The 16th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting focused on the latest advances in research in geosciences. It was held on 30th November and 1st December 2018 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) welcomed 880 participants in the 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2018 in Bern.
On Friday 30th
The theme of the 16th SGM Plenary Session was “A Habitable Planet”.
One of the most fundamental and fascinating questions in science is why there is life on Earth. What makes our planet habitable and what is, for example, the role of plate tectonics in planetary habitability. Geoscientists not only play a crucial role in studying the evolution of planet Earth and the origins of life, but their studies can also contribute to maintaining our planet habitable and liveable for future generations.
Four keynote speakers were invited to discuss various topics related to “A Habitable Planet”.
On Saturday 1st
About 260 talks were given and 240 posters were presented in 23 scientific symposia that covered the diverse spectrum of current research in geosciences, encompassing the lithosphere, 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. Ample time was reserved for two poster sessions, at which the authors were present for active discussion and feedback.