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Talking to the media – Tips from Tom Parkhill, Goldschmidt Press Officer

Journalists are human. Like everyone else, they appreciate it when you make their life easy. If you give them a good story, they will be delighted, and they are generally kind to scientists....

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Derek Vance starts as EAG President!

It is a great honour to become the President of the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG). I have just taken over from Sigurdur Gislason – “Siggi”

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Robotic field geologists will bring more samples from space!

We are living in an exciting period of time: samples from asteroids, the Moon, Mars, and hopefully comets are or will be returned to laboratories on Earth within the next one or two decades

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Uniting to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Pandemic and Post-Pandemic World

There are significant numbers of highly-educated, well-trained, talented and hardworking people in geochemistry and wider Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) fields around the globe

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How isotopes can help us understand Cape Town’s water crisis

Rosy Finlayson, Ayabonga Mtsotso and Nomvo Kasolo

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Writing for change

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Astronomer and Science Communicator.  We can ask of this quote, but by who?

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The Value of Field Training in Geochemistry

Field work is a key part of training for many geological careers. From locating and describing new deposits to excavating rocks and fossils, to identifying structural relationships between different

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Geochemists in the time of COVID-19: part 2

In this new series on the EAG blogosphere, geochemists from around the world have been telling us about their experiences during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic: how it has affected

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Geochemists in the time of COVID-19: part 1

In this new series on the EAG blogosphere, geochemists from around the world tell us about their experiences during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic: how it has affected their academic

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DIY for the field

Last month in 'Lab Corner', we featured some tips and tricks for repurposing everyday items for the lab and field. In this next contribution, geomicrobiologists from the University of Oklahoma put

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Sun, sand and speed dating in Belgium – ChemCYS 2020

In Blankenberge (Belgium), 19th - 21st February 2020 Welcome to Blankenberge! A famous Belgian seaside resort by the North Sea, meeting place of families and old people in summer

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Repurposing everyday items for geochemistry

For the EAG Blogosphere's new "Lab Corner", the EAG want to know: What everyday item or household tool have you repurposed for science? 

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A field course in Tenerife: the importance of understanding physical volcanology for a geochemist!

During my first years as an undergraduate geology student I developed a passion for fieldwork and fieldtrips. In my experience, geology is best taught and understood in the field and therefore

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AGU Chapman Conference on Asian Monsoons, Washington DC, January 5-9, 2020

In early January, sub-zero temperatures and long dark days aren’t exactly conducive to stimulating and energizing oneself. However, in Washington D.C. this year, my January Blues swiftly disappeared

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AGU Fall Meeting 2019: Hong Chin Ng

I was very excited to attend AGU this year because it was the first time I was provided the opportunity to give an invited talk at such a prestigious conference. I presented my recent study

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AGU Fall Meeting 2019: James Bradley

Every year, the American Geophysical Union presents its flagship meeting, the AGU Fall Meeting – the largest international Earth and space science meeting in the world, with more than 25,000 attendees

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A celebration of science at the AGU Fall Meeting: two ambassadors report back

Last December, two EAG Early Career Science Ambassadors, James Bradley and Hong Chin Ng, attended the AGU Fall meeting, the largest international Earth and Space Science meeting in the world

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Open access and geochemistry, what’s the rule?

A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away when I was an undergraduate student (I guess it must have been around 2002), I first met the principles of Open Access (OA). A few years later

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Outreach in Africa: Prof. Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane visits Mauritania and Egypt

It was a great pleasure for me to be offered the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Outreach program of the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) and the Geochemical Society (GS)

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Impressions from the 1st International EMPA Workshop, Athens

The 1st International Workshop on Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA) took place in Athens on the 3rd and 4th October 2019, hosted by the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA).

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Ambassadors at ICP13 in Sydney

This year, three early career scientists were able to travel to Sydney for the 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography as Early Career Science Ambassadors thanks to support from EAG.

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Ambassadors at ICP13 in Sydney: Rehemat

This article is part of a series of articles from 3 EAG ambassadors who attended ICP13 (International Conference on Paleoceanography). You can go back to read the introduction here.

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Ambassadors at ICP13 in Sydney: Zeynep

This article is part of a series of articles from 3 EAG ambassadors who attended ICP13 (International Conference on Paleoceanography). You can go back to read the introduction here.

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Ambassadors at ICP13 in Sydney: Eloise

This article is part of a series of articles from 3 EAG ambassadors who attended ICP13 (International Conference on Paleoceanography). You can go back to read the introduction here.

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A summer of speleothem science

The S4 Summer School on Speleothem Science took place in the city of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) from August 11th to 17th, 2019. The event consisted of a four-day full immersion in the world of speleothems

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2018 Distinguished Lecture Tour: Jim McQuaid’s Eastern adventure

When I was first told that I had the honour of being the 2018 EAG Distinguished Lecturer, I did wonder how I would present atmospheric science to geochemists. It turned out to be much easier

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“Great science, friendly community, and mountain views”: Geobiology in beautiful Banff

I was excited to attend the 2nd Geobiology Society Conference because it is a very topic-focused meeting, bringing together many leading and emerging experts in the field. Additionally

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Early career scientists reveal their experiences at the largest geosciences meeting in Europe

The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) aims to promote geochemical research and to provide essential support to early career scientists in the field. Through its Student Sponsorship program

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Q&A with the Goldschmidt Non-academic Careers Forum Panellists: Lewis Collins

In a new initiative for Goldschmidt2019 (18-23 August 2019 - Barcelona, Spain) a series of lunchtime discussion forums will be held to give students and post-docs the opportunity to find out more

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The world’s largest geoscience conference: EAG Ambassadors at AGU18

The Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is by far the largest conference that a geochemist might attend in their career. The 2018 AGU Fall meeting took place in Washington D.C

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The annual VMSG meeting: a springboard for early career stage volcanologists and igneous geochemists

With financial assistance from the European Association of Geochemistry, I was able to attend the annual Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group meeting to present the results of my recent research

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Sigurður Reynir Gislason starts as EAG President!

It is an honour to become the president of European Association of Geochemistry.  I have been “president-in-training” over the last two years, learning the ropes from the past president, Bernard Marty

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Small spots and big celebrations at the GFZ

I recently had the opportunity to attend the SIMS short course at the GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences) in Potsdam with support of the EAG. The course was set to be held by Dr. Michael

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EAG President Bernard Marty says goodbye

Two years have already passed since I became EAG president at the beginning of 2017, and I am about to pass on the EAG baton to our next president, Sigurður (Siggi) Gislason

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EAG Supports Junior Scientists Around the World

Making up over a third of our member base, students, as well as postdocs and other recent graduates, form an integral and very active part of the European Association of Geochemistry. Furthering oppor

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EAG sponsored students at POLAR2018: Where the Poles come together

POLAR2018, a joint event from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), is a major event on the Polar Science calendar

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A summer camp for scientists!

Recently, I was given the opportunity to attend the 2018 Gordon Ocean Global Change Biology conference (held in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire) as an EAG ambassador. Gordon conferences are

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Unravelling the past and future of lakes at the IPA-IAL joint meeting

Thank you to EAG for providing sponsorship to help me attend the IPA-IAL (International Paleolimnology Association and International Association of Limnogeology) Joint Meeting: “Unravelling the Past

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Silicon world science: an EAG Ambassador at SILICAMICS 2

SILICAMICS 2 (Victoria, CA. June 2018) was the second SILICAMICS conference (first held in Aber Wrac’h, FR. September 2015). The conference focuses on the biogeochemistry and genomics

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An EAG ambassador aims for the bullseye at the 49th LPSC

Attending my very first Lunar and Planetary Science Conference was an exciting prospect. As a planetary scientist whose background is in biology, it feels like a long and winding road that led me

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Axel Hofmann’s 2017 EAG-GS Outreach Program to Africa

As part of the 2017 EAG-GS Outreach Program to Africa I travelled to Earth Science departments in Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Nigeria to give a 3-day short course on Early Earth Life and Mineral

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EGU2018: This is where all the science happens!

The prospect of attending a large international conference during your PhD can be really daunting, especially if you’re only in your second year and in the early stages of data collection

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2017 EAG Distinguished Lecture Program: Lenny Winkel’s tour of Central and Eastern Europe

I was honored to hear that I had been selected as the 2017 EAG Distinguished Lecturer. As I love both research and teaching I was thrilled about the opportunity to talk about emerging research areas

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Lives of the great geochemists: Fritz Houtermans

Fritz Houtermans, Göttingen University, 1927. Source: Physik Journal. The EAG Houtermans Award for young scientists is named after him, but how many of us geochemists really know who Friedrich

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On the Rocks
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Working in Mineral Exploration: a guide

In the final throws of an undergraduate degree there are commonly two concerns: firstly, the cramming of knowledge to ensure the exam results guarantee the best overall grade and secondly lining up

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An ocean of science

Every two years, the American Geophysical Union, The American Association for Limnology and Oceanography and The Oceanographic Society join forces to organize the ‘Ocean Sciences Meeting’ in an effort

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Metal stable isotopes: a tool for improving sustainable land-use in tropical regions

I am very grateful that the EAG supported me to attend “The International Conference and final IsoNose workshop “Metal Stable Isotope Geochemistry”, which took place from January 8-11 2018 in

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33rd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting

The Nordic Geological Winter Meeting is organised every two years in a different Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) and is considered one of the foremost multidisciplinary

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All things volcanic and magmatic at VMSG 2018

During the first week of the year I travelled to Leeds, UK, where the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) 2018 conference was held from January 3rd to 5th. I am very grateful to the EAG for

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Core logging course – Navan, Tara Mine Corestore

Recently I have had the chance to attend a core logging course organised by IAEG (Irish Association for Economic Geology) and hosted by Boliden, Tara Mines. The course was dense and helpful and most

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EAG Ambassadors at the AGU2017 Fall Meeting – Part 2

Last December, six EAG Early Career Science Ambassadors travelled to New Orleans to attend the 2017 AGU Annual Fall Meeting. In the first of our two-part blog, Laia Comas Bru, Deirdre Clark

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EAG Ambassadors at the AGU2017 Fall Meeting – Part 1

Last December, six EAG Early Career Science Ambassadors travelled to New Orleans to attend the 2017 edition of the Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

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Six questions to Adina Paytan

Adina Paytan is a Research Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz. The major focus of her research is understanding past and present marine biogeochemical

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Fluids inside bubbles and bubbles inside fluids: ECROFI 2017

With the support of EAG, last summer I was able to attend the biennial international conference of European Current Research On Fluid Inclusions (ECROFI), organized in Nancy (France). The ECROFI confe

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An early career scientist at CAM2017 in Vienna

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

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Rotorua bubbles with microbiologists: An EAG Ambassador at ISSM 2017

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

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

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

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Six questions to Rob Raiswell

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

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

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

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Goldschmidt2017: Meet the bloggers (2/2)

In Part 1 of 'Meet the Bloggers', we caught up with four of the Goldschmidt2017 blogging team, who'll be bringing us all the latest from Paris throughout the next week. Next up, we have a few words of

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Goldschmidt2017: Meet the bloggers (1/2)

We’re now just a few days away from the start of the 27th Goldschmidt Conference on geochemistry. More than 4000 delegates from over 50 countries across the globe will be polishing their presentations

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Students at EGU2017

Three EAG sponsored students visited the city of Vienna at the end of April 2017 to present their work at the General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union, the biggest geoscience conference in

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Announcing the winners of the Photo Contest ‘Wonders of Geochemistry’

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Photo Contest 'Wonders of Geochemistry'. Of the final ten photos selected by our jury, the following three received the highest number of votes

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Melting hearts at MEREMA

With the support of the EAG I was able to attend this year’s ‘Melting and fluid/melt-rock reactions in the mantle’ (MEREMA) International Winter School, held at the University of Pavia, Italy

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Serpentine Days 2016

This past September we had the privilege to attend Serpentine Days, a biannual workshop on serpentinite and serpentinization processes that is distinctly multidisciplinary. The workshop covers much

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Six EAG Ambassadors at the last AGU Fall Meeting

The 2016 AGU Fall Meeting took place in San Francisco’s Moscone Center from 12th to 16th December 2016. More than 28,000 scientists from around the world came together this year, and more than 20,000

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The Great Eastern

I have been really fortunate to be asked to take part of the 2016 EAG Distinguished Lecture Program. My research interests are broad lying on the interface between chemistry and biology and I have

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Bernard Marty starts as EAG President

It is an honour, and a great pleasure, to become president of the European Association of Geochemistry. My first task is to thank Liane Benning for the fantastic job she has been doing over the last

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Chaitén – a town in the line of fire

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

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EAG President Liane G. Benning says good-bye

Recent events show that we have in front of us rocky times of uncertain worldwide leadership and this will change the world in directions that are not healthy for our planet. As geochemists

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EAG Ambassador in Cape Town

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

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Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology (USSP) in Italy

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

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4th International Workshop on Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry

The 4th International Workshop on Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry was hosted by Durham University, United Kingdom, from July 11th-14th 2016. This meeting was attended by 75 delegates from all

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Foord Pegmatite Symposium in Golden, Colorado

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

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Six questions to Liane G. Benning

Liane G. Benning is Professor in Interface Geochemistry at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) and Professor of experimental biogeochemistry at the School of Earth and Environment

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LA-ICP-MS in Perugia

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

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Ice Core Scientists meet in Hobart, Tasmania

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

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Learning about cable bacteria

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

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An ambassador at OMS 2016

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

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Five questions to Al Hofmann

Albrecht “Al” Hofmann is Emeritus Director of the Geochemistry Division of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz (Germany). Currently, he is also Adjunct Professor and Visiting Senior

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Speleothems connecting East and West

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

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Volcanic and magmatic studies in Ireland

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

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EAG Early Career Ambassador at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting (San Francisco).

Thanks to the EAG’s early career ambassador program I was fortunate to be able to attend the recent American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The AGU Fall meeting is one of

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The story behind the winning photos

The EAG would like to thank all who submitted photos to the Photo Contest 2015 and all who casted their vote. We have 2 winners: Ingrid Smet for the theme 'Earth, Fire, Air, Water', and Anton Bischoff

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EAG Ambassador in La Serena, Chile 2015

Attending to the Congreso Geólogico de Chile is always a great experience, not only because I’m Chilean and I live far from my country (currently I’m living in Spain) but because this conference is

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EAG Early Career Science Ambassador in 250th ACS in Boston

I just say thanks to the EAG Early Career Science Ambassador program for giving me the opportunity to attend the ACS (American Chemical Society) Boston for the 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

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Not freaking out, but PHREEQC-ing it out

From the 18-20th of August I attended a geochemical modelling workshop that was ran before the 25th annual Goldschmidt conference in Prague. The purpose of the two-day-long course was to learn and

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Astronomy in the State of Aloha

“Aloha!”, that’s the first thing people say to you on Hawai’i, and that’s what you answer them. While doing that, fear not about being a guest on these islands. All people are minorities here

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EAG Early Career Science Ambassador in 250th ACS in Boston

I had wanted to attend an ACS (American Chemical Society) meeting for many years. Thanks to the EAG Early Career Science Ambassador program I had the pleasure to be in Boston for the 250th ACS

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Application of Diffusion Studies to the Determination of Timescales in Geochemistry and Petrology

With the support of a EAG student sponsorship, I was able to attend the shortcourse “Application of Diffusion Studies to the Determination of Timescales in Geochemistry and Petrology” at

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EAG sponsored student in Odense

The Aquatic Microbial and Molecular Ecology (AMME) course has been held at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense University before it merged with other institutions) since 1992. It started as

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EAG Ambassador in Woods Hole

Thanks to the support from the European Association of Geochemistry I was able to attend the Molecular Evolution workshop which took place from the 19th to 29th of July at the Marine Biological

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Goldschmidt 2015
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What do Roman plumbing and Gondwana crust have in common?!

Janne Blichert-Toft’s plenary talk Tuesday lunchtime gave us an overview of what could be achieved with Pb isotopes with what she termed “Neo -plumbotectonics”. In her 45 minute talk she took us from

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It came from the land

I have just spent the first half of my morning avoiding the rain in session 22c travelling back in time to the Precambrian. This is a pretty weird time period for me, being so

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And so it begins…

I have a secret; ever since registering I have been a little intimidated about attending this years Goldschmidt. Sure I have been to international conferences before but these have been

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Impressions from InterPore 2015

Reza Gooya, who received sponsorship from the EAG through the Student Sponsorship Program, attended the InterPore 2015 Conference for the first time and recounts his experience

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Effect of permafrost thawing on trace element and carbon mobilisation

The Lena River (Siberia) is one of the largest global rivers draining into the Arctic Ocean. The Lena River and tributaries drain a range in lithology and topography, and the large watersheds are

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Two EAG Ambassadors at AGU Fall Meeting 2014

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

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Svalbard – The northernmost everything

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 7

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Networking and crystallisation sometimes come together

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

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Midterm review in Seefeld, Austria

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

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Wonders of the East

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

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Dirty snowballs and our origins

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

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The geochemistry of glass

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)

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Ironing out a few problems at Beamline I08

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

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From ice to volcanic ash: adventures of the next generation of scientists

In September 2014, 3 students benefited from the EAG Student Sponsorship Program and recount their experiences below. Joshua Blacker and Stefanie Lutz attended the International Glaciological Society

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From the winners of the EAG Photo Contest 2014

César Menor-Salván and Olivier Pourret are the winners of the EAG Photo Contest 2014 and we have asked them tell us more about their photos and their passion... “Destructive Beauty”

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3 students perspectives on GES-10

The Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (GES-10) conference took place on 18-22 August in Paris and the EAG proudly supported student attendance by providing grants of 200 Euros per student

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Holuhraun eruption from the plane

It is Wednesday morning. I arrive at my office at the University of Iceland after the International Carbon Conference in Reykjavík and quick visit to Oslo. In the hallway I am already going over my to

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Planetary materials and Astrobiology

Have you ever heard of rocks falling from the sky? Rocks that come from space? Those rocks are known as meteorites and they belong to a class of materials called planetary materials

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Beech Hunting in the Land of Fire

The best thing about working in Earth Sciences is the fieldwork, hands down. From looking at old mines in the Lake District to collecting fossil microorganisms in Trinidad

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EnvironMetal Isotopes (EMI) 2013 – A ‘non-traditional’ location for a ‘non-CHONS’ conference

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

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Views from, and of, Florence

The Florence skyline is dominated by the dome and bell-tower of the Duomo, or Santa Maria del Fiore, the large cathedral in the centre of the city

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Music of the spheres

I am sitting in a hot lecture theatre in the Università deli Studi, Florence, two days before the start of the proper business of Goldschmidt 2013

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Why did we do it?! Our look into the writing of a Geochemical Perspectives article

How did it all start? When I (Fred) was first contacted to write an article for Geochemical Perspectives by the Editorial Board, and strongly encouraged by Eric Oelkers to do so

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From water to wine

For most of us, our science is a passion, and we work nearly non-stop. A recent study of worldwide downloads from scientific journals reveals our habits

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The Old Days

Why do I write this blog? It is to show that the path to where you want to go is not always easy. I was trained as a metamorphic petrologist at the University of Kiel in Germany and as a petrologist

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Pedal-powered conference: making tracks to the European Geosciences Union General Assembly

The idea was simple: combine a bicycle-touring vacation with alternative transportation to a conference. The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly took place in Vienna

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On Field Classes

Having just got back from a field class, I’m at a loss of what to do. The rush of returning to the office on Friday afternoon to crack out a Goldschmidt abstract

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Antarctic Scientists Discover 18kg Meteorite

An international team of scientists, working at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station, has discovered a meteorite with a mass of 18kg embedded in the East Antarctic ice sheet

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On the Tarmac

I was both delighted but surprised when I was asked to be the EAG Distinguished Lecturer in Eastern Europe. Distinguished is not an adjective that has ever been closely associated with my activities

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Chasing Ice and the power of the big screen

Last week, a group of us from the Cohen Research Group, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, went to see a new movie. This is usually not an event worth blogging about but this movie

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Amazon, Climate Change and Geochemistry

The Amazon Basin with its 7.6 Mio km² is almost the size of Europe, and its biggest river, the Rio Amazon, supplies more than 15% of the total freshwater input to the world’s oceans

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A perspective on writing Perspectives

Perspectives invites its authors to share their personal experience in view of their contributions to geochemistry. My experiences in geochemistry have provided me with many moments that were fun

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Goldschmidt 2012, Impressions from Montréal

Having hurriedly wrapped up my poster and put my current projects on hold, I arrived in Montréal, Canada, a couple of days before the official start of the conference with the firm idea of enjoying

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Memories of Montréal

The 2012 Goldschmidt conference took place between the 24th and 29th June in Montréal, Quebec. Conferences are interesting beasts for all involved. For the new PhD students, this may be the first time

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Cake or Science?

We were hungry for knowledge and thirsty for cider, so to Oviedo we went! We then promptly hopped on a bus and headed to the Technology Development Center for CO2 capture just outside of Ponferrada

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… and lift-off !!!

Welcome to the European Association of Geochemistry blog. During the last months the EAG has been working on the creation of this blog with the purpose of sharing our impressions and perspectives

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My experience working with a bunch of (mad) scientists

Man, this guy was good looking - tall, broad shouldered, soft eyed, tousled hair, cute little dimples, … and then… “Oh wow - that is amazing!”

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SPASA 2011 – Making connections

For 10 days the São Paulo Advanced School of Astrobiology (SPASA) brought together renowned researchers, students and early career post-docs of different countries to exchange experience

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