Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2015

The Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Basel and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT cordially invite you to participate in the 13th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on 20th and 21st November 2015 in Basel.


Friday 20th
The theme of the 13th Swiss Geoscience Meeting is “Modelling the Earth”. Four keynote speakers will present their research covering a wide range of geoscientific topics. Paul Tackley (ETH Zurich) will bring us close to the Earth’s core-mantle boundary and show us how modelling can link experimental petrology and geophysical observations leading to an impressive understanding of the Earth’s structure and long-term evolution. The presentation of Gian-Kasper Plattner (IPCC WGI TSU, University of Bern) will review how climate models and climate change projections have evolved over time since the early Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports and what the latest, the 5th IPCC assessment report, has to say about future climate change. Klaus Wallmann (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel) will highlight the effects of eustatic sea-level change on atmospheric pCO2 and seawater composition over the late Quaternary. His mass balances and modeling results reveal that the observed 100-kyr climate cycle may be driven by pCO2 and the biogeochemical removal processes at continental margins. The last speaker, Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College London), takes us to the planet Mars and acquaints us with the adventures of NASA’s car sized rover, Curiosity, which has been exploring the surface of Gale crater. This mobile laboratory is studying the geology and chemistry of rocks on Mars to determine if the Red Planet could ever have been habitable for life.


On Saturday 21st,
18 scientific symposia will cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geoscience,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 in the hallways of the conference building (Kollegienhaus) on Saturday. Time is reserved for two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present for active discussion and feedback.


Deadline for abstract submission is August 28, 2015.
Depending on the number and subject of abstracts submitted, proposed sessions may be merged or new ones created. Abstracts will be initially assigned to the session indicated by the authors at the time of abstract submission.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically following the instructions on the SGM2015 website:


Deadline for registration is Friday October 30, 2015.
Registration and Payments should be made electronically following the instructions on the SGM2015 website.
Registration fee is SFr. 55.- (SFr. 35.- for students /PhD students).
An extra SFr 20.- will be charged for the Geoscience Party (SFr 15.- for students).
Onsite registrations will be charged an extra CHF 20.-


We kindly invite you to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters addressing the following subjects:

  1. Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics
  2. Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry
  3. Gemmology
  4. Palaeontology
  5. Stratigraphy
  6. Geophysics and Rockphysics
  7. Geothermal Energy, CO2 Sequestration and Shale Gas
  8. Modeling in Geomorphology
  9. Quaternary environments: landscapes, climate, ecosystems, human activity during the past 2.6 million years
  10. Cryospheric Sciences
  11. Hydrology, Limnology and Hydrogeology
  12. Temperature and density influenced flow and transport of groundwater and coupled hydraulic processes
  13. The International Year of Soils: open session on soil security
  14. Biogeochemistry of aquatic and terrestrial realms
  15. Atmospheric Processes and Interactions with the Biosphere
  16. Phenology and seasonality
  17. Earth Observation addressing key Earth System processes
  18. Geoscience and Geoinformation – From data acquisition to modelling and visualisation

Treffpunkt und Anreise


Petersplatz 1






610904 267541


The SGM 2015 takes place in the University Kollegienhaus next to the Petersplatz Square in Bern

Anreise öffentlich:

From the railway station Basel SBB (for travellers from abroad, especially Germany, please note there is a second railway station in Basel called «Basel, Badischer Bahnhof»), your best option is to take the bus 30, direction «Basel, Badischer Bahnhof», until the bus stop "Spalentor" (if you got out at Basel Badischer Bahnhof, you can also take the bus 30, but in direction Basel SBB). Alternatively, from the railway station Basel SBB, you can also take the tramways 11 (direction «St-Louis Grenze») or 8 (direction «Weil am Rhein») and get out at the tramway station "Marktplatz" and go from there to the Petersplatz by foot.



30. Oktober 2015

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Kosten & Bezahlung:

additional costs for geoscience party of Friday evening: CHF 20.- for delegates / CHF 15 for Students (incl. PhD). payment of registration fee must be done online under:


Versicherung ist Sache der Teilnehmer


Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), Platform Geosciences

Pierre Dèzes, Laupenstrasse 7, 3001 Bern


+41 (0) 31 306 93 25