Goldschmidt2021: Abstract submission opening postponed

New membership and networking platform for EAG members

Latest Geochemical Perspectives: Geology, Policy and Wine – The Intersection of Science and Life

Goldschmidt2021 Update

The Goldschmidt2021 Organizing Committee is closely monitoring the situation in Lyon (France) and continues to plan the conference to adapt to uncertain circumstances. Our aim is to create an engaging and successful event allowing wide participation while protecting the health and well-being of our delegates. We are committed to providing clarity on the format of the meeting before abstract submission opens. Therefore it has been decided to postpone the opening of abstract submission to 15 January 2021.

The list of sessions is currently being finalized and will be published in December as scheduled.
We thank you for your patience and understanding, and hope you are all well and safe in these difficult times.

EAG Council Elections Results

Following the council elections last month, EAG members have elected Susan Little (University College London) and Olivier Namur (University of Leuven) to join the Council in 2021.

We also announce that the EAG Council has elected Catherine Chauvel (IPGP) as the next Vice-President, and Janne Koornneef (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) as the next Early Career Councillor; both will also start in 2021.

A warm welcome to all our new councillors! Find out more


New Online Workshops

The Geochemical Society (GS) is offering several workshops in November and December to provide training and networking opportunities. These low-cost programs are open to everyone and GS, EAG, and MSA members receive a discount on the paid workshops. Participants from countries with low-income economies may apply for free registration. Find out more

Picture a Scientist Screening

The GS has arranged a virtual screening of this important new film. The film will be available for a 72-hour window from December 14-16. Participants may watch the film at their convenience during this time. Watch the trailer | Register

GS Town Hall: Mentoring in Geochemistry
A tool for creating more inclusive and equitable environments
Thursday 3 December 16:00-17:30 EST / 22:00-23:30 CET

Mentoring is a key tool for the development of scientists’ careers. It helps students select academic courses, develop peer networks, and understand how to navigate the professional world. Mentoring can therefore be a powerful way of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences when scientists from underrepresented groups gain access to effective mentors. In this second GS town hall on DEI, panelists will discuss key aspects of mentoring opportunities. Find out more and register

EAG Short Course and Conference Sponsorship: apply by 30 November

The Short Course and Conference Sponsorship Program is open to EAG members organizing a short course or small conference in Europe focused on special topics or techniques from the broad field of geochemistry. For the 2021 program, applications for online as well as hybrid and in-person events will be considered. If you a member organizing an event in 2021, submit your application by 30 November. Find out more

Call for contributions to upcoming DEI Twitter Feed

The EAG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group will soon be launching its own Twitter feed, and are inviting contributions from the community. Various themes are listed here but all ideas for content are welcome! Please send your contributions to and/or get in touch to find out more. Read more

EAG Blog: Writing for change

[By Amy Riches] “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Astronomer and Science Communicator. We can ask of this quote, but by who? We may consider academia as a rousing type of workplace offering freedom to think and conduct research that can promise major new discoveries while educating and training the next generation of decision makers and explorers. Read more

Call for volunteers for new EAG & EAGE group connecting industry and academia

EAG and EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers) are launching a new community group dedicated to all those exploring the multidisciplinary applications of geochemistry. The group aims to create connections between those working in the industry and those in academia, share knowledge and opportunities, and more. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to take part in this collaborative project as committee members. Interested? Contact us at for more info.

EAG Blog: How isotopes can help us understand Cape Town’s water crisis

[By Rosy Finlayson, Ayabonga Mtsotso and Nomvo Kasolo] Cape Town experienced one of its worst droughts on record from 2015 to 2018, culminating in a threat to cut off municipal water supply to over 4 million people (nicknamed “Day-Zero”). To avoid this, the City of Cape Town (CoCT) implemented extreme water restrictions. This exacerbated unequal access to water – a basic human right. Water shortages are predicted… Read more

EAG Deadlines

30 November: EAG Short Course and Conference Sponsorship application deadline
1 December: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline

Goldschmidt2021 Deadlines

To be announced early January: Grant application deadline (submission not open yet)
To be announced early January: Abstract deadline (submission not open yet)

Recently published in Geochemical Perspectives Letters, Open Access EAG Publication

Latest Geochemical Perspectives: ‘Geology, Policy and Wine – The Intersection of Science and Life’

This is a somewhat unusual Geochemical Perspectives issue in that it covers a broad range of academic, governmental, policy, wine, and celestial activities touched on during a 40 year career. From personal experience, Larry Meinert recounts his academic development, work in the US Congress, management of the energy and mineral resource functions of the US Geological Survey, helping to shape high level governmental policy, exploring resource issues beyond Earth to the Moon, Mars, and Asteroids, and last but not least the making of fine wine. READ MORE

Geochemical Perspectives is an Open Access EAG publication.

Latest Elements: ‘Noble Gas Thermochronology’

Noble-gas thermochronology takes advantage of two properties: (1) the time-dependent production of noble gases, such as helium and argon, by processes like radioactive decay; (2) the thermally activated diffusion of these gases to constrain the temperature histories of several minerals commonly found in crustal rocks. Because temperature is essential to many geological processes, thermochronology has become widely used to address research questions across Earth and planetary science. These questions include when and how valleys are cut by glaciers; from where is sediment sourced; what thermal conditions occur on fault planes during slip; and how the surfaces of planetary bodies evolve on billion-year timescales. READ MORE