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Science program now online

The science program for Goldschmidt2021 has now been finalized and the lists of sessions and workshops can be viewed on the conference website. Many thanks to all the conveners and workshop organizers for helping to build another broad and very exciting program.

We are also pleased to announce the names of the plenary speakers: Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (University of California, Merced), Sonja Aulbach (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Vickie Bennett (Australian National University), Graham Farquhar (Australian National University) and Didier Queloz (University of Cambridge). Find out more about them and their fascinating topics of research.

Full details of the conference format will be announced in early January and abstract submission will open on 15 January 2021.

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Society News

Goldschmidt2023 Co-chairs elected to the EAG Council

We are pleased to announce that the EAG Council have elected Catherine Jeandel (CNRS Toulouse University, France) and Carmen Sanchez-Valle (University of Münster, Germany) as co-Chairs for the Goldschmidt2023 Organizing and Science Committees. Catherine and Carmen will start their duties in the council in January 2021.

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Introducing the EAG Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Geochemistry and cosmochemistry continue to be among the least diverse and most gated of all STEM disciplines. Accessibility and diversity in our science is critical to excellence and without it we are holding ourselves back; this view is a pillar of the EAG's philosophy. We are excited to introduce the recently-formed EAG Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, whose new webpage provides an introduction and reference point to the team. Over time, the committee will add greatly to the online resources and information available on the page.

The DEI Committee was begun by Heather Buss during her service on the EAG Council and the group will be forever thankful for her energetic contributions that helped to assemble an impassioned team, embed in it confidence, and launch this important new initiative for the beneficial transformation of our community and the advancement of its friendly culture. This friendly team of allies is always very happy to hear from interested people and groups, and to provide friendly advice. Contact:

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Time to renew your membership or join the EAG!

Join the EAG or renew your membership by 6 January to make sure you receive all issues of Elements and Geochemical Perspectives in 2021. Your EAG membership provides you with many other benefits, including access to the new EAG members' platform and forums, discounted registration for Goldschmidt2021 and much more!

2021 Membership rates
Students: 1 year - 15€ | 3 years - 35€
Professionals: 1 year - 30€ | 5 years - 120€ | 10 years - 240€

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Tribute to Dr. R.K. 'Bob' Britton (1938-2020)

We are very sad to announce the passing of Bob Britton, who with friend Rob Raiswell co-created the much-loved EAG cartoons. Below, Rob shares a few words in tribute.

"Bob would be best known to readers as one half of the R & B duo that produced the cartoons appearing in Elements since 2012. Bob was a polymath. His academic reputation was in Spanish literature and he published highly rated texts on Don Quixote and the poet Cesar Vallejo. In this capacity he lectured part-time for the Department of Hispanic Studies at Sheffield University. He also authored books for young people, notably the fantasy ‘Crow and the Troll of Ogley on Dunnett’. He was heavily involved in Dearne Media, a TV and Video company which dealt with social and educational issues in Barnsley, a community emerging from the coal mine closures of the 1980s. Our paths first crossed as colleagues at the University of East Anglia and continued as he moved to become Bursar at the Northern College, Wentworth, South Yorkshire and when I later moved to the University of Leeds. We shared an off beat and irreverent sense of humour which came to the fore over lunchtime beers during which our cartoon ideas were explored. Thank you, Bob, a life well lived and valued all who shared in it."

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2021 and EAG deadlines

1 February: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 March: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline
To be announced early January: Goldschmidt2021 Grant application deadline (submission not open yet)
To be announced early January: Goldschmidt2021 Abstract deadline (submission not open yet)

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Other geochemistry related event deadlines

13 January: EGU General Assembly 2021 abstract deadline
22 January: Nordic Clay Meeting registration deadline
26 January & 15 February: ContaSed 2021: 2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sediments (sponsored by the EAG) abstract deadline & student support application deadline

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Programs and bursaries deadlines

6 January: Europlanet 24 Transnational Access (TA) programme application deadline

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Upcoming online community events

18 December: Geochemical Society Online Workshop: Improving Workplace Climate: Responding to Harassment
12/19 January: Pal(a)eo PERCS
19 January: MicroSeminars - Microbiology Seminar Series
20 January: Seds Online

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Quantifying magmatic volatiles by Raman microtomography of glass inclusion-hosted bubbles

We present a novel application of Raman microtomography for quantitative characterisation of glass inclusion-hosted bubbles, which allows for the simultaneous identification and volumetric quantification of mineral and fluid phases filling the bubble. The combination of Raman...

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Hydrothermal vents and organic ligands sustained the Precambrian copper budget                   

The bioavailability of metals in the early ocean is a key parameter for understanding the evolution and expansion of Earth’s biosphere. Theoretical work suggested extremely low Zn and Cu levels in Precambrian seawater, but these predictions are not supported by recent geochemical data. One...

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Geochemistry Making the News

China's Chang'e-5 mission returns Moon samples

[BBC] China's Chang'e-5 mission has returned to Earth with the cargo of rock and "soil" it picked up off the Moon. A capsule carrying the materials landed in Inner Mongolia shortly after 01:30 local time on Thursday (17:30 GMT, Wednesday). It's more than 40 years since the American Apollo and...

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Hayabusa-2: Pieces of an asteroid found inside space capsule

[BBC] Scientists have been greeted by the sight of jet black chunks of rock and soil from an asteroid after opening a capsule that returned from deep space a week ago. It's the first significant sample of material to be delivered to Earth from a space rock and was grabbed last year by Japan's Hayabusa-2...

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New Zealand geologists plan to harness volcano heat to reduce climate emissions

[The Guardian] A group of geologists in Dunedin are hoping to reduce climate-damaging emissions by drilling deep into an extinct 11-million-year-old volcano below the South Island city to harness its heat. Dr Mike Palin and Otago University colleagues are exploring whether the heat could be a...

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A 'frozen rainforest' of microscopic life is melting Greenland's ice sheet

[CNN] When Joseph Cook first landed on the Greenland ice sheet in 2010, he was expecting to see a pristine white environment. What he found was a "colorful patchwork" -- from blacks and grays to greens, purples and browns, with neon blue melt streams cutting through the ice. "Until recently people...

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An enormous supervolcano may be hiding under Alaskan islands

[ScienceNews] A mysterious, previously undiscovered supervolcano may be lurking beneath Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. A new study suggests a wide crater, created when the supervolcano exploded, connects at least four existing volcanoes. It’s so big that if the supervolcano erupted during the...

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Field geology at Mars' equator points to ancient megaflood

[ScienceDaily] Floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale Crater on Mars' equator around 4 billion years ago -- a finding that hints at the possibility that life may have existed there, according to data collected by NASA's Curiosity rover and analyzed in joint project by scientists from...

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Gladys West: the hidden figure who helped invent GPS

[The Guardian] Gladys West knew from a young age that she didn’t want to be a farmer. But the mathematician, born in 1930 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, still had to help harvest crops on her family’s small farm. The hard work started before daybreak and lasted well into the blistering heat of the...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
PhD positions in Geomicrobiology (fully funded for UK students, part funded for EU students)
University of Exeter / Camborne School of Mines, UK
1 February
Type: PhD Position
Two PhD positions in Hydrothermal Geochemistry of Rare Earth Elements
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, USA
15 January or until position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Fellowship
Gallagher Fellowship
University of Calgary, Canada
12 February
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Geomicrobiology, Lithium)
University of Exeter, UK
1 March
Type: Research Associate
Research Associate for dynamic modelling of permafrost ecosystems
University of Hamburg, Germany
16 February
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoctoral Research Position in Environmental Lipidomics and isotope biogeochemistry
Saint Mary’s University, Canada
31 January
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbiome Research (f/m/x)
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
15 January
Type: PostDoctoral Position
Postdoctoral Scholar in Microbial Carbon Dynamics (f/m/x)
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
15 January
Type: PostDoctoral Position
3-year Postdoc in Soil Biogeochemical Modelling
Queen Mary University of London, UK
15 January
Type: Postdoctoral Position
Reginald A. Daly Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Harvard University, USA
1 January

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Faculty
Sackler-Clarendon Associate Professor of Sedimentary Geology
University of Oxford, UK
15 January or until position is filled
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