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   January 2021

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Abstract submission open

Abstract submission for Goldschmidt2021 is now open and you have until 26 February to submit online. Browse the science program here!

26 February is also the deadline for Student helper applications. See here for more information and to apply.

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Conference format announced
The format for Goldschmidt2021 has been announced. Full details of the format and registration fees are available on the conference website. Derek Vance, EAG President, provides explanations about the conference format in the video below.

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Goldschmidt Grant Program: Apply by 12 February 

The Goldschmidt Grant Program aims to make the conference as accessible as possible by providing waived registration fees for online attendance for early career delegates whose institution is located in a country designated by the World Bank as “low-income” or “lower-middle-income” economy.

Additionally, grants for US-based students and postdocs are available through support from US funding agencies. Visit the Grants page to check eligibility and for more information on the different programs.
Application deadline: 12 February

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Goldschmidt2021 press team: call for volunteers

During every Goldschmidt conference, a number of press releases publicizing advances made in geochemistry and presented at the conference are issued. This outreach initiative is the result of the work of the Goldschmidt Press Officer and the Press Team. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the 2021 Press Team to help with the selection of newsworthy abstracts and provide guidance and contacts. For any questions or if interested, please contact the EAG Office.

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New in Geochemical Perspectives

Origins and Early Evolution of the Atmosphere and the Oceans, by Bernard Marty

In this issue, Bernard Marty explores the origin and fate of volatile elements, i.e. those which form the atmosphere and the oceans and permitted the development of life on our planet. From the analysis of volcanic rocks, ancient atmospheric gases, and meteorites, we learn that the Earth is depleted in volatile elements when compared to its potential cosmochemical ancestors and that natural fluxes of carbon are two orders of magnitude lower than those emitted by current anthropogenic activity. Further insights have come from space missions that document the composition of the proto-solar nebula and the outer solar system.

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Geochemical Perspectives is an open access community journal published by the European Association of Geochemistry. Current EAG members will soon receive their print copy.
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Society News

Derek Vance starts as EAG President

Following his two-year term as Vice-President, Derek Vance now starts as EAG President for 2021-2022. Derek is Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Derek joined the Council in 2017 and acted as co-chair for the Goldschmidt Conference in Barcelona in 2019.

Read Derek's welcome message on the EAG Blogosphere.

2021 EAG Council

5 good reasons to join EAG or renew your membership!

1. Reduced registration fees at Goldschmidt conferences (see Goldschmidt2021 conference format and registration prices) and other events by EAG partners
2. Subscription to Elements and Geochemical Perspectives
3. NEW! Access to a networking platform allowing you to connect with other EAG members, including through a dedicated forum
4. Possibility to apply for sponsorship to attend (or organize) short courses and conferences
5. Support of EAG's community journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters, open access and no page charges, as well as all programs funding early career scientists

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

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Student sponsorship program: next deadline 1 February

With many conferences and events taking place in a virtual format in 2021, the EAG Student Sponsorship Program has been adapted to allow students to participate in virtual events hosted in any country, as well as in-person and hybrid events held in Europe (subject to evaluation of event policy) except Goldschmidt. Successful applicants will receive up to 500€. Apply by 1 February.

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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
12 February: Goldschmidt2021 Grant application deadline
26 February: Goldschmidt2021 Abstract deadline
26 February: Goldschmidt2021 Student Helper application deadline

View Goldschmidt deadlines

Other geochemistry related event deadlines

20 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

15 February: Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland and the Geological Society - Hazel Prichard Student Bursary (UK and Ireland) application deadline

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Upcoming online community events

19/26 January, 2/9 February: Pal(a)eo PERCS
20/27 January, 3/10 February: Seds Online
26 January, 4 February: MicroSeminars - Microbiology Seminar Series

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EAG Blogosphere

Robotic field geologists will bring more samples from space!

[By Shogo Tachibana and Bernard Marty] We are living in an exciting period of time: samples from asteroids, the Moon, Mars, and hopefully comets are or will be returned to laboratories on Earth within the next one or two decades. These new materials will give us unpreceded views of the origin of the solar system and of processes that led to the establishment of life on Earth and...

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Uniting to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Pandemic and Post-Pandemic World

[By Amy Riches, Olivier Pourret and Susan Little] THE WORK There are significant numbers of highly-educated, well-trained, talented and hardworking people in geochemistry and wider Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) fields around the globe, and over recent decades we have witnessed significant increases in the annual number...

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Aqueous concentration of CO2 in carbon-saturated fluids as a highly sensitive oxybarometer 

The CO2 content of aqueous fluids in equilibrium with carbon can be used to retrieve their oxygen fugacity if pressure and temperature are known. Applicable to both natural and experimental systems, we present a new oxybarometer based on the aqueous concentration of CO2 in fluids...

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Chlorine isotope ratios record magmatic brine assimilation during rhyolite genesis               

Magmatic volatile phases within crustal silicic magma domains influence key volcanic processes such as the build up to eruptions and formation of magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits. However, the extent and nature of fluid-melt interaction in such environments is poorly understood, as...

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Geochemistry Making the News

How The Past Hints About Our Climate’s Future [podcast]

[ScienceFriday] Ask a climate scientist how much the earth will warm as a result of the carbon dioxide we’re emitting right now, and the answer will be a range of temperatures: likely anywhere from 1 to 5 degrees Celsius. But all the models we have to predict the future are based on data from the...

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Ocean acidification may make some species glow brighter

[ScienceNews] A more acidic ocean could give some species a glow-up. As the pH of the ocean decreases as a result of climate change, some bioluminescent organisms might get brighter, while others see their lights dim, scientists report January 2 at the virtual annual meeting of the Society for...

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Climate change: 'Exceptionally hot' 2020 concludes warmest decade

[BBC] Global meteorological agencies agree that 2020 was a scorching year but they are divided on just where it ranks in the temperature records. For Nasa, last year is in a statistical dead heat with 2016 as the warmest year. Others, including the UK Met Office, believe it is second in the rankings...

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Towering fire-fueled thunderclouds can spew as many aerosols as volcanic eruptions

[ScienceNews] A massive tower of smoke generated by Australian wildfires in late 2019 set a new record for the loftiest and largest fire-spawned thunderstorms ever measured. It also may represent a new class of volcanic-scale “pyrocumulonimbus” events, scientists said in an online news..

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The ‘Missing Link’ that Triggered Earth’s Ice Ages

[AZoCleantech] By examining a rock archive dating back 1.6 million years, researchers have found that melting icebergs in the Antarctic could have triggered chain reactions that led to previous ice ages. An international team of researchers has reported the discovery of a previously unknown...

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Kernowite: New mineral found on rock mined in Cornwall

[BBC] An "amazing" new type of mineral has been discovered by scientists analysing a rock mined in Cornwall about 220 years ago. The dark green mineral has been named kernowite after Kernow, the Cornish language word for Cornwall. A group led by Natural History Museum (NHM) mineralogist...

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Irish scientists discover how rare earth mineral is formed

[The Irish Times] Irish scientists have discovered how a rare earth mineral in huge demand across the globe, because of its use in the green energy and tech industries, is formed. The breakthrough by researchers at Trinity College Dublin has important economic implications as there are no substitute...

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Slow start of plate tectonics despite a hot early Earth

[innovations report] Writing in PNAS, scientists from Cologne university present important new constraints showing that plate tectonics started relatively slow, although the early Earth's interior was much hotter than today. In an international collaboration earth scientists at the University of Cologne...

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Green economy plans fuel new metals and energy 'supercycle'

[The Guardian] The global economy could be on the brink of a new commodity “supercycle” as governments prepare to use a green industrial revolution to kickstart growth following the coronavirus pandemic. The price of commodities, such as energy and metals, have reached record highs...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
History of continental growth using detrital feldspars
University of Bristol, UK
1 February
Type: PhD Position
PhD in Lipid Biomarkers “Ocean life on the brink: Quantifying the collapse of marine ecosystems during the Permo-Triassic climate crisis (DFG)”
University of Hamburg, Germany
3 February or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position in isotope biogeochemistry (YouTube link)
Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israël
1 April or position open until filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD position to investigate microbial processes in nuclear waste disposal
EPFL ENAC IIE EML, Switzerland
15 February
Type: PhD Position
PhD position to investigate microbial arsenic methylation
EPFL ENAC IIE EML, Switzerland
15 February
Type: PhD Position
Research Assistant
TU Berlin, Germany
22 January
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: PostDoctoral Position
Inorganic Geochemistry “Ocean life on the brink: Quantifying the collapse of marine ecosystems during the Permo-Triassic climate crisis”
University of Hamburg, Germany
3 February or position open until filled
Type: PostDoctoral Position
3-year PostDoc position “Determining the impact of hydrothermal vent nanomaterials on ocean (bio)geochemistry”
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University, Netherlands
12 February
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

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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