EAG Council Elections

The EAG Council is made of Officer Councillor and Councillor positions. Each year, several positions become vacant.
Officer Councillors are elected by the Council and serve for various terms according to the position.
Councillors are directly elected by the EAG Members and serve for three years, participate in council discussions, decisions and initiatives.
Up to two Councillors can be appointed by the Council in connection with specific activities.

Council Elections 2018

Candidates for the elections of the EAG Council 2018

Two councillor positions will open in the EAG Council in January 2018. Councillors are elected by EAG members through electronic voting and once elected, they serve for three years, participate in council discussions, decisions, initiatives and act as ambassadors of the society. The serving members of the EAG Council are therefore crucial for determining the strategy and the future of the EAG. The candidates were selected from a roster of more than 20 highly diverse European geochemists.

4 candidates are proposed below and EAG members are invited to vote by selecting 2. You can click on the candidate’s name or photo to find out additional information.

Voting is open from Wednesday 11 October until Wednesday 8 November midnight (CET).

On 11 October, EAG members received an email with a personalised link to vote. To check your email address is up to date, please login to your member area or contact the EAG Office.

We thank all EAG members in advance for their participation.


Riccardo Avanzinelli, University of Florence, Italy

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Riccardo Avanzinelli is an associate professor of petrology and isotope geochemistry at Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy since 2013. He has done his PhD in Firenze and carried out his postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol (UK). Riccardo’s research focuses on the application of trace elements and traditional and novel isotope tracers for investigating the genesis of magmas in different geodynamic settings and the cycling of elements within Earth through subduction and volcanism. In his current research he is also employing detailed in situ geochemical and isotopic work to unravel the nature and composition of shallow magmatic reservoirs, in relationship with major eruptive events, and the timescales of the processes occurring within magma chambers.

Motivation for serving the EAG council

As a geochemist working on interdisciplinary topics like volcanology and geodynamics I learned the importance of the communication and interaction between geochemistry and the other disciplines of the Geosciences, and the need to integrate and combine different approaches in order to solve key scientific questions. If elected, I will do my best to help the EAG promote actions that will strengthen such cooperation, through conferences like Goldschmidt or workshops. The EAG is doing a lot to provide opportunities for young researchers to develop their careers and I will be happy to contribute and improve the excellent work done so far, especially promoting actions to encourage mobility between different research groups in Europe.

Horst Marschall, University of Frankfurt, Germany

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Horst Marschall is the Wilhelm Heraeus Professor for Deep Earth Processes at Goethe Universität Frankfurt in Germany, working in the fields of high-temperature geochemistry, geochronology and petrology. He received a Diplom degree from Universität Heidelberg in 2000 and a doctoral degree in 2005 with a thesis on the elemental and isotopic fractionation of lithium and boron and their redistribution during metasomatic processes in subduction zones. This was followed by a five-year postdoctoral period at the University of Bristol (UK), where he work on subduction zone processes, crust formation and crustal melting. Marschall worked as a staff scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Massachusetts) from 2011 to 2016 before returning to Europe. He is an associate editor for GCA since 2015.

Motivation for serving the EAG council

Scientists have always played a pioneering role in transcending national borders and collaborating globally for the progress of their disciplines and of society as a whole. As a council member, I would contribute to the European and international perspective of EAG, which is a vital aspect in the face of looming or growing tribalism that puts pressure on scientists. I would also strengthen the collaboration of geochemistry and neighbouring disciplines, such as mineralogy, petrology or economic geology, which have their interests represented by various separate groups. The Goldschmidt conference for me is the prime scientific event of the year. I have been a theme leader for two past European Goldschmidt conferences and I am looking forward to being involved in the organisation of future meetings in Boston, Barcelona and beyond.

Caroline Peacock, University of Leeds, UK

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Caroline Peacock is an Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry at University of Leeds, UK. She completed a PhD in Geochemistry at University of Bristol in 2005, and worked there as a Postdoctoral Research Associate until 2006, before moving to University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Geochemistry until 2009 when she joined Leeds. Caroline’s research focuses on the application of fundamental chemical principles to understanding Earth system processes. In particular she focuses on the environmental behaviour of nutrients and contaminants in water, soils and sediments, and the molecular scale reactions that determine the uptake and release of these elements from soil and sediment minerals and microbes. In 2015 Caroline was awarded the EAG Houtermans Medal, and in 2016 she was granted a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to investigate controls on the preservation and burial of organic carbon in marine sediments. Caroline currently serves on several national and international research committees, and she leads the University of Leeds Cohen Geochemistry Group.

Motivation for serving the EAG council

My motivations to serve as an EAG councillor are two-fold. Firstly I would like to help the EAG in its mission to promote and support geochemistry across Europe. Now more than ever the field of geochemistry encompasses a multitude of disciplines, and links with many other research areas. My own research is multidisciplinary and because of this I have served, and currently sit, on several national and international research committees and learned societies. I would like to bring this expertise to the EAG council, and input into current and future EAG activities that showcase European geochemical research and bring together European geochemical researchers. Secondly I am keen to help the EAG continue and expand its support for early career researchers. I currently sit on the Houtermans Award Nomination Committee, and as a recipient of the award myself, I can attest to the positive impact of this type of recognition and support. As an EAG councillor I would like to explore new ways to promote early career researchers, including ways to support networking and funding opportunities.

Encarnacion Ruiz-Agudo, University of Granada, Spain

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Encarnacion Ruiz Agudo is assistant professor in Crystallography and Mineralogy at the University of Granada (Spain). She finished her PhD research in 2007 and carried out her postdoctoral research at the University of Münster (Germany). Her research interests include 1) non-classical mechanisms of mineral formation, including the formation of amorphous precursors and prenucleation species, 2) studies of surface mineral reactivity at the nanoscale and 3) silicate weathering and surface altered layer formation. In 2012, she was awarded the Research Excellent Medal of the European Mineralogical Union. She coordinates several research projects funded by the Spanish government aiming at gaining fundamental knowledge on silicate weathering and carbonation.

Motivation for serving the EAG council

I am interested in becoming a councillor in order to contribute to the EAG community by sharing perspectives of an early career professor. If elected, I would work to continue the excellent work that has been done and to implement new ideas and ways to promote the visibility of early career scientists. If elected, I look forward to contributing to the meetings, publications and programs that EAG supports, and developing new opportunities that support and encourage young scientists from diverse backgrounds.


Past Council Elections

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