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Past achievements and future challenges for the Geosciences (co-sponsored by AGU)
Convener: Jonathan Bamber 
Tue, 10 Apr, 09:00–12:00

The geosciences are more critical to the well being and prosperity of the human race than ever. At a time when the tension between resource exploitation and sustainable growth is at its most acute and the need for energy, water, food and climate security are paramount, the geosciences will play a central role in guiding future development and growth. In 2018, the American Geophysical Union, will also begin celebrating their centenary during a period of exciting opportunities but also considerable uncertainty and challenges for the discipline. This session looks back at past achievements in the geosciences, how they have shaped the modern world and civilisation and considers the opportunities and challenges that the discipline will face in the future. What are the transformative projects, ideas and technologies that are emerging and what are the funding opportunities within Europe that might support these ideas? This session aims to explore these topics with key thinkers and leaders across the discipline.

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