folap)

Mountain regions offer concrete contexts through which challenges and opportunities of global change are experienced, perceived and enacted. The complex interactions between diverse biophysical and socio-economic processes of change call for an integrated system approach to not only understand these challenges, but also to identify key opportunities. Combining knowledge streams across the natural and social sciences, accounting for the complexity of social-ecological interactions, are increasingly called for in mountain research as a response to this complexity. However, this is easier said than done. Contrasting research objectives, methods, epistemological paradigms and evaluation criteria pose significant challenges for a sound integration between both. This may also be the case, when expectations to address societal challenges, leverage opportunities and co-design solutions are encouraged through transdisciplinary research. Moreover, it is not often clear, or made explicit, whether and how an integration between the natural and the social sciences contributes to “better” outcomes in terms of sustainable development, transformative capacity, and justice. This symposium aims at offering a space to showcase research conducted in mountain areas that address these topics, discuss such challenges as well as identify emerging new avenues for research and collaboration among natural and social scientists dealing with global change issues in mountain regions. Contributions are welcome from all fields of study.

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Photo of Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation" by NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/J. Hester, P. Scowen (Arizona State U.) 


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