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Early registration deadline: 21 April

Many thanks to all who submitted an abstract for Goldschmidt2020. We are looking forward to another successful conference and recommend that you take advantage of the early rates by registering before 21 April.

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Three Special Lectures Announced for Goldschmidt 2020

The GS and EAG are pleased to announce three special lectures to be given during the 2020 Goldschmidt Conference in Honolulu. The Robert Berner Lecture will be given by Prof. Andreas Andersson of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture will be presented by Prof. Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia (USA). The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture will be given by Prof. Christian France-Lanord of CRPG/CNRS-Université de Lorraine.

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Join the Mentor Program: apply by 21 April

21 April (the early registration deadline) is also the deadline to apply for the Goldschmidt2020 mentoring program. Designed for novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists, mentees will be matched with an experienced scientist to help them navigate the conference.

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Society News

Goldschmidt2023 in Prague

We are excited to inform our community that the Goldschmidt2023 conference will take place in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic, on 9-14 July 2023.

Prague has hosted the conference twice before and is sure to provide another warm welcome to delegates from across the world. Mark the dates in your calendar now!

Future Goldschmidt conferences:
Goldschmidt2021 Lyon, France, 4-9 July 2021
Goldschmidt2022 Chicago, USA, 10-15 July 2022
Goldschmidt2023 Prague, Czech Republic, 9-14 July 2023

2020 Distinguished Lecture Tour: call for invitations open

Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco, Trinity College Dublin, has been selected as the 2020 EAG Distinguished Lecturer. Juan Diego's research focuses on mineral genesis and the interaction of aqueous species with mineral surfaces, and he has four fascinating lectures planned for the 2020 lecture tour.

If your institution is based in Central or Eastern Europe and you wish to invite Juan Diego to present one or two lectures in late October or early/mid December 2020, please contact the EAG Office (

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Elements February issue: Abiotic Hydrogen and Hydrocarbons in Planetary Lithospheres

Abiotic molecular hydrogen and hydrocarbons have been observed in a variety of geologic settings both on Earth and other planetary bodies. Owing in large part to the utilization of hydrogen and methane by chemosynthetic biological communities, the geologic production of these compounds has become the subject of intense scientific study. Geologically produced hydrogen and methane are also of interest as possible energy resources. This issue highlights recent developments in the understanding of geologic sources of hydrogen and methane, the biological utilization of these compounds, and the potential for human exploitation of these resources.

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New Elements Digital Edition!
EAG members now have a new option for viewing Elements: an online digital magazine! The digital edition features active hyperlinks, animated page turning, interactive table of contents, controls to magnify the text and images, and much more! 

To access the digital editions, simply click on the button from the latest issue of Elements and log in with your EAG membership details (user id = email address, password = EAG membership number). To verify your EAG membership number, or to update your postal address for delivery of print issues, log in to your EAG membership area.

Comic Relief

Geochemistry Jokes!

All geochemists need a bit of comic relief from time to time! Send your favourite geochemistry jokes to and we'll post our favourites in upcoming newsletters!

There are three candidates for a university position: a geologist, a geochemist and a geophysicist. The committee chair asks the first candidate, “how much is 2 plus 2?"

The geologist replies “something between 3 and 5”.

The geochemist replies “3.99999 ± 0.000001”.

The geophysicist, when asked the same question, gets up, goes to the door, looks right and left along the corridor, firmly closes the door, looks the chairperson in the eye, and says
“what would you like it to be?”

EAG Community

Share your tips and tricks in the EAG Lab Corner

The EAG want to know: What everyday item or household tool have you repurposed for science?

In our first post in the EAG's new "Lab Corner", glacial microbiologists find a use for turkey basters and analytical geochemists make use of make up essentials! Curious? Visit the EAG Blog to read more, and if you'd like to contribute, email your innovations to the EAG Office ( and we'll feature them on the Blog and in EAG Society News in upcoming issues of Elements!

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2020 and EAG deadlines

21 April: Goldschmidt2020 early registration  deadline and  Mentor program application deadline
1 May: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline
1 June: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline

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Other geochemistry related event deadlines

15 March: 82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition - organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rate - early registration deadline
15 March: Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon) 2020 - abstract deadline
31 March: EGU General Assembly 2020 - early registration deadline
31 March: 29th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium (IAGS2020) - abstract deadline
1 April: 12th International Symposium Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (GES12)organised by EAG partner society, EAG members benefit from member rate - abstract deadline
15 April: ContaSed2020: 2nd International Conference on Contaminated Sedimentsco-sponsored by the EAG - early registration deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Unravelling the controls on the molybdenum isotope ratios of river waters

The molybdenum (Mo) isotope ratios (δ98/95Mo) of river waters control the δ98/95Mo values of seawater and impact on the use of Mo isotope ratios as a proxy of past redox conditions. The δ98/95Mo values of river waters vary by...

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Massive sulfide Zn deposits in the Proterozoic did not require euxinia

Our most important Zn resources occur within clastic-dominated (CD-type) deposits, which are located in a small number of Proterozoic and Phanerozoic sedimentary basins. The most common model for CD-type mineralisation...

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Unravelling lunar mantle source processes via the Ti isotope composition of lunar basalts

Formation and crystallisation of the Lunar Magma Ocean (LMO) was one of the most incisive events during the early evolution of the Moon. Lunar Magma Ocean solidification concluded with the coeval formation of K-, REE- and P-rich...

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Accessory mineral constraints on crustal evolution: elemental fingerprints for magma discrimination

Underexplored accessory minerals such as titanite and apatite have the potential to give insights into the nature and the petrogenesis of their host rock. Their trace element and REE-rich compositions carry a record of crystallisation history and...

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Geochemistry Making the News

Iron isotopes suggest Earth formed more quickly than we thought

[The Independent] The Earth formed much more quickly than we thought, according to a new study. And it did so in a newly theorised way, with pieces of dust gradually sticking together to form the pro-Earth that became our planet, the research suggests. The formation of that proto-Earth took…

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Earth may have been a 'water world' 3bn years ago, scientists find

[The Guardian] Scientists have found evidence that Earth was covered by a global ocean that turned the planet into a “water world” more than 3bn years ago. Telltale chemical signatures were spotted in an ancient chunk of ocean crust which point to a planet once devoid of continents, the largest...

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Was this life’s first meal?

[Science] Studies of the origin of life are replete with paradoxes. Take this doozy: Every known organism on Earth uses a suite of proteins—and the DNA that helps build it—to construct the building blocks of our cells. But those very building blocks are also needed to make DNA and proteins...

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Research shows how glacier algae creates dark zone at the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet

[] New research led by scientists from the University of Bristol has revealed new insights into how the microscopic algae that thrives along the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet causes widespread darkening. This darkening is critically important as darker ice absorbs more sunlight...

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Ancient meteorite site on Earth could reveal new clues about Mars' past

[Science Daily] Scientists have devised new analytical tools to break down the enigmatic history of Mars' atmosphere -- and whether life was once possible there. A paper detailing the work was published today in the journal Science Advances. It could help astrobiologists understand the...

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New analysis sheds important light on an ancient mass extinction event

[The Conversation] The end-Permian mass extinction is considered to be the most devastating biotic event in the history of life on Earth – it caused dramatic losses in global biodiversity, both in water and on land. About 90% of marine and 70% of terrestrial (land) species went extinct. This...

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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
Informing Design of Novel Materials for Drug Pollution Remediation through Molecular Modelling
University Of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Ph.D. Position in Early Earth Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
15 Mar
Type: PhD Position
Fully-funded PhD Position: Antimony geochemistry and iron cycling in soil systems
Southern Cross University, Australia
21 Feb or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, United States
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Rhizosphere modeling
Biogeophysics, Institute of Soil Science and Land Evaluation, University of Hohenheim, Germany
until the position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in metamorphic and fluid isotope geochemistry
IPGP - Université de Paris, France
27 Mar
Type: Research Associate
Post Doctoral Fellowship, Isotope Biogeochemistry
Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France
15 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Life in Archean coastal environments: Geobiology, Paleobiology, Astrobiology
Early Life traces and Evolution-Astrobiology laboratory, University of Liège, Belgium
15 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Two Postdoctoral Positions in Crust-Magma Evolution - Zircon melt inclusions, SIMS
Dept. of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States
15 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
3-year PDRA in Arctic soil biogeochemical modelling
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
20 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoc position in Soil Environmental Geochemistry
Soil Chemistry Group, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
31 Mar or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Research Fellow in Biogeochemical Modelling
University of Leeds, School of Earth & Environment, United Kingdom
02 Apr

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
Faculty Position at Yachay Tech University, Ecuador: Physical Volcanology
Yachay Tech, Ecuador
15 Feb or until position is filled
Type: Other
Faculty Position at Yachay Tech University, Ecuador: Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment
Yachay Tech, Ecuador
15 Feb or until position is filled
Type: Other
Faculty Position at Yachay Tech University, Ecuador: Remote sensing / Geodesy / Environmental Studies
Yachay Tech, Ecuador
15 Feb or until position is filled
Type: Other
Tier I Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny
Laurentian University - Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Canada
until the position is filled
Type: Other
Assistant Professor in Earth Materials/Mineral Physics
Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
31 Mar
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EAG Partners

82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition

The 82nd EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition (Amsterdam, Netherlands;  8-11 June 2020), 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 2020.

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IAGC Working Groups: Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface symposium (GES12). Abstract deadline: 1 April

The next symposium of the Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (GES12) will be held in Zurich, Switzerland; 16-21 August 2020. GES12 has a strong focus on interactions of the Earth’s spheres: the hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere, and how these interactions respond to changing environmental and climate conditions. Abstract deadline: 1 April 2020.

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3rd Mineralogical Conference EMC2020: Mineralogy in the modern world

The 3rd Mineralogical Conference EMC2020 (Cracow, Poland, 6-10 September 2020) will focus on current and future challenges in the Earth, planetary and environmental sciences, and fostering an exchange of new views and research results between scientists from Europe and beyond. Abstract submission is now open.

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90th Congress of the Italian Geological Society: "Geology without Borders"

The 90th Congress of the Italian Geological Society, "Geology without Borders", will take place in Trieste, Italy; 16-18 September 2020. The event intends to promote the Earth Sciences as a scientific discipline projected into the future, beyond geographical, political and disciplinary boundaries. Abstract submission opens: 23 March 2020.

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