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An early career scientist at CAM2017 in Vienna

Dec 13, 2017 No Comments 976 views

I am really grateful to the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) for their support to attend the Conference on Accessory Minerals (CAM–2017), which took place from 13–17 September 2017 in Vienna, Austria, and Bratislava, Slovak Republic. I had an exceptionally enriching experience at the CAM–2017 conference, an event aimed at “bringing together researchers and students […]

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Rotorua bubbles with microbiologists: An EAG Ambassador at ISSM 2017

Dec 12, 2017 1 Comment 1548 views

Thanks to support from the EAG I was able to attend the 2017 conference of the International Society of Subsurface Microbiology, held in Rotorua, New Zealand.  Rotorua is an amazing city due to its geothermal activity.  It is located next to Lake Rotorua in the centre of the North Island, which formed from a volcanic […]

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EAG student sponsorship: I went to Uppsala to scatter.

Dec 12, 2017 No Comments 834 views

Looking at minerals on a nanoscale helps us to understand their behaviour, and we can certainly learn from them for our advantage. Minerals that are highly reactive in ambient environments are not usually well understood because of difficulties in sample preparation and analysis. Such reactive minerals include green rusts (GR), a family of Fe2+– Fe3+ based […]

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EAG Student Sponsorship: A trip to ‘Migration 2017’ in Barcelona

Nov 14, 2017 No Comments 1025 views

I recently travelled to Barcelona to present at Migration 2017, a world-renowned conference which brings together world leading experts exploring the chemistry, and migration of actinides and fission products in the geosphere. This was an important conference for me to attend as I explore the effect of organic molecules on uranium migration. On Sunday, I […]

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Six questions to Rob Raiswell

Oct 11, 2017 No Comments 1531 views

Rob Raiswell gained his research degrees from Liverpool University and his first academic position was as a Lecturer in Sedimentary Geochemistry at the University of East Anglia. He moved to the Department of Earth Sciences in Leeds University in 1983 and was there until retirement. The Earth Sciences department became the School of Earth and […]

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Ore deposits and ophiolites: EAG ambassador Thomas Belgrano reports from SGA2017

Oct 09, 2017 No Comments 1394 views

I am extremely grateful for the support of the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) for contributing to my attendance at the 14th SGA Biennial Meeting in Québec city as an Early Career Science Ambassador. Quebec City was a great host, where North American traditions collide with French ones in a surprisingly harmonious way. The beautiful, […]

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Fishing for Hg and harvesting Pb – Consequences of human activity

Aug 24, 2017 No Comments 2243 views

It is my first time attending the Goldschmidt conference and I am impressed by the variety of topics that can be accommodated under the umbrella of Geochemistry. From the Origin of Solar System and Mantle Geochemistry to Paleoclimate and Ocean Chemistry. But what drew my attention were sessions related to Medical Geochemistry and particularly topics […]

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Prof Bernard Marty (President, EAG) – all well-known researchers were early-career scientists at some stage!

Aug 22, 2017 No Comments 2062 views

Prof Bernard Marty is the new President of the European Association of Geochemistry. Here we learn of his thoughts on self-empowerment for Early Career Scientists, the support offered from the EAG, and his journey from Mr Marty to President Marty, via Japan. This interview focuses on the interviewee, and therefore my own commentary is reduced […]

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Dr Francis McCubbin (2017 FW Clarke Award) – ECR consistently being overlooked, under-appreciated, and, frankly, taken advantage of.

Aug 20, 2017 No Comments 3806 views

Dr Francis McCubbin is the 2017 FW Clarke Awardee. Below he shares his thoughts on academic classism and the need for a fundamental culture shift in the treatment of non-Tenured academics, outlines his exciting role as a curator at NASA, and his passion for the Wu-Tang Clan. This interview focuses on the interviewee, and therefore my own […]

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The science behind the science

Aug 19, 2017 No Comments 1938 views

What do you think – in five days of Goldschmidt presentations, the product of how many years worth of labwork have you seen projected onto the screen, how many months of troubleshooting, how many weeks of tuning ICP-MS and calibrating microprobes? I reckon they must be plentiful. Confronted with such an impressive cumulative dedication to […]

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