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Goldschmidt Virtual 2020 starts next week: 21-26 June

The 30th Goldschmidt Conference starts on Sunday 21 June  and the  Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry are delighted to welcome the community to this first fully virtual edition.

During the conference, you can connect with EAG via text or video at our virtual booth through the Discord app (details of how to download and install the app can be found here). We'll be available from 9:00 to 18:00 CET.

Registration is open until the end of the conference (26 June) and is just $100 for professionals and $25 for students and retired scientists who are members of the GS or EAG.


Getting ready: pre-conference week (15-21 June)

1 Download the apps:  Download the GoToWebinar app for the live Q&A sessions and use the Discord app for the virtual exhibition and text & video chat rooms.

2 View the presentations: Browse the sessions in the program, click on an abstract title to view the details, and then click on the "Presentation" tab to view the presentation.

3 Ask and answer questions: Start discussions now. Select the "Questions" tab on the abstract page to submit your questions to the author.

4 Sign up for Networking and Early Career Events: See here to view and sign up for the week's Early Career events and see here to join the "Coffee Connection" video networking events taking place on Discord.
5 Enrol for other Q&A webinars: Click on the appropriate "Enrol for webinar" button in the program to help get yourself set up for the conference.

Virtual conference

Conference highlights

* 5 Fascinating Plenary Lectures
Twice a day, Monday to Friday!

Focused Sessions & Debates on Geochemistry and Society 
On topics including geohazards, the origin of life, climate change and biodiversity loss, communicating science, and diversity & inclusion in the geosciences

*Icebreaker Welcome Reception and Daily Coffee Connections
Make new contacts, catch up with colleagues, and connect with exhibitors

*Special Events for Early Career Scientists
Daily 'Meet the Plenary' events and a wide variety of career development workshops

New in Geochemical Perspectives

Geology, Policy and Wine – The Intersection of Science and Life, by Lawrence D. Meinert

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.

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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. Please go to the member login to make sure your postal address is up to date.

Society News

New EAG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

With renewed and reinvigorated national and global condemnation of a multitude of injustices, many societies and organizations are issuing statements to affirm their commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and to end racism, discrimination and violence against Blacks and other minority groups the world over. See EAG Statement Condemning Racism.

But we know that more needs to be done. For this purpose an EAG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group is being formed, to promote and improve DEI at all levels of EAG's actions and activities, as well as within the broader geochemistry community. Members of the community who wish to join the Working Group are invited to contact us at with a brief description of their motivation for getting involved.

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New on the EAG website: online community events 

The virtual age has opened up new ways for special interest groups, small organisations and institutes to reach the wider community by hosting online webinars, discussion forums, and coffee mornings that are free-to-register and open to geochemists across the world. To complement our established conference and short course calendar, we have created a new event listings page on the EAG website, specially devoted to upcoming or regular online community events:

If you are organising an event that you would like to promote on the new online community event webpage, please send the details of the event to

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EAG Blogosphere

The Value of Field Training in Geochemistry

[By Martha Papadopoulou] Field work is a key part of training for many geological careers. From locating and describing new deposits to excavating rocks and fossils, to identifying structural relationships between different geological units, fieldwork is essential for geologists to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the geological problems they are studying. But what about for geochemists, whose work is often...

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2020 and EAG deadlines

21-26 June: Goldschmidt Virtual 2020: registration is open until 26 June
1 September: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 October: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline

View Goldschmidt deadlines

Other geochemistry related event deadlines

29 July: AGU Fall Meeting 2020 abstract deadline
4 August: GSA 2020 Connects Online abstract deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Hafnium isotopes in zircons document the gradual onset of mobile-lid tectonics

The tectonic regime of the early Earth has proven enigmatic due to a scarcity of preserved continental crust, yet how early continents were generated is key to deciphering Earth’s evolution. Here we show that a compilation of data...

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Moderately volatile element behaviour at high temperature determined from nuclear detonation         

The first nuclear detonation, at the Trinity test site, is an analogue for high temperature volatile loss during planet formation processes. We report Cu isotope and abundance data, comparing them with Zn and K isotopes in trinitite glasses...

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Geochemistry Making the News

Project seeks super view of Earth's mantle

[BBC] Some of the most sophisticated models of the Earth's interior ever constructed will be produced in a new project led from Cardiff University. Researchers want to simulate the behaviour of the mantle. This solid rock layer, which resides between the planet's core and crust, moves very....

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Deep-sea mining may damage underwater ecosystems for decades

[ScienceNews] Microbe communities living in the seafloor off Peru haven’t bounced back from a deep-sea mining experiment 26 years ago. The populations are still reduced by 30 percent in this part of the South Pacific Ocean, researchers report April 29 in Science Advances. From 1989...

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Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions

[The Guardian] Carbon dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically since lockdowns were imposed around the world due to the coronavirus crisis, research has shown. Daily emissions of the greenhouse gas plunged 17% by early April compared with 2019 levels, according to the first...

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Asteroid, climate change not responsible for mass extinction 215 million years ago

[] A team of University of Rhode Island scientists and statisticians conducted a sophisticated quantitative analysis of a mass extinction that occurred 215 million years ago and found that the cause of the extinction was not an asteroid or climate change, as had previously been...

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Terrawatch: could granite solve the hard problem of nuclear waste storage?

[The Guardian] We need to find somewhere safe to dispose of high-level nuclear waste; a place where we can be confident it will be isolated and contained for hundreds of thousands of years. And if we want to keep a lid on global warming then we may well need to find a similar place to store...

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When it rains, lava pours

[Nature News and Views] The most recent eruption of Kīlauea volcano on the island of Hawaii began in 1983. For 35 years, most of its magma emerged from a set of fissures in the volcano called the upper east rift zone. But on 3 May 2018, Kīlauea’s lower east rift zone opened up, giving way to...

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Airborne particles might grow fast in cities

[Nature News and Views] In a paper in Nature, Wang et al.1 report observations of the rapid growth of newly formed atmospheric particles through the condensation of ammonium nitrate under conditions typical of many urban environments in wintertime. The observations were made...

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The Coast of Antarctica is Starting to Turn Green

[Universe Today] The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of Antarctica, and has the mildest climate on the continent. In January, the warmest part of the year, the temperature averages 1 to 2 °C (34 to 36 °F). And it’s getting warmer. Those warm temperatures allow snow algae to...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: BSc/MSc
MSc positions in Mineral Resources
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
01 Jul
Type: BSc/MSc
Geochemistry (MSc)
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
01 Jul
Type: PhD Position
Circulation and provenance of gold coins in ancient periods thanks to the development of in situ measurements of lead, copper and iron isotopes.
French National Centre for Scientific Research / University of Toulouse, France
15 Sep
Type: PhD Position
Evaluation and characterization of REEs toxicity in aquatic and terrestrial plant models (offer 14 of the MSCA-ITN PANORAMA)
University of Bari, Italy
15 Jun or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
2 PhD Fellows in Soil Environmental (Bio)Geochemistry (m/f/x)
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
22 Jun or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
SEparating Critical metals ThrOugh mineRal crystallization (SEleCTOR)
Department of Geology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
30 Jun or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Speciation and transport of REE in Passive Treatment Systems of the Iberian Pyrite Belt (as part of the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network “PANORAMA”)
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN), Belgium
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Biogeochemistry PhD scholarships
Southern Cross University, Australia
10 Jul or until position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researchers in Geochemistry/Petrology
Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China
30 Jun or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in high temperature stable isotopes geochemistry
The Université de Paris and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
01 Aug
Type: Research Associate
Study of the intracellular amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) formed by cyanobacteria for the bioremediation of alkaline earth element pollutions
Materials Science Institute; IMPMC & LCMCP, Paris, France
until the position is filled
Type: Research Associate
MOGPA post-doctoral position in Atmospheric Geochemistry
Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere (LPCA), Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, in collaboration with the G-Time Laboratory, Université Libre de Bruxelles, France
29 Jun
Type: Postdoctoral Position
PDRA position in hydrometallurgy and electrochemistry
University of Exeter, United Kingdom
10 Aug

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Assistant Professor in Earth Surface Processes
University of California, Merced, United States
30 Jun
Type: Other
Geochemistry Laboratory Technician (description in German)
Universität Bayreuth, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany
01 Jul
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