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From von Humboldt into the Anthropocene

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Joint Symposium of the Leopoldina, the GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung and the Institute for Geosciences, University of Potsdam

Date: Thursday, 20 to Friday, 21 June 2019
Location: Leopoldina, Jägerberg 1, 06108 Halle (Saale)

On the occasion of Alexander von Humboldt's 250th birthday, this symposium will assess, evaluate, and highlight his contributions to the field of Earth System Science and beyond, including life-long learning and the dissemination of scientific results. Alexander von Humboldt's seminal contributions addressed numerous topics in the Earth sciences – spanning from geobotany, climatology, paleontology, oceanography, stratigraphy, mineralogy, resource, and hydrogeology to links between the environmental impact of humans, erosion, and climate change. Early on, he thus paved the way for a modern, integrated Earth System Science approach to decipher, characterize, and model the different forcing factors and their feedback mechanisms that govern the Earth's systems. The symposium will be held in English.

Picture: Peter H. Raven Library/Missouri Botanical Garden

Further information

The event is addressed to a professional audience. It will be held in English.


Dr. Simon Schneider
Institute for Geosciences, University of Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Haus 27
14476 Potsdam, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)331 977 5694
E-mail: humboldt@geo.uni-potsdam.de