Welcome to Jena!

We are pleased to host the 84th Annual Meeting of the German Geophysical Society at Friedrich Schiller University Jena from March 10 to 14, 2024, for the second time in 21 years.

 

Geophysicists in Jena are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Moxa Geodynamic Observatory.

 

The conference aims to facilitate dynamic scientific exchange while also affording attendees the opportunity to informally engage in discussions on a diverse array of geophysics-related subjects. Moreover, participants can seize the occasion to expand their network of contacts for future career prospects or reunite with old acquaintances.


With various presentations on current developments in geophysical methods, the introduction of new data and thrilling research results, booths from large and small companies, meetings of working groups, Meet & Greet sessions, job fairs, and much more, this week serves as a hub for significant personal encounters and discussions on the outskirts of many events. These are the starting points for new project ideas and collaborations.

 

Many careers start while strolling through the company exhibition or engaging in lively discussions at the posters, which are given plenty of time to be presented, or during the coffee breaks after the lectures. This gives young scientists the chance to share their work with a broad audience and discuss it with a wide variety of people. In 2023, we were able to enjoy this for the first time in Bremen after the pandemic with all its restrictions. We look forward to seeing this important direct exchange resume and become routine again.

We selected the four main topics based on Jena's research background, but these subjects have significant cross-regional relevance. Long-term time series not only allow identifying natural Earth system signals, which we believe extend from the Earth's core to the upper atmosphere and beyond, but also provide crucial documentation of global change. Therefore, they are an essential basis for potential mitigation and prevention. Model-data integration is a critical challenge facing not only geophysics but several natural sciences. Contributions from global and applied geophysics are eagerly anticipated. Fluids in the earth's crust and their connection with natural and induced seismicity will be another key topic. Alongside the observation and modeling of processes, there is a keen interest in fluid imaging in the subsurface. Seismic noise and the seismic coda are increasingly recognized as an important source of information about the Earth, despite their complexity. The key topics all share a focus on innovative developments in simulation and data analysis, often utilizing modern AI tools.

 

While the key topics combine basic scientific and applied aspects of research and development, the colloquium "Geophysics in Practice" is all about geophysical applications in industry. The diverse sessions will not only present methodological developments, the latest multimodal data sets or case studies from research and industry practice, but also provide a platform to address current topics such as "open source" or the role, visibility and perception of geophysics in the public eye.

 

Following the conference, an international DGG-SEG workshop on "Alternative energy use and subsurface storage - heat, hydrogen and compressed air" is scheduled.

 

We hope to see as many of you as possible in Jena!

 

The organization team