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.

Risks in the Alps !
June 20, 2018

Corine Frischknecht, Mario Sartori, Markus Stoffel and Stéphanie Girardclos from the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute for Environmental Sciences contributed to a documentary film produced by the media library of Wallis on natural risks entitled "Remembering Alpine risks".

The first rise of mountain ranges 2.5 billion years ago changed planet Earth
May 24, 2018

Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Nicolas Greber participated in a study published in the May 24 issue of the journal Nature which shows that ~2.5 billion years ago the amount of landmasses and the height of mountain ranges suddenly increased -- triggering dramatic changes in climate and life on Earth.

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