Labs on hold but never fear, Virtual Geochemistry is here!

2020 will certainly be memorable, but sadly not for the 50th anniversary meeting of the Geochemistry Group…

We know that this is a challenging time for many. Early career researchers, in particular, are at heightened risk of loneliness. Motivation to work can be a challenge.Doug Savage

All this got me thinking about our motivations more generally. Why am I on the committee of the Geochemistry Group? What actually gives meaning to life?

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Image credit: Nishant Choksi

Around the turn of the 20th century, William James, the “Father of American Psychology” (according to Wikipedia) wrote:

‘The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated’

And Abraham Maslow put belonging into his famous Hierarchy of Needs in 1943.

I think that, at a basic level, these ideas (i.e. being appreciated, belonging) boil down to not being forgotten.

So, we just wanted to say this:

The Geochemistry Group have not forgotten you! – Our amazing community of UK and international geochemists.

We are absolutely thrilled that more than 520 of you joined our scientific writing webinar, hosted in collaboration with Elsevier. Thanks so much to all of you, to our star coordinator Marc-Alban Millet, and to Tessa da Roo and Andrew Kerr for co-hosting with Marc-Alban. If you missed it (or if you didn’t!), you can find a fantastic diversity of skills based content on the Researcher Academy pages at Elsevier.

And we want to hear from you! What can we do for you in the coming months? If you have ideas, please reply to this post, tweet us @geochemgroup, or use the Facebook group.

GGRiP will return, in some form, at some point (TBC…).

In the meantime, don’t forget that Virtual Goldschmidt 2020 is coming up. Registration for student members is only $25 (a fantastic saving compared to a flight to Hawaii!).

We can’t wait to ‘see’ you there!





Register now for GGRiP 2019!

UPDATE: Registration and abstract submission deadline extended to 18th March

Registration and abstract submission for the Geochemistry Group Research in Progress meeting 2019 is now OPEN!

#GGRiP19 is being held at the University of Portsmouth, on 16 and 17 April. It will be preceeded by a one day workshop on laser ablation techniques on 15 April 2019.

Highlights include:

  • A Public Lecture by Prof. Randy Parrish on the evening of 15 April: ‘Searching for the environmental smoking gun of Gulf War Illness”, followed by the Ice-breaker Reception
  • Keynote talks by Dr Rosalie Tostevin (Oxford), Prof Maeve Lohan (Southampton), Dr Nikhita Saji (Cardiff), Dr Catherine Mottram (Portsmouth), Dr Jon Wade (Oxford), plus more tbc…..

All for the bargain fee of £60. Full details and registration at the following link:

The deadline for abstract submission and registration is 18th March 2019.

It’s bound to be GGRiP-ing! Don’t miss out…