Two EAG Ambassadors at AGU Fall Meeting 2014

Apr 15, 2015 No Comments by
A few months ago, the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) initiated the Early Career Science Ambassador Program, supporting Early Career Scientists based in Europe to attend conferences outside of Europe. Supported scientists have 50% of their expenses covered by EAG, up to 2000 Euros, and are viewed as EAG Ambassadors while attending the event. Ruifang […]
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Svalbard – The northernmost everything

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments by
Here in Svalbard one can find the northernmost everything: climbing wall, post office, piano… and most importantly university – the reason I came up here. Longyearbyen, the ‘capital’ of Svalbard and 79°N, hosts the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) – the northernmost university which offers a wide range of courses in Arctic Geology, Arctic Biology, […]
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Networking and crystallisation sometimes come together

Feb 23, 2015 No Comments by
One of the first things I did when I started my job in the CO2-react network was to make crystallisation experiments in order to synthesize rare-earth (REE) bearing carbonates. I focused on hydroxylbastnasite (REECO3OH), a mineral of the bastnasite group (REE(CO3)(OH,F)) that is very common in carbonatite deposits and is an important source of light […]
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Midterm review in Seefeld, Austria

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments by
The third meeting of the CO2 React Network took place from the 04th to the 09th of December, 2014, in a little skiing village in Austria – Seefeld. Most of the PhD students had only started a year ago, so it was a little intimidating to realize that this meeting was actually the mid-term review […]
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Wonders of the East

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments by
It was a surprise and honour to be asked to deliver the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2014, and to be given the opportunity to connect with Geochemists working in Eastern Europe. In recent years my research has focused on applying an isotope geochemistry toolkit to a range of environmental issues, from assessing the links between […]
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Dirty snowballs and our origins

Dec 12, 2014 2 Comments by
Have you ever imagined how a person with long hair would look floating in the outer space? Ancient Greeks did. When they perceived comets in the sky they imagined them as a face with long hair floating in space. In fact, the word “comet” in Greek means “wearing long hair” or “long-haired star.” Today we […]
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The geochemistry of glass

Dec 05, 2014 No Comments

Thanks to EAG Sponsorship, I attended last October the Plenary Days of USTV and GDR Verres (two associations for Research and Technology of Glass) in Baccarat (in the East of France). This meeting brought together private companies and universities to share new results and methods about structure and geochemistry of glass. It was a good […]

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Making Habitability a Priority

Nov 30, 2014 No Comments

November has been a big month for big European science projects, after the successful landing of Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. But Cologne, Germany is now home to more than the Rosetta Mission’s Landing Control Center. This spring, a team spearheaded by Prof. Dr. Carsten Münker at the University of Cologne was successful with a […]

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Philae landed on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko: follow the news!

Nov 11, 2014 No Comments

On November 12, 2014 and after 10 years of travel, the European Space Agency (ESA) carried out the first unmanned descent and landing on the surface of a comet’s nucleus. Here you can find some links to follow this mission and get detailed information about Rosetta and Philae.

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Ironing out a few problems at Beamline I08

Oct 23, 2014 No Comments

From the 15th to the 19th of October synchrotron veteran Liane G. Benning (University of Leeds), the “iron man” legend Rob Raiswell (University of Leeds) and myself (a PhD student in glaciology at the University of Bristol) joined the I08 beamline A-team of Burkhard Kaulich, Majid Abyaneh and Tohru Araki at the Diamond Light Source, […]

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