12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Fribourg 2014

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November 2014:
Campus Pérolles 2, Fribourg

The 12th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting will focus on the latest advances in research in geosciences. It will be held 21st and 22nd November 2014 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 12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on 21st and 22nd November 2014 in Fribourg.

On Friday 21st, The topic for the general session is devoted to drilling, a very important technology both for geoscience as well as for the (geo)economy. Without drilling, the access to the third dimension for geoscientists is limited and many questions cannot be answered adequately. A prominent role in the scientific exploration of the Earth by drilling plaid and plays the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. Prof. Dick Kroon, University of Edinburgh, Chair of the proposal evaluation panel of IODP, will present the past and the future of this successful program. Ice bodies are important water reservoirs and essential climate archives. To bring the information to the surface, drilling is the technique of choice. Prof. Martin Funk, VAW, ETHZ, and Dr. Margit Schwikowski, PSI, will take us to drill sites in the Arctic and in our Alps. Although drilling was from the beginning used for the exctraction of fossil fuels and water, in ore exploration or as an important technique in tunneling, it was the deep exploration for geothermal energy and unconventional gas and oil reservoir (fracking) in the last decade, which brought drilling into the limelight and unlocked controversial debates about deep drilling. Dr. Markus O. Häring (Geo Explorers Ltd) will illustrate a geothermal drilling project, which unfortunately found a premature end.

On Saturday 22nd, a series of 21 scientific symposia will cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geoscience, encompassing the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.

The SGM also provides the ideal environment to foster informal contacts and discussion among scientists, in particular during the Swiss Geoscience Party on Friday evening but also at the poster sessions in the main hall of the venue on Saturday. Time is reserved for two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present for active discussion and feedback.

Looking forward to seeing you in Fribourg!
The SGM 2014 Organizing Committee.