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Goldschmidt 2020: Call for Sessions and Workshops

The Goldschmidt Conference is the joint annual meeting of the GS and EAG, and we are very excited to welcome the international geochemistry community to Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA in 2020.

The success of Goldschmidt is a result of the excellent science that is presented there each year. We invite you to submit a session or workshop proposal and help continue this tradition. Suggestions are due by 18 October 2019.

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Goldschmidt2019 photos, videos, report and more

is just behind us and we warmly thank everyone who participated and made the event such a success. Almost 4,100 scientists from across the globe gathered for a fantastic week of geochemistry in Barcelona. Highlights and all key figures can be found in the conference report.

The official conference photos 
and videos are also available to view online, and don't forget to check out the EAG Blogosphere for all the week's posts from the blogging team (see the blog section below for a round up)!

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Society News

 Citations of the 2019 EAG Awards

Awards are official matters but citationists tell the story of the person behind the medallist. Liane Benning, Kurt Konhauser and Tim Lyons were citationists for our 2019 medallists and if you missed them at Goldschmidt2019, you can now read the citations online.
Citation of Eric Oelkers (2019 Urey Award) by Liane Benning
Citation of Stefan Lalonde (2019 Houtermans Award) by Kurt Konhauser
Citation of Ariel Anbar (2019 Science Innovation Award) by Tim Lyons

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Nominate a geochemist for a 2020 EAG award

Recognition of scientific excellence at all stages of one's career is crucial. Should you know of any deserving colleagues, nominate them for the EAG Urey, Houtermans or Science Innovation Awards, the Geochemistry Fellowship or the R. Berner Lecture. Further information on the different awards and how to submit a nomination are available here.


Deadline for GS/EAG Geochemistry Fellows nominations: 31 October
Deadline for EAG Award nominations: 15 November

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EAG Short Course and Conference Sponsorship program: Apply by 1 November

The EAG Short Course and Conference Sponsorship Program is open to EAG members organising a short course or small conference in Europe focused on special topics or techniques from the broad field of geochemistry. The program provides up to 200€ per student to support student attendance at the event.

For events taking place in 2020, the deadline for applications is 1 November 2019.

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News from 2019 EAG sponsored events

Thanks to support from the 2019 EAG Short Course and Conference Sponsorship Program,  38 students were able to attend EAG co-sponsored workshops and conferences in Europe last month.

Photographs from the Tools in Biogeochemistry  and DINGUE VI: Developments in Noble Gas Understanding and Expertise workshops are now available on the program webpage, and you can also watch an excellent short video on the Wageningen Soil Conference  "Rising Soil Stars" science communication competition!

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Early Career Science Ambassador Program: next deadline 1 October

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 the EAG (up to 1500 euros). The next application deadline is 1 October.

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EAG Blogosphere

Goldschmidt2019 special

The EAG's team of bloggers were as busy as ever at Goldschmidt2019 in Barcelona last month, keeping delegates up to date with all the week's happenings and activities, including fascinating interviews with plenary speakers, panellists and medallists, views from the exhibition hall, a behind-the-scenes perspective from a student volunteer, and the indispensable 'Goldschmidt Survival Essentials'. Click on the button below to view all the week's posts!

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Goldschmidt2020 and EAG deadlines

1 October: EAG Early Career Science Ambassador application deadline
18 October:
Goldschmidt2020 Conference - Session proposals submission  deadline
18 October: Goldschmidt2020 Conference - Workshop proposals submission deadline
31 October:GS-EAG Geochemistry Fellowships nomination deadline
1 November: EAG Short course and Conference Sponsorship application deadline
15 November: EAG Awards nomination deadline
1 December: EAG Student Sponsorship application deadline

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Other geochemistry related event deadlines

18 September: Geomicrobiology Workshop application deadline
1 October: NAWG-16 – 16th Natural Analogue Working Group Workshop extended abstract & registration deadline
14 October: ACS National Meeting – Spring 2020 abstract deadline
15 October: MEREMA 2nd Edition: International School on Mantle Dynamics application deadline
31 October: 36th International Geological Congress abstract deadline

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New in Geochemical Perspectives Letters

Abiogenesis not required to explain the origin of volcanic-hydrothermal hydrocarbons

Abiotic formation of n-alkane hydrocarbons has been postulated to occur within Earth's crust. Apparent evidence was primarily based on uncommon carbon and hydrogen isotope distribution patterns that set methane…

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Loss of immiscible nitrogen from metallic melt explains Earth’s missing nitrogen

Nitrogen and carbon are essential elements for life, and their relative abundances in planetary bodies are important for understanding planetary evolution and habitability. The high C/N ratio in the bulk silicate Earth (BSE) relative to chondrites...

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Geochemistry Making the News

Ancient die-off greater than the dinosaur extinction

[Geology Page] Clues from Canadian rocks formed billions of year ago reveal a previously unknown loss of life even greater than that of the mass extinction of the dinosaurs...

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Mercury has Magnetic Poles that Drift Like Earth’s   

[UniverseToday] Earth’s magnetic poles drift over time. This is something that every airplane pilot or navigator knows. They have to account for it when they plan...

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What are rare earth elements and why are they so important in the US-China trade war? 

[euronews] Rare earth elements have become key in the trade war between the United States and China. A few days ago, the Association of China Rare...

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The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu – a fragile cosmic 'rubble pile'

[DLR] In the summer of 2018, the asteroid Ryugu, which measures only approximately 850 metres across, was visited by the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft...

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Deep-sea sediments reveal solar system chaos: An advance in dating geologic archives

[GeologyPage] A day is the time for Earth to make one complete rotation on its axis, a year is the time for Earth to make one revolution around the Sun — reminders that...

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Rising oxygen levels helped North American dinosaurs to thrive, scientists say  

[ITV] An ancient increase in oxygen levels helped North American dinosaurs to flourish, scientists say. A new technique for measuring levels of the gas in early rocks....

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Climate change: Greenland's ice faces melting 'death sentence'

[BBC] Greenland's massive ice sheet may have melted by a record amount this year, scientists have warned. During this year alone, it lost enough ice to raise...

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Water found on most habitable known world beyond solar system

[The Guardian] A faraway planet in the constellation of Leo has been named the most habitable known world beyond the solar system after astronomers detected water vapour in...

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Job Opportunities

Internships, MSc and PhD positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: PhD Position
ENAC - PhD position to investigate the microbial community dynamics during variable hydrological forcing
EPFL - Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Switzerland
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Microbial life and activity on glaciers and in Arctic soils
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Microbial survival in the energy-limited deep biosphere.
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
until the position is filled
Type: PhD Position
Magmatic-hydrothermal evolution of rare-metal mineralised ring complexes
Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, Canada
01 Sep or until position is filled
Type: PhD Position
PhD Position at University of Waterloo, Canada
University of Waterloo, Canada
until the position is filled

PostDoctoral positions and Fellowships

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Research Associate
Development and test of nano zero-valent iron for in-situ treatment of anoxic arsenic contaminated groundwater
Soil Chemistry, Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
19 Aug
Type: Research Associate
High pressure and high temperature experimental investigation of the deep Earth’s cycling of heavy halogen elements
IMPMC, Sorbonne University, Campus Jussieu, PARIS, France
30 Nov or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Hydrogen (H2) reversible adsorption on clays minerals for land-based applications
University Grenoble Alpes, ISTerre lab, France
30 Sep or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Nitrogen Cycling
Nordcee, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark , Denmark
20 Sep
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral Scientist in LA-ICPMS microanalysis – U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry of fluid & melt inclusions
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
15 Sep or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Postdoctoral position in in-situ isotope measurements on terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials.
AMGC Vrije Universiteit Brussel, G-Time Université Libre de Bruxelles, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Belgium
15 Sep or until position is filled
Type: Research Associate
Impact of environmental conditions on the 3-hydroxy fatty acid profile of soil bacteria
Biogeochemistry departement, UMR METIS, Sorbonne Universite, Paris, France
15 Dec or until position is filled

Faculty, Technical and other positions

PositionEmployerApplication deadline
Type: Other
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Astrobiology
The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University, Misasa, Japan
09 Sep or until position is filled
Type: Other
Assistant Professor in Environmental Geochemistry of the Anthropocene (tenure-track)
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department - University of British Columbia, Canada
15 Oct
Type: Other
Faculty Position in Crust/Lithosphere Evolution
University of California, Davis, United States
20 Oct
Type: Other
Assistant Professor (tenure-track) - Earth Data Science
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department, University of British Columbia, Canada
17 Nov
Type: Other
Principal Investigator (Professor or Associate Professor)
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Japan
30 Sep
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EAG Partners

ISEB: 24th International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry

The 24th ISEB Symposium of the International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry will be taking place from 22 to 27 September in Potsdam, Germany. EAG Members benefit from reduced member rates.

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