One of the most fundamental and fascinating questions in science is why there is life on Earth. What makes our planet habitable and what is, for example, the role of plate tectonics in planetary habitability. Geoscientists not only play a crucial role in studying the evolution of planet Earth and the origins of life, but their studies can also contribute to maintaining our planet habitable and liveable for future generations.
The theme of the Plenary Session is “A Habitable Planet”.
We have invited four keynote speakers to discuss various topics related to “A Habitable Planet”.
Bernard Marty(Université de Lorraine, Nancy) will present his ideas on the origin and early evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Lindsay Stringer (Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds) will talk about land degradation and desertification.
Kathryn Goodenough(British Geological Survey) will discuss rare earth elements in the context of demand and global resources, and will consider challenges for future generations.
Ben Marzeion(University of Bremen), will evaluate the influence of glacier melting on sea-level rise and discuss its consequences.
23 scientific symposia will cover cover the diverse spectrum of current research in geosciences, encompassing the lithosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.
The SGM also provides the ideal environment to foster informal contacts and discussions among scientists, in particular during theSwiss Geoscience Partyon Friday evening but also at the poster sessions on Saturday. Time is reserved for two poster sessions, at which the authors will be present for active discussion and feedback.