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570006 SE Current Topics in Environmental Geosciences (2023S)

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



Unless stated otherwise, the seminars take place Thursday 16.30 – 18.00 in the Eberhard Clar Saal, UZA2. Any changes during the semester will be communicated via Moodle.

09.03.23 5pm: Prof. Ian Cousins, Stockholm University
Online, 5pm: Link can be found in Moodle
Topic: Approaches for Tackling the Planetary Boundary for Chemical Pollution

23.03.23: Dr. Karina Sand, University of Copenhagen
Topic: An Interfacial Geochemical Perspective on DNA Preservation in Sediments: Implications for Bacterial Evolution and Ecological Inference

30.03.23: Dr. Elisabeth Janssen, Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Topic: Diversity and Persistence of Toxins from Cyanobacteria - from Lakes to Alpine Rocks

20.04.23: Prof. Benny Chefetz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Topic: Agricultural Water Reuse: The Dark Side of the Moon

11.05.23: Ass. Prof. Kimberly Parker, Washington University of St. Louis
Online, Link can be found in Moodle
Topic: Abiotic RNA Hydrolysis in the Environment: Implications for the Environmental Fate of Emerging RNA Interference Biopesticides

20.06.23: Prof. Paul Westerhoff, Arizona State University
Note this talk is on a Tuesday, 4.30 pm, Eberhard Clar Saal
Topic: Natural, Incidental and Engineered Nanomaterials in Surface Waters: Occurrence and Catalytic Reactivity Influences on Micro Pollutant Degradation Plus Phosphorus Turnover Rates


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.

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: Tu 14.03.2023 09:49