SC3.1 | Crowd-solving Problems in Earth sciences
Crowd-solving Problems in Earth sciences
Co-organized by EOS2/GM13
Convener: Bastian Grimm | Co-conveners: Stefan Haselberger, Katrina Gelwick, Elizabeth Orr, Erin Harvey, Emma Lodes, Anne Voigtländer
Wed, 17 Apr, 16:15–18:00 (CEST)
Room -2.85/86
Wed, 16:15
Research, especially for early career scientists (ECS), starts with the spark of an idea but then often challenged by empirical or methodological road bumps and seemingly dead ends. In Earth Science research, we face a diverse range of challenges, including (1) access difficulties, whether for field sites, equipment or data, (2) problems of temporal and spatial scaling and extrapolation and (3) a lack of methods, theory, or knowledge or (4) every day live challenges as a scientist. In this short course we address some of those 'problems'. In discussing these challenges, we seek to find possible solutions, suggest new research approaches and methods, and encourage further networking amongst all scientists.

The short course follows the concept of a participatory, structured and timed discussion. We will start the session with 2 minute ‘pop-up’ presentations outlining three to four challenges, which are discussed for 45 minutes in breakout groups. The discussions are facilitated, and guided by the idea that you don’t have to be an expert to understand a problem – you might likely contribute a fresh perspective or relate from your background. We present the solutions and suggestions from each breakout group in a final penal discussion.
This short course lives by your input in two ways. First, in the preparation by letting us know, if you have a ‘problem”, and second by active participation during the short course.
To ensure a safe and open discussion we expect a non-hierarchic, respectful, and constructive communication which will empower and encourage the participants to identify and approach problems faced in the Earth Sciences.
If you have a 'problem' you would like to discuss in the networking session with us, please send a short statement (3-4 sentences) of your idea or challenge and your motivation for solving it to us, by March 1st, 2024.


  • John K. Hillier, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Isabel Wapenhans, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Lisa Luna