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450003 SE Topics in environmental Geoscience (PI) (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

08.10.2020 - Prof. Dr. Daniel Giammar (Washington University, US)
Title: The End of the Pipe: Using Aquatic Chemistry to Control Lead Concentrations in Tap Water
29.10.2020 - Prof. Dr. Scott Fendorf (Stanford University, US)
Title: Sustaining Groundwater in the Twenty-First Century
12.11.2020 - Dr. Mareike Stahlschmidt (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE)
Title: Speleothems and Sediments as Archives for Paleogenetic Research on Human Evolution
19.11.2020 - Prof. William Mitch (Stanford University, USA)
Title: Photochemically produced halogen radicals: contaminant degradation, organic matter bleaching and coral death
03.12.2020 - Prof. Dr. Zimeng Wang (Fudan University, CHN)
Title: Environmental Geochemistry of Dissolved Mn (III) Species: Where are we now?
17.12.2020 - Prof. Dr. Nita Sahai (University of Akron, US)
Title: Biomolecule-Mineral Interactions in the Origins of Life
21.01.2021 - Prof. Dr. Sabine Pahl (Plymouth University, UK)
Title: The role of human behaviour in plastic pollution
28.01.2021 - Prof. Bart Koelmans (Wageningen University, NL)
Title: tba

Thursday 08.10. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 17:00 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar addresses current research questions in environmental geosciences, specifically aquatic and terrestrial systems. It comprises talks of international researchers on biogeochemistry, pollutant dynamics, hydrogeology, element cycles and the behavior of nanoparticles. All talks will be held in English. Each talk is followed by a discussion session to encourage the knowledge exchange with the invited lecturers. Due to COVID-19, this course will be held online only

Assessment and permitted materials

Students, in addition to attendance and active participation in the discussion, need to choose a publication that is not older than 2016 and has been published in one of the following journals: Env. Science & Technology; Science; Nature; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The topic of the paper must clearly deal with research in the areas of Environmental Sciences or Environmental Geosciences. You need to prepare a 15 minute presentation using PowerPoint and record your voice over along with the presentation slides (pptx or ppsx files only!). Technical details will be announced at moodle. Grading will be based 30% on regular attendance and active discussion during the seminar talks and 70% on the uploaded pptx presentation with voice-over.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course will be evaluated on the Basis of 30 points for attendance and 70 points for the pptx. An attendance of at least 70% of the scheduled seminars is required for a successful evaluation.

Examination topics


Reading list


Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 28.10.2020 12:51