Archive for Invited contributions

Chaitén – a town in the line of fire

Jan 18, 2017 No Comments 1734 views

In May 2008, Chaitén volcano in Chilean Patagonia erupted and provided the world with spectacular footage of the first rhyolitic eruption ever to be observed in modern times. But the 2008-2009 Chaitén eruption is not only remarkable from a geological point of view, but also in regards of its short- and medium-term crisis management and […]

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EAG Ambassador in Cape Town

Oct 03, 2016 No Comments 1145 views

I am really grateful to the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) for their support to attend the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) 27 August – 4 September 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. The city of two oceans where the beautiful nature and enjoying the fresh winds first before going further into the black continent. With […]

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Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP) in Italy

Sep 15, 2016 No Comments 1427 views

The 13th Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP) was held at the University of Urbino (Italy) in July 2016 (www.urbinossp.it). USSP focuses on past climate dynamics with special emphasis on the analysis of the long-term carbon cycling and its implications in the understanding of present and future climates. It is a unique opportunity for postgraduate […]

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Foord Pegmatite Symposium in Golden, Colorado

Jul 29, 2016 No Comments 1632 views

The 2nd Eugene E. Foord Pegmatite Symposium took place between 15th-19th July 2016 at the Colorado School of Mines, located in Golden, Colorado, USA. The meeting was dedicated to Dr. Eugene E. Foord (1946-1998), an American mineralogist who made valuable contributions to pegmatite studies, including involvement in the description of over 30 new mineral species. […]

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LA-ICP-MS in Perugia

Jun 07, 2016 1 Comment 2100 views

The first international short course on the “application of laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to earth sciences” was held at the department of Physics and Geology, Perugia University from 25-27 May 2016. I was interested in this course because LA-ICP-MS can be used as a tool to geochemically discriminate between different volcanic […]

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Ice Core Scientists meet in Hobart, Tasmania

May 02, 2016 No Comments 1564 views

The International Partnership for Ice Core Science (IPICS) Open Conferences are set every 4 years. IPICS is the principal international planning group for international ice core science and this IPICS 2nd Open Conference brought together in Hobart (Tasmania) more than 200 scientists, experts in ice core science and drilling technology for five days of scientific […]

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Learning about cable bacteria

Apr 01, 2016 No Comments 2157 views

This year, the third “International Workshop on Microbial long-distance Electron Transfer by Cable Bacteria” was organized in Munich (Germany), after previous editions in Aarhus (Denmark) and Antwerp (Belgium). This three-day workshop tries to group all scientists who are involved in cable bacteria research. This little organism is still enigmatic, and is being studied from all […]

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An ambassador at OMS 2016

Mar 11, 2016 No Comments 1058 views

The 2016 Ocean Meeting Science (OMS) took place 21-26 February 2016 in New Orleans (LA) at the Ernest N. Morial convention center. This conference is one of the most important and largest event for the oceanographic field; in fact, the Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) and […]

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Speleothems connecting East and West

Feb 05, 2016 No Comments 1931 views

It was a great honor and challenge to be asked to present the 2015 EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour in four institutes in Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. My lectures included 1) Speleothems as paleoclimate indicators; 2) Novel techniques in speleothems research for paleohydrological studies; 3) Water availability in Middle East and North Africa and the […]

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Volcanic and magmatic studies in Ireland

Jan 26, 2016 No Comments 1413 views

From the 5th-9th of January 2016, the annual meeting of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) took place at Trinity College in Dublin. This year, the regular three-day program of talks, poster sessions and discussions was bracketed by a one-day workshop on Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (sometimes lovingly called LA-ICP-MS) on […]

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