8th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Fribourg 2010
Hot and Cold: Extreme Climates in Space and Time

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th November 2010:
Pérolles 2, Fribourg

The 8th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting will focus on the contribution and the importance of climate in Earth's history as well as on the latest advances in research in geosciences. It will be held 19th to 20th November 2010 in Fribourg.

The Department of Geosciences of the University of Fribourg and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences -SCNAT- cordially invite you to participate in the 8th Swiss Geosciences Meeting (SGM2010) to be held this year in Fribourg

On Friday 19th, keynote presentations will focus on this year's theme "Hot and Cold: Extreme Climates in Space and Time". The invited speakers are distinguished experts on past climates: Paul Hoffman from Harvard University and one of the fathers of the "snowball Earth" theory will start with a presentation on the Cryogenian Period. Closer to our times James Zachos from UC Santa Cruz will warm the audience with a presentation on the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum. Still closer to present climate, the third speaker Hubertus Fischer from the University of Berne will unravel the history of past climatic changes in polar regions during the late Quaternary. Practical aspects of extreme climates encountered by professional geoscientists will be addressed by the fourth speaker John M. Reynold from Reynolds International Ltd, who will discuss hazards associated with thawing permafrost and glacial lake outburst floods from the Himalayas to the Andes.

On Saturday 20th, a series of scientific symposia will focus on diverse domains of geoscience research encompassing the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere and the atmosphere without neglecting to also address the anthroposphere and the noosphere.

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 Fribourg!
The SGM 2010 Organizing Committee.




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