Community Events

These events are organised by scientists, societies and members of the geochemical community for the benefit and interest of all our delegates.

Goldschmidt Wild Orbit Cinema [details] 14 Aug Adrienne Macartney FREE
Pop-up talks 15 Aug
GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2017 [details] 16 Aug Bob Anderson, Gideon Henderson, Catherine Jeandel, Reiner Schlitzer, Elena Masferrer Dodas FREE
A Lunatic's Life: The Isotopic Adventures of G. J. Wasserburg 16 Aug Ariel D. Anbar, Don Depaolo

Community Event Details

Goldschmidt Wild Orbit Cinema

Monday 14th August 12:45-14:15
Contacts: Adrienne Macartney
Location: Salle 243 View on map

This year Goldschmidt and Wild Orbit Films are hosting a week-long celebration of the very best science communication. Twenty of the best short science films submitted will receive a lunch time screening throughout the conference. Come and watch them!

Films will be judged by a panel of eminent scientists and media professionals including Dr Zita Martins and Prof. Liane Benning. Prizes, or Orbits, will be awarded to the best communicators in our science. One prize will be a private tour of the large hadron collider in CERN, Switzerland, and a number of other top prizes are still to be confirmed.

Communicating science effectively, explaining why it matters, why it should be funded, and why people should listen and trust our expertise is essential. Creating bite size, high quality science films has become the way to achieve this. We are looking for the best geochemistry science films made by you, the scientists.

Goldschmidt Wild Orbit Cinema 2017 opens for submissions on the 1st of March 2017. Entries can be submitted here.

This event will run each day of the meeting:

  • Monday, 14th August: 12:45-14:15
  • Tuesday, 15th August: 12:45-14:15
  • Wednesday, 16th August: 12:45-14:15
  • Thursday, 17th August: 12:45-14:15
  • Friday, 18th August: 12:45-14:15

Pop-up talks

Tuesday 15th August 13:00-14:00
Location: Salle 242A/B View on map

All delegates are invited to see a series of brief presentations in the style of TED talks - that is getting across a well-formulated idea in an engaging way. While presenters can talk about their latest data in a formal way in the other sessions at Goldschmidt, in this event we encourage presenters to think big! Communicating aspects of their research that they feel passionate about and particularly enjoy in a casual and engaging way. That can be the wider impact of research, the future of geochemistry, or any other interesting aspect they have learnt and experienced in student life so far and that they want to share with us.

GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2017

Wednesday 16th August 12:45-14:15
Contacts: Bob Anderson, Gideon Henderson, Catherine Jeandel, Reiner Schlitzer, Elena Masferrer Dodas
Location: Amphithéâtre Havane View on map

Building on the success of its first intermediate data product, released in 2014, the GEOTRACES programme will deliver the next Intermediate Data Product (IDP2017) at the Goldschmidt Conference in Paris. GEOTRACES ( is an international study of the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes. The IDP2017 presents a remarkable synthesis of data from the Atlantic Ocean and a more complete coverage of data from the Arctic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans than was provided in IDP2014. Moreover, it includes a larger range of biogeochemical parameters, including genomic data and novel proteomic results.

A Lunatic's Life: The Isotopic Adventures of G. J. Wasserburg

Wednesday 16th August 17:30-19:00
Contacts: Ariel D. Anbar, Don Depaolo
Location: Salle 252A/B View on map

Gerald J. Wasserburg, who passed away in June, 2016 at the age of 89, had a life like few others. One of the “founding fathers” of isotope geochemistry, his professional legacy includes fundamental advances in cosmochemistry, planetary science, solid Earth science, and environmental science. Beyond the publications and awards, he is remembered by escapees of the Lunatic Asylum at Caltech - the name he gave to his research group - not just for his intellect, but also for an unforgettable blend of irreverence, drive, wit, charm, and challenge that inspired and compelled excellence. Join us for an entertaining evening of remembrances about people and discoveries that made our field what it is today.