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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016

17 - 22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria

“Towards a better understanding of ephemeral stream morphodynamics during the last 100 ka in the vicinity of the prehistoric site of Ifri n’Ammar (Morocco)” (poster presentation)

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016 was held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna (Austria), from 17–22 April 2016. The assembly was open to scientists of all nations and is known to be the largest European geosciences event. The EGU General Assembly 2016 was a great success with 4,863 oral, 10,320 poster, and 947 PICO presentations . At the conference 13,650 scientists from 109 countries participated, of which 25 % were students and 53 % early career scientists (under the age of 35 years)1. This event was an exceptional occasion where the international community were meeting in the same location, including established academics as well as future practitioners in the wide range of Geosciences.

Several talks and poster presentations gave the chance to learn about the latest updates concerning geological, geoarchaeological and geochronological applications, which are of high interest in my PhD research. Especially the poster sessions and the social events, like the “3rd International Young Geomorphologist Social Event” provided a really good opportunity to get in touch with other scientist working on the same topic or in related fields.

My poster presentation took place in the session “Sediment archives in dryland areas: New approaches, perspectives and challenges” organised by Hans von Suchodoletz and co-conveners. During this session, national as well as international scientists met, discussing topics of geological and archaeological themes. In particular, I met experts in the field of luminescence dating which gave me the chance to gain new knowledge of dating approaches. The participation at the EGU 2016 clearly expanded my professional network with international as well as national researchers.

I thank the GSGS Committee very much for founding this conference. Due to the financial support I got the chance to present my work at the EGU 2016 in Vienna and I am convinced that it improved the outcome of my PhD thesis.

Melanie Bartz

PhD student

PhD project: “Quaternary fluvial environments in NE Morocco inferred from geochronological and sedimentological investigations”

Institute of Geography

Working group Coastal geomorphology, Geoarchaeology, Geochronology (Prof. Dr. H. Brückner)