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10th Swiss geoscience Meeting 2012 in Bern

Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2012 at the University of Bern
Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2012 at the University of Bern

The 10th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting focused on the latest advances in research in geosciences. It was held 16th and 17th November 2012 in 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 welcomed the 675 participants in the 10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting held on 16th and 17th November 2012 in Bern.

On Friday 16th, keynote presentations focused on that year's theme "Mountains – Up and Down".

  • Celâl Şengör from Istanbul Technical University started with a presentation on relief-building processes on rocky planets,
  • Eric Brun from the French National Centre for Meteorological Research (Météo-France/CNRS) discussed the influence of changing climate conditions on snowpack characteristics and on the underlying soil in mountain regions,
  • Olav Slaymaker from the University of British Columbia focused on mountain environment changes in the Anthropocene epoch. The symposium was concluded with a presentation by
  • Paul Messerli, from the University of Bern, who focused on the evolution of the cultural perception of the Alps and their significance for society though time.

On Saturday 17th
About 209 talks were given and 164 posters were presented in 18 scientific symposia that covered the diverse spectrum of current research in geoscience, encompassing the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.

The SGM offers an ideal environment to also foster informal contacts and discussion between scientists: Such opportunities occur at the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening, or during the poster session on Saturday. Special time slots are allocated to two poster sessions, at which the authors are present.