Alumnus Agnès Petit-Markowski wins the 2018 Isabelle Musy Award that promotes women's entrepreneurship in science and technology
May 3, 2018

The winner of the 2018 Isabelle Musy Award with CHF 50.000 francs, that promotes women's entrepreneurship in science and technology, is Agnès Petit-Markowski, the founder of Mobbot, a startup that develops and markets 3D printing systems for concrete. With a rendering as smooth as if the concrete ha…

Five of our Master SERG students shine at the famous IBA competition
March 27, 2018

For the 4th year consecutively the team from the Department of Earth sciences at UNIGE traveled to Prague to participate to the European event of the Imperial Barrel Award, the largest worldwide student competition of this kind. The UNIGE team (Master students in Sedimentary, Environmental and Res…

New collaboration agreement between UNIGE and UCAD focused on natural resources research and education
March 14, 2018

Following the agreement recently signed between UNIGE's Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) and the Geology Department of Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal, the first edition of the course 'Interpretation seismic and seismostratigraphy' given by …

Global warming increases the risk of avalanches
March 14, 2018

Climate warming is impacting high mountain ranges, thereby enhancing the probability for more and larger mass wasting processes to occur. A tree-ring based snow avalanche reconstruction in the Indian Himalayas shows an increase in avalanche occurrence and runout distances in recent decades. These fi…

What if the European idea was 5000 years old? The Bell Beaker culture, the Neolithic, and Europe…
February 26, 2018

The movie "563, a tsunami on Lake Geneva" is in preparation
February 22, 2018

A documentary film about the 563 AD tsunami on Lake Geneva is currently prepared by Laurent Graenicher and Pierre-Yves Frei in collaboration with several persons of the Section of Earth Sciences and Environment. This documentary is about the Tauredunum disaster that happened in the Rhone Valley (Wal…

6,000 years of sea level variations measured to the centimetre!
January 18, 2018

Geologists are today anticipating a rise in ocean levels of between 80 and 180 centimetres by 2100. But to fine-tune this prediction and upgrade the models underpinning it, we need to know about the recent past in greater detail – on a scale of a few thousand years instead of the millions of years t…

New Paper in ISME journal
January 15, 2018

Little is known about the identity of mercury methylating microbial organisms and the environmental factors controlling their activity and distribution in lakes. Our research conducted in Lake Geneva demonstrated that the ferruginous geochemical conditions prevailing in the vicinity of a waste water…

New film on our research in Earth and Environmental Sciences
December 14, 2017

When magma prevents volcanic eruptions
November 29, 2017

Why does the floor of calderas lift disproportionately without erupting? An international team of researchers, including UNIGE members, used thermal and experimental models to explain one of the least-understood processes in volcanology: ‘caldera resurgence’.