Post submission protocol

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments by
              I write this as a free man. For the last couple of months I have been bound by the single-mindedness and obsession that drives all academics in the lead up to a submission deadline. Although my latest grant application was by all accounts a bit of a beast, […]
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The (Geo)chemistry Christmas Chart

Dec 12, 2013 4 Comments by
During my childhood a massive part of the pre-Christmas hype was about who would make it to the coveted number 1 spot in the UK charts. I remember waiting in anticipation to see whether Cliff Richard would strike again, or whether the likes of Mr Blobby or East 17 would beat him to it. I […]
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Expedition to the End of the World – a review

Nov 11, 2013 1 Comment by
I’ve been to the cinema again and, like last time, I feel compelled to write about it, encouraging you to see the film I just have. Expedition to the End of the World. Just reading the title evokes the vision of a Phileas Fogg-like adventure, and the film doesn’t disappoint. Expedition to the End of […]
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Bonfire Night: When everyone appreciates chemistry

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments by
Remember remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot… At this time of year children and adults throughout the UK dress up warm and brave the winds and rain in order to watch a human effigy burn on the bonfire while thousands of pounds of fireworks explode in the sky above. For those who […]
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EnvironMetal Isotopes (EMI) 2013 – A ‘non-traditional’ location for a ‘non-CHONS’ conference

Oct 11, 2013 No Comments by
The Hill of Utopia, also known as Monte Verità, was a centre of naked healing light therapy in the early parts of the 20th century. In 1989, Monte Verità was turned into a scientific congress center between the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF). Monte Verità is located above […]
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Goldschmidt 2013 revisited

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments by
The Goldschmidt blogging team have all had time to travel back to their homes, some even moving to a new country! We’ve put together our highlights from the conference, see them below. Feel free to add your own personal highlights in the comment section at the bottom. Enjoy! Though Goldschmidt2013 happened not even 3 weeks […]
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Fun in Florence

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

My bag’s unpacked, the backlog of emails has been read and sleep deprivation is just about back to normal. I can therefore now look back on what was yet another thoroughly enjoyable and exhausting Goldschmidt conference, and process everything that happened during the week. My main take-home messages include a mental note to self to […]

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Thank you and Goodbye – Goldschmidt 2013

Sep 01, 2013 No Comments

I’m sure all of the 4000+ delegates would agree that this has been a brilliant edition of Goldschmidt. For me, the science was engaging and the conversations were inspiring. It was both of these, together with the opportunity to hang out with old friends and new, that made #Goldschmidt2013 and incredible meeting. I don’t want […]

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Aug 31, 2013 No Comments

The city of Florence is intimately tied to the Renaissance, when innovations in thinking and art drove Europe out of the dark ages intellectually, artistically and culturally. At the heart of this revolution, especially for art, was the Medici family. The patronage of this banking family helped develop art as we know it in modern […]

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A tourist in Florence

Aug 30, 2013 No Comments

After four days of Goldschmidt 2013 my brain had reached geochemistry saturation state, so I figured it was time for some tourism. Earlier this week I had only ventured into the city in the early morning, and I only now realised how peacefully quiet it had been. Florence is a virtual ants nest of tourists […]

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