Global warming: worrying lessons from the past
September 13, 2018

56 million years ago, the Earth experienced an exceptional episode of global warming. In a very short time on a geological scale, within 10 to 20’000 years, the average temperature increased by 5 to 8 degrees, only returning to its original level a few hundred thousand years later. Based on the anal…

Best Poster Award for Camille Thomas
August 23, 2018

Camille Thomas, SNF postdoctoral fellow at the Limnogeology/Geomicrobiology Group, received last week the Best Poster Award for Early Career Scientists at the 20th International Sedimentological Congress in Quebec, Canada. Congratulations Camille!

International Symposium “Ore Deposits Research: Routes to New Perspectives”
August 23, 2018

The Mineral Resources groups of the University of Geneva, University of Bern and ETH Zurich co-organized a one-day International Symposium « Ore Deposits Research: Routes to New Perspectives » to celebrate the scientific careers of Lluis Fontboté and Christoph Heinrich. More than 100 present and for…

Geneva sedimentologist becomes president of the International Association of Sedimentologists
August 20, 2018

Congratulations to Daniel Ariztegui for his election at the prestigious function of President of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS), and to Elias Samankassou who takes the responsibility of the IAS Special Publications. With close to 2000 members, the IAS is the largest associat…

Future winters glimpsed in the Alps
August 14, 2018

The weather of January 2018 was unusual - at the upper extreme of the historical distribution of storminess, temperature and precipitation measurements in the Western Alps – and broke many weather records. Not only was January 2018 unprecedentedly warm, but it was also extremely wet with unusual sno…

Palaeoclimate constraints on the impact of 2 °C anthropogenic warming
August 13, 2018

Over the past 3.5 million years, several intervals existed during which climate conditions were warmer than during the pre-industrial Holocene. Although past intervals of warming were forced differently than future anthropogenic change, such periods can provide insights into potential future climate…

Nuit de la Science 2018
August 13, 2018

On the 7-8th of July weekend, the science outreach event "Nuit de la Science" took place on the shore of Lake Geneva. Our Earth and Environmental Science section proposed multiple animations around volcanology, dendrochronology, sedimentology and geochronology among other topics. We were happy to ha…

1st IAVCEI-GVM workshop on volcanic risk
July 2, 2018

About 40 experts in the field of volcanic hazard, exposure, vulnerability and risk assessment have gathered at the University of Geneva in order to evaluate the state of the art of volcanic risk assessment, investigate current gaps and identify research priorities.

Investigating the source of volcano acoustic signals
July 2, 2018

Low frequency acoustic signals (infrasound) have been largely used to monitor volcanic activity in real-time and from remote stations. However, only few studies have investigated the relationship between the source of volcano infrasound and the actual volcanic fluid dynamics. A novel analysis of the…

A 370 million years old mass extinction – different from all others ?
June 26, 2018

One of Earth’s greatest ecological crises may have had a very different cause than other, better known, extinctions of animal life in Earth’s history, researchers from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva have found and published in Scientific Reports.