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 #5 – Tuesday, May 28th (in English)

“How water markets can save water”  – Mark Squillace, professor of natural resources law, University of Colorado Law

Mark will talk about the potential for water markets to conserve water resources, improve the ecological health of water systems, and better secure natural flows for aesthetic and recreational values.  The focus of his talk will be on arid regions but as climate change alters natural systems, water markets may offer solutions for water shortages that occur in more humid climates as well. He will begin with a discussion about the need to recognize some form of property rights in water as a precondition to establishing a water market.  While this might raise a legitimate concern about commodifying a public resource like water, he will describe how private rights in water can be carefully delimited to avoid conflicts with public rights.  He will then show how water markets can incentivize water conservation, and if properly managed, redound to the benefit of the public even as more water is made available for private use.  Unfortunately, the current law in many countries actually discourages conservation and he will suggest several practical reforms that would use the power of markets to address the need for water conservation.

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. 

Science Sandwich July

American artist, Claire Giordano 

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 #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.

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

“Difficulties of weather forecasting in mountainous regions” – Gilles Brunot, Météo-France Chamonix.
Read the blog article about the presentation: Weather forecasting in mountainous regions

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

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

Read the blog article about the presentation: The relationship between mountain sports and emblematic wildlife

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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