The 15th edition of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting focused on latest advances in research in geosciences. It was held on 17th and 18th November 2017 in Davos.
The WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF and the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, SCNAT cordially welcomed the 649 participants in the 15th Swiss Geoscience Meeting held on 17th and 18th November 2017 in Davos.
The theme of the 15th SGM Plenary Session was “Moving Boundaries”. Boundaries in Geoscience research are among the most prominent hot topics – and by understanding how those boundaries move we learn about the shaping of our planet, but also about how the future might look like as the climate changes. Moreover, the boundaries in science are moving and the way we work and publish is changing. The boundaries may not fully disappear as data and research open up, but future challenges call for cooperation among research communities, which implicitly requires open exchange. Open science looks like the bright future, but as individual researchers we also face obstacles and overcoming those is not always straightforward.
Our four keynote speakers focused on this year’s theme “Moving boundaries” and took us on a journey covering a wide range of geoscientific topics and scales.
About 172 talks were given and 215 posters were presented in 16 scientific symposia that covered the diverse spectrum of current research in geosciences, encompassing the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the atmosphere and the anthroposphere.
The SGM also provides the ideal environment to foster informal contacts and discussion among scientists, in particular during the Swiss Geoscience Party on 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.