7th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Neuchâtel 2009

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November 2009:
Espace Louis-Agassiz 1, Neuchâtel

The 7th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting will focus on the contribution and the importance of water in geosciences as well as on the latest advances in research in hydrology and hydrogeology. It will be held 20th to 21st November 2009 in Neuchâtel.

The Center for Hydrogeology of the University of Neuchâtel -Chyn- and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences -SCNAT- cordially invite you to participate in the 7th Swiss Geosciences Meeting (SGM09) to be held in Neuchâtel.

On Friday 20th, keynote presentations will focus on this year's theme "Water Across Boundaries". Three distinguished scientists, Janet Hering, Head of EAWAG, Gordon Young, President IAHS and Steven Ingebritsen, USGS, will focus their presentations on overcoming scientific boundaries in order to address future challenges in water sciences. Subsequently, addressing political boundaries, Robert Cramer, Conseillé d’Etat de Genève, will elaborate on different aspects of the relation between water and society.

The plenary session will end with a special ceremony where the prestigious Nexans price, will be awarded in presence of the Rectrice of the University of Neuchâtel.

On Saturday 21st, a series of scientific symposia will focus on diverse domains of geoscience research encompassing the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, the cryosphere and the atmosphere without neglecting to also address the interaction between the different geoscience domains. In parallel, a special session lasting the whole day will deal with the theme of this years meeting, interconnecting atmosphere-glaciers-snow-surface and soil in all possible combinations across the boundaries, including biotic processes and water management.

The SGM wants to offer the ideal environment to also foster informal contacts and discussion between scientists: Such opportunities will occur at the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening, or during the poster session on Saturday in the main hall of the congress centre. Special time slots will be allocated to two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present.

Looking forward to seeing you in Neuchâtel!
The SGM 2009 Organizing Committee.