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Goldschmidt2019: Online registration now open

Registration for Goldschmidt2019 is now live. Rates and instructions can be found online. The early registration deadline is 18 June and EAG members (and members of partner societies) can benefit from discounted member rates. Join/renew or find your membership number in Member login

Remember to submit your abstract by 29 March.


Goldschmidt Grants: Apply by 15 March

The Goldschmidt Grant Program aims to make the Conference as accessible as possible by providing waived registration fees and travel support for early career delegates. Visit the Grants page for more information and to check eligibility.


Society News

2019 EAG Medallists

We are delighted to announce the names of the 2019 EAG Medallists. The three medallists will be presented with their awards at Goldschmidt2019 in Barcelona.

Eric Oelkers (CNRS, GET Laboratory / University College London) receives the Urey Award
Ariel Anbar (Arizona State University) receives the Samuel Epstein Science Innovation Award
Stefan Lalonde (CNRS / Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer) receives the Houtermans Award

EAG Awards

Wallace S. Broecker: 1931–2019

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Wallace S. Broecker on 18 February 2019 at the age of 87. Known affectionately as the "Grandfather of Climate Science", Wally was an extraordinary force for scientific innovation. He was among the pioneers of radiocarbon and isotope dating, and was also the first to recognise what he called the Ocean Conveyor Belt and its critical role in climate fluctuations.


In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Wally Broecker received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science from President Bill Clinton, the Urey and the V.M. Goldschmidt Awards. Wally authored and co-authored over 500 journal articles and 11 books, including two contributions to EAG’s journal Geochemical Perspectives, “The Carbon Cycle and Climate Change: Memoirs of my 60 years in Science” and our most recent issue “CO2: Earth's Climate Driver".

Wally will be greatly missed by the entire community. Our thoughts are with his wife Elizabeth and his family, friends and colleagues.

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Elements February issue: Planet Mercury

Mercury is unique among terrestrial planets because of its very high metal/silicate ratio. The NASA MESSENGER mission ended in 2015 and significantly advanced our understanding of the deep structure of the planet as well as our comprehension of Mercury’s volcanic history and crust formation. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently launched the BepiColombo mission in October 2018. The “Planet Mercury” issue summarizes the latest developments in light of MESSENGER data and perspectives for the BepiColombo mission on internal structures and surface processes, based on insights from geophysics, geochemistry, igneous and experimental petrology and volcanology.

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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.

Two new EAG-sponsored Conferences and Workshops announced for 2019

As part of our efforts to support student participation at conferences and other geochemistry-related events,  the EAG sponsors member-led small conferences, short courses and workshops taking place in Europe each year. We are pleased to announce that two more events have been selected for EAG sponsorship in 2019.

DINGUE VI: Developments in Noble Gas Understanding and Expertise
15-17 August 2019, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Deadlines: Abstract submission - 15 June 2019. Registration - 15 July 2019 (or when full). Travel support is available to students, see the website for details.

Wageningen Soil Conference 2019: Understanding Soil functions
7-30 August 2019, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Deadlines: Abstract submission - 15 April 2019. Early registration - 30 May 2019.

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Early Career Science Ambassador Program: next deadline 1 March

The Early Career Science Ambassador Program is aimed at Early Career Scientists based in Europe who wish to attend conferences held outside Europe (except for the Goldschmidt conference). The program supports up to 6 scientists per year and supported scientists will have 50% of their expenses covered by EAG (up to 1500 euros). The next application deadline is 1 March.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2019 and EAG deadlines

1 March: Early Career Science Ambassadors application deadline
15 March: Goldschmidt2019 grants application deadline
29 March: Goldschmidt2019 abstract submission deadline and student helper application deadline
1 May: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
15 May: Goldschmidt2019 field trips booking deadline
18 June: Goldschmidt2019 early registration deadline
18 July: Goldschmidt2019 workshop booking and standard registration deadline
18-23 August: Goldschmidt2019 Conference

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Other geochemistry related event deadlines

22 February: PETROCHRO19: Melting, modelling, dating the crust early registration deadline
28 February: EGU General Assembly 2019 early registration deadline
11 March: 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) abstract deadline
15 March: 81st EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2019 (Organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rates) early registration deadline
15 March: Université d’été POLLUSOLS application deadline
20 March: ICOBTE: 15th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements registration deadline
1 April: ECROFI2019: European Current Research on Fluid and Melt Inclusions abstract & early registration deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Zircon halogen geochemistry: Insights into Hadean-Archean fluids

Understanding the distribution of halogens in rocks can potentially trace ancient lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere interactions. Although no sedimentary rocks older than 3.8 Ga are known, insights into...

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Radiogenic Ca isotopes confirm post-formation K depletion of lower crust

Heat flow studies suggest that the lower crust has low concentrations of heat-producing elements. This could be due to either (i) greater fractions of basaltic rock at depth or (ii) metamorphic depletion of radioactive elements from rocks with...

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Oxidised micrometeorites as evidence for low atmospheric pressure on the early Earth

Reconstructing a record of the partial pressure of molecular oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere is key for understanding macroevolutionary and environmental change over geological history. Recently, the oxidation state of iron...

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Magma properties at deep Earth’s conditions from electronic structure of silica  

SiO2 is the main component of silicate melts and thus controls their network structure and physical properties. The compressibility and viscosities of melts at depth are governed by their short range atomic and electronic structure…

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The primordial He budget of the Earth set by percolative core formation in planetesimals

The primordial He budget of the Earth’s interior is commonly thought to have been set by full liquid metal-silicate equilibration in a terrestrial magma ocean. However, incomplete metal-silicate equilibration during accretion will...

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Onset of volatile recycling into the mantle determined by xenon anomalies 

Noble gases serve as unique tracers of the origin and evolution of Earth’s volatile reservoirs owing to their inert nature and contribution from extinct and extant radioactivities. However, noble gases are low in abundance relative to...

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EAG Blogosphere

Attending the world’s largest geoscience conference: EAG Ambassadors at AGU18

[By Gordon Inglis and Emily Dearing Crampton-Flood] The Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is by far the largest conference that a geochemist might attend in their career. The 2018 AGU Fall Meeting took place in Washington D.C. in December and EAG Early Career Science ambassadors Emily Dearing Crampton-Flood and Gordon Inglis were among the many thousands of delegates there. We asked them to share some of their...

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The annual VMSG meeting: a springboard for early career stage volcanologists and igneous geochemists

[By Callum Reekie] With financial assistance from the European Association of Geochemistry, I was able to attend the annual Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group meeting to present the results of my recent research in poster form. The VMSG is a special interest group of the Geological Society of London and Mineralogical Society (GB and Ireland). Each year it hosts a well-attended meeting of predominantly volcanologists and igneous geochemists...

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Geochemistry Making the News

Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa

[TheGuardian] Nasa scientists have landed for the first time on one of the world’s newest islands, and discovered the three-year-old land mass is now covered in a sticky...

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Earth's oldest rock was found by Apollo 14 astronauts -- on the moon

[CNN]  When the Apollo 14 astronauts returned samples from the moon's surface, they probably didn't realize that they were reuniting Earth with a bit of...

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As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter: study

[Reuters] OSLO (Reuters) - Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island’s vast ice sheet and washing large...

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Antibiotic Resistant Superbug Gene Found in Remote Arctic Region

[LaboratoryEquipment] Around the globe, antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) are becoming an increasing problem as antibiotics continue to lose their effectiveness...

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Ancient crystals offer evidence of the start of Earth's core solidifying

[] A quartet of researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of California has found evidence of the starting period for the solidification…

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Planet crash that made moon left key elements for life on Earth, scientists say

[The Guardian] The cosmic collision that made the moon left a host of elements behind on Earth that were crucial for life to emerge, US scientists have claimed. The impact...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
Ph.D. Positions in Trace Element Molecular Geochemistry
STARLAB / Earth and Atmospheric Sciences / Central Michigan University, United States
01 Feb or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD Fellowships in geochemistry / petrology
Guanghzou Institute of Geochemistry, China
19 Mar or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD Position in Isotope Geochemistry
Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
28 Feb or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Design of synthetic rare-earth carbonate minerals for chemical filters
Department of Geology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
31 Mar or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Two PhD Positions at University of Waterloo
Ecohydrology Research Group, University of Waterloo, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Geochemical tracers of oxygen in the modern and ancient oceans
Griffith University, Australia
28 Feb

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Fellow: Watershed Biogeochemical Data Synthesis and Modeling
Basu Lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Application of a Portable Laser Ablation Sampling Device and ICP-MS to the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Objects
Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University, United States
03 Mar
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in geochemistry
The University of Chicago, Department of the Geophysical Sciences and Enrico Fermi Institute, United States
10 Feb or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
University Academic Fellow in Experimental Biogeochemistry
University of Leeds, Earth Surface Science Institute, Cohen Geochemistry Research Group, United Kingdom
10 Mar
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researchers in Geochemistry / Petrology
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China
01 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researchers in Geophysics
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China
01 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Isotope Geochemistry
Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
28 Feb or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Staff Associate
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researcher Position - Isotope Geochemistry / Mineralogy
Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Graz University of Technology, Austria
20 Mar or until position is filled

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Senior Transmission Electron Micro-Spectroscopy Researcher / Laboratory Manager. Permanant Post.
Interface Geochemistry, GFZ Potsdam, Germany
15 Feb
Extended to: 10 Mar
Type: Other
Assistant or Associate Professor - Mine Systems Biogeochemistry - tenure track position
The University of Arizona, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Academic (faculty positions)
Assistant/Associate Professor Mining Biogeochemistry - tenure track position
University of Arizona, United States
until the position is filled
Type: Other
GeoEnvironmental Engineer
Queen's University - Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Canada
22 Feb
Type: Other
Full Professor faculty position in Carbon and Earth Surface Processes
Institut des Sciences de la Terre d'Orleans, France
15 Mar
Type: Other
Assistant Professor of Global Water Science - Syracuse University
Syracuse University, Department of Earth Sciences, United States
15 Feb or until position is filled
Type: Other
Assistant Professor - Geotechnical Engineering
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
26 Feb
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EAG Partners

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

The SGA, the Local Organising Committee, the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow, Eva Bolander, and Scotlandʼs First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, extend the warmest invitation to you to come to The University of Glasgow for the SGA's 15th Biennial Meeting, 27-30 August, 2019. Abstract submission and registration are now open. Abstract deadline: 11 March 2019.

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81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition

The 81st EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition (London, UK;  3-6 June 2019), is the world's most significant multi-disciplinary geoscience and engineering event, gathering geoscientists and engineers from across the field for the most comprehensive technical programme of its kind.  Early registration deadline: 15 March 2019.

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