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 #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)

Comparisons of historic botanical surveys and recent data indicate that, during the period of climate warming after the end of the Little Ice Age, vegetation has migrated upslope towards the summits of the Alps.  Other scientific results suggest that the climate is changing too fast to allow species that are unable to recolonize at high elevations to adapt.  Nonetheless, we know that some species managed to survive the Holocene’s periods of warming, as well as, without a doubt, the climatic oscillations of the Quaternary.  This talk will discuss the different techniques that allowed plant life to persist on summits over thousands of years.

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 #3 – mardi 12 mars


Science sandwich #4 – mardi 23 avril


Science Sandwich #5 – mardi 28 mai (in English)

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

Practical Information:

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

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


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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!




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