Science Sandwich – 2019 Program

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 #6 – Thursday, June 27th (in English)

“Facing the Future: Hope, Panic, and Action in a Warming World” Lauren E. Oakes, PhD , Conservation Scientist and Adaptation Specialist, Wildlife Conservation Society, Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University

In 2010, young scientist Lauren E. Oakes set out to study the mass die-off of yellow cedar trees on the outer coast of Southeast Alaska. She found herself immersed in an even bigger, and totally unexpected story: how the people of Alaska were adapting to the species’ disappearance, and how the forest was adapting to the changing climate conditionsHer recent book, IN SEARCH OF THE CANARY TREE: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World, chronicles the six years Oakes and her team spent studying thousands of trees and countless plants and interviewing locals whose lives are directly affected by the loss of yellow cedar, a species impacted by climate change. To her surprise, Oakes discovered the resiliency of forgotten forests, flourishing again after years of exposure to stressful conditions. What she found would also profoundly change her understanding of how people respond to the reality of climate change, and what is needed to spur them to action. Sharing stories from her research, current climate adaptation work, and creative writing process, Oakes will share her perspectives on action and optimism in the face of climate change.

Science Sandwich #7 – 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 #5 – Tuesday, May 28th (in English)

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

While a group of students visiting from the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Masters of the Environment and Law programs, Professor Squillace presented on possibilities for using recognition of water rights and the water market to incentivize water conservation.

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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