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List of press conferences
Monday, 24 April
- What do Cretaceous volcanoes, forensic criminology and the finance sector have in common? Water (PC1, 14:00 CEST)
- Emirates Mars Mission: First results from Deimos, Mars’ mysterious moon (PC2, 15:30 CEST)
Tuesday, 25 April
- Humans, hominoids and extraterrestials (PC3, 10:00 CEST)
- Early warning for extreme events: earthquakes, droughts, floods and livestock disease (PC4, 11:30 CEST)
Wednesday, 26 April
- Science at Night (PC5, 10:00 CEST)
- What can chocolate, cereal and water say about food security and sustainability? (PC6, 14:00 CEST)
Thursday, 27 April
- From Vikings to Vienna to the Venice of the Pacific: Geoarchaeology elucidates history (PC7, 11:30 CEST)
- Wars impact oceans, sands and people (PC8, 14:00 CEST)
PC1 – What do Cretaceous volcanoes, forensic criminology and the finance sector have in common? Water
Monday, 24 April, 14:00
Now more than ever, water resources are in the spotlight because of geopolitics and climate change. During this press conference, we hear from researchers about a metalliferous Cretaceous formation that pollutes pristine Arctic waters, the ingenious use of isotopic fingerprinting in Italy to unmask environmental polluters, and how the finance sector has a crucial role to play in addressing the global water crisis.
Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary, Canada
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy
University of Twente, Engineering Technology, Water Engineering and Management, Enschede, Netherlands
PC2 – Emirates Mars Mission: First results from Deimos, Mars’ mysterious moon
Monday, 24 April, 15:30
In March, EMM, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation, flew within 110 km of Mars’ moon Deimos, a rocky object barely 12 km across that has had limited opportunities for scientific attention and whose origins are unknown. In this press conference, an international team of scientists will share the highest-resolution visible, infrared, and ultraviolet data of Deimos ever acquired. Moreover, they will discuss the initial findings from the mission's rendezvous and explain how studying the geology and origin of Deimos can yield valuable insights into the formation and development of Mars and its moons.
Hessa Al Matroushi
Emirates Mars Mission Science Deputy Project Manager, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Research Scientist, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder, United States
Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, Northern Arizona University, United States
PC3 – Humans, hominoids and extraterrestials
Tuesday, 25 April, 10:00
What are the three requirements to be met for planets to host active, communicative civilizations (ACCs) or “intelligent life”? When and where did migration corridors or barriers exist for Homo sapiens as early humans spread from Africa to Eurasia? And how did large climatic changes during the Miocene impact potential hominoid habitats? This press briefing combines fascinating theories and insights on evolution.
ETH-Zurich, Institute of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, Zurich
University of Bonn, Germany
CEA Saclay, LSCE, Gif sur Yvette, France
PC4 – Early warning for extreme events: earthquakes, droughts, floods and livestock disease
Tuesday, 25 April, 11:30
In March 2022, the United Nations set a five year target for every place on Earth to be equipped with Early Warning Systems (EWS) for natural hazards. In this press briefing, geoscientists propose an operational earthquake forecasting model for Europe, a new framework for drought definition and preparedness, an innovative flood hazard mapping method that indicates oncoming floods, and a system to warn the livestock sector of disease outbreaks.
Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Pedro Henrique Lima Alencar
Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Ökologie, Ökohydrologie & Landschaftsbewertung, Germany
HKV and University of Twente, Netherlands
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Lecce, Italy
PC5 – Science at Night
Wednesday, 26 April, 10:00
Scientists are taking to the night to find new insights about Earth and its inhabitants. For instance, scientists can use NASA’s Black Marble night light data to assess flood exposure and vulnerability for the Indus River flood that struck Pakistan in 2022. Moonlight remote sensing lets scientists track changes in snow and ice cover in the Arctic. And in polar regions, like the seasonally ice-covered Arctic Lake Kilpisjärvi, scientists track temperature and oxygen during polar nights to illuminate biological processes operating in the absence of sunlight.
Imperial College London, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, London, UK
Di Liu and Qingling Zhang
Sun Yat-Sen University, Sun Yat-Sen University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Shenzhen, China
Ezgi Asirok and Georgiy Kirillin
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany
PC6 – What can chocolate, cereal and water say about food security and sustainability?
Wednesday, 26 April, 14:00
Ghana is the second largest exporter of cocoa, yet many cocoa producers live below the poverty line. Climate change is threatening water security, yet new research shows water limitation can further amplify climate change. And several factors pose a threat to the livestock and cereal sectors in the Mediterranean region, an area particularly vulnerable to climate change. Experts address these and other complexities at this press briefing.
Department of Biogeochemical Integration, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
University of Victoria, Social Sciences, Geography, Canada
Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Changes (CMCC) and Department of Agriculture, University of Sassari, Italy
PC7 – From Vikings to Vienna to the Venice of the Pacific: Geoarchaeology elucidates history
Thursday, 27 April, 11:30
Archaeological studies piece together our relatively recent past. This press conference will explore how weather forecasting worked amidst complex sea navigation during the Middle Ages, when an early Micronesian society built the “Venice of the Pacific" at UNESCO World Heritage site Nan Madol, and what drove the divergent paths of two Roman settlements in Central Austria.
University of Iceland, Iceland
Chuan-Chou (River) Shen
High-Precision Mass Spectrometry and Environment Change Laboratory (HISPEC), National Taiwan University, Taiwan
University of Vienna, Department of Geology, Vienna, Austria
PC8 – Wars impact oceans, sands, and people
Thursday, 27 April, 14:00
In this press conference, scientists will explore the consequences on marine life of warfare material dumped at sea since World War I. Nuclear tests conducted by France in Algeria during the 1960s may have resulted in radioactive Saharan dusts deposited across Europe decades later, in 2022. Looking to the future, scientists find an unlikely but promising candidate in seaweed as a resilient food solution in nuclear winter.
University Hospital Kiel, Institute of Toxicology, Germany
CNRS-CEA, LSCE - Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Florian Ulrich Jehn
Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), Delaware, USA and Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen, Germany