Science Sandwich – 2019 Program

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CREA Mont-Blanc has launched a series of scientific seminars open to the public.  One Tuesday per month, you are invited to the Mont Blanc Observatory, home of CREA Mont-Blanc, to meet researchers studying issues that affect the mountains.  As the name “Science Sandwich” would suggest, the conference series occurs midday, from 12:30 to 1:30, and you are encouraged to bring your lunch with you.   Seminars occur in both French and English depending on the topic and the speaker. 

November 2018 Science sandwich: « Antarctic science through the eyes of a mountain guide» – Danny Uhlmann, mountain guide and photographer presents his experiences on scientific expeditions in Antarctica © CREA Mont-Blanc

The 2019 Program:

Science sandwich #3 – Tuesday, March 12th (in French)

“Difficulties of weather forecasting in mountainous regions” – Gilles Brunot, Météo-France Chamonix

Using digital prediction models in weather forecasting. How do these models work? What are the differences when working on short and long term forecasts? How do we determine the confidence index? And how does all of this work in mountainous regions?

Science sandwich #4 – Tuesday, April 30th (in French)

“Indicator Lakes: scientists studying high-elevation alpine lakes” – Jean-Baptiste Bosson, coordinator of the Lacs Sentinelles (indicator lakes) network and manager of scientific projects for Asters – Conservatoire d’espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie.

Mountain lakes are rich and fragile ecosystems that can help us understand past and ongoing changes in climate, natural environment and human activity.  Operating in the context of increasing global and climatic changes, managers of nature reserves, scientists and visitors have been working together since 2012 on the Lacs Sentinelles project with the hope of improving our understanding of ecosystems, monitoring how they change and putting in place better management and protection measures.  This talk will present this innovative scientific initiative and the first results to come out of the study.

For more information:

Science Sandwich #5 – Tuesday, May 28th (in English)

Natural resources and environmental law in the American West – Mark Squillace, professor of law, University of Colorado Law

Science Sandwich Special Edition – Thursday, June 27th or Monday, July 1st  (in English)

Lauren Oakes, adjunct professor, Earth Systems Sciences Department at Stanford University, and author of  In Search of the Canary Tree: The story of a scientist, a cypress and the changing world. 


Practical Information:

You’ll have lots of opportunities to meet the CREA Mont-Blanc team in 2019! Pack your sandwich and hike over to the Mont Blanc Observatory to join us as we learn more about what’s going on in the mountains around us.  Seminars will be led both by researchers from CREA Mont-Blanc as well as visiting academics eager to share their passion for flora, fauna and mountain environments.

If you are a researcher visiting Chamonix and interested in meeting the CREA Mont-Blanc team and/or sharing your work at a Science Sandwich conference, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Science Sandwich Chamonix

At the Mont Blanc Observatory

67 lacets du belvédère

74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

from 12:30-1:30pm

Bring your own bag lunch

FREE – space limited

Exchanges will occur in French or in English, depending on the presenter and the topic.


Previous Editions :

Science sandwich #2 – Tuesday, February 12th (in French)

“Disturbances of emblematic wildlife by outdoor recreationists” – Léna Gruas, PhD student in sports sociology at Edytem

Science sandwich #1 – Tuesday, January 15th (in French)

“Are adaptation and migration really the only strategies that alpine plants can use if they want to survive climate change on our mountaintops?” – Christophe Randin, Professor at the Université de Lausanne, visiting researcher at the Institut fédéral de recherches sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage WSL (Switzerland) et curator at the Cantonal Museum and Botanical Garden of Lausanne (Switzerland)



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