5th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Geneva 2007

Friday 16th November: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, Geneva (directions)
Saturday 17th November: UniMail, Geneva (directions)

Welcome address of the president

The Section of Earth Sciences of the University of Geneva, the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle of the City of Geneva, and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 5th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, to be held in Geneva on Friday afternoon and Saturday November 16-17, 2007

This will be the fifth annual meeting, following the successful gatherings in Basel (2003), Lausanne (2004), Zürich (2005) and Bern (2006). Geneva is the city of international organizations such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the International Red Cross, and many others. We therefore have defined the theme of this year’s conference as the interface between the Geosciences and Humankind.



Keynote presentations on Friday November 16 will be held at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle (15:00-19:30) and will be devoted to the topics of volcanic and seismic risks (and their management), major alpine landslides, the meteorological consequences of long-term climate change, and the causes of Phanerozoic mass extinctions.

The scientific symposia on Saturday November 17, hold in the UniMail building, will focus on diverse domains of geoscience research - from the present-day hydro- and cryosphere to climate modeling and paleoenvironment reconstruction, study of magmatic processes from the deep lithosphere to their hazardous expression at the surface, the exploitation of natural resources for energy production, and social aspects of natural hazard mitigation.

The Swiss Geoscience Meeting wants to offer the ideal environment to foster contacts and discussion between scientists: Such opportunities will occur at the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday (20:00-22:00) in the Muséum, or during the poster session on Saturday in the main hall of UniMail, where coffee and tea will be available, and lunch will be served. Special time slots will be allocated to two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present.

Looking forward to seeing you in Geneva,
The SGM 2007 Local Organizing Committee:

Urs Schaltegger (President)
Danielle Decrouez
Daniel Ariztegui
Walter Wildi