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Title

Geomicrobiology: from Fundamental Science to Applications

Dates

14 &15 October 2024

Organizer(s)

Dr Saskia Bindschedler, UNINE

Speakers

Prof. Cara Magnabosco, Geobiology group, Department of Earth Sciences, ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland.

Dr Magnus Ivarsson, Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden 

Dr Mike Rowley, Soil Science and Biogeochemistry, Department of Geography, UZH

Description

This two-day activity is intended for both microbiologists and geologists.Experts in the field of geomicrobiology will present, and discuss with PhD candidates, the most recent advances regarding knowledge and methodologies used to answer open questions that remain in this field. 

It will consist in three activities:

1) lectures by three experts in the field;

2) a visit of a field-site of geomicrobiological interest;

and 3) a practical exercise for the participants. For the practical exercise, ahead of the activity, each of the three experts will propose an applied research topic in their field of expertise, along with 3-4 selected publications. Based on this, the organizers will create three groups of participants with mixed backgrounds (i.e. biologists and geologists). During the exercise part, each group will have to develop a small research project based on the propositions by the experts and considering a possible application of geomicrobiologial research. Each group will be coached by one of the experts on his particular topic, but there will also be time for discussion and inputs by the other experts. At the end of the activity, the participants will be asked to present the application and associated research project they have developed to their fellows.

Program

Provisional Program

 

Oct 14th

9h-9h15           

9h15-10h15     

10h15-10h45   

10h45-12h30   

12h30-17h30   

17h30-21h30    

Welcome

Lecture #1

Coffee break

Exercise 1st period

Lunch & field trip

Apero & group work (Exercise 2nd period)

 

Oct 15th

9h-10h            

10h-10h30       

10h30-12h15   

12h15-13h15   

13h15-14h15   

14h15-14h45   

14h45-16h45   

16h45-17h       

Lecture #2

Coffee break

Exercise 3rd period

Lunch

Exercise 4th period: presentations by the students plus discussion

Coffee break

Exercise 4th period: presentations by the students plus discussion

Conclusive remarks

Location

University of Neuchâtel, Room TBA

Information
Expenses

Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students:
Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity 

Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO

Registration

Registration is open

Deadline for registration: 27.09.2024

Late cancellation or "no show" administration fee of 50.-

Places

12

Deadline for registration 27.09.2024
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