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Welcome to Goldschmidt2019!

The European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society are delighted to welcome you to Barcelona for the 29th Goldschmidt Conference.

Registration opens at 15:00 on Sunday 18 August and the Icebreaker Welcome Reception starts at 17:00.

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Conference essentials

Getting organised!
Build your personal program with the official Goldschmidt2019 conference app, available for download from the Apple store or the Google Play store, or by signing in to My Goldschmidt on the conference webpage.

If this is your first Goldschmidt, take a look at the Goldschmidt guide for first-time attendees for advice on planning your conference days as well as other useful tips and information.

Job poster boards will be available at three locations in the conference centre. If you would like to advertise a position, it is recommended that you print off a few copies of your advertisement to post on the boards.

For all the latest news…

Follow the conference on Facebook and Twitter (and if you're tweeting, use the official hashtag #goldschmidt2019). Don't forget to check out the highlights from each day on the EAG Blogosphere!

Lunch and dinner meet-ups

If you would like to connect with other delegates or to find others to possibly go for a meal with, come along to one of the Meet-ups in the EAG & GS Lounge each day. 

Sunday: 18:30-19:15
Monday to Thursday: 12:45-13:15 & 19:15-19:45

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Society News

EAG General Assembly & Reception at Goldschmidt2019

All EAG members and other interested parties are warmly invited to the EAG Annual General Assembly & Reception, to be held at Goldschmidt2019 on Tuesday 20 August at 19:00 in Room 212 of the CCIB in Barcelona. 

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2020 Award Nominations Now Open

Recognition of scientific excellence at all stages of one's career is crucial. Should you know of any deserving colleagues, nominate them for an EAG Award, the Geochemistry Fellowship or the R. Berner Lecture. Information and instructions on how  to submit a nomination are available here.

Deadline for GS/EAG Fellows nominations: 31 October
Deadline for EAG Award nominations: 15 November

Urey Award: recognises scientific excellence over a career.
Science Innovation Award (named after Werner Stumm for his work in low-temperature and surface geochemistry): recognises scientists within 30 years of the start of their PhD.
Houtermans Award: recognises scientists within 12 years of the start of their PhD.
Geochemistry Fellowship: recognises scientists who have made major contributions to the field of geochemistry.
R. Berner Lecture: recognises mid-career scientists. The lecture will be presented at the Goldschmidt2020 conference.

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Elements August issue: Weathering Across the Earth Sciences

Weathering processes play and integral role across a range of geoscience fields. Chemical weathering – the loss of mass by mineral dissolution and export – is key to understanding how Earth’s skin functions. Weathering is the starting point for the biogeochemical cycles of most elements. It determines river and groundwater chemistry and provides nutrients to ecosystems. Weathering alters rock structure and susceptibility to erosion; soil and landscape evolution cannot be understood without considering the role of chemical weathering...

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Current EAG members will soon receive their print copies of Elements. Members also have online access to all back issues (user id = email address, password = EAG membership number). To find your membership number, login to your member area.

Student Sponsorship Program: next deadline is 1 September

The EAG Student Sponsorship Program sponsors 12 students each year, up to 500 Euros per student, to attend geochemistry-related short courses, summer schools, workshops or conferences located in Europe (except for the Goldschmidt conference). The next application deadline is 1 September 2019.

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Comic Relief

A new cartoon from R & B's ‘Black & White?’ series is out now! Check out the full series here.

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EAG Blogosphere

2018 Distinguished Lecture Tour: Jim McQuaid's Eastern adventure

[By Jim McQuaid] When I was first told that I had the honour of being the 2018 EAG Distinguished Lecturer, I did wonder how I would present atmospheric science to geochemists. It turned out to be much easier than I thought. I originally did a chemistry degree and then moved into atmospheric chemistry, so I am a chemist “by birth”. My current research involves a great deal of geochemistry, part of it studying the...

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2019 and EAG deadlines

18-23 August: Goldschmidt2019 Conference
1 September: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 October: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline

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Other geochemistry related event deadlines

19 August: GSA2019 early registration deadline
9 September: Royal Society Meeting: The origin and rise of complex life advance registration deadline
1 October: NAWG-16 – 16th Natural Analogue Working Group Workshop extended abstract & registration deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Abiogenesis not required to explain the origin of volcanic-hydrothermal hydrocarbons

Abiotic formation of n-alkane hydrocarbons has been postulated to occur within Earth's crust. Apparent evidence was primarily based on uncommon carbon and hydrogen isotope distribution patterns that set methane…

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Loss of immiscible nitrogen from metallic melt explains Earth’s missing nitrogen

Nitrogen and carbon are essential elements for life, and their relative abundances in planetary bodies are important for understanding planetary evolution and habitability. The high C/N ratio in the bulk silicate Earth (BSE) relative to chondrites...

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Geochemistry Making the News

More 'reactive' land surfaces cooled the Earth down

[ScienceDaily] From time to time, there have been long periods of cooling in Earth's history. Temperatures had already fallen for more than ten million years before the...

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How wildfires trap carbon for centuries to millennia

[ScienceDaily] Charcoal produced by wildfires could trap carbon for hundreds of years and help mitigate climate change, according to new research published today...

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Terrawatch: why salt crystals 'snow' down on Dead Sea floor  

[The Guardian] Try swimming in the Dead Sea and you can’t help but float. This salt lake, bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, is nearly 10 times as...

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Scientists discover how and when a subterranean ocean emerged

[Geology Page] “The mechanism which caused the crust that had been altered by seawater to sink into the mantle functioned over 3.3 billion years ago. This means that…"

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Earth’s Magnetic Field Reversal Took Three Times Longer Than Thought

[Scientific American] Earth’s magnetic field is known to flip direction with a somewhat unnerving regularity: magnetic north switches to south, and vice versa. The processes...

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There may be thick ice deposits on the Moon and Mercury

[Universe Today] In addition to being the only solvent that is capable of supporting life, water is essential to life as we know it here on Earth. Because of this, finding...

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All life on Earth is made up of the same 20 amino acids. Scientists now think they know why

[Universe Today] The question of how life on Earth first emerged is one that humans have been asking themselves since time immemorial. While scientists are...

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Deep Damage: The Ecological and Economic Tug of War for Seabed Mining    

[Byline Times] The Clarion–Clipperton Zone (CCZ) may sound like an uninteresting part of the commuter London underground, but its global economic and environmental...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
Phase diagram and equation of state of solid and liquid iron alloys at planetary core conditions
Institut de mineralogie, de physique des materiaux et de cosmochimie (IMPMC), Sorbonne University, Paris, France
22 Jul or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
ENAC - PhD position to investigate the microbial community dynamics during variable hydrological forcing
EPFL - Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Switzerland
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Composition and structure of iron-organic-matter complexes in antimicrobial compounds
University of Tuebingen, Geomicrobiology Group, Germany
19 Jul or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
The role of tidal wetlands and shallow vegetated coastal systems as sources or sinks of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O)
Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, Southern Cross University, Australia
16 Aug or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Microbial life and activity on glaciers and in Arctic soils
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Microbial survival in the energy-limited deep biosphere.
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD in subsurface geomicrobiology. Fully funded 3 year project: 'Microbially Enhanced Mine Water Geothermal Energy'.
Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Microbiology, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom
18 Aug
Type: PhD Position
Magmatic-hydrothermal evolution of rare-metal mineralised ring complexes
Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, Canada
01 Sep or until position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Novel reconstructions of ocean chemistry and atmospheric CO2 over the last 100 million years
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
08 Jul
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biogeochemistry
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Development and test of nano zero-valent iron for in-situ treatment of anoxic arsenic contaminated groundwater
Soil Chemistry, Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
19 Aug
Type: Research Associate
High pressure and high temperature experimental investigation of the deep Earth’s cycling of heavy halogen elements
IMPMC, Sorbonne University, Campus Jussieu, PARIS, France
30 Nov or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Scientist in LA-ICPMS microanalysis - U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry of fluid & melt inclusions
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
15 Sep
Type: Research Associate
Hydrogen (H2) reversible adsorption on clays minerals for land-based applications
University Grenoble Alpes, ISTerre lab, France
30 Sep or until position is filled

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Astrobiology
The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan
09 Sep or until position is filled
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EAG Partners

15th SGA Biennial Meeting: "Life with Ore Deposits on Earth"

The 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits will take place on 27-30 August in Glasgow. EAG Members benefit from reduced member rates.

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On The Rocks Video Contest: 2019 winners announced!

The 2019 winners of the On the Rocks video contest, a joint initiative of the Italian Geological Society, the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, and the Italian Paleontological Society, have now been announced.

Watch the winning videos here!

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