Earth System Science is an interdisciplinary group set up to unite scientists working on the global evolution of the planet. The research is essentially focused on the physical environment of the Earth, its evolution through time, and the interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere.

The group carries out projects in a variety of themes such as global changes, climatology, hydrology, archeology, oceanography biogeochemistry, remote sensing and geophysics. The accent is on two scientific approaches: mathematical modeling and the use of isotopes and trace elements to document biogeochemical processes.

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02.09.2015 - PhD private defence.

Joke Belza (FWO, PhD fellowship) public PhD thesis presentation : Petrography and Geochemistry of Ejecta Deposits from the K/Pg Boundary Chicxulub crater (Yucatan, Mexico) : Jury members : E. Keppens (president), M. Elskens (secretary), Steven Goderis (all VUB), Johan De Grave (Ghent Univ), Christian Koeberl (Univ. Vienna), Jan Smit (VUA), Ph. Claeys and Frank Vanhaecke (as advisors).

13.12.2014 - Annual Price of the “la classe des Sciences de l’Académie Royale de Belgique” for David De Vleeschouwer.

The price will be award to David during the public session of the Science class, of the French Speaking Royal Academy of Sciences, letters and Arts of Belgium. David obtained his PhD in September 2014 from the VUB and is now a post-doctoral researcher at MARUM, in Bremen, Germany.

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12.11.2014 - Maïte Van Rampelbergh laureate of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten (KVAB).

Every year, the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten (KVAB) rewards laureates for their exceptional promotion of science to a broad audience.

Maïte Van Rampelbergh, ESSC-PhD student is among the 2014 awardees for her Climate Challenge and the Bright Sparks workshops held at the VUB.

The science magazine EOS adds an extra contest where the public vote for their favorite among the selected laureates. To vote for Maïte register on the following site: EOS.

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07.11.2014 - PhD thesis public presentation: Speleothems as tools to reconstruct paleoclimates in temperate (Belgium) and semi-arid (Socotra, Yemen) regions during the Mid - to Late Holocene - by Maïte Van Rampelbergh (Friday Nov. 7th, 16:30 in D0.08 at the VUB).

Maïte Van Rampelbergh

Jury members: F. Dehairs, M. Elskens, Ph. Huybrechts, Hubert Vonhof (VUA Amsterdam), N. Fagel (Univ. Liège), S. Verheyden (RBINS, co-advisor), E. Keppens (Co-advisor), Ph. Claeys (VUB, advisor).

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01.10.2014 - ECORD Best Presentation Award twice in a row to VUBers.

For the second year in a row a VUBer related to the research group Earth System Science earns the “Best Presentation Award” at the ECORD (European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling) Summer School in Bremen.

This year, Justine Sauvage (MS degree, VUB 2010) currently PhD student in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island received the price; David De Vleeschouwer (PhD, VUB 2014) now post-doctoral researcher at Marum (Bremen) was the 2013 laureate.

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The 2014 ECORD Summer School

The 2013 ECORD Summer School

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