9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Zurich 2011

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2011:
ETH Hauptgebäude & Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich

The 9th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting will focus on the latest advances in research in geosciences. It will be held 11th to 13th November 2011 in Zurich.

The Department of Earth Sciences of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held this year in Zurich.

On Friday 11th, keynote presentations will focus on this year's theme "Life and Planet Earth". Alex Halliday from Oxford University will start with a presentation on the birth of planet Earth, Lee Kump from Penn State University and author of the book “The Earth System” will trace the co-evolution of life and the physical environment, Norman MacLeod from the Natural History Museum in London will focus on major biotic extinctions in Earth history, Antje Boetius from the Max Planck Institute in Bremen will discuss how microbes survive in extreme environments. The last speaker of the symposium, Dieter Imboden, President of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) will focus on sustainability, life and planet Earth in the 21st century.

On Saturday 12th, a series of 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.

On Sunday 13th, a special symposium will be held in honour of the 75th birthday of Daniel Bernoulli, Professor emeritus ETH Zurich and Albert Matter, Professor emeritus Bern University. Most of the invited speakers are former students or collaborators of Dani Bernoulli and Albert Matter. The symposium will provide an overview of the state of the art both in sedimentology and sedimentary tectonics, especially with regards to the Alps and Molasse basin, as well as in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography in general. Poster submissions for this special symposium are very welcome!

The SGM also provides the ideal environment to foster informal contacts and discussion between scientists, in particular during the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening but also at the poster sessions on Saturday in the main hall of the venue (focusTerra). 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 Zurich!
The SGM 2011 Organizing Committee.


SGMC LogoThis year the 1st Swiss Geoscience Master Congress will take place at ETH Zurich on Thursday 10th November, one day before the Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2011. This new event is a platform for ideas and meeting as well as a showcase for prospective students looking for the right Master program in Earth Sciences at a Swiss university. Freshly graduated students from all around Switzerland are invited to present their MSc-thesis.